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Coronation Cup (football)

The Coronation Cup was a one-off football tournament to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, between four English and four Scottish clubs, held in Glasgow in May 1953. This tournament, like the Empire Exhibition Trophy, was held in very high regard by football clubs, as at the time it allowed teams to test themselves against teams from another country in the days before European football.

Celtic and Hibernian met in the final at Hampden Park, Celtic coming out the winners 2–0 before 117,000 spectators.[1] Celtic's victory meant that they became the unofficial champions of Britain.[2]


Team[3] Achievement
Scotland Aberdeen 1952–53 Scottish Cup runners-up
Scotland Celtic 1938 Empire Exhibition Trophy winners
(unofficial reigning British champions)
Scotland Hibernian 1951–52 Scottish Division One champions
Scotland Rangers 1952–53 Scottish Division One champions
1952–53 Scottish Cup winners
England Arsenal 1952–53 First Division champions
England Manchester United 1951–52 First Division champions
England Newcastle United 1951–52 and 1952–53 FA Cup winners
England Tottenham Hotspur 1951–52 First Division runners-up






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  3. ^ "Special Honours: 1950–59". Jim Craig's Football 50. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Celtic 1–0 Arsenal, Coronation Cup 1st round (contemporary newspaper scans)". The Celtic Wiki. 11 May 1953. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Coronation Cup in Glasgow 1953". Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Celtic 2–1 Manchester United, Coronation Cup SF (contemporary newspaper scans)". The Celtic Wiki. 16 May 1953. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Celtic 2–0 Hibernian, Coronation Cup Final (contemporary newspaper scans)". The Celtic Wiki. 20 May 1953. Retrieved 24 February 2018.