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Scottish Programme of the Day - April 26th

 

On this day in 1958, Clyde beat Hibs 1-0 in the Scottish Cup Final.  

 

Clyde – McCulloch, Murphy, Haddock, Walters, Finlay, Clinton, Herd, Currie, Coyle, Robertson, Ring

Hibernian – Leslie, Grant, McLelland, Turnbull, Plenderleith, Baxter, Fraser, Aitken, Baker, Preston, Ormond

 

Referee – Jack Mowat (Burnside)   Attendance – 95,123

 

The Match

 

Two facts surrounding this match illustrate the depth of the challenge for honours in Scottish football in the middle of the last century.   One is the size of the crowd for a game not involving one of the Old Firm ; the other is that Clyde won the Scottish Cup for the third time in thirteen competitions, although the war years did intervene in that time.

Hibs journeyed to Hampden without the Famous Five forward line which dominated Scottish League football in the early years of the decade.  The re-shaped side carried the burden of their last success in the competition having come in 1902, a record which persists to this day.   They were no better than a mid-table side, but Clyde had finished the season in fourth place, behind Hearts, Rangers and Celtic, and the Cup Final went to form.

Clyde’s intelligent, play-on-the-ground forward play saw them quickly dominate the match and it was no surprise when they opened the scoring in 28 minutes.    A rare Eddie Turnbull error was capitalised upon by Coyle, who shot in-off Baxter past Lawrie Leslie in the Hibs goal.

The Edinburgh men were handicapped by an injury to Andy Aitken, who spent the second half hobbling on the right wing, in the days before substitutes.  Hibs fought hard, and in the latter stages of the game finally knocked Clyde from their composed pattern of play, but the better team won, despite the valiant efforts of the remaining two of the Famous Five to be wearing the green and white.

 

The Programme

 

The 1950’s saw little improvement in the Scottish Cup Final programme, and it was a predictable 12 page, large size issue which was sold for 6d.   Printed black and red on white glossy paper, it went straight into pen pictures of the Clyde team on page three, with a photograph of Harry Haddock.

Easter Road pen pics on page five were accompanied by photos of Harry Swan, their Chairman, Eddie Turnbull and Willie Ormond.   The centre pages had the teams in 2-3-5 formation, overprinted on a diagram of a field of play.   Archie Robertson and referee Jack Mowat were photographed, and there was a half-time scoreboard for the full programme of League matches being played that day.

“Both Seek Third Cup Win” was the heading of the first article in the second half of the programme, detailing both sides Cup record, historically and that season.   William Dunn, the Clyde chairman, was pictured on that page.    The programme concluded with an article on the changes in the game over the years, along with a photograph of Hibs teenage star, Joe Baker.

Advertising was prominent, with full pages for the Scottish Daily Express, Evening Times, and on the back page, Sellyns Menswear Store.  There were half page adverts for the Green Citizen, Sunday Express, Drybrough’s Export, Scottish Daily Mail and Sunfresh orange lemonade – made by the family firm who also owned Clyde.   It was fairly uninspiring stuff for a pricey 6d.

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