Summer Cup (Scottish football)

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Summer Cup (Scottish football)
Sport Football
Founded 1940
No. of teams 16 (1940-44, 1963-65)
14 (1944-45)
Country Scotland
Most recent champion(s) Motherwell
Most titles Hibernian (2 titles)
Motherwell (2 titles)

The Summer Cup was a Scottish football competition open to teams in the top division, first of the Southern League from 1940–45 and then of the Scottish League from 1963–65.

History[edit]

When the competition was first introduced in 1940 it was organized by the Southern League. It was one of two cup competitions run by the Southern League, that and the Southern League Cup. The competition ran from May to June when the league season had already finished.

The Summer Cup was reintroduced in 1963 as a national cup competition for Scottish Football League Division One clubs because running costs for clubs in the top division were getting more expensive. Both Celtic and Rangers declined to take part in either season the competition was played.

The trophy currently resides in the boardroom at Easter Road, the home of Hibernian.[1] Hibs chairman Harry Swan had helped to establish the competition and, when Hibernian won the first final, team manager Willie McCartney suggested that the trophy should be presented to Swan.[1] Swan's family subsequently gifted the trophy to Hibernian in perpetuity.[1][2]

List of Finals[edit]

Southern League[edit]

Season Winner Score Runner-up Att Scorers Venue Ref
1940–41 Hibernian 3–2 Rangers Hampden Park, Glasgow [1][3][4][5]
1941–42 Rangers 2–21 Hibernian Hampden Park, Glasgow [3][6][7]
1942–43 St Mirren 1–0 Rangers Hampden Park, Glasgow [3][8][9][10]
1943–44 Motherwell 1–0 Clyde 40,000 Hampden Park, Glasgow [3][11][12]
1944–45 Partick Thistle 2–0 Hibernian Hampden Park, Glasgow [3][13]
  • 1Rangers won the final and the cup on the toss of a coin.

Scottish Division One[edit]

Season Home Team Score Away Team Att Scorers Venue Ref
1963–64 Aberdeen 3–2 Hibernian Pittodrie, Aberdeen [14][15]
Hibernian 2–1 Aberdeen Easter Road, Edinburgh
Aberdeen 1–3 Hibernian Pittodrie, Aberdeen
Hibernian won Final replay after 4–4 on aggregate. - - -
1964–65 Motherwell 3–1 Dundee United Fir Park, Motherwell [14][16]
[17][18]
Dundee United 1–0 Motherwell Tannadice, Dundee
Motherwell won 3–2 on aggregate. - - -

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d The Summer Cup (1940–41 – Hibernian) Hibs-Historical-Trust. 11-12-2012. Retrieved 19-01-2014.
  2. ^ "Summer Cup undermined by typhoid, tours and indifferences". The Scotsman (Johnston Publishing). 3 May 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Summer Cup (1940–45) Scottish-Football-Historical-Archive. Retrieved 18-01-2014.
  4. ^ Rangers FC - 1940-41 season stats Gersnetonline.co.uk. Retrieved 19-01-2014.
  5. ^ 1940-41 Summer Cup Final London Hearts Supporters Club. Retrieved 19-01-2014.
  6. ^ Rangers FC - 1941-42 season stats Gersnetonline.co.uk. Retrieved 19-01-2014.
  7. ^ 1941-42 Summer Cup Final London Hearts Supporters Club. Retrieved 19-01-2014.
  8. ^ St Mirren FC - season 1942-43 St Mirren Info. Retrieved 19-01-2014.
  9. ^ Rangers FC - 1942-43 season stats Gersnetonline.co.uk. Retrieved 19-01-2014.
  10. ^ 1942-43 Summer Cup Final London Hearts Supporters Club. Retrieved 19-01-2014.
  11. ^ Motherwell FC: Club History (1940–53) motherwellfc.co.uk. Retrieved 19-01-2014.
  12. ^ 1943-44 Summer Cup Final London Hearts Supporters Club. Retrieved 19-01-2014.
  13. ^ 1944-45 Summer Cup Final London Hearts Supporters Club. Retrieved 19-01-2014.
  14. ^ a b Summer Cup (1963–65) Scottish-Football-Historical-Archive. Retrieved 18-01-2014.
  15. ^ Scottish League FAQS scottishleague.net. Retrieved 19-01-2014.
  16. ^ Motherwell FC: Club History (1954–65) motherwellfc.co.uk. Retrieved 19-01-2014.
  17. ^ 1964-65 Summer Cup Final (1st Leg) London Hearts Supporters Club. Retrieved 19-01-2014.
  18. ^ 1964-65 Summer Cup Final (2nd Leg) London Hearts Supporters Club. Retrieved 19-01-2014.