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THE SCOTSMAN - Monday 23 April, 1956
Hearts Realise a Dream of Half a
Decisive Victory over Celtic in Cup
BY OUR FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT
Celtic 1, Heart of Midlothian 3
Beattie; Meechan and Fallon; Smith, Evans,
and Peacock, Craig, Haughney, Mochan, Fernie, and Tully
HEART OF MIDLOTHIAN
Duff; Kirk and McKenzie; Mackay,
Glidden, and Cumming, Young, Conn, Bauld,
- R.H.Davidson (Airdrie.)
A dream of 50 years has been realised by
Heart of Midlothian.
At last the Scottish Cup has
been won, to erase the sufferings of half a century, and if the
search has been long, there is no shadow of doubt that victory in Saturdays
final at Hampden Stadium, Glasgow went to the better side.
There have been more exciting finals, but
I doubt if there ever has been a more popular result.
Down the years
Hearts have been welcome visitors at all grounds in .Scotland, acclaimed
for the skill and ability of their sides, yet always flattering to
At least until Saturdayand the hoodoo was finally laid by a
display of real fighting spirit at a time when it was most needed.
Remember, this Tynecastle side always
looked ahead of Celtic in all-round excellence yet, when they went in at
halftime only one goal to the good, and that obtained with the aid of a
strong breeze, there were those who said that Hearts had lost their
It was an idea quickly dispelled, for a
second score arrived just after the restart.Then Celtic came into the
picture for a spell, reduced the leeway midway through the half only to
find Hearts fighting back again to make victory certain No one can say the
present Tynecastle men lack spirit.
That was the victory pattern as I saw
it Hearts played as a team; Celtic were a disjointed company.
Supporters of the Glasgow side would no
doubt trace their defeat to the boardroom decision to play right back
Haughney at inside right, on the face of it, a strange transposition but
they should not forget that Celtic faced the Final with a heavy injury
In any case, Haughney came to them from the juniors as a forward in
this instance, the gamble did not come off the directors should not be
I thought there were three men who stood
out in the Hearts side, though all must be congratulated on a fine team
success in, choosing Mackay, Cumming and Crawford for special mention,
they were the key men when things looked as if they might take a turn for
It was at that stage I got the feeling
that certain Hearts were thinking of the past, or of Celtics
traditional qualities in overcoming the heaviest of odds.
These three rallied the Tynecastle men.
Mackay had the job of watching the left wing pair of Tully and Fernie, the
latter especially one of the cleverest players in the game, though not
always the most profitable.
Mackay performed his task in magnificent
fashion with that spearhead blunted, with Mochan held in complete check by
Glidden, and with Cumming, despite a nasty cut above his left eye which
required stitches the master on the left, the Celtic forwards line never
got a chance to function as a unit.
Duff had a good afternoon in goal.
Kirk I rated the better back.
Crawfords goals came when they were
required to settle the nerves of his mates.
It was some time before they really got
moving, for earlier a number of promising runs had broken down in the goal
area, and it took a snap effort by the left winger to do the trick.
made the pass to Conn who promptly transferred to Crawford.
managed to get his fingers to the ball but could not stay its progress to
That was in twenty minutes.
Not many thrills from Celtic so far until
a Mochan header swirled inches past the post
The half-time verdict was that it had been
no epic so far, but the second half helped to redress matters.
minutes after the restart Crawford got a second goal Bauld was the
He trailed the ball down the left wing, eluded the attentions
of Evans, and then sent over a nice cross.
Young was on the spot to head
it down to Crawford, who had moved into the inside-right berth, and Hearts
were further ahead.
The jubilation of their supporters was
momentarily curbed when Haughney caused Duff to drop a Tully free kick and
the back-turned-forward prodded home one for Celtic.
This was the stage when Hearts answered
Into the picture stormed Celtic but with as game a display
of determination as I have seen for a long time, the Tynecastle side
gradually got on top again, and with ten minutes left they settled the
issue with a third goal.
Conn was the marksman, but again Bauld was the
man who started the move.
TWO MAY BE "CAPPED"
Bauld, if quieter than Crawford, played a
major part in the wingers success.
The left winger also got fine service
If the right wing pair of Conn and Young were less
prominent, they were equally effective in keeping Hearts on top.
players will be under consideration when the Scotland team to play against
Austria is chosen at Glasgow today.
