The Day The Scottish Cup Came Up To Maryhill

by William Sheridan
intro

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Sat–22–Jan–1921
league-table-1921-01-23.jpg

It was First Round day in the Cup, giving Thistle had a chance to consolidate their lofty position in the Scottish League, but a nil nil stalemate for the second Saturday in a row kept our third place ambitions in check. Kane in goals for Hearts had three times as much to do as our Kenny Campbell, but ultimately the two points were split.

With regards to the Scottish Cup opening day, the editorial in Monday's Herald was none too enamoured with the fare on offer:

quote.png

The popularity of Cup-tie football has been long established and was emphasised anew on Saturday when, notwithstanding adverse weather, large attendances were attracted to the games constituting the first round of the Scottish Cup competition. Critically considered, the fascination of Cup-tie football is surprising, as experience has proved that the class of play ordinarily witnessed in the League competition is superior.

Nor can it be said that the lure of the Cup is created in any sense by artful or artificial methods of making the competition attractive. On the contrary, the organisation of the contest, like the play invariably seen in the time, is faulty, antiquated and haphazard. It is unreasonable, for instance, that the first round of the national competition, an event keenly anticipated by devotees, should include only a bare majority of the reputed first-class clubs, and that the two great clubs of the year - Rangers and Celtic - should be amongst the absentees.

It is true that the luck of the ballot was responsible for this state of matters, but the time has arrived for the controlling authority to remodel the competition on lines that would altogether eliminate byes in the competition proper. There are difficulties in the way, no doubt, and the League will resent strongly the inclusion of the larger number of provincial qualifiers necessary for this purpose; but even at the cost of extending the season, to compensate the League the Scottish Football Association would be justified in taking a step that would decidedly improve and dignify the National Cup competition.

In England there are no byes in the main contest, and from the first round, with its 64 competitors, there is a sustained and engrossing competition in which every club of note takes part. Local conditions may be somewhat different and difficult to adjust in Scotland, but local prejudices and selfishness are probably the chief barriers in the way of the improvement of the Scottish Cup competition, and these can and should be swept aside.

It's debatable that this situation would be improved with the addition of 20 Non Leaguers on top of the 22 qualified, and the healthy turnouts suggest to this writer that things were just fine as they were, especially given that the draw was completely unseeded and could literally send any side anywhere.

For the Firhill faithful, it was all eyes on the scoreboard to find out the latest Cup news from Cathkin, where some 25,000 witnessed “the Hibernians gain a creditable draw”

FIRST ROUND
Alloa Athletic 0 Falkirk 0 (10,000)
Arbroath 2 Kilmarnock 4 (5,000)
Ayr United 1 Queen's Park 0 (10,000)
Bo'ness 1 Galston 0 (3,000)
Clyde 1 Airdrieonians 1 (20,000)
Dundee 8 Caledonian 1 (18,000)
Hamilton Academical 3 Raith Rovers 1 (8,000)
Johnstone P Stevenston United P (waterlogged pitch)
Peterhead 0 Dykehead 3 (4,000)
Queen of the South 6 Blairgowrie Amateurs 0 (3,000)
St Mirren 2 Armadale 3 (10,000)
Third Lanark 1 Hibernian 1 (25,000)

Wed–26–Jan–1921
FIRST ROUND REPLAYS
Airdrieonians 0 Clyde 1 (10,000)
Hibernian 1 Third Lanark 1 (22,000)

Sat–29–Jan–1921
FIRST ROUND
Johnstone 0 Stevenston United 2 (3,000)
FIRST ROUND REPLAY
Falkirk 1 Alloa Athletic 1 (15,000)

Tue–01–Feb–1921
FIRST ROUND 2nd REPLAY
Hibernian 1 Third Lanark 0 (32,000 @ Ibrox)

Wed–02–Feb–1921
FIRST ROUND 2nd REPLAY
Alloa Athletic 1 Falkirk 1 (20,000 @ Firhill)

Thu–03–Feb–1921
FIRST ROUND 3rd REPLAY
Alloa Athletic 1 Falkirk 0 (16,000 @ Firhill)

sc-1921-badge.png Scottish Cup Winners 1921
scottish-cup-1921.jpg

back: Sandy Lister (trainer), Willie Hamilton, Tom Crichton, Kenny Campbell, Jimmy McMenemy, Matt Wilson, John Bowie, Watty Borthwick.
middle: David Johnston, Jimmy Kinloch, Joe Harris, Willie Bulloch, Jimmy McMullan, Bob McFarlane.
front: John Blair, Willie Salisbury.


Publishing date An original Thistle Archive publication, 22-Jan-2021.
Latest edit date Latest edit version 19-Jan-2021.

advertisement

tta.png The Thistle Archive supports the excellent RedYellow.orgexternal-link.png fan initiative - all profits donated to PTFC


ry1.jpg
© The Thistle Archive 2015-2020. All rights reserved. Third-party trademarks and content are the property of their respective owners, and subject to their own copyright terms and conditions. See the website links provided in each case.