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The most recent acquisition to the Historical Trust's growing collection of memorabilia is the Glasgow Charity Cup medal presented to Johnny Stewart after Hibernian's 6-2 victory over Celtic on 31 May 1902.

In what was to prove a momentous season for the club, it was Hibs second victory over Celtic in a cup final having won the Scottish Cup on our opponents own home ground just over a month earlier.

It was the third time that that the Edinburgh side had participated in the Glasgow Cup competition, the first in 1887 and again and 1888, losing in the first round on both occasions.

 

Glasgow Charity Cup Medal

The Glasgow Charity Cup medal

 

Now they were to go much further and actually win the competition. After victories against Rangers and Morton in the earlier rounds, the Glasgow Cup Final took place on what was then Queens Park's home ground at Second Hampden, later renamed Cathkin Park after the amateur side had moved to the present site in 1903.

Five ahead at the interval, Celtic had no answer to the Easter Road sides early dominance until scoring twice late on. Hibs themselves scored again in the second half to complete a comprehensive victory and take the cup back to Edinburgh. It was the first time that the trophy had left the West of Scotland. (Both Renton and Vale of Leven had already won it).

The victory completed a clean sweep of honours for Hibernian that season: Glasgow Cup, Scottish Cup, Roseberry Charity Cup and the McRae Cup.

 

history 1902 Squad

The Hibernian team of 1902 won the Glasgow Cup, Scottish Cup, Roseberry Charity Cup and the McRae Cup

 

Although Hibs had a very small squad at that time, Johnny Stewart who could play on either wing, does not appear to have been a regular first team player that season, missing from the side that had won the Scottish Cup, but became much more of a fixture during the following few seasons before his move to English non league side Queens Park Rangers at the end of the 1903-04 season.

Hibs would compete for the Glasgow Charity Cup on just one more occasion. The following year Celtic would gain revenge for the previous season's defeats by beating the Edinburgh side 5-0 in the semi final after a 0-0 draw, both games played at Cathkin.

The teams for the 1902 Glasgow Charity Cup final were:

Hibernian: Rennie, Hogg and Glen, Breslin Gray and Robertson, Stewart McGeachan Callaghan Atherton and Buchan.

Celtic: McPherson, Watson and Davidson, Battles Marshall and Orr, Loney Quinn Campbell McDermott and Hamilton.

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