1931 Scottish Cup



This was to prove the club’s most successful jaunt in the Scottish Cup to date. Over the tournament the likes of Bathgate, Albion Rovers and Hibernian were confidently seen off. Cowdenbeath proved to be stubborn opponents but thankfully a goal from ‘Well’s Murdoch was enough to see the men from Lanarkshire progress to the semi’s to meet St Mirren. The Semi Final itself took place at Ibrox and yet again thanks to Murdoch the side progressed to the final to face Celtic.

In front of over 100,000 at Hampden it seemed as if it was going to be Motherwell’s day as after only seven minutes George Stevenson had the side a goal up and former Celt John McMenemy doubled the lead on twenty minutes. ‘Well managed to hold the lead until the 80th minute when Celtic forward McGrory pulled one back. Disaster would strike with only two minutes remaining, Celtic winger Bertie Thomson broke down the wing and sent in a cross, as the ball came into the box there was a shout of “go for it Alan”, which was intended for goalkeeper Alan McClory but instead Centre-Half Alan Craig thought the shout was for him and he followed the instruction but the ball glanced off his head and flew into the net leaving the keeper stranded as he also followed up the instruction.

McGrory slots the ball home in the Scottish Cup Final as the Motherwell defence try in vain to stop him.
McGrory slots the ball home in the Scottish Cup Final as the Motherwell defence try in vain to stop him.

Unfortunately the replay did not go as well as the first game and in front of 98,588 Celtic would be the side lifting the trophy as they won 4-2.