Summer Cup (Scottish football)

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Summer Cup (Scottish football)
SportFootball
Founded1940
No. of teams16 (1940–44, 1963–65)
14 (1944–45)
CountryScotland
Most recent
champion(s)
Motherwell
Most titlesHibernian (2 titles)
Motherwell (2 titles)

The Summer Cup was a Scottish football competition open to teams in the top division, first of the wartime Southern League from 1940 to 1945 and then of the Scottish League from 1963 to 1965.

History[edit]

When the competition was first introduced in 1940 it was organised 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 Attendance Scorers Venue Ref
1940–41 Hibernian 3–2 Rangers Hampden Park, Glasgow [1][3][4][5]
1941–42 Rangers 2–2 1 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]

Scottish Division One[edit]

Season Home Team Score Away Team Attendance 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 December 2012. Retrieved 19 January 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 January 2014.
  4. ^ Rangers FC – 1940–41 season stats Gersnetonline.co.uk. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  5. ^ 1940–41 Summer Cup Final London Hearts Supporters Club. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  6. ^ Rangers FC – 1941–42 season stats Gersnetonline.co.uk. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  7. ^ 1941–42 Summer Cup Final London Hearts Supporters Club. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  8. ^ St Mirren FC – season 1942–43 St Mirren Info. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  9. ^ Rangers FC – 1942–43 season stats Gersnetonline.co.uk. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  10. ^ 1942–43 Summer Cup Final London Hearts Supporters Club. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  11. ^ Motherwell FC: Club History (1940–53) motherwellfc.co.uk. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  12. ^ 1943–44 Summer Cup Final London Hearts Supporters Club. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  13. ^ 1944–45 Summer Cup Final London Hearts Supporters Club. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  14. ^ a b Summer Cup Scottish-Football-Historical-Archive. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  15. ^ Scottish League FAQS scottishleague.net. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  16. ^ Motherwell FC: Club History (1954–65) motherwellfc.co.uk. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  17. ^ 1964–65 Summer Cup Final (1st Leg) London Hearts Supporters Club. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  18. ^ 1964–65 Summer Cup Final (2nd Leg) London Hearts Supporters Club. Retrieved 19 January 2014.