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The Trophy Room

THE EUROPEAN CUP 1967

On May 25th 1967, in Lisbon's National Stadium, Celtic became not only the first and only Scottish club, but also the first non-Latin club to win Europe's premier club trophy.

In an exhilarating march to the final Celtic disposed of Swiss champions Zurich, Nantes of France, Vojvodina Novi Sad of Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia's Dukla Prague.

 

The Final saw Celtic face the millionaires of Inter Milan.

The rest is history, Celtic stormed back from a seventh minute penalty goal scored by Mazzola to a 2-1 win with the Celtic goals coming from a Tommy Gemmell rocket in the 63rd minute and a Steve Chalmers goal five minutes from time.

An especially pleasing factor was the fact that the whole Celtic team were Scottish born, the first time the trophy had been won by a team of home nationals.

The "LISBON LIONS" are:

Simpson, Craig, Gemmell; Murdoch, McNeill, Clark; Johnstone, Wallace, Chalmers, Auld, Lennox.

   

The Empire Exhibition 1902

The story of how Celtic came into possession of this magnificent trophy a classic case of cashing in on the second bite of the cherry. Rangers beat Celtic in the final of the 1901 Exhibition Cup and as a result won this trophy.

The following year however, was the year of the first Ibrox disaster when dozens were killed and hundreds injured as terracing collapsed under the feet of the supporters during the April Scotland v England match.

To raise money for the victims' families a "British Championship" competition was arranged with the champions of Scotland and England, Rangers and Everton, being joined by their respective runners-up Celtic and Sunderland.

Rangers raised the stakes by offering the cup as a prize.

Almost inevitably, Celtic beat Sunderland and Rangers beat Everton, the stage was set for an Old Firm final. Celtic eventually clinched the tournament with a third goal in the dying moments of extra-tim following a 2-2 draw and promptly took the cup to Paradise where it has remained ever since.

   

The Glasgow Cup

This spectacular trophy once ranked amongst Scotland's premier senior football competitions, was won 29 times by Celtic in its heyday. In those days Glasgow Cup matches attracted crowds to rival any evenrt in the football calendar. It was a tournament of genuine prestige, as its appearance proudly proclaims.

Sadly, with the passage of time, the Glasgow Cup drifted into something of a non-event, as the advent of European football, with the glamorous occasions gererated, drew the focus away from minor domestic competitions.

Only in recent times has the historic trophy had some of its pride restored. It is now contested for by the under 18's and in the first two years since its re-instatement Celtic won and retained the trophy.

   

The St Mungo Cup 1951

One of the most distinctive of the many trophies housed at Celtic Park, the St Mungo Cup was tinged with controversy. Coming in the wake of a lengthy barren spell the St Mungo Cup formed part of the Festival.Of Britain celebrations.

Organised jointly by Glasgow Corporation and the Scottish Football Association, the event involved all 16 clubs of the then First Division. The Finaal was between Celtic and Aberdeen and the northerners got off to a flying start going 2-0 up. Celtic responded with goals from Walsh, Fallon and Tully to turn what looked like a lost cause into another famous victory.

The handles of the tophy were shaped as a Salmon - one of the symbols of Glasgow, but when one fell off as the trophy was presented, suspicions were aroused as to its pedigree.

Investigations showed that the St Mungo Cup was at best a second-hand trophy! Dating back to 1894 and with a hazy history it is known to have been a trophy contested for in a match between Provan Gasworks and the Glasgow Police. Despite protestations from Celtic the St Mungo Cup was never replaced and so this hybrid trophy still has a prominent place in the Parkead trophy room to this day.

   

Victory In Europe Cup 1945

Celtic's wartime trophy famine was ended in some style on May 9th 1945when the Bhoys rose to the occasion to defeat Queens Park at Hampden.

The match actually ended 1-1 but these were thedays in which the respective number of corner kicks won were used to decide who won a drawn game. Celtic having won one more corner than Queens Park ensure another one-off trophy was on its way to the Parkhead trophy room.

The victorious team was

Miller, Hogg, P.McDonald, Lynch, Mallan, McPhail, Paton, M.MacDonald, Gallagher, Evans, McLauchlin

   

The Empire Exhibition 1938

Another of the famous one-off trophy's, all of which seem to be destined for Celtic Park.

This trophy was to mark the Empire Exhibition of 1938, which also coincided with Celtic's Golden Jubilee, and was between Scotland and England's top four clubs. Celtic's opening tie was against Sunderland, a goalless draw attracted 54,000 fans to Ibrox. The following night Celtic disposed of the Tynesiders with goals from Divers(2) and Crum.

Another Crum goal took Celtic past Hearts and into the final where their opponents would be Everton, who had already disposed of Aberdeen and Rangers. Consider the magnitude of Celtic's task - Everton had no fewer than 10 home internationalists in their team!. The final on June 10th was witnessed by no fewer than 82,000 fans. The game ended 0-0 after 90 minutes but Johnny Crum (who else) scored seven minutes extra-time to secure a famous victory and another magnificent trophy for the Celts.

The team that day was:

Kennaway, Hogg, Morrison; Geatons, Lyon, Paterson; Delaney, MacDonald, Crum, Divers, Murphy

   

The Coronation Cup 1953

This competition featured the best clubs in Scotland and England at the time - with the exception of Celtic! Celtic's inclusion was probably more of a reflection of the team's reputation and crowd-pulling potential than its standing at the time. Nonetheless, the trophy was destined for Paradise.

When the tournament commenced the Bhoys surprised everyone when they toppled the mighty Arsenal 1-0. A fluke surely, Manchester United would have an easy passage to the final.

It was not to be, the Bhoys beat United to set up an unlikely all-green final with Hibs facing Celtic

May 30th 1953, what a scene, "All Hampden was covered in banners of Green".

Celtic took the lead in 28 minutes with a Neil Mochan rocket shot. Three minutes from time Walsh made it two and another chapter had been written in the magical history of Celtic Football Club.

The team was:

Bonnar; Haughney, Rollo, Evans, Stein, McPhail; Collins, Walsh, Mochan, Peacock, Fernie.

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