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Final Straws, Final Hurrahs

13 April 2022

The holiday season kicked off in glorious fashion with an unforgettable win at Hampden and during the celebrations my mind’s eye cast back to previous trips to League Cup Finals. Traditionally the season’s first contested honour, its attendant result can provide an impetus for the campaign ahead and in more recent seasons has illuminated the way towards further cups, titles and records.


For Ange and ourselves this latest feat bodes well but of course the post-cup fallout hasn’t always been as we would’ve wished. Curiously my personal League Cup Final lowlight and highlight were both at Ibrox, not Hampden. In fact, these were the only two occasions that Celtic have played for a cup at Poundland. Same venue but in terms of experiences, poles apart.

As bitter disappointments go I can’t recall any as sore or ironically as memorable as the Coca Cola Cup final against Raith Rovers in 1994. A year significant for the dawning of the Fergus McCann era and after three trophyless seasons we all yearned to see his fresh ambition rewarded with returning legend Tommy Burns leading the team to win something, anything. With this in mind, myself and two intrepid comrades took the ferry from Dublin to Holyhead and undeterred by the lack of Cup Final tickets, we boarded an overnight train from Liverpool to Glasgow.

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