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Anglo-Franco-Scottish Friendship Cup

In the summer of 1960, the French Federation decided to organise a competition that would pit eight of their clubs against four from each of Scotland and England. Individual clubs wouldn’t win the trophy, instead each country was awarded 2 points for a win and 1 for a draw. Originally, the format was of all the British clubs competing under the one umbrella, however the Scottish League objected to this and so two trophies were cast.

 

Invites went out to Dundee, Motherwell and Clyde, who all accepted. Ayr United initially accepted but had to pull out because of the lack of floodlights and were to be replaced by Hibernian. The Edinburgh side though were involved with an Edinburgh select v Chelsea match so Celtic were admitted instead.

 

The first season was disappointing, attendances were generally poor, and with bookings high, could hardly be classed as a tournament of friendship. However the Scottish clubs came out top by winning 5 and drawing 1 of the 8 games.

 

The second season saw Aberdeen and Third Lanark replace Clyde and Dundee, however Celtic’s matches with Reims never took place after disagreements on when the games were to be played. This season, the French triumphed with 3 wins and a draw.

 

Thanks to Bob Rutherford for supplying results of the Scottish matches, and Steve Bell for the English ones

 

 

1960-61

1st legs   

6 Aug 1960 Sedan 3  Celtic  0

7 Aug 1960 Toulouse1  Motherwell 2

7 Aug 1960 Lens  0  Clyde  4 

7 Aug 1960 Valencienes 1  Dundee  0     

 

2nd legs    

27 Sep 1960 Clyde  2  Lens  1 agg 6-1

18 Oct 1960 Celtic  3  Sedan  3 agg 3-6

19 Oct 1960 Motherwell 4  Toulouse 1  agg 6-2

7 Dec 1960 Dundee 4  Valencienes 2  agg 4-3.

 

Scotland took the series by 3-1     

English ties

1st legs

10 Aug 1960 Racing Club de Paris 2 Newcastle United 3

11 Aug 1960 Nantes 0 Liverpool 2

14 Aug 1960 Le Havre 1 Bolton Wanderers 1

14 Aug 1960 Lille Olympique 1 Middlesbrough 2

 

2nd legs

28 Sep 1960 Newcastle United 2 Racing Club de Paris 1

12 Oct 1960 Middlesbrough 4 Lille Olympique 1

30 Nov 1960 Liverpool 5 Nantes 1

15 Mar 1961 Bolton Wanderers 4 Le Havre 0 

 

England took the series by 4-0

1961-62

1st legs 

10 Oct 1961  Aberdeen  2  Le Havre 0

7 Nov 1961  Third Lanark  1 Rouen  2

4 Apr 1962 Motherwell 1  Nimes  2

Celtic v Reims not played

 

2nd legs

6 May 1962 Le Havre  2 Aberdeen  5 agg 2-7

9 May 1962 Rouen  2 Third Lanark  1, agg 4-2

9 May 1962 Nimes  3  Motherwell  3 agg 5-4

Reims v Celtic not played

 

France win the series by 2-1

English ties

1st legs

13 Nov 1961 Southampton 2 Bordeaux 1

4 Dec 1961 Blackburn Rovers 3 Nancy 1

11 Apr 1962 Derby County 1 AS Béziers 0

13 Dec 1961 Lens 2 Cardiff City 4

 

2nd legs

7 Mar 1962 Cardiff City 2 Lens 0

1 May 1962 Bordeaux 2 Southampton 0

1 May 1962 Nancy 1 Blackburn Rovers 0

12 May 1962 AS Béziers 2 Derby County 1

 

England took the series by 2-1

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