The Scottish Cup Final, 1888

    1888 Scottish Cup final

 

Renton

Cambuslang

6

1

Date

4 February 1888

Venue

Hampden Park, Crosshill

Referee

A. Kennedy

Attendance

15,000

1887

1889

The 1888 Scottish Cup final played at the second Hampden Park in Crosshill (today part of Glasgow) on 4 February 1888 was won by Renton, who beat Cambuslang 6–1.[1]

Renton were favourites going into the match, the Dunbartonshire club having already lifted the trophy in 1885 and finished runners-up to Queen's Park in 1886; in contrast, it was Cambuslang's first and only major final, though the Lanarkshire side had won the first edition of the Glasgow Cup a week earlier, beating Rangers.[2] Reports from the day indicate that despite the outcome the final was very evenly fought for the most part, with Cambuslang having several chances and Renton goalkeeper John Lindsay performing strongly before his team eventually took control of the play.[3][4] The margin of victory stood as a Scottish Cup Final record outright until being matched in 1972, but has never been surpassed.

Three months later the same teams contested the final of the Glasgow Merchants Charity Cup at the same venue, Renton again winning by a 4–0 scoreline for what was their third of four successive victories in that competition.[5] A week after that, they became unofficial "World Champions" after challenging and defeating FA Cup holders West Bromwich Albion.[6][7][8]

Summary[edit]

4 February 1888

Cambuslang

1 – 6

Renton

H. Gourlay

Report

J. McCall 
McCallum 
McNee

Hampden Park

Attendance: 15,000

Referee: A. Kennedy

Teams[edit]

Cambuslang:

GK

James Dunn

FB

William Smith

FB

William Semple

HB

McKay

HB

James 'White' Gourlay

HB

Andrew Jackson

FW

John Buchanan

FW

James Buchanan

FW

James Plenderleith

FW

Hugh Gourlay

FW

James Gourlay

Renton:

GK

John Lindsay

FB

Andrew Hannah

FB

Archie McCall

HB

Bob Kelso

HB

James Kelly

HB

Donald McKechnie

FW

Neil McCallum

FW

Harry Campbell

FW

Johnny Campbell

FW

James McCall

FW

Jack McNee          

 

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