Saturday, May 15, 2010

1922 and all that

The glitz and the glamour of Scottish Cup final.

Ye cannae whack it, right enough.

As is my wont I've been doing some serious historical research/mucking about on YouTube to mark the occasion.

And I've managed to find out a bit more about the 1922 Scottish Cup final.

If you are looking for omens then this might be one for the minnows (via Greenock Morton Supporters' Trust):
However, the clubs greatest achievement was reserved for April 1922, when Morton football club won the Scottish cup. On the way to the final Morton disposed of:

Vale of Leithen (h) 4-1
Clydebank (after replay) – (h) 1-1 & (a) 3-1
Clyde (h) 4-1
Motherwell (a) 2-1
Aberdeen (semi-final) – 3-1 - Dens Park

Before defeating Rangers 1 – 0 in the final at Hampden park, Glasgow.

Morton survived an early round scare in the match against Clydebank at Cappielow, being somewhat fortunate to gain a replay which they won 3-1.

The goal heroes in the semi-final against Aberdeen were Alex McNab and George French (2 goals) and it was a severe blow to Morton when French was ruled out of the final because of injury. However, on 27 April, 1922, in front of 75,000 spectators, Morton won the Scottish cup for their one and only time, when a Jimmy Gourlay goal, from a free-kick in the 11th minute, brought the cup to Greenock.

The 11 heroes on the day were:

Edwards, McIntyre, R. Brown, Gourlay, Wright, McGregor (captain), McNab, McKay, Buchanan, A. Brown, McMinn
After the game Morton had to rush away to play a friendly against Hartlepool, only after that could 10,000 fans descend on Cappielow to celebrate with their heroes.

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