1928-29 Scottish Cup Winners
Kilmarnock 2 Rangers 0
(Scottish Cup Final, Hampden Park, April 6th 1929)
For the second time since the war (the 1st World War) Kilmarnock captured the Scottish Cup with an upset win over the mighty Rangers the holders at Hampden Park. Killie had beaten Celtic in the Semi's to set up this Final.
The match was witnessed by 114,708 spectators, with several thousand being locked out of the match due to a mix-up prior to the match.
Rangers had just won the championship losing just 1 match all season and were therefore heavy favourites going into the match.
With a stiff breeze and strong sun, against Killie were facing intense pressure from the Ibrox men, and after 16 mins referee Tom Dougray awarded Rangers a spot-kick after consulting his linesman adjudging that Hugh Morton had brought down Buchanan. Tully Craig stepped up and hit a rocket towards the top-left corner, but Sam Clemie leapt like a cat to save the penalty.
Rangers did not waver in their attack and McPail then headed over from a corner, and had another decent penalty claim waived off, by Dougray. McPhail then missed a sitter after a Clemie fisted save rebounded to him.
Killie had weathered the first half wind, and went to the dressing room relieved, and looking forward to the second half, with the conditions now in their favor.
After 48 mins, Killie's Connell mis-hit a shot goalwards only to have winger Aitken redirect a first time shot past Hamilton in the Rangers goal.
Minutes later Connell hit the post for Killie and then "Mattha" Smith narrowly missed putting the Killie two up.
Archibald and Fleming had Rangers best chances but could not convert.
After 77 mins Connell sent a great through ball to Cunningham (pictured right but out of picture) and the youngster shot past Hamilton from the edge of the box, to the keeper's left.
In the closing moments Rangers Buchanan became the first player sent off in a Scottish Cup Final, for un-gentlemanly conduct for swearing at the referee as Rangers frustrations boiled over on how their Cup Final day had fared.
It was to be 68 years before Killie were to lift the cup again at the end of the 1996-97 season.
Kilmarnock: Clemie, Robertson, Nibloe, Morton, McLaren, McEwan, Connell, Smith, Cunningham, Williamson & Aitken.
Crowd: 114, 708
Road to the Final: SF Celtic 1-0, QF Raith Rovers (A) 3-2, Rd 3 Albion Rovers (A) 1-0, Rd 2 Bo'Ness (H) 3-2, Rd 1 Glasgow Uni (H) 8-1.
Other Cup Wins: 17-04-1920 Albion Rovers (N) Scottish Cup Final I 24-05-1997 Falkirk (N) Scottish Cup Final
Spence (manager) & McCulloch (Chairman) with the 1928-29 Cup
1928-29 Scottish Cup Winners Kilmarnock
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