by Eddie McDowell
The match programme cost one Shilling (that's 5p for
those of you born after 1971!) and contained only eight pages. A couple of
pictures of the combatants in action in previous rounds, a brief "how
they got here"-type article, a double-page spread containing the
teams, a short profile of both managers including photographs. There was
also a full-page advert encouraging supporters to fork out for tickets for
the Scotland v West Germany match at Hampden the following month. Ticket
prices ranged from a wallet-busting 30/- (£1.50) to wallow in luxury
of the expensive seats in the South Stand to a paltry 6/- (30p) to stand
in the pouring rain on the uncovered terracing.
As we now live in a footballing age when commercialism, advertising and
sponsorship is God, it's strange to note that the only commercial advert
in the whole programme was on the back page which boldly assured the
reader that Wills Goldcrest cigarettes were "generous in size,
generous in value" at only 4/6 (22p) for 20.
The Morton team listed in the programme was : Neilsen, Ferguson, Rankine
(sic), Jensen, Gray, Strachan, Harper, Allan, Mason, G.Sweeney, Bartram
The Celtic team was quite a good one too: Fallon, Craig, Gemmell,
Murdoch, McNeill, Brogan, Johnstone, Chalmers, Wallace, Auld, Hughes,
Clark and Callaghan.
The captains were Billy McNeil for Celtic and Billy Gray for Morton,
while the teams were managed by two legends - Jock Stein and Hal Stewart.
Morton had reached the Semi-Final stage by defeating Falkirk (2-1),
Stranraer (3-1) and Dundee United (3-2). All these matches were away draws
for Morton with the Dundee United result being the most significant as it
was the only time Morton were to beat the Arabs that season.
Although Celtic were to win the First Division championship for the
fourth time in a row that year , Morton finished the season unbeaten by
Celtic in the league. A 1-1 draw at Cappielow in October was to be
followed up in April by Morton beating Celtic 4-2 at Parkhead with Per
Bartram scoring a hat trick in seven minutes! The last time the clubs met
in a Scottish Cup semi-final it was a good day for Morton as well - on
March 27th 1948 Morton played Celtic at Ibrox and ran out winners thanks
to an Eddie Murphy goal in extra-time.
With current form and recent history on their side Morton were promptly
gubbed 4-1 on the day. Celtic met Rangers in the final and won 4-0 to win
their twentieth Scottish Cup final.