TIMES - Monday 23 April, 1956
HEARTS ARE SCOTTISH
Celtic 1, Heart of
Hearts were trumps at Hampden Park,
Glasgow, on Saturday.
That, at least, was how it seemed to an infidel from
the South as giant Celtic were cast down in their own city in the final of
the Scottish Cup and Heart of Midlothian took the trophy east again after
exactly half a century.
So Edinburgh, the proud capital and the home of
Hearts, enjoyed this moment of triumph and by nightfall had let down her
hair with some well-mannered revelry along stately Princes Street.
This was Cup Final day in Glasgow with
From cockcrow there was only one topic of conversation.
the shaving hand of the barber shook alarmingly as he regaled his art with
a ceaseless patter.
He was an Edinburgh man earning his living in Glasgow.
Hearts were the pride of his life.
"Och! Ill be through to the
Ill no miss this day." His hand and the razor trembled.
By midday the city was awash as the
tide from the east flowed in.
The streets were alive with noise.
and bells and rattles; peopke wearing their favours, the green and white
of Celtic, the maroon of Hearts.
There was the same air of carnival as in
London on Cup Final day.
Only in London it seems more dispersed.
There is a difference too, at Hampden
It is more strident, more raucous.
It lacks the rather prim ritual
At Wembley, only a third, or slightly less of the 100,000
crowd would lay down their very lives for the teams engaged in battle.
Rather, it has become a Derby Day, a function at which to be present.
at Hampden quite 90,000 of the 130,000 gathering truly get their teeth
into the struggle.
They are the clansmen who have watched their heroes in
rain, wind and sun, and because a large proportion of the tickets are on
public sale - unlike a Wembley final - they are in at the death.
the floating vote of the other 40,000 depends on the contestants
There was no question about this on Saturday.
And here was
Again unlike Wembley, the teams enter the vast arena
If there was a gale of cheering when Celtic came out it was a
mere whisper to the reception given to Hearts.
The skies were almost
There is a romantic ring about the Heart of Midlothian.
It is a
name that has always been worn chivalrously by these men in maroon shirts.
There was little doubt where Scottish hearts now lay in the main.
the middle Hampdens battle raged.
It was never a classic but it was
clean and exciting and the right team won, even for a neutral from across
Hearts played the thoughtful football.
Celtic - without Stein
at centre-half and "wee Bobby Collins" in attack - were the
dour, experienced fighters who accepted defeat only at the last whistle.
This was their twenty-seventh final, their fourth in six years and the
third in succession.
Even two goals by Crawford, the Hearts outside-left -
one before half-time, the other just after the interval - never damped
Urged on by Evans, now wearing his
green and white horizontal striped shirt outside his trousers as he had
worn Scotlands colours the previous week against England - an
old-fashioned touch indeed - Celtic fought back to 2 - 1 as Haughney
rammed the ball home.
With a swirling wind and sun at their backs it
seemed for a moment as if their spirit would save the day.
But with 10
minutes left Conn put Hearts beyond reach and the rejoicing must have been
heard far away in Edinburgh itself as Hampdens roar reached a new
So the Cup went east, and while the
clock was about to go forward one hour Hearts turned back the calendar 50
years to their last triumph.
The English Cup was born in 1872 and its
Scottish counterpart two years later.
But unlike Englands original "little
tin idol" which disappeared from a shop window in Birmingham in 1895,
the Scottish trophy is still going strong.
As such it is the oldest major
prize in British football.
It has had its excitements, notably when it was
withheld in 1909 after the Rangers-Celtic final of that year ended in a
But thieves have never laid hands on it.
Now it is in Edinburgh.
But sadly we
did not see the Hearts captain chaired from the field clutching his prize.
This is a touch the Hampden scene lacks against Wembley.
But no matter.
The capital rejoiced and only the Celtic clans sheltered in their tents.
As the lights went up a party in evening dress were celebrating a wedding.
They also celebrated something else: the victory of Hearts and the return
to the senior League Division of the Queens Park amateurs.
are held in special affection and this was a day when all open minded
Scotsmen were content.
HEART OF MIDLOTHIAN:-Duff; Kirk and McKenzie; Mackay, Glidden,
and Cumming, Young, Conn, Bauld, Wardhaugh.
CELTIC:- Beattie; Meechan, Fallon; Smith, Evans,
Peacock;Craig, Haughney, Mochan, Fernie, Tully.