Greetings, fellow Blues.

I have a programme from the Empire Exhibition Cup Final: Celtic versus Everton, 1938.

I know some of you are collectors. Is it worth anything?

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Michael Kenrick
1 Posted 15/04/2020 at 20:36:06
Empire Cup Final? That one's a puzzler.

I immediately thought of Dr David France and one of his earliest tomes, Toffee Pages. But that only does post-war programmes.

A quick Google search (very quick) turns up only one result:

David France Collection -- Catalogue -- ToffeeWeb

That was your best bet, Bill, but there's a copy already in the definitive Everton Collection!

Michael Kenrick
2 Posted 15/04/2020 at 20:59:12
Ooops... I'd missed the keyword 'Exhibition', which leads to this triumphant page where the Bhoys celebrate a tense 1-0 win over the Old Sassenach Enemy, and sharp poke in the eye for the British Empire:

Celtic 1-0 Everton, Empire Exhibition Cup Final

Dennis Stevens
3 Posted 15/04/2020 at 21:16:35
According to the excellent the Empire Exhibition Trophy, an Anglo-Scottish tournament held as part of Glasgow's wide-ranging British Empire Exhibition, was played for at Ibrox in front of a crowd of 82,761 & the match went to extra time before Celtic scored the only goal. Looks like we put out a decent team, although it would have been in the close season.

Patrick McFarlane
4 Posted 15/04/2020 at 21:44:56
I would imagine the programme, depending upon condition, is worth a bob or two but quite hard to be definitive. An email to an auction house or reputable dealer might give you a ballpark figure. As for the match itself I grabbed this from


Celtic 1 Everton 0 (AET)

June 10, 1938
June 11 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post

Everton's Bid Just Fails

Celtic Win By A Goal In Extra Time

Everton made a gallant but unsuccessful attempt to win the empire exhibition trophy at Ibrox park, Glasgow last night.

A single goal scored by Crum the Celtic centre-forward after, six minutes of extra time had been played, was the margin by which the Scottish league champions triumphed. A crowd of 82,000, the largest of the series, witnessed an extremely hard game in which there was an unusual number of injuries. The Everton team was worst hit because Cunliffe, injured in the first five minutes, was for the rest of the game more or less a passenger.

Sound Defence

This was too big a handicap for Everton who in previous rounds had relied upon him for shooting power. The result was that Celtic had the stronger attack, and because of that just deserved to win. In defence Everton were super, and it was no fault of theirs that the trophy was lost. Sagar, even when the sun was blinding him, was in brilliant form. Cook did well against his old club but the best back was Greenhalgh who had many tussles with Delaney, the Scottish international. TG Jones at centre-half once again gave a faultless display. But Mercer on the occasion was more subdued.

The attack was thrown out of balance and Geldard played poorly in place of the injured Gillick at outside right. Everton had the wind in their favour, in the first half, and should have taken the lead, so poor was their shooting, however, Kennaway had only one save of note when he stopped a drive by Stevenson. Celtic were on top in the second half without being able to break down Everton's stone-wall defence, and in a breakaway near the finish, Boyes missed an open goal shooting past. The winning goal was scored after Everton had been lured into attack. Divers passed the ball to Crum and, the centre cut to the right before shooting. Sagar handled the ball but could not stop it.

‘'Offside goal''

Everton made many efforts to draw level. Boyes, who played in the later stages at inside left, with Cunliffe at outside left, was prominent in a move in which Stevenson eventually netted, but the goal was disallowed for offside. At the finish, the players of both sides lined up in front of the grandstand and received from the Earl of Elgin the replicas of the Empire Exhibition tower which were awarded to both finalists.

Celtic: Kennaway, goals; Hogg, and Morrison backs; Geaton, Lyon and Paterson; half-backs, Delaney, McDonald, Crum, Divers and Murphy forwards.

Everton, Sagar (t) goals; Cook (w) and Greenhalgh (n) backs; Mercer (j) Jones (tg) and Thomson (jr) (captain), half-backs, Geldard (a) Cunliffe (jn), Lawton (t), Stevenson (a) and Boyes (w), forwards. Referee Mr. Thompson (Northumberland).


