Monday 23rd May 2016

THE world was still two years away from its second war.

Neville Chamberlain was British Prime Minister, Franklin D Roosevelt was US President, and Italy were football’s reigning world champions who would go on to retain their title at the end of the season.

The campaign was 1937/38, and on a cold December day, a Dumbarton side was setting a record.

One which lasted 78 years, until this season.

Hibernian’s 3-2 win over Rangers in Saturday’s Scottish Cup final means that, for the first time since before World War II, Sons have won against the team that has gone on to win the national knock-out trophy.

The Easter Road side may have won a thrilling encounter at Hampden on Saturday, but they were beaten on both of their league visits to Dumbarton.

And that also means that, for the first time since season 1890/91, Sons have won twice against the team who went on to win the Scottish Cup.

Next season, Sons will have another 78-year record to aim at. They will be trying to beat the reigning Scottish Cup holders for the first time since season 1938/39.

Here are the answers to a few questions that may have had you reaching for the record books after Hibs’ victory.

Last win over the team that went on to win the Scottish Cup

In competitive terms, this was on Wednesday, December 8 1937, when Dumbarton won 3-2 at home to the East Fife side who, until Saturday, were the only team to win the Scottish Cup while playing outside Scotland’s top flight.

The Sons team that day was: Morrison; Casey, Clay, Clancy, McAllister, Murray, G Smith, Duffy, J Smith, Cochrane, Robertson. The goals came from the two Smiths and Duffy.

Unlike this season, that was Sons’ only victory against the eventual cup winners, as the away match with East Fife was lost 4-1.

However, on Saturday, November 20 1954, Sons recorded a 4-1 win over a Clyde XI in the old ‘C’ Division. The Bully Wee won that season’s Scottish Cup, but the ‘C’ Division was not officially part of the Scottish Football League. Sons had been relegated from the SFL at the end of the previous season and ‘C’ Division consisted of many top-flight reserve sides.

Last time Sons beat the cup winners twice

It was season 1890/91 and was done against the team from the other side of Edinburgh. Hearts actually beat Dumbarton 1-0 to win the Scottish Cup that season, but Sons beat them 3-1 and 4-0 in the two league meetings.

Last result of any description against the team that went on to win the Scottish Cup

Recorded a lot more recently, on Saturday, September 8 1984. Celtic were held to a 1-1 draw at Boghead with Joe Coyle scoring for Sons.

The home line-up was: Arthur; Kay, M McGowan, T Coyle, McNeil, Clougherty, Ashwood, Craig, P McGowan, Crawley, J Coyle. Subs, neither of whom were used, were Moore and McCahill.

The other three fixtures against Celtic that season all ended in defeat before the Hoops defeated Dundee United 2-1 in the Scottish Cup final.

Last in the same division as the Scottish Cup winners or reigning Scottish Cup holders

Both were during the Premier Division season of 1984/85. Along with Celtic winning the cup, Aberdeen were Scottish Cup holders and won all four games against Sons without conceding a goal.

Last win over the reigning Scottish Cup holders

East Fife in the 1930s again. A 2-0 win against the Fifers at Boghead on Saturday, January 28 1939 is the last time Sons have won against the team defending the Scottish Cup. The previous week, the Fifers’ defence of the cup had been ended by a 2-1 first round defeat at home to Montrose.

The Dumbarton line-up that day was: Cumming; J Smith, Bulloch, Casey, Monaghan, Murray, G Smith, MacKillop, McBride, McArdle, Yuill. G Smith and McArdle were the scorers.

Last result of any description against the reigning Scottish Cup holders

A 2-2 draw away to Celtic in the old First Division on Tuesday, February 11 1975. Tom McAdam and John Bourke were the goalscorers at Parkhead. As well as being the reigning Scottish Cup holders, Celtic went on to retain the cup this season. They defeated Sons 2-1 in the quarter finals before beating Airdrie 3-1 in the final.

Source for stats in this article – The Sons of the Rock, Jim McAllister/JJR Print, 2002

Andy Galloway

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