1939 Scottish Cup

John Hunter’s great side had fallen away in the League over the years but the 1938/39 Scottish Cup would bring some joy as the club would feature in another Final. Huntley were beaten 8-1, Dundee United 5-1, St Mirren 4-2. The Quarter Final against Celtic at Fir Park would be seen by over 31000 in the Stadiums first all ticket match. Motherwell won 3-1 thanks to goals from Stevenson and a double from John McCulloch. It took two games to see off Aberdeen in the Semi Finals the first game being a 1-1 draw, the side would meet 4 days later in the replay in which the Steelmen won 3-1.

The final would see the club face Clyde but would prove to yet again be a miserable occasion. The game itself got off to a great start for Motherwell as Duncan Ogilvie and John McCulloch both came close but totally against the run of play Clyde would take the lead on the 30th minute when Wallace scored from a fine driving strike. Five minutes after the restart Clyde struck again. Everyone though Martin of Clyde was offside including ‘Well keeper Murray, but the ref played on and the player slotted it in the net. The side from Shawfield would win 4-0 which was hugely disappointing. John ‘Sailor’ Hunter’s side would go down in the annuals as one of the best side not to win the Scottish Cup. Not so long later World War 2 broke out and most football competitions were suspended. Clyde would get to hold onto the famous trophy until 1947.