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Empire Exhibition Trophy

The Empire Exhibition Trophy was a football competition held in 1938 in conjunction with the Empire Exhibition, Scotland 1938 in Glasgow. It was held to commemorate the Exhibition, then underway in Bellahouston Park,[1] and the prize was a solid silver model of the Tait Tower.[2]

Four teams from Scotland and four from England contested the straight knock out competition. Brentford took the place of fellow London club Arsenal, who elected to withdraw.[3] Celtic defeated Everton 1–0 in the final, on 10 June 1938, with a goal from Johnny Crum in extra time.[4] The final was watched by a crowd of over 82,000 at Ibrox Park.[5] This tournament, like the later Coronation Cup, was held in very high regard at the time as it gave teams the opportunity to test themselves against teams from other leagues in the days before European football.

Entrants

Team[6] Achievement
Scotland Aberdeen 1936–37 Scottish Division One runners-up
Scotland Celtic 1937–38 Scottish Division One champions
Scotland Heart of Midlothian 1937–38 Scottish Division One runners-up
Scotland Rangers 1936–37 Scottish Division One champions
England Burnley 1937–38 First Division 6th place
England Chelsea 1937–38 First Division 10th place
England Everton 1937–38 First Division 14th place
England Sunderland 1936–37 FA Cup winners

Quarter-Finals

Replay[5]

Semi-Finals

Final

score at 90 minutes was 0–0

References

  1. ^ "1938 Empire Exhibition". Scottish Tramway & Transport Society. February 2013. Archived from the original on February 27, 2013. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Celtic 1–0 Everton, Empire Exhibition Cup Final (contemporary newspaper scans)". The Celtic Wiki. 10 June 1938. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  3. ^ "BRENTFORD ACCEPT INVITATION". The Herald. Glasgow. January 27, 1938. p. 3. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  4. ^ "Empire Exhibition Trophy". Scottish Football Historical Archive. Archived from the original on September 21, 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2013.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. ^ a b "Empire Exhibition Trophy in Glasgow 1938". RSSSF. 15 February 2003. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  6. ^ "The Darkest Day: 1930–39". Jim Craig's Football 50. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Celtic 0–0 Sunderland, Empire Exhibition Cup QF (contemporary newspaper scans)". The Celtic Wiki. 25 May 1938. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Celtic 3–1 Sunderland, Empire Exhibition Cup QF Replay (contemporary newspaper scans)". The Celtic Wiki. 26 May 1938. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Celtic 1–0 Heart of Midlothian, Empire Exhibition Cup SF (contemporary newspaper scans)". The Celtic Wiki. 3 June 1938. Retrieved 24 February 2018.