Missing Cup Final Programmes
Tom Donnelly
Last Old Firm Cup Clash
1981 Cup Final Scorers



Q Alan Sheridan wants to know “Why were no programmes issued for the 1979 Scottish Cup Final replay/2nd replay & 1981 Scottish Cup Final replay, unlike the 1963 Scottish Cup Final replay or 1980 Scottish League Cup Final replay (I think!)? I have not been able to locate these programmes. Was it by chance whether a replay programme was issued or not.”

A We asked Douglas Stevenson from D&D Programmes in Kilmarnock, Scotland's top programme shop and he told us "The only Scottish Cup Final replays which had programmes issued were those of 1948 (Rangers v Morton) and 1963 (Rangers v Celtic).

The SFA's thinking was that a programme covered both the Final and any replay. There doesn't appear to be any particular reason why programmes were issued for the 1948 and 1963 replays and not for other post-war Finals which went to a second game like those in 1953, 1955, 1957, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1979 and 1981."

Our own speculations here are that 1948 was the first post-war replay and that the SFA policy may have been instituted after that. In 1963 there was an unusally long gap (eleven days, rather than the customary four) between first and second games.

Because of the dreadful winter that year there was a tremendous fixture backlog with both Finalists playing three League games between the Final and the replay.

There would have been a need to bring supporters up to date and to make allowances for possible changes in the team line-ups.

With regard to the League Cup, Douglas tells us "This was also apparently random. There WAS a replay programme for East Fife v Falkirk in 1947-48 but not for other replayed Finals like Celtic v Partick Thistle in the 1950s and Rangers v Hearts in the 1960s.

In 1979-80 the first match between Dundee United and Aberdeen was at Hampden but the replay was moved to Dens Park and a four-page programme was issued for that."

Incidentally, Douglas also tells us that the 1980 League Cup Final replay issue costs £75 and the 1963 Cup Final replay changes hands for £45. And he has both of these in stock!

The 1948 replay programme is much rarer and will cost any would-be purchaser around £500.

Our thanks to Douglas Stevenson for assistance with this reply.

Q John Aitken asks: “When did Rangers last play Celtic at Celtic Park in the Scottish Cup? Please help settle an argument.”

A Always happy to settle arguments, John. It was March 7th 2004 in a quarter-final tie won 1-0 by Celtic. If you mean before this year then it was April 5th 1998 when Rangers won a semi-final tie 2-1.

Q Andylornarory’s query is “Who scored Rangers’ goals in the 1981 Scottish Cup Final against Dundee Utd?”

A The first match was goalless and the replay was on Tuesday May 12th 1981. Rangers won 4-1 with goals from Davie Cooper, Robert Russell and two from John MacDonald. Davie Dodds scored for Dundee United.

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Q From Graeme Donnelly (no relation) “How many times did Tom Donnelly play for East Stirling and how many goals did he score for them? Any other information you can find on the career of Tom Donnelly would be useful."

A Thanks to John Litster’s disk, digging around for this information is so much easier. Playing for his school, Cumnock Academy, Tom was signed by Rangers in the summer of 1964 but didn't make any first team appearances and was given a free transfer at the end of 1967-68.

He was picked up by Motherwell where he made a name for himself as a versatile midfielder, capable of playing both right and left-half.

He was an ever-present in the Motherwell team which won the Second Division championship in 1968-69 and made 23 appearances (inc 2 as sub) in the 1st Division the next season. He also played in all ten League Cup matches that term as Motherwell reached the semi-finals.

In 1970-71 he only made 15 League appearances but turned out three times in the inaugural Texaco Cup as Motherwell reached the semi-finals. He scored at White Hart Lane when the 'well narrowly lost 3-2 in the second round and found the net again in a 3-1 second leg victory at Fir Park.

These were hugely popular games with 22,688 watching 'Well's victory over Spurs.

Motherwell narrowly lost out to Hearts in the last four. Over 46,500 attended the two fixtures.

Tom made the journey from Fir Park to Firs Park when he signed for East Stirling in the summer of 1971. He had played 74 League games for Motherwell, scoring ten goals, 18 League Cup (one goal), five Scottish cup and those three Texaco games for a total of exactly 100 first team appearances and 13 goals.

For the next seven seasons he was a regular for East Stirling, turning out 216 times in the League and scoring 26 goals. In the League Cup he made 31 appearances, scoring once and in the Scottish Cup he played eleven times and scored two goals.

His last goal was a penalty kick v Brechin on March 4th 1978 which was the only goal of the game. His final appearance was at Station Park, Forfar in a 3-3 draw on Apr 29th 1978 which helped East Stirling end the season unbeaten in their last seven matches.

All told (and counting substitutions) Tom Donnelly made 290 Scottish League appearances and scored 36 goals, 49 League Cup appearances (one goal), 16 Scottish Cup appearances (two goals) and three Texaco Cup outings (two goals) for a career total of 358 first class matches and 41 goals.

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