Cup Final fever is here again. If this Saturday’s encounter is anything like the 1931 Scottish Cup Final, fought by the same teams and considered one of the most exciting and dramatic in the history of the tournament, Hampden will see cheers and tears aplenty.
In 1931 Celtic were hoping to win the oldest trophy in world football for the thirteenth time. For Motherwell, two years older than their Glasgow counterparts, it was their first-ever major cup final appearance – and their fans turned out in great numbers to support them. 40 special trains as well as 237 trams and 79 buses per hour delivered a crowd of 104,803 to Hampden on what the Motherwell Times described as “a glorious spring day” with the only drawback being “a stiff wind blowing from end to end.”
Bhoys against (Steel)Men – the 1931 squads
There was well-founded optimism amongst the Lanarkshire contingent. …
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