1950 Scottish League Cup Final

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1950 Scottish League Cup Final
Event 1950–51 Scottish League Cup
Date 28 October 1950
Venue Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance 64,074

The 1950 Scottish League Cup Final was played on 28 October 1950, at Hampden Park in Glasgow and was the final of the fifth Scottish League Cup competition. The final was contested by Hibernian and Motherwell. Motherwell won the match 3–0 thanks to goals by Jim Forrest, Archie Kelly and Willie Watters.


Hibs had been 2/5 favourites to win the match and fielded seven full internationals in their side.[1] This match was played during Hibs' most successful era, as they went on to win the league championship by ten clear points, led by the Famous Five forward line of Smith, Johnstone, Reilly, Turnbull and Ormond. They suffered a blow in the build-up to the final, however, as Eddie Turnbull was injured.[1] Manager Hugh Shaw moved Willie Ormond from the left wing to inside left, and selected Jimmy Bradley in Ormond's normal position.[1] Bradley, who never played in a league match for Hibs, froze on the big occasion.[1]

Match report[edit]

Hibs controlled most of the match, but without threatening the Motherwell goal much,[1] prompting one journalist to report that:[1]

if the Ibrox defence is the Iron Curtain then this Motherwell defence is compressed steel.

In the 74th minute, Tommy Younger could only parry a shot by Archie Kelly, who headed in the rebound to score the opening goal.[1] Two minutes later, a deep cross by Archie Shaw was headed back across by Willie Watters, and Forrest headed in Motherwell's second goal.[1] The third goal came when Younger miskicked a clearance into the path of Watters, who lobbed the Hibs' keeper.[1] Younger had to be consoled by his opposite number after the game, while the Motherwell players celebrated their victory.[1]

Match details[edit]

28 October 1950
Motherwell 3 – 0 Hibernian
Forrest Goal 74'
Kelly Goal 76'
Watters Goal
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 64,074
GK Scotland John Johnston
FB Scotland Willie Kilmarnock
FB Scotland Archie Shaw
RH Scotland Don McLeod
CH Scotland Andy Paton
LH Scotland Willie Redpath
RW Scotland Willie Watters
IF Scotland Jim Forrest
CF Scotland Archie Kelly
IF Scotland Jimmy Watson
LW Scotland Johnny Aitkenhead
Scotland George Stevenson
GK Scotland Tommy Younger
FB Scotland Jock Govan
FB Scotland John Ogilvie
RH Scotland Archie Buchanan
CH England Jock Paterson
LH Scotland Bobby Combe
RW Scotland Gordon Smith
IF Scotland Bobby Johnstone
CF Scotland Lawrie Reilly
IF Scotland Willie Ormond
LW Scotland Jimmy Bradley
Scotland Hugh Shaw

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Jeffrey, pp22-23.
  • Jeffrey, Jim (2007). Classic Matches: Hibernian Football Club. Stadia. ISBN 0-7524-4452-2.