Established in 1883, the Glasgow FA exists to represent the interests of the senior football clubs in Glasgow. The Glasgow FA Cup was first contested in season 1887-88 and its history is detailed on this page.


1888 to 2017



1887 to 2017


A brief history of
the Glasgow Cup


The Glasgow Football Association Cup, first contested in 1887-88, was in its time an important competition and had the status of a first class competition. It was contested as fiercely as the League Championship or the Scottish Cup by member clubs who were senior clubs in the Glasgow area, and the winners received a magnificent silver trophy, the same one today's reams contest.


Not surprisingly the competition was dominated by the two Glasgow giants, Rangers and Celtic, but the other member clubs, Partick Thistle, Clyde, Queen's Park and the now defunct Third Lanark, Cambuslang, and Cowlairs had their day too. After the Second World War the Glasgow Cup diminished in status, mainly due to the more cosmopolitan fare provided by European Competitions.


Traditionally the Glasgow Cup had always been played early in the season, with the Glasgow Merchants' Charity Cup concluding the season after the completion of the Scottish League and Scottish Cup. After the demise of the Charity Cup in 1960, Glasgow Cup fixtures were fitted into the schedule at any convenient point with the Final being played at the end of the season if at all.


After the 1971 competition, the Glasgow Cup was not contested for three years. It was resurrected for the 1974-75 season but its appeal was limited and interest was luke-warm at best. Sometimes the competition would be left incomplete, otherwise the Final was often held over until the beginning of the following season.


However, when it came to an Old Firm final, Rangers and Celtic would usually put out pretty much their full first teams. This was the case as late as 1986 when on the Friday evening before the Scottish Cup Final, a capacity crowd of over 40,000 saw Rangers take the trophy with a 3-2 win over the Scottish Champions, Celtic, courtesy of an Ally McCoist hat-trick to give Manager Graeme Souness his first trophy, just days after taking charge.


This was essentially the swan-song of the tournament as a first team tournament. Rangers retained the trophy the following season in another Old Firm Final, this time at Parkhead, but only 15,000 were there to see what were effectively the Reserve teams compete.


The following season's tournament was never completed; officially there were no suitable dates available to fit ties in, but in reality the competition was long past it's sell-by-date and as the days of the UEFA Champions' League rapidly approached, its significance had reduced.


In 1988 the competition was relaunched as a tournament for member clubs' Under-19 sides, and in season 2007-08, it was again relaunched for member clubs' Inder-17 teams.

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