A brief history of the Glasgow Cup

The Glasgow Football Association Cup, first contested in 1887-88, was in its time an important competition and had the status of a first class competition. It was contested as fiercely as the League Championship or the Scottish Cup by member clubs who were senior clubs in the Glasgow area, and the winners received a magnificent silver trophy, the same one today's reams contest.

Not surprisingly the competition was dominated by the two Glasgow giants, Rangers and Celtic, but the other member clubs, Partick Thistle, Clyde, Queen's Park and the now defunct Third Lanark, Cambuslang, and Cowlairs had their day too. After the Second World War the Glasgow Cup diminished in status, mainly due to the more cosmopolitan fare provided by European Competitions.

Traditionally the Glasgow Cup had always been played early in the season, with the Glasgow Merchants' Charity Cup concluding the season after the completion of the Scottish League and Scottish Cup. After the demise of the Charity Cup in 1960, Glasgow Cup fixtures were fitted into the schedule at any convenient point with the Final being played at the end of the season if at all.

After the 1971 competition, the Glasgow Cup was not contested for three years. It was resurrected for the 1974-75 season but its appeal was limited and interest was luke-warm at best. Sometimes the competition would be left incomplete, otherwise the Final was often held over until the beginning of the following season.

However, when it came to an Old Firm final, Rangers and Celtic would usually put out pretty much their full first teams. This was the case as late as 1986 when on the Friday evening before the Scottish Cup Final, a capacity crowd of over 40,000 saw Rangers take the trophy with a 3-2 win over the Scottish Champions, Celtic, courtesy of an Ally McCoist hat-trick to give Manager Graeme Souness his first trophy, just days after taking charge.

This was essentially the swan-song of the tournament as a first team tournament. Rangers retained the trophy the following season in another Old Firm Final, this time at Parkhead, but only 15,000 were there to see what were effectively the Reserve teams compete.

The following season's tournament was never completed; officially there were no suitable dates available to fit ties in, but in reality the competition was long past it's sell-by-date and as the days of the UEFA Champions' League rapidly approached, its significance had reduced.

In 1988 the competition was relaunched as a tournament for member clubs' Under-19 sides, and in season 2007-08, it was again relaunched for member clubs' Inder-17 teams.