June 11, 1938. The Scottish Daily Express

Everton Baulked During Thrilling Extra Half-Hour
Celtic 1 Everton 0
By Tommy Muirhead.

The Empire Exhibition Trophy final at Ibrox Park last night had everything – cup-tie fervor, with robust man-to-man exchanges; goalmouth thrills, and an abundance of individual and collective high-grade football. Celtic got the goal that carried the trophy with it in the fifth minute of extra time, Everton, in Rangers' blue for the day, made it appear for everything like an “old firm” final. And how the crowd enjoyed it. They cheered vociferously everything that was worth cheering, and there was plenty. One could not help feeling sorry for Everton. They made herculean efforts to save the game. An injury to Cunliffe was a definite handicap in attack, but the others pulled out all they had to overcome it. There was not a weakling In either side, but the big men of the match were Lyon (a great general), Crum, and McDonald for the Celtic, and Cook, Mercer, Thomson and Lawton for Everton. Choice of ends meant a lot here with a strong wind blowing, and the sun shining. Celtic were unlucky enough to collect this end. Within a minute two players ran into trouble. Everton went through, Geldard slipped the ball across from the corner flag, and in trying to ram it home Cunliffe went over on his ankle. At the same time Morrison, endeavouring to clear stubbed his foot and was removed behind the goal for attention. Cunliffe hurdled painfully. He subsequently moved out to the right wing before leaving the field altogether while Geldald took up the inside position.

Everton's Handicapped.

This was obviously a tremendous handicap to the Englishmen, who must have been relying largely on the power and skill of the big inside forward to see them through. During the first quarter of an hour we saw Celtic only in fugitive sort of raids, but on three occasions those forays were cut short by wonderfully crisp clearances by Cook. Cunliffe's return after five minutes absence was signaled by a powerful Everton thrust; which linked Mercer, Lawton, Boyes, and Stevenson. A subtle slip by the centre forward left Stevenson with a grand chance, but he blazed the ball wildly over. This was definitely a blunder, but the same combination, down the left this time brought another chance to the ex-Ranger and this time he slammed the ball hard into Kennaway's grasp. Just preceding the effort, however, was the most menacing Celtic raid so far when a simple side-of-the-foot shot from Murphy drifted into goal, and gave Sagar an anxious moment before he cleared.

Cook In Fine Form.

Cook, who was playing the game of his life, cleared up another spot of brother when he cut across, and whipped the ball away from McDonald's feet, but a moment later only a miracle saved the Everton goal. A Crum-McDonald move left Deleney in front of Sagar. As the outside right was hooking the ball into goal the keeper made a desperate plunge and deflected the ball into the air. Divers got his head to it and the ball went wide to Delaney, who swept it across an empty goal, where it passed Greenhalgh and Thomson before being cleared. While the cup-tie atmosphere was never allowed to flag we were also treated to spasms of really good football. In a furry in the Everton goal Drivers face came in contact with Sagar's fist. The keeper rose to punch away a free kick by Lyon. The Celt revived after attention behind the line.

Kennaway's Daring Dive.

Lawton next cut through, emerged from a joust with Lyon with the ball at his feet, but the centre was fouled by a daring dive by Kennaway. In following up Lawton crashed into the goalkeeper who for a second or two seemed to be seriously injured. Celtic were not only holding Everton, they were giving just as much as they were getting in the attacking sense, and it seemed as though they might win easily in the second half. After surviving two Celtic raids within the first minute Everton struck a cohesive patch and by well-conceived movement's made ventures into enemy territory. They failed to reach Kennaway, however, more because of a proneness to carry the until too far than by any outstanding effort on the part of the Celtic defenders. There was a narrow escape for the Englishmen which Sagar left his goal to deal with Crum, who had collected a Murphy cross. The centre beat him and hooked the ball across, but Thomson from the upright cleared. Although goalmouth incidents over the next half-hour were few and never productive of thrills play was immensely keen and fast. Everton were wielded into a great fighting machine. Their half-back play was terrific. Jones and Thomson put in some grand work to check the Celtic attack which could not evolve a plan to get round this armourplated rearguard. The Everton attack was made ineffective by the crippling of Cunliffe, who had played throughout the second half on the left touch line. Five minutes from the end of the second half Everton almost pulled off a dramatic win, when Boyes sent a great shot sailing inches over.

