2008–09 Scottish Cup

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2008–09 Homecoming Scottish Cup
Country Scotland
Teams 82
Champions Rangers
Runners-up Falkirk
Matches played 95
Goals scored 297 (3.13 per match)

The 2008–09 Scottish Cup was the 124th season of Scotland's most prestigious football knockout competition. The winners were Rangers, who defeated Falkirk in the 2009 final on 30 May 2009.[1]

The competition was under new sponsorship. While the SFA sponsored the tournament last season,[2] the new sponsor was Homecoming Scotland 2009, a project from the Scottish Government to encourage Scots from all over the world to visit the country. The tournament itself was known as The Homecoming Scottish Cup

Banks o' Dee, Bathgate Thistle, Lochee United and Pollok were the four junior clubs that entered this season.

Calendar[edit]

Round First match date[3] Fixtures Clubs
Original Replays
First Round 27 September 2008 18 4 82 → 64
Second Round 25 October 2008 16 2 64 → 48
Third Round 29 November 2008 16 4 48 → 32
Fourth Round 10 January 2009 16 2 32 → 16
Fifth Round 7 February 2009 8 1 16 → 80
Quarter-finals 7 March 2009 4 1 8 → 4
Semi-finals 25 April 2009 2 0 4 → 2
Final 30 May 2009 1 0 2 → 1

First round[edit]

The First Round draw was conducted at Castlehead High School, Paisley on 8 September 2008.[4]

Home team Score Away team Additional information

Source: ESPN Soccernet
a.e.t. = after extra time; agg. = aggregation score; pen. = decision by penalties.

Replays[edit]

Home team Score Away team Additional information

Source: ESPN Soccernet
a.e.t. = after extra time; agg. = aggregation score; pen. = decision by penalties.

Second round[edit]

The Second Round draw was conducted at Lochee United's Thomson Park, Dundee on 27 September 2008.[5]

Home team Score Away team Additional information

Source: ESPN Soccernet: [1], [2], [3]
a.e.t. = after extra time; agg. = aggregation score; pen. = decision by penalties.

Replays[edit]

Home team Score Away team Additional information

Source: ESPN Soccernet
a.e.t. = after extra time; agg. = aggregation score; pen. = decision by penalties.

Third round[edit]

The Third Round draw was conducted on 27 October 2008.[6] Six matches were postponed, all because of frozen pitches. They were rescheduled for the following Saturday.[7] However, only two of those matches were played on that day, Elgin City v Spartans[8] and Forres Mechanics v Dalbeattie Star. The other matches were repeatedly postponed because of poor weather.[9][10][11][12] The Edinburgh City v Brechin City tie was eventually played on 8 December 2008[13] and the Inverurie Loco Works v Vale of Leithen tie on 13 December 2008. The Lochee United v Ayr United match was played on Tuesday, 23 December 2008.

On 11 December 2008, the match between Elgin City and Spartans was ordered to be replayed after Elgin had fielded Joe Malin, a loanee from Ross County, in a 2–1 win. Malin was not registered in time for the original tie, but played in the rescheduled tie. The match was ordered to be played on 15 December.[14] It later emerged that Spartans had also fielded an ineligible player, Dean Hoskins, after an administrative error.[15]

Home team Score Away team Additional information

Source: ESPN Soccernet:[4], [5], [6], [7]
a.e.t. = after extra time; agg. = aggregation score; pen. = decision by penalties.

Replays[edit]

Home team Score Away team Additional information

Source: ESPN Soccernet: [8], [9], [10]
a.e.t. = after extra time; agg. = aggregation score; pen. = decision by penalties.

Fourth round[edit]

The Fourth Round Draw was conducted on 1 December 2008.[16] Three matches were postponed due to failed pitch inspections, The first postponement, Inverurie Loco Works v Motherwell was rescheduled for 21 January but was not played (following 2 further postponements) until 2 February, whereas the Brechin City v St. Mirren and Forfar Athletic v Forres Mechanics fixtures were both scheduled and played on 13 January.[17]

Home team Score Away team Additional information

Source: ESPN Soccernet: [11], [12], [13], [14]
a.e.t. = after extra time; agg. = aggregation score; pen. = decision by penalties.

Replays[edit]

Home team Score Away team Additional information

Source: ESPN Soccernet: [15], [16]
a.e.t. = after extra time; agg. = aggregation score; pen. = decision by penalties.

Fifth round[edit]

The Fifth Round Draw was conducted on 11 January 2009 at Hibernian’s Easter Road.[18] Three matches were postponed, the Aberdeen v East Fife match because of adverse weather in and around the city,[19] and the Airdrie United v Dunfermline Athletic and Forfar Athletic v Rangers because of frozen pitches.[20][21] All have been rescheduled for 18 February.

Home team Score Away team Additional information

Source: ESPN Soccernet: [17], [18], [19]
a.e.t. = after extra time; agg. = aggregation score; pen. = decision by penalties.

Replay[edit]

Home team Score Away team Additional information

Source: ESPN Soccernet
a.e.t. = after extra time; agg. = aggregation score; pen. = decision by penalties.

