2015–16 Scottish Cup

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2015–16 William Hill Scottish Cup
Country Scotland
Teams92
ChampionsHibernian
Runners-upRangers
Matches played112
Goals scored393 (3.51 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Peter Weatherson
(5 goals)[1]
All statistics correct as of 21 May 2016.

The 2015–16 Scottish Cup was the 131st season of Scotland's most prestigious football knockout competition. The tournament was sponsored by bookmaker William Hill in what was the fifth season of a five-year partnership. The final was contested between second-tier clubs (Hibernian and Rangers) for the first time ever with no Premiership clubs reaching the final.

The defending champions were Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who defeated Falkirk in the 2015 final, but were eventually knocked out in the Quarter Final after a replay by eventual champions, Hibernian.[2][3]

Media coverage[edit]

From round four onwards, selected matches from the Scottish Cup were broadcast live in Ireland and the UK by BBC Scotland and Sky Sports. BBC Scotland had the option to show one tie per round with Sky Sports showing two ties per round with one replay; also, Sky Sports broadcast both semi-finals live with one also on BBC Scotland and both channels screened the final live.

Calendar[edit]

The calendar for the 2015–16 Scottish Cup qualifying rounds, as announced by Scottish Football Association.[4]

Round Main date Number of fixtures Clubs New Entries
Preliminary Round 1 15 August 2015 5 92 → 87 10
Preliminary Round 2 5 September 2015 5 87 → 82 5
First Round 26 September 2015 18 82 → 64 31
Second Round 24 October 2015 16 64 → 48 14
Third Round 28 November 2015 16 48 → 32 16
Fourth Round 9 January 2016 16 32 → 16 16
Fifth Round 6 February 2016 8 16 → 8 None
Quarter-Finals 5 March 2016 4 8 → 4 None
Semi-Finals 16 & 17 April 2016 2 4 → 2 None
Final 21 May 2016 1 2 → 1 None

Preliminary rounds[edit]

Preliminary round 1[edit]

The preliminary round 1 took place on Saturday 15 August 2015. The round had 15 clubs which included 5 matches and 5 byes to the Second Preliminary Round. The teams competing in this round were made up of teams from the Scottish Highland Football League, Scottish Lowland Football League, ESL, SSL, Scottish Junior FA and the Scottish Amateur FA. It was the first time that the winners of the Scottish Amateur Cup had participated in the Scottish Cup.[5]

Draw[edit]

Hawick Royal Albert, Kelty Hearts, Auchinleck Talbot, Hermes and Lothian Thistle HV all received byes to the Preliminary Round 2.

Matches[edit]

Preliminary round 2[edit]

The preliminary round 2 took place on Saturday 5 September 2015. The round had 10 clubs which included 5 matches. The teams competing in this round were made up of 5 winners from Round 1 and the 5 Byes from Round one.

Draw[edit]

Matches[edit]

Replay[edit]

First round[edit]

Draw[edit]

There were 18 ties taking place in Round 1 of the Scottish Cup.[6] The draw took place on Tuesday, 28 August 2015.[7]

Teams in italics were not known at the time of the draw. Teams in Bold advanced to the second round.

Highland Football League Lowland Football League Other

East of Scotland League teams

SJFA teams

SAFA teams

Matches[edit]

Replays[edit]

Second round[edit]

Draw[edit]

There were 16 ties taking place in Round 2 of the Scottish Cup.[8] The draw took place on Thursday, 1 October 2015.[9]

Teams in italics were not known at the time of the draw. Teams in Bold advanced to the third round.

Scottish League Two Highland Football League Lowland Football League Other

East of Scotland League teams

SJFA teams

Matches[edit]

Replays[edit]

Third round[edit]

Draw[edit]

There were 16 ties taking place in Round 3 of the Scottish Cup.[10] The draw took place on Thursday, 29 October 2015 and was conducted by former Scotland manager Alex McLeish, who won the Scottish Cup both as a player and a manager.[11]

Teams in italics were not known at the time of the draw. Teams in Bold advanced to the fourth round.

Scottish Championship Scottish League One Scottish League Two Highland Football League Lowland Football League Other

East of Scotland League teams

SJFA teams

Matches[edit]

Replays[edit]

Fourth round[edit]

Draw[edit]

There were 16 ties taking place in Round 4 of the Scottish Cup.[12] The draw took place on Tuesday, 1 December 2015.[13]

Teams in italics were not known at the time of the draw. Teams in Bold advanced to the fifth round.

Scottish Premiership Scottish Championship Scottish League One Scottish League Two Other

Highland Football League

Lowland Football League

East of Scotland League

SJFA East Region Super League

Matches[edit]

Replays[edit]

Fifth round[edit]

Draw[edit]

There were 8 ties taking place in Round 5 of the Scottish Cup.[14] The draw took place on Monday, 11 January 2016.[15]

Teams in italics were not known at the time of the draw. Teams in Bold advanced to the quarter-finals.

Scottish Premiership Scottish Championship Scottish League Two Other

Lowland Football League

SJFA teams

Matches[edit]

Replays[edit]

Quarter-finals[edit]

Draw[edit]

There were four ties taking place in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup.[16] The draw took place on Monday, 8 February 2016 and was conducted by Scottish Cup winner and former Celtic midfielder Ľubomír Moravčík.[16] The draw, broadcast live on Sky Sports News, has become infamous since it had to be aborted due to one ball breaking open in the pot. After a delay, the draw was completed successfully at the second attempt.

All matches were played on the weekend of 5/6 March 2016.

Teams in italics were not known at the time of the draw. Teams in Bold advanced to the semi-finals.

Scottish Premiership Scottish Championship

Matches[edit]

Replays[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

Draw[edit]

The draw took place on Sunday, 6 March 2016 live on Sky Sports News HQ. Both matches were played on the weekend of 16/17 April 2016.[17]

Teams in italics were not known at the time of the draw. Teams in Bold advanced to the final.

Scottish Premiership Scottish Championship

Matches[edit]

Final[edit]

Rangers2–3Hibernian
Miller Goal 27'
Halliday Goal 64'
BBC Sport Report Stokes Goal 3'80'
Gray Goal 90+2'
Attendance: 50,701
Referee: Steven McLean

Statistics[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of matches played on 21 May 2016[1]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 England Peter Weatherson Annan Athletic 5
2 Scotland Leigh Griffiths Celtic 4
Republic of Ireland Anthony Stokes Hibernian
Scotland Ruari MacLennan Linlithgow Rose
England Martyn Waghorn Rangers
Scotland Brian Graham Ross County
7 9 players 3
  • NB: Scorers include only those goals from players which were scored from the Second Round onwards

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Scottish Cup Scoring Stats - 2015-16". ESPN FC. ESPN Sports Media