Extra Time.

In the fifth minute of extra time, after some exciting stuff at both ends, Celtic swept into the lead. Thomason and Jones failed to intercept a long through pass, and Crum festered on, cut out to the right, and shot. Sagar got his hands to it, but could not stop it passing into the net. If all that had gone before was exciting, the thrills that followed this goal simply defy description. With Celtic's war song sweeping across field. Everton opened out in amazing fashion. It was their death-or-glory bid. Time and again we saw every member of the side with the exception of Sagar, crowding down towards the Celtic goal, but in spite of all this Celtic held tenaciously to their lead for the remainder of this half. An extraordinary misunderstanding between Morrison, Lyon, and Kennaway almost squared matters. Morrison, attended by the pivot passed the ball back to Kennaway, but the keeper had left his goal, and was beaten by the pass, which rolled into the side net. A few minutes later a wonderful spurt, generated by the crippled Cunliffe', but Boyes right through. The wing men put past Kennaway into the net, put the referee had adjudged the marksman off-side. Celtic: Kennaway, goals; Hogg, and Morrison backs; Geaton, Lyon and Paterson; half-backs, Delaney, McDonald, Crum, Divers and Murphy forwards. Everton, Sagar (t) goals; Cook (w) and Greenhalgh (n) backs; Mercer (j) Jones (tg) and Thomson (jr) (captain), half-backs, Geldard (a) Cunliffe (jn), Lawton (t), Stevenson (a) and Boyes (w), forwards. Referee Mr. Thompson (Northumberland).
Ibrox Park

Empire Exhibition Tour Final

Goal; Crum (96)


Celtic (2-3-5) Kennaway, goal; Hogg and Morrisson, backs; Geaton, Lyon (captain), and Patterson, half-backs; Delaney, MacDonald, Crum, Direns, and Murphy, forwards.

Everton (2-3-5) Sagar (t), goal; Cook (w) and Greenhalgh (n), backs; Mercer (j), Jones (tg) and Thomson (jr) (captain), half-backs; Geldard (a), Cunliffe (jn), Lawton (t), Stevenson (a), Boyes (w), forwards.

Att 82, 761

Patrick McFarlane
5 Posted 15/04/2020 at 22:19:22
There are match reports and pictures etc on the link below:

Celtic Wiki

David France
6 Posted 17/04/2020 at 19:51:54
Here's a guide. I acquired a copy with match ticket both in exceptional condition – no creases, no folds, no writing, no foxing about 25 years ago. I paid around 𧷤.

Nowadays, I would expect the same combination to cost 𧺬 plus. As you would expect, it depends on condition.

Dave Abrahams
7 Posted 28/04/2020 at 15:53:01
Don't know where to put this post really so taking the liberty of putting it on this thread.

I've been doing a bit of a clear out and I've got around 250 Shoot magazines, 99% of which are in very good nick, I will be dumping them soon unless somebody wants them.

If anyone is interested they will have to pick them up, they are all from the mid-1970s to early 1980s.

Karl Masters
8 Posted 11/05/2020 at 23:32:57
I'll take the Shoot magazines off you, Dave, but as I live darn Sarf I won't be anywhere near Merseyside soon.

I used to get Shoot back then and it would be great to read them again.

Brian Hill
9 Posted 16/05/2020 at 06:59:54
Thanks everyone for the feedback. Dr France, I got £400 for it.
Dave Abrahams
10 Posted 18/05/2020 at 14:51:51
Karl (8), only just read this post, you would have been welcome to them mate, but they have gone. Been used to start the fires on my grandson's barbecues, and he never invited me to any of them!!!

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