2009–10 Scottish Cup

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2009–10 Scottish Cup
Country Scotland
Teams 81
Defending champions Rangers
Champions Dundee United
Runners-up Ross County

The 2009–10 Scottish Cup is the 125th season of Scotland's most prestigious football knockout competition. The competition is sponsored by the Scottish Government and for sponsorship reasons is known as the Active Nation Scottish Cup.[1]

Calendar[edit]

Round First match date[2] Fixtures Clubs
Original Replays
First Round Saturday 26 September 17 4 81 → 64
Second Round Saturday 24 October 16 3 64 → 48
Third Round Saturday 28 November 16 4 48 → 32
Fourth Round Saturday 9 January 16 4 32 → 16
Fifth Round Saturday 6 February 8 2 16 → 80
Quarter-finals Saturday 13 March 4 2 8 → 4
Semi-finals Saturday/Sunday 10/11 April, or following midweek 2 N/A 4 → 2
Final Saturday 15 May 2010 1 N/A 2 → 1

From the First Round to the Third Round, postponed or drawn ties are normally replayed on the following weekend and thereafter on consecutive midweeks. From the Fourth Round to the Sixth Round, postponed or drawn ties are normally replayed on the second midweek after the original date, and thereafter on consecutive midweeks. There are no replays in the Semi-Finals or the Final.

First round[edit]

The draw for the First Round was made at Hamilton Crescent, popularly known as the West of Scotland Cricket Ground, at 15:00 on 3 September 2009. Hamilton Crescent is now the oldest surviving ground to have hosted Scottish Cup Finals, and also hosted the first ever international football match.

This round is populated entirely by non-league clubs:

Burntisland Shipyard was the last club drawn and received a bye to the Second Round.

Four of the five Junior clubs (Girvan and the four qualifiers) won their ties, while Bonnyrigg Rose lost after a replay.[3][4] Hawick Royal Albert's defeat by Huntly led to a police investigation of an allegation that the match had been fixed.[5]

Home team Score Away team Additional information

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

Replays[edit]

Home team Score Away team Additional information

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

Second round[edit]

The 17 winners and 1 bye from the First Round enter here, along with the 10 SFL Third Division clubs, and Cove Rangers (Highland League champions), Deveronvale (Highland League runners-up), Spartans (East of Scotland League champions), and Threave Rovers (South of Scotland League champions). The draw took place on Wednesday 30 September at Scotstoun Leisure Centre.[6]

Home team Score Away team Additional information

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

Replays[edit]

Home team Score Away team Additional information

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

Third round[edit]

The 16 winners from the Second Round enter here, along with the 10 SFL Second Division clubs, and 6 SFL First Division clubs (as the side relegated from the SPL and the clubs which finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th enter in the Fourth Round). The draw took place on Wednesday 28 October.[7]

Home team Score Away team Additional information

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

Replays[edit]

Home team Score Away team Additional information

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

Fourth round[edit]

The 16 winners from the Third Round entered here, along with the 12 SPL clubs and four SFL First Division clubs who were exempt from playing in the Third Round. The draw took place on Monday 30 November at 2:30pm at Hampden Park. The matches were scheduled for 9 January or 10 January 2010, but 10 games were postponed due to the severe weather conditions.

There was controversy as First Division side, Dunfermline Athletic, fielded an ineligible player in their match against Stenhousemuir. As well as this, the club's management failed to register the two mandatory under-21 players required by the rules and submitted an inaccurate team sheet. As a result of these breaches in the rules, Dunfermline Athletic were to be expelled from the competition and Stenhousemuir were to progress their stead.[8] However following an appeal by the club, a committee decided that expulsion from the competition was too harsh a punishment and wasn't merited by what the club's management described as "honest errors". The club were given a reprieve along with fines and forfeits of benefits totalling around £30,000. Furthermore, the result of the game was overturned was replayed at Ochilview Park to decide which team progressed in the competition.[9]

Home team Score Away team Additional information

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

Replays[edit]

Home team Score Away team Additional information

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

Fifth round[edit]

The Draw for the Fifth Round was made on Sunday 10 January at approximately 2:15pm at New Douglas Park. It featured the 16 winners of Round 4. The ties were played on 6 & 7 February.

Home team Score Away team Additional information

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

Replays[edit]

Home team Score Away team Additional information

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

Quarter-Finals[edit]

The quarter-final draw took place on Wednesday 10 February at 1pm at Hampden Park.

Home team Score Away team Additional information

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

Replays[edit]

Home team Score Away team Additional information

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

Semi-Finals[edit]

The semi-final draw took place in Hampden Park on Monday 15 March at 10.30am.

Home team Score Away team Additional information

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

Final[edit]

Home team Score Away team Additional information

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

Media coverage[edit]

From Round 4 onwards, the Scottish Cup will be broadcast live in the UK by BBC Scotland & Sky Sports.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scottish Cup re-branded as Active Nation Scottish Cup Daily Record, 21 September 2009
  2. ^ "Fixture dates". Scottish Football Association. 4 July 2008. Retrieved 10 July 2008. 
  3. ^ Juniors prove a Scottish Cup hit, BBC Sport, 26 September 2009.
  4. ^ Bonnyrigg take Scottish Cup exit, BBC Sport, 3 October 2009.
  5. ^ Cup match-fixing probe launched, BBC News, 29 September 2009
  6. ^ Auchinleck to face Huntly in cup, BBC Sport, 30 September 2009
  7. ^ Meadow host Arbroath in Scot Cup, BBC Sport, 28 October 2009
  8. ^ "Dunfermline will contest their Scottish Cup expulsion". BBC Sport. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Dunfermline win appeal against Scottish Cup expulsion". BBC Sport. 21 January 2010. Retrieved 21 January 2010.