1957 Scottish League Cup final

1957 Scottish League Cup Final
Event 1957–58 Scottish League Cup
Date 19 October 1957
Venue Hampden Park, Glasgow
Referee J.A. Mowatt
Attendance 82,293

The 1957 Scottish League Cup Final was a football match played on 19 October 1957 at Hampden Park, in which Celtic beat rivals Rangers in a record 7–1 victory.[1] The final was nicknamed Hampden in the Sun, a phrase first coined by Celtic supporters as the title of a terrace song.[2][3][4] It has since been used in other songs,[5] poems[6] and a book.[7]


Celtic entered the final as holders, having beaten Partick Thistle after a replay in the previous year's Final. Rangers were the reigning league champions. The match was the 12th League Cup Final, and the first contested by the Old Firm. It was held at a sunny Hampden Park in Glasgow, at 3.45pm on the afternoon of 19 October 1957.

Celtic attacked from the start, with shots hitting the post twice in the first twenty minutes. The first goal was scored by Sammy Wilson, from a Charlie Tully cross on in the 22nd minute. Rangers defended for the remainder of the first half, however in the 44th minute Neil Mochan scored a solo goal after a run down the left wing. Within eight minutes of the restart Billy McPhail scored Celtic's third goal with a header from a Bobby Collins cross. Rangers narrowed the margin five minutes later, a goal by Simpson, however it only served to reinvigorate the Celtic attack as McPhail, then Mochan scored their second goals.

In the 80th minute, McPhail claimed his third, a hat-trick of goals all scored with his head. As the game drew to a close violence flared in among the fans, but in the final minute McPhail was fouled in the Rangers' penalty area. He declined the opportunity to score a fourth goal, a feat never achieved by a player in an Old Firm match, instead Willie Fernie took the kick. In addition to the seven goals, Celtic hit the woodwork four times. They were permitted to keep their jerseys as a souvenir of the day.[8]

Much of the blame for the poor defensive display by Rangers was attributed to centre back John Valentine, who had signed from Queen's Park earlier that season. Bobby Collins told The Sunday Post "I don’t know if Valentine had no faith in George Niven or Niven had no faith in Valentine, but ultimately they had no faith in themselves, something you can sense very quickly on a football field, and inevitably the game became a rout."[8]

The victory, reported in The Times as "a wonderful exhibition of football",[9] and as an "October Revolution" by The Sunday Post,[8] was comprehensive. The scoreline remains a record in any major British football final,[1] the record margin of victory in an Old Firm game, and Rangers' record defeat.[10]

Match details

19 October 1957
Celtic 7 – 1 Rangers
Wilson Goal 22'
Mochan Goal 44'75'
McPhail Goal 53'67'80'
Fernie Goal 90' (pen.)
Report Simpson Goal 58'
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 82,293
Referee: J.A. Mowatt


GK 1 Scotland Dick Beattie
FB 2 Scotland John Donnelly
FB 4 Republic of Ireland Sean Fallon
RH 5 Scotland Willie Fernie
CH 3 Scotland Bobby Evans (c)
LH 7 Northern Ireland Bertie Peacock
RW 6 Northern Ireland Charlie Tully
IF 8 Scotland Bobby Collins
CF 11 Scotland Billy McPhail
IF 9 Scotland Sammy Wilson
LW 10 Scotland Neil Mochan
Scotland Jimmy McGrory
GK 1 Scotland George Niven
FB 2 Scotland Bobby Shearer (c)
FB 4 Scotland Eric Caldow
RH 5 Scotland Ian McColl
CH 3 Scotland John Valentine
LH 7 Scotland Harold Davis
RW 8 Scotland Alex Scott
IF 9 Northern Ireland Billy Simpson
CF 10 Scotland Max Murray
IF 6 Scotland Sammy Baird
LW 11 South Africa Johnny Hubbard
Scotland Scot Symon

In song

In the summer of 1957, the motion picture Island in the Sun was released in Europe, featuring a title song by Harry Belafonte. The song peaked at in the UK singles chart in June and went on to become the 5th biggest selling single that year[11] Celtic fans composed alternative lyrics to the tune, and began to sing Hampden in the Sun at football matches to celebrate the victory.[3][4] The song has since been recorded by artists such as Freedom's sons[12] and regularly features on albums of Celtic football songs. The phrase itself has become synonymous with the match, and has since been used in other songs and poems,[5][6] and is the title of a book about the 1957 final and the iconic status it achieved among the Celtic support.[7]

Hampden in the Sun

Oh Hampden in the sun, Celtic 7 Rangers 1,
That was the score when it came time up, The Timalloys had won the cup.[13]

I see Tully running down the line, He slips the ball past Valentine,
It's nodded down by 'Teazy Weazy',[14] And Sammy Wilson makes it look so easy.


I see Mochan beating Shearer, The League Cup is coming nearer,
He slams in an impossible shot, The Rangers team has had their lot.


Over comes a very high ball, Up goes McPhail above them all,
The ball and Billy's head have met, A lovely sight the ball is in the net.


Young Sam Wilson has them rocked, But unluckily his shot was blocked,
Then big Bill with a lovely lob, Makes it look such an easy job.


Now here is Mochan on the ball, He runs around poor Ian McColl,
Wee George Niven takes a daring dive, But Smiler Mochan makes it number five.


Down the middle runs Billy McPhail, With John Valentine on his tail,
With a shot along the ground, The cup's at Parkhead safe and sound.[15]


Here comes Fernie, cool and slick, He ambles up to take the kick,
He hits it hard and low past Niven, The Tims are in their Seventh Heaven.

Notes and references

See also

External links

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