2005 Scottish Challenge Cup Final

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2005 Scottish Challenge Cup Final
2005 Scottish Challenge Cup Final programme cover.jpg
The match programme cover
Event 2005–06 Scottish Challenge Cup
Date 6 November 2005
Venue Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie
Referee S. Dougal
Attendance 9,613

The 2005 Scottish Challenge Cup Final, also known as the Bell's Cup Final for sponsorship reasons, was an association football match between St. Mirren and Hamilton Academical on 6 November 2005 at Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie.[1] It was the 15th final of the Scottish Challenge Cup since it was first organised in 1990 to celebrate the centenary of the Scottish Football League.

St. Mirren emerged winners after defeating Hamilton Academical 2–1 with goals from Simon Lappin and John Sutton[2] to win the tournament for the first time after being losing finalists in 1993.

Route to the final[edit]

St. Mirren[edit]

Round Opposition Score
First round Forfar Athletic (h) 1–0 (a.e.t.)
Second round Queen of the South (a) 2–1
Quarter-final Stenhousemuir (h) 3–2
Semi-final Greenock Morton (h) 0–0 (a.e.t.)
(4–2 pen.)

The first round draw paired St. Mirren with Forfar Athletic at Love Street with the home team winning 1–0 after extra time.[3] The second round was a trip to Dumfries to face Queen of the South at Palmerston Park with The Buddies producing 2–1 win[4] to progress to the quarter-finals. The opponents drawn were Stenhousemuir at home in the quarter-finals and St. Mirren won 3–2.[5] The reward for reaching the semi-final was a home game at against Renfrewshire rivals, Greenock Morton with St. Mirren edging out the opponents to win 4–2 on penalties after 0–0 after extra time.[6] St. Mirren reached the Scottish Challenge Cup final for the second time, since losing the 1993 final against Falkirk.

Hamilton Academical[edit]

Round Opposition Score
First round Queen's Park (a) 3–0
Second round Ross County (a) 1–0
Quarter-final Dundee (h) 2–0
Semi-final St. Johnstone (a) 2–1

Hamilton Academical were drawn against Queen's Park at home in the first round and Hamilton came out 3–0 winners[3] The second round draw saw Accies drawn against Ross County away from home with Hamilton emerging 1–0 winners.[4] The quarter-final draw brought Dundee to New Douglas Park which saw Hamilton produce a 2–0[5] and awarded Accies their third consecutive clean sheet of the tournament to progress to the semi-finals. The opposition provided in the semi-final draw was St. Johnstone and another away game which saw Hamilton triumph with a 2–1 victors[6] to proceed to the Scottish Challenge Cup final for the third time in the club's history since winning both the 1991 and 1992 tournaments.


5 November 2005
15:00 GMT
St. Mirren 2 – 1 Hamilton Academical
Lappin Goal 22'
Sutton Goal 80'
Report Tunbridge Goal 47'
Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie
Attendance: 9,613
Referee: Stuart Dougal[7]
St. Mirren
Hamilton Academical
St. Mirren:
GK 1 Scotland Chris Smith
RWB 2 Republic of Ireland David van Zanten
CB 3 Scotland Kirk Broadfoot Booked
CM 4 Scotland Andy Millen Substituted off 76'
CB 5 Scotland Kevin McGowne (c)
CB 6 Scotland John Potter
CM 7 Scotland Hugh Murray Booked
CM 8 Scotland Charlie Adam Substituted off 69'
CF 9 Scotland Stewart Kean
CF 10 England John Sutton
LWB 11 Scotland Simon Lappin
FW 12 England Billy Mehmet Substituted in 69'
DF 14 Scotland Alan Reid
MF 15 Scotland Mark Corcoran
MF 16 Scotland Mark Reilly Substituted in 76'
GK 17 Scotland Craig Hinchcliffe
Scotland Gus MacPherson
Hamilton Academical:
GK 1 Scotland David McEwan
CB 2 Scotland Stuart Balmer Substituted off 81'
LB 3 Scotland Derek Fleming
RB 4 Scotland Steven Thomson (c) Booked
CB 5 Scotland Mark McLaughlin
CM 6 Scotland Alex Neil
LM 7 Australia Scott Tunbridge Booked
CM 8 Scotland Marvyn Wilson
CF 9 England Graeme Jones Substituted off 38'
RM 10 Scotland Scott MacKenzie
CF 11 Scotland Pat Keogh Substituted off 77'
DF 12 Scotland John Robertson Substituted in 81'
MF 14 Scotland Brown Ferguson
FW 15 Scotland Mark Gilhaney Substituted in 77'
FW 16 Scotland Brian Carrigan Substituted in 38'
GK 17 Scotland Raymond Jellema
Scotland Billy Reid


  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary
  • Penalty shootout if scores still level
  • Five named substitutes
  • Maximum of 3 substitutions


  1. ^ "Scottish League Challenge Cup Finals". RSSSF. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  2. ^ St Mirren 2-1 Hamilton Accies, BBC Sport. 2005-11-06. Retrieved 2009-12-31.
  3. ^ a b Scottish League Challenge Cup Round 1 Results - 2005/06, ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  4. ^ a b Scottish League Challenge Cup Round 2 Results - 2005/06, ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  5. ^ a b Scottish League Challenge Cup Round 3 Results - 2005/06, ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  6. ^ a b Scottish League Challenge Cup Semi-finals Results - 2005/06, ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  7. ^ Scottish League Challenge Cup Final Results - 2005/06, ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 2011-10-09.