You Couldn't Make It Up!

by Jack Little

There wasn't much love lost between Thistle and their Glasgow rivals Third Lanark. By a twist of fate, a few weeks later, the teams met at Cathkin again in the Glasgow Cup (10/11/1888). Thistle won the game 2-1 but not without controversy. They had turned up late and this caused the game to finish in darkness. Third Lanark appealed but it was dismissed by the Glasgow FA. Opinion in the press was divided as to who had the moral high ground. When the referee was asked why he hadn't abandoned the game in darkness he said he didn't have the moral courage as he has been verbally abused earlier, that Cathkin was not an easy place to get out of and that he couldn't run as fast as he used to. The "Glasgow Evening Post" reported that the referee had admitted the last 20 minutes of the game had been played in "very puzzling light". The Glasgow FA appointed the same referee for the semi-final with Clyde the following week. Thirds were so incensed that they re-submitted their appeal after Thistle had drawn with Clyde in the Semi-Final (but before the replay). The Glasgow FA took no further action. A month later they appealed to the SFA who refused to interfere with another association's decision.

Publishing date An original Thistle Archive publication, 07-Sep-2020.
Latest edit date Latest edit version 02-Jun-2020.

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