Scots Motherwell once won the Copa del Rey – and even beat Real Madrid in final

Scottish Premiership club Motherwell once played Real Madrid in the final of the Copa del Rey and won.

The club had finished second in the Scottish top flight in the 1926/27 season when they were invited to a special post-season edition of the Spanish competition, along with Swansea City.

Both British clubs headed to Madrid for the exclusive competition, with the official version having been won by Real Union against Real Madrid that season.

Motherwell would face fellow foreign guests Swansea in the semi-finals before heading to the final where they eventually clashed with the famous Los Blancos.

The semi-final match marked the first time two sides from the United Kingdom faced each other on Spanish soil.

It was the Scots that booked their place in the final, edging Swansea 4-3 as King Alfonso XIII of Spain watched on in attendance.

The King even went on to tell publications that the match was a “brilliant display of scientific football.”

Motherwell were poised to face five-time Copa del Rey winners Real Madrid, though the Scottish side also had their squad boosted by players from other Spanish clubs.

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Meanwhile, Madrid were yet to win the first of their 33 La Liga titles with the competition only being formed two years later.

What followed on 17 May 1927 was a stunning 3-1 victory for the visitors.

Dundee and Dundee United had previously won in the Spanish capital in the 1920s but Motherwell, in conquering Madrid, became the first Scottish club to actually leave with silverware.

The Scots followed up a brilliant tournament by then taking part in and winning the Barcelona Cup a few days later, where they drew 2-2 to the Catalans before beating Swansea again 1-0.

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