2012–13 Scottish League Cup

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2012–13 Scottish Communities League Cup
Scottish Communities League Cup logo 2011-.png
Country  Scotland
Teams 42
Champions St Mirren
Runners-up Heart of Midlothian

The 2012–13 Scottish League Cup was the 67th season of Scotland's second-most prestigious football knockout competition. It is also known as the Scottish Communities League Cup for sponsorship reasons,[1] after the Scottish Government continued their 1.7 million sponsorship for a second season.[2]

Format[edit]

The competition is a single elimination knock-out competition. In each round, fixtures are determined by random draw, with the first to third rounds seeded according to last season's league positions (higher 50% of finishers drawn v lower 50% of finishers, alternating which is at home with each tie drawn).

Fixtures are played to a finish, with extra time and then penalties used in the event of draws. The competition is open to all clubs in the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League. Clubs involved in European competitions are given a bye to the third round in order to avoid congestion of fixtures.

  • First round: 28 of the 30 sides from the previous season's Scottish Football League enter, except Ross County and Dunfermline. After Rangers were placed in the Third Division, they entered at this round.[3]
  • Second round: The 15 winners of the first round are joined by 6 of the 7 of last season's SPL sides not in Europe, plus newly promoted Ross County.[3]
  • Third round: The 11 winners of the second round are joined by the five SPL sides participating in European competition.[3]
  • Quarter-finals: The 8 winners of the third round play.
  • Semi-finals: The 4 winners of the quarter-finals play.
  • Final: The 2 winners of the semi-finals play.

Schedule[edit]

  • Round 1: Saturday 4 August[3]
  • Round 2: Tuesday 28/Wednesday 29 August[4]
  • Round 3: Tuesday 25/Wednesday 26 September[4]
  • Quarter-Finals: Tuesday 30/Wednesday 31 October[4]
  • Semi-Finals: Saturday 26/Sunday 27 January 2013[4]
  • Final: Sunday 17 March 2013[4]

Fixtures and results[edit]

First round[edit]

The first round draw was conducted on 20 July 2012[5] at Ochilview Park, Stenhousemuir by the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond.[6] Rangers were entered into the draw pending an application for membership of the Scottish Football Association, which is needed to participate.[6]

Second round[edit]

The Second round draw was conducted on 9 August 2012.[7]

Third round[edit]

The third round draw took place on 3 September 2012. The matches were played on Tuesday 25 or Wednesday 26 September 2012.[8]

Quarter-finals[edit]

The quarter-final draw took place on 4 October 2012. The matches were played on Tuesday 30 or Wednesday 31 October 2012.[9]

Semi-finals[edit]

The semi-final draw took place on 8 November 2012. The first match was played on Saturday 26 and the second was played on Sunday 27 January 2013.[10]

Final[edit]

17 March 2013
15:00
St. Mirren 3 – 2 Heart of Midlothian
Gonçalves Goal 37'
Thompson Goal 46'
Newton Goal 66'
BBC Sport Stevenson Goal 10'85'
Hampden Park
Attendance: 44,036
Referee: Craig Thomson

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scottish Communities League Cup". Scottish Football League. 21 March 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Scottish Government to continue Cup sponsorship". Scottish Football League. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Scottish League Cup draw includes Rangers". BBC Sport (BBC). 19 July 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Key dates". Scottish Premier League. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "SCLC First Round Dates announced". Scottish Football League. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Rangers draw East Fife in first round of Scottish Communities League Cup". STV. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "League Cup second round draw pits Falkirk against Division Three Rangers". STV. STV Group. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Motherwell drawn to face Rangers in League Cup". BBC. BBC Sport. 3 September 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Rangers to host Inverness in Scottish League Cup last eight". BBC. BBC Sport. 4 October 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Scottish Communities League Cup: St Mirren face Celtic in semi". BBC. BBC Sport. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 

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