THE SCOTSMAN -
Monday 25 October, 1954
First Major Trophy Win for 48 Years
BY OUR FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT
The long wait is over for Heart of Midlothian.
years they have striven to emulate the occasion of 1906, when the Scottish
Cup was won at Ibrox .Now their name goes on the Scottish League Cup,
their first major trophy win since then.
They defeated Motherwell by 4
goals to 2 at Hampden Stadium.
Glasgow, on Saturday, and let it be said
right away that victory was merited.
The Lanarkshire side fought to the final whistlethey
got their second goal in the dying seconds of the game but despite their
great spirit, they never matched the constructive efforts of their
Not that Hearts were the perfect combine They had their sticky
spells and for a period in the second had were hard pressed to retain
their advantage Fortunately for them the defence held out.
It was then that we saw Duff make some spectacular
saves when the eager Motherwell forwards swarmed in on goal.
played a heroic part ably aided by Mackenzie who had been pronounced fit
to play just before the kick off.
That was the testing period.
Hearts did not fail.
it was a team victory.
Glidden, after a few early mistakes, settled down
to a fame of steady endeavour, and his policing of Bain did much to blunt
the spearhead of the Motherwell attack.
Mackay, I reckoned, took the
That view was shared by many; but Cumming, if in
quieter vein, lost nothing in effectiveness.
The three goals scored by Bauld made him the star of
Though sustaining a thigh injury early in the second half, the
centre was never subdued, and his third goal, a header, was as good an
effort as any produced in the game.
WING MEN ON FORM
The Hearts wing men had a fine day and it was from the
service of Souness on the right that two of the goals came.
Wardhaugh demonstrated again that their left wing partnership is as good
as anything in the country at the moment, a fact no doubt noted by the
To complete a good forward line was the tireless
work put in by Conn.
The losers also had their personalities.
little chance with the goals, but the absence of Shaw was a big handicap.
McSeveney, who deputised, never seemed to get on top of his job.
did his best to cover up and thereby sacrificed much of his attacking
ability, though the left-half was by no means a failure.
Cox, the former Hearts player, was Motherwells
Paton was too casual, an attitude which on occasion caused
trouble to the defence.
Humphries and Aitken, the inside forwards with
Bain an alert centre, tried hard to swing the game in their favour, but
did not get the proper backing from the wing men.
Hearts were two goals up in 16 minutes, both of them
scored by Bauld.
Paton slipped in going to intercept Souness, and the
wingers cross was headed home by the centre.
His second score, from
a pass by Conn, was a model of quick thinking.
The ball was switched from
one foot to the other, two defenders were beaten, and the final shot was
beautifully placed in the net.
Redpath reduce the deficit by scoring from a penalty,
given when Conn upended Humphries, but just on the interval Wardhaugh had
restored the advantage.
His goal, a header, came from another Souness
cross into the middle.
A storming finish brought two more goals in the
last three minutes.
Bauld got his third of the game by heading home a pass
from Wardhaugh, with Bain scoring for Motherwell just before the whistle.
The crowd of 55,640 was bigger than anticipated.
start, the estimate was about 30,000.
The earlier kick-off, to allow for
extra time if necessary, had apparently not been noted by many.
game began spectators were still streaming into the ground.
townsmen were winning the League Cup, Hibernians, also playing in Glasgow,
were being well beaten by Clyde at Shawfield.
Greet Hearts in Edinburgh
Heart of Midlothian received a
great welcome on their return to Edinburgh on Saturday night.
North British Hotel, where a celebration dinner had been arranged, several
thousand people jammed the pavements, and when the buses carrying the team
and officials arrived the crowd surged forward, completely blocking
The police had difficulty in
clearing a way for the buses, and there was little more than a foot-wide
corridor into the hotel, through which the players had to pass.
and children, frightened as the crowd surged forward, had to take refuge
on the hotel steps, and one woman who had fainted was carried inside.
On alighting from their bus the
players, led by Parker, the captain, carrying the cup above his head, had
to fight their way into the hotel.
They seemed to be overwhelmed at the
magnitude of their reception, and some were alomst overcome with emotion.
Over an hour after the team had
entered the hotel, several hundred supporters still lined the pavement on
the north side of the street, chanting appeals for the players to make an
Shortly before midnight, a small band were patiently waiting
in the hope of seeing members of the team.
Throughout the evening many
telegrams of congratulations arrived at the hotel for players and
At Hampden, too, there were
unprecedented scenes of enthusiasm.
When the referee blew the whistle for
full time, three or four thousand Hearts supporters invaded the pitch and
surrounded the Tynecastle players.
It took some of the players five
minutes to get off the field.
The official Hearts party, in four buses,
was escorted from Hampden to the Glasgow boundary by police motor
At Corstorphine, two police cars met the convoy and escorted it
About an hour before the players
were due to arrive groups of people were congregating along the route.
they waited the good humoured crowd cheered every vehicle that passed,
There was no discrimination.
Double-decked Corporation buses, which had
been no nearer Hampden than the city boundary and private cars were all
given a rousing cheer.
When the bus carrying the team
arrived, flags, bunting and scarves were waved, fireworks set off and
bugles and rattles sounded.
People left bars and restaurants to cheer the
team, and hundreds watched from open windows.
Only on Royal visits to the
city have similar scenes been witnessed.