1988 Scottish Cup Final

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1988 Scottish Cup Final
Event 1987–88 Scottish Cup
Date 14 May 1988
Venue Hampden Park, Glasgow
Referee George Smith
Attendance 74,000

The 1988 Scottish Cup Final was played between Celtic and Dundee United at Hampden Park on 14 May 1988.

Celtic won 2–1, with Frank McAvennie scoring both of their goals. They had been 1-0 down after Kevin Gallacher put Dundee United ahead, only for McAvennie to score a late equaliser and then a winner with a low right foot shot at the back post after a corner to complete the double for Celtic, who were already Premier Division champions.[1]

The guest of honour was British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, greeted by supporters of both teams by a wave of red cards.[2] As she took her seat, thousands of supporters of both teams sang "you can stick your poll tax up your arse".[3]



After a goalless first half, Kevin Gallacher opened the scoring for Dundee United a few minutes after halftime. Gallacher outpaced Celtic's Roy Aitken to a ball which had been headed forward by Eamonn Bannon and shot passed Celtic's goalkeeper Allen McKnight, who was in the team due to an injury to Celtic's regular goalie Packie Bonner. Shortly afterwards United failed to take the opportunity to increase their lead when Bannon missed two good opportunities. This proved costly when Frank McAvennie equalised for Celtic. McAvennie then scored the winner with 50 seconds of play remaining.[4]

The defeat meant that United had now lost all five Scottish Cup finals that they had played in. The scoreline and pattern of the match was noted by reporter Jim Traynor for being similar to the 1985 final when Celtic had also defeated United. Traynor suggested that for United the final was like a 're-run of a bad movie'.[4]


Celtic 2 – 1 Dundee United
Frank McAvennie Goal 76', 90' Report Kevin Gallacher Goal 49'
Attendance: 74,000
Referee: George Smith
GK 1 Northern Ireland Allen McKnight
DF 2 Republic of Ireland Chris Morris
DF 5 Republic of Ireland Mick McCarthy
DF 6 Scotland Derek Whyte Substituted off ?'
DF 3 Northern Ireland Anton Rogan
MF 7 Scotland Joe Miller
MF 4 Scotland Roy Aitken
MF 8 Scotland Paul McStay
MF 11 Scotland Tommy Burns
FW 9 Scotland Frank McAvennie
FW 10 Scotland Andy Walker Substituted off ?'
MF Scotland Billy Stark Substituted in ?'
FW Scotland Mark McGhee Substituted in ?'
Scotland Billy McNeill
GK Scotland Billy Thomson
DF Scotland David Bowman
DF Scotland Paul Hegarty
DF Scotland David Narey
DF Scotland Maurice Malpas
MF Scotland Billy McKinlay
MF Scotland Jim McInally
MF Scotland Eamonn Bannon
FW Scotland Kevin Gallacher
FW Finland Mixu Paatelainen Substituted off ?'
FW Scotland Iain Ferguson
MF Scotland John Clark Substituted in ?'
FW Scotland Paul Sturrock
Scotland Jim McLean


  1. ^ Richard Wilson (2009-09-06). "Frank McAvennie interview". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  2. ^ "British sport still suffers from Thatcher years". 2013-04-09. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  3. ^ "Thatcher's Brutal Legacy in Scotland". 9 April 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2018. 
  4. ^ a b Traynor, James (16 May 1988). "Thatcher is forgotten amid Celtic delirium". The Glasgow Herald. Retrieved 3 July 2018.