Quarter-Finals[edit]

The Quarter-Final Draw was conducted on 9 February 2009 at Hampden Park.[22]

7 March 2009
12:15
St. Mirren 1 – 0 Celtic
Mehmet Goal 55' (pen.) Report
New St. Mirren Park, Paisley
Attendance: 5,925
Referee: C Richmond

7 March 2009
15:00
Dunfermline Athletic 1 – 1 Aberdeen
Phinn Goal 82' Report Aluko Goal 61'
East End Park, Dunfermline
Attendance: 9,696
Referee: C Thomson

7 March 2009
15:00
Inverness CT 0 – 1 Falkirk
Report Finnigan Goal 31' (pen.)
Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 3,024
Referee: S Conroy

8 March 2009
15:00
Rangers 5 – 1 Hamilton Academical
Whittaker Goal 15'
Lafferty Goal 35'81'
Ñíguez Goal 45' (pen.)
Davis Goal 53'
Report Quinn Goal 26'
Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow
Attendance: 27,588
Referee: I Brines

Replay[edit]

18 March 2009
19:45
Aberdeen 0 – 0 (a.e.t.)
(2 – 4 pen.)
Dunfermline Athletic
Report
  Penalties  
Duff Penalty scored
Severin Penalty missed
Mulgrew Penalty scored
Foster Penalty missed
2 – 4
Aberdeen went first
Penalty scored Glass
Penalty scored Woods
Penalty scored Burke
Penalty scored Bayne
Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Attendance: 13,567
Referee: E Smith

Semi-Finals[edit]

The Semi-Final Draw was conducted on 8 March 2009 at Ibrox Stadium.[23]

25 April 2009
12:15
Rangers 3 – 0 St. Mirren
Velička Goal 2'
Boyd Goal 66'
Miller Goal 70'
Report
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 32,431
Referee: C Murray

26 April 2009
15:00
Falkirk 2 – 0 Dunfermline Athletic
Scobbie Goal 54'
Arfield Goal 89'(pen.)
Report
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 17,124
Referee: D McDonald

Final[edit]

30 May 2009
15:00
Rangers 1 – 0 Falkirk
Novo Goal 46' Report
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 50,956
Referee: Craig Thomson

Media coverage[edit]

  • Domestically, both Sky Sports and BBC Sport Scotland broadcast selected live games, with both showing the final. Both also carry highlights of all games in every round.
  • Through the SFA's international media partner IMG, the Scottish Cup is broadcast in various territories around the world. In Australia, for example, the Scottish Cup is currently available on Setanta Sports.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rangers 1-0 Falkirk". BBC Sport. 30 May 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2009. 
  2. ^ "Smith takes things personally in search for new Scottish Cup sponsorship". The Scotsman. 28 May 2008. Retrieved 20 July 2008. 
  3. ^ "Fixture dates". Scottish Football Association. 4 July 2008. Retrieved 10 July 2008. 
  4. ^ "Scottish Cup First Round draw". Scottish Football Association. 8 September 2008. Retrieved 25 September 2008. 
  5. ^ "Scottish Cup 2nd Round draw". Scottish Football Association. 27 September 2008. Retrieved 27 September 2008. 
  6. ^ "Scottish Cup 3rd Round draw". Scottish Football Association. 27 October 2008. Retrieved 3 November 2008. 
  7. ^ "Cold snap claims six cup games". BBC Sport. 29 November 2008. Retrieved 30 November 2008. 
  8. ^ "Elgin City 2-1 Spartans". BBC Sport. 6 December 2008. Retrieved 13 December 2008. 
  9. ^ "Edinburgh City P-P Brechin City". BBC Sport. 29 November 2008. Retrieved 13 December 2008. 
  10. ^ "Lochee United P-P Airdrie United". BBC Sport. 9 December 2008. Retrieved 13 December 2008. 
  11. ^ "Forfar Athletic P-P Stranraer". BBC Sport. 10 December 2008. Retrieved 13 December 2008. 
  12. ^ "Inverurie Locos v Vale of Leithen". BBC Sport. 12 December 2008. Retrieved 13 December 2008. 
  13. ^ "Edinburgh City 0-3 Brechin City". BBC Sport. 8 December 2008. Retrieved 13 December 2008. 
  14. ^ "Elgin forced to replay Spartans". BBC Sport. 11 December 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2008. 
  15. ^ "Spartans drawn into player row". BBC Sport. 13 December 2008. Retrieved 13 December 2008. 
  16. ^ "Scottish Cup 4th Round draw". Scottish Football Association. 1 December 2008. Retrieved 1 December 2008. 
  17. ^ "Scottish fixtures hit by weather". BBC Sport. 10 January 2008. Retrieved 11 January 2009. 
  18. ^ "Scottish Cup 5th Round draw". BBC Sport. 11 January 2009. Retrieved 11 January 2009. 
  19. ^ "Aberdeen P-P East Fife". BBC Sport. 7 February 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2009. 
  20. ^ "Airdrie Utd P-P Dunfermline". BBC Sport. 7 February 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2009. 
  21. ^ "Rangers angry over cup call-off". BBC Sport. 8 February 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2009. 
  22. ^ "Scottish Cup Quarter-Final draw". BBC Sport. 9 February 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2009. 
  23. ^ "Scottish Cup Semi-Final Draw". BBC Sport. 8 March 2009. Retrieved 8 March 2009.