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.
We asked Douglas Stevenson from
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
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
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
Q Andylornarorys 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.
From great games to the
game's greats. If you have a query concerning Scottish football,
this is the place to send it to. We'll answer as
many as we can but regret that we cannot respond individually
to requests. So bookmark this site and look in regularly
as questions and answers are frequently updated.