1878 Scottish Cup Final

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1878 Scottish Cup Final
Event1877–78 Scottish Cup
Date30 March 1878
VenueHampden Park, Glasgow
RefereeRobert W. Gardner

The 1878 Scottish Cup Final was the fifth final of the Scottish Cup and the final of the 1877–78 Scottish Cup, the most prestigious knockout football competition in Scotland. The match was played at Hampden Park in Glasgow on 30 March 1878 and was watched by a crowd of 5,000 spectators. The final was contested by the defending champions Vale of Leven and 3rd Lanark RV who had never won the cup.[1]

Scotland international forward John McDougall scored the only goal of the game after 65 minutes to give Vale of Leven a 1–0 victory and a second successive cup triumph.


For both defending champions Vale of Leven and 3rd Lanark RV, the 1878 final marked their second appearance in the Scottish Cup final. Vale of Leven had beaten Rangers in the 1877 final while 3rd Lanark RV lost to the defending champions, Queen's Park, in 1876.

The teams' only prior meeting was in the previous season's competition when Vale of Leven recorded a 1–0 third-round win on their way to lifting the trophy for the first time.[2]

Route to the final[edit]

Both teams progressed through six previous rounds to reach the final.

Vale of Leven[edit]

Round Opposition Score
First round Kilmarnock Thistle w/o
Second round Dumbarton 1–1
Second round replay Dumbarton 4–1
Third round Lennox 3–0
Fourth round Rangers 0–0
Fourth round replay Rangers 5–0
Fifth round Jordanhill 10–0
Quarter-final Parkgrove 5–0
Semi-final bye

Vale of Leven were given a walkover in the First Round of the cup, before being handed a second round tie away at Dumbarton. They drew 1–1 at Dumbarton before sealing a 4–1 victory in the replay. Vale progressed through the third round with a 3–0 win over Lennox to secure a fourth round tie against Rangers. The first match ended in a goalless draw, but Rangers were soundly beaten 5–0 in the replay at home. A convincing 10–0 win over Jordanhill followed in the fifth round to set up a quarter-final match against Parkgrove. Vale of Leven won 5–0 and were then given a bye in the semi-final stage.

3rd Lanark RV[edit]

Round Opposition Score
First round Clyde 1–0
Second round Derby 11–0
Third round Queen's Park 1–0
Fourth round Govan 7–0
Fifth round Beith 4–0
Quarter-final South Western 1–0 (match void)
Quarter-final replay South Western 2–1
Semi-final Renton 3–1 (match void)
Semi-final replay Renton 1–1
Semi-final second replay Renton 1–0

3rd Lanark RV's cup campaign began with a 1–0 win away at Clyde to give the team a second round tie against Derby, who they defeated 11–0 at Cathkin Park. The team secured a 1–0 victory at home to Queen's Park in the third round. In the fourth round, 3rd Lanark RV again won at home, this time defeating Govan 7–0. They were then again handed a home tie in the fifth round and were again victorious, beating Beith 4–0. 3rd Lanark RV beat South Western 2–1 in the quarter-final before eventually overcoming Renton after two replays in the semi-final.

Match details[edit]

Vale of Leven1–03rd Lanark RV
McDougall Goal 65' Report
Attendance: 5,000
Vale of Leven
3rd Lanark RV
GK Scotland Robert Parlane
FB Scotland Andrew McIntyre
FB Scotland Alex McLintock
HB Scotland W. Jamieson
HB Scotland John McPherson
FW Scotland John Campbell Baird
FW Scotland John McDougall (c)
FW Scotland James J. Baird
FW Scotland John McGregor
FW Scotland John McFarlane
FW Scotland John Ferguson
Scotland John B. Wright
GK Scotland John Wallace (c)
FB Scotland John Hunter
FB Scotland William Somers
HB Scotland Sandy Kennedy
HB Scotland John McKenzie
FW Scotland John Kay
FW Scotland J. McCririck
FW Scotland James Lang
FW Scotland W. Peden
FW Scotland Archibald Hunter
FW Scotland William Miller


  1. ^ "Scottish Cup Matches". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Vale of Leven 1 - 0 Third Lanark, Scottish Cup (18/11/1876)". Fitbastats.com. Retrieved 31 March 2019.

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