The Glasgow Football Association is pleased to announce that the City of Glasgow Cup Final will take place at Hampden Stadium on Tuesday, 28th April 2015. U-17 teams from Celtic and Rangers will take part in the Final, which will kick-off at 7pm at the National Stadium.
The Glasgow FA has decided that the match, this year, will be closed doors, although a small number of children from local schools have been invited to attend, through the Football Festival and community programmes of the five clubs. We are delighted also to announce that the match will be broadcast on both Club TV Channels.
The Glasgow Cup stretches back to 1887 and is actually the second oldest trophy to be played for in world football, and the competition has gained fresh momentum in recent seasons with the reintroduction of the tournament as an Under 17 event.
The five senior Clubs within the Glasgow Football Association (Rangers, Celtic, Clyde, Partick Thistle and Queen’s Park) compete for the Trophy and due to renewed support and commitment from all clubs, the Glasgow Cup has moved from ‘knockout’ to a round-robin format, with two semi-finals and the winners then competing in the competition Final. City Refrigeration Holdings has been a long time supporter of Scottish football and the Glasgow FA is delighted that City’s Executive Chairman Lord Willie Haughey continues to sponsor this magnificent event.
Lord Willie Haughey, Executive Chairman of City Refrigeration Holdings said: “City Refrigeration is delighted to continue its support of the Glasgow Cup Tournament. I have always felt the Glasgow Football Association has been hugely important in the development of young players in the city. “I know there is a real appetite across all clubs within the city to see young footballing talent flourish, and we are delighted to support the Association in this objective.
“The Glasgow Cup has been the starting point for many great football careers across the clubs and we hope to see many more develop during the next three years. For a number of years, City Refrigeration has enjoyed involvement and investment in Scottish football and we are pleased to continue this close association through the City of Glasgow Cup.”
Celtic Under 17 Manager Tommy Mcintyre said: “We are really looking forward to the match and we are sure that it will be a great occasion. We are sure our young players will enjoy the experience of playing in such a prestigious final at the National Stadium and I know they will be doing all they can to win the trophy for Celtic, however we know of course it will be a very difficult match. The City of Glasgow Cup is a magnificent tournament and has been a huge success in assisting the development of young footballers from all clubs and I know the five members of the Glasgow FA have once again been delighted to take part. On behalf of Celtic I would also like to sincerely thank City Refrigeration for their continued backing for youth football in Glasgow, it is greatly appreciated.”
Rangers Under 17 Manager Billy Kirkwood commented: “I am delighted we have once again reached the City of Glasgow Cup Final and on behalf of Rangers would like to thank City Refrigeration for their continued support. This tournament gives us a great opportunity to showcase our young players and the squad are looking forward to playing in a Final at Hampden. Ryan Hardie and Tom Walsh have both previously played in the Final so the young kids can see there is a route to the Rangers first team by competing in these games and performing well. I have been pleased with the squad’s recent performances, in the last 10 games we have only lost one and have been scoring goals and hopefully we can take this good form into the Final next week.”