Navy and Army War Fund Shield

The War Fund Shield was a Scottish football competition that was contested twice in the spring of 1915 and then again in the spring of 1918 (the Navy and Army War Fund Shield as it then became known).[1] The aim of these competitions was to raise money for the footballers and their families who fought in World War I.[1]

War Fund Shield
Region Scotland
Number of teams8 (1914–15)
11 (1917–18)
Last championsCeltic (1st title)
Most successful club(s)Celtic (1 title),
Morton (1 title)



The first round matches took place between 20 October – 1 December 1914. Celtic and Partick Thistle went to a replay. Ibrox Park hosted Clyde against St Mirren.[1]


The first semi-final was a Renfrewshire derby on 8 December 1914. The second semi-final was an Old Firm derby held at Firhill a week later.[1]


The final was held at Firhill on 28 April 1915. The attendance was 15,000.[1]


Qualifying roundEdit

The qualifying round matches were held between 9 March – 6 April 1918. St Mirren and Kilmarnock went to extra time.[1]


The first round matches were all held on 20 April 1918.[1]

1Not all results were recorded and known


The semi-finals were held on 27 April 1918.[1]


The final was held at Hampden Park on 4 May 1918 and the attendance was 20,000.[1]


Although Celtic officially won the 1917–18 competition the trophy was not presented to them as it was not ready.[1][4] The competition was supposed to be an annual event but since war had ended the competition was never played again.[4] There is no evidence of Celtic ever being presented with a trophy.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "War Fund Shield". Scottish Football Historical Archive (archive version). Archived from the original on 3 April 2019. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  2. ^ Football: War Shield Final, Glasgow Herald, 29 April 1915
  3. ^ Association football | War Fund Shield–Final Tie, Glasgow Herald, 6 May 1918
  4. ^ a b c "Navy and Army War Fund Shield 1917–18". The Celtic Wiki. 3 March 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2019.

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