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April 15, 1933 – Joe Kennaway becomes first foreigner to earn Scottish Cup winners’ medal. Celtic 1:0 Motherwell (Att.: 102,339)

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Jimmy McGrory scored off a deflection as Celtic FC won the 55th edition of the Scottish Cup (Celtic’s 14th championship). Kennaway made his international debut as a 21-year-old with Canada in 1926, then attracted Celtic’s attention in a friendly match; Fall River took a 1-0 win over Celtic May 31, 1931 (Celtic’s goalkeeper was John Thomsen, who would die following a clash with Rangers’ Sam English less than five months). Kennaway replaced Thomsen and became Celtic’s starting goalkeeper from 1931-39, then coached Brown University from 1946-59.

After the 1935 season, Kennaway returned to headlines, among 307 passengers on the Caledonia docking at East Boston; “… Kennaway and his wife, the former Miss Loretta Murphy of Providence, for a two months’ visit in Providence. At the Cunard docks they saw for the first time in a year their small daughter, Joan, who has been living in Providence with her maternal grandmother … it is another chapter in the old story of ‘local boy makes good.’ Joe Kennaway, formerly of Providence and Fall River, is now the top-notch goalkeeper of Scotland … In the four years since he was snapped up by Glasgow Celtics [sic] on a visit here, he has acquired a fame in the British Isles that Babe Ruth might envy.”

The Boston Globe story noted the cargo included 1,400 cases of Scotch whiskey “intended for Boston consumption.”


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