Glasgow Cup Final results, 1888 to present

2016 Rangers 0 Celtic 4  
2015 Celtic 2 Rangers 0  
2014 Rangers 0 Celtic 1  
2013 Celtic 2 Rangers 3  
2012 Rangers 1 Celtic 1 (Rangers win 4-2 on penalties)
2011 Celtic 1 Rangers 0  
2010 Rangers 2 Celtic 1  
2009 Rangers 3 Celtic 1  
2008 Celtic 3 Rangers 1 (First Glasgow Cup for U17s teams)
2007 No competition
2006 No competition
2005 Not completed
2004 Rangers 2 Celtic 0  
2003 No competition
2002 No competition
2001 Not completed
2000 Rangers 1 Celtic 0  
1999 Rangers 2 Celtic 1  
1998 Celtic 1 Rangers 1 Celtic won 3-0 on penalties
1997 Celtic 5 Partick Thistle 0  
1996 Rangers 1 Celtic 0  
1995 Rangers 3 Celtic 1  
1994 Rangers 1 Celtic 0  
1993 Rangers 1 Celtic 0  
1992 Rangers 1 Celtic 0  
1991 Celtic 3 Partick Thistle 2  
1990 Celtic 2 Rangers 0 (First Glasgow Cup for U19s teams)
1989 Partick Thistle 2 Clyde 0 (Last Glasgow Cup for first teams)
1988 Not completed
1987 Rangers 1 Celtic 0  
1986 Rangers 3 Celtic 2  
1985 Rangers 5 Queen's Park 0  
1984 No competition
1983 Rangers 1 Celtic 0  
1982 Celtic 2 Rangers 1  
1981 Partick Thistle 1 Celtic 0  
1980 Not completed (final Rangers v Celtic not played)
1979 Rangers 3 Celtic 1  
1978 No competition
1977 Not completed
1976 Rangers 3 Celtic 1  
1975 Rangers 2 Celtic 2 No replay, declared joint holders
1974 No competition
1973 No competition
1972 No competition
1971 Rangers 2 Clyde 0  
1970 Celtic 3 Rangers 1  
1969 Rangers 3 Partick Thistle 2  
1968 Celtic 8 Clyde 0  
1967 Celtic 4 Partick Thistle 0  
1966 Not completed
1965 Celtic 5 Queen's Park 0  
1964 Celtic 2 Clyde 0  
1963 Third Lanark 2 Celtic 1  
1962 Celtic 3 Third Lanark 2 After 1-1 draw
1961 Partick Thistle 2 Celtic 0  
1960 Rangers 2 Partick Thistle 1  
1959 Clyde 1 Rangers 0 After 0-0 draw
1958 Rangers 4 Third Lanark 2 After 1-1 draw
1957 Rangers 2 Clyde 0  
1956 Celtic 5 Rangers 3 After 1-1 draw
1955 Partick Thistle 2 Rangers 0  
1954 Rangers 3 Third Lanark 0  
1953 Partick Thistle 3 Rangers 1  
1952 Clyde 2 Celtic 1  
1951 Partick Thistle 3 Celtic 2 After 1-1 draw
1950 Rangers 2 Clyde 1  
1949 Celtic 3 Third Lanark 1  
1948 Rangers 4 Third Lanark 1  
1947 Clyde 2 Third Lanark 1  
1946 Queen's Park 2 Clyde 0  
1945 Rangers 3 Celtic 2  
1944 Rangers 2 Clyde 0  
1943 Rangers 5 Third Lanark 2  
1942 Rangers 6 Clyde 0  
1941 Celtic 1 Rangers 0  
1940 Rangers 3 Queen's Park 1  
1939 Celtic 3 Clyde 0  
1938 Rangers 2 Third Lanark 1  
1937 Rangers 6 Partick Thistle 1 After 2-2 draw
1936 Rangers 2 Celtic 0  
1935 Partick Thistle 1 Rangers 0  
1934 Rangers 2 Clyde 0  
1933 Rangers 1 Partick Thistle 0  
1932 Rangers 3 Queen's Park 0  
1931 Celtic 2 Rangers 1  
1930 Rangers 4 Celtic 0 After 0-0 draw
1929 Celtic 2 Queen's Park 0  
1928 Celtic 2 Rangers 1  
1927 Celtic 1 Rangers 0  
1926 Clyde 2 Celtic 1  
1925 Rangers 4 Celtic 1  
1924 Rangers 3 Third Lanark 1  
1923 Rangers 1 Clyde 0 After 0-0 draw
1922 Rangers 1 Celtic 0  
1921 Celtic 1 Clyde 0  
1920 Celtic 1 Partick Thistle 0  
1919 Rangers 2 Celtic 0  
1918 Rangers 4 Partick Thistle 1  
1917 Celtic 3 Clyde 1  
1916 Celtic 2 Rangers 1  
1915 Clyde 1 Partick Thistle 0 After 1-1 draw
1914 Rangers 3 Third Lanark 0  
1913 Rangers 3 Celtic 1  
1912 Rangers 1 Partick Thistle 0  
1911 Rangers 3 Celtic 1  
1910 Celtic 1 Rangers 0  
1909 Third Lanark 4 Celtic 0 After 1-1 and 2-2 draws
1908 Celtic 2 Rangers 1 After 2-2 and 0-0 draws
1907 Celtic 3 Third Lanark 2  
1906 Celtic 3 Third Lanark 0  
1905 Celtic 2 Rangers 1  
1904 Third Lanark 1 Celtic 0 After 1-1 draw
1903 Third Lanark 3 Celtic 0  
1902 Rangers walkover: Celtic scratched after 2-2 draw
1901 Rangers 3 Partick Thistle 1  
1900 Rangers 1 Celtic 0 After 1-1 draw
1899 Queen's Park 1 Rangers 0  
1898 Rangers 4 Queen's Park 0  
1897 Rangers 2 Celtic 1 After 1-1 draw
1896 Celtic 6 Queen's Park 3  
1895 Celtic 2 Rangers 0  
1894 Rangers 1 Cowlairs 0  
1893 Rangers 3 Celtic 1  
1892 Celtic 7 Clyde 1  
1891 Celtic 4 Third Lanark 0  
1890 Queen's Park 3 Celtic 2  
1889 Queen's Park 8 Partick Thistle 0  
1888 Cambuslang 3 Rangers 1