One is reminded of Sandy Jardine reflecting on Rangers' 1972 European Cup-Winners' Cup victory.
Emotion had overwhelmed the Rangers fans that night and that feeling soon turned into aggression as a full scale riot broke out not long after their heroes had won the trophy.
The team, because of the battle between the fans and the Barcelona police, received the cup in a small room during a very abrupt presentation ceremony.
Jardine reflected years later how the players were saddened by the fact that they couldn't go out to receive the cup and do a lap of honour - because of the actions of their fans.
You wondered, as events unfurled on the Hampden turf yesterday, if Hibs fans were to condemn their own heroes to the same disappointment.
While they did, and only after some considerable time, get to see a Hibs captain lift the cup for the first time since 1902, there would be no lap of honour.
Players dream of being able to do this after a trophy win - basking in their own glory and applauded by their own fans.
Supporters in turn like to see their team parade the cup around the pitch.
These little things matter after the big prizes are won.
All the coverage following yesterday's game should have been on what the Hibs players did on the pitch - not the fans who invaded it.
But because they did encroach on the hallowed Hampden turf, the gloss on Anthony Stokes' two-goal display, Fraser Fyvie's midfield show, Liam Henderson's heroics and David Gray's dramatic injury-time winner has been taken off somewhat.
It had been a cracking game - all you could want from a cup final with a thrilling twist at the end of the script that finally saw Hibs shake a heavy monkey off their back.
Instead, the behaviour of idiots takes centre stage today.
Rangers' fans had already tried to do their best to leave a black mark on this final. The use of pyro and the singing of vile songs - one of which eulogises a 1930s gang leader - Billy Fullerton - who was a member of the British Union of Fascists and was given dispensation by the Ku Klux Klan to set up a Glasgow 'chapter' of that organisation.
Had Hibs fans managed the simple act of keeping their celebrations within the stands, all eyes would be on the poor conduct of those supporting Rangers.
Instead, we had a full-scale pitch invasion and allegations of Rangers players being assaulted by Hibs fans.
If the assault claims are proven, you would hope that the police deal with those responsible.
Yesterday also required cool, calm heads from the clubs involved - not to mention the Scottish Football Association.
During the past two years, whenever a 'supporter conduct' issue has arrived, Hearts owner Ann Budge usually waits 24 to 48 hours before commenting.
It's called waiting to see what the full facts are and then passing comment with a clear head.
An approach that has served both her and the club well.
Something that Rod Petrie of Hibs should maybe have done himself - and definitely Stewart Regan of the SFA and whoever wrote that laughable statement on behalf of Rangers FC yesterday.
Regan's kneejerk reaction was unhelpful. To have made such a statement before the full facts of what exactly happened on the pitch after the game was unprofessional.
It's called being informed Mr Regan. A statement saying "no comment until the full facts have been established" should have been his watchword - no matter how much his reactionary response was gold dust in terms of filling newspaper inches.
Petrie has been knocked for his post-match press conference but he, like his counterpart at Tynecastle would have done, should have waited until Monday when he might be in possession of the full picture.
To be fair to him, one can't see how much more he could have said without wanting to prejudice any potential inquiry from either the SFA and/or the police.
Something Mr Regan should have considered before mouthing off - a surprise given he is usually the model of silence when it comes to alleged corruption within the Scottish game.
As for that hysterical Rangers statement. To praise their fans for their 'restraint' was laughable given a section of them were all too willing to enter the pitch and engage in a brawl with the Hibs fans on the pitch.
One can argue 'cause and effect' but they should not have entered the pitch themselves - saying "the other lot did it and were shouting nasty things at us" does not cut it I'm afraid.
Maybe, those at Rangers who sanctioned that statement should have waited before the full facts were established first? Not to mention cool down on what was an emotional day for them as well.
Not to mention the statement's silence on the pyro display and the sectarian singing.
One hates to indulge in 'whataboutery' but Rangers have in the past been guilty of ignoring their own fans' conduct (be it bigoted chanting or violence) while being all too keen to highlight it with regard to other clubs.
If players were assaulted by Hibs fans then they have every right to be angry. But condemnation should come with a cool head - not one fuelled by emotion.
Naturally, such disinformation was picked up upon by the conspiracy theorists who were all too willing to regurgitate the laughable 'stabbed in the back' nonsense that has been espoused in the bier halles of Govan, Cessnock and Kinning Park.
Poor form all round but those Hibs fans who overstepped their boundaries have clouded what should have been their greatest day.
A shame because those in green and white who won the cup in such a dramatic fashion deserved every bit of praise that they were due.
Instead, they have to share their moment of glory with idiots who lacked the capacity to control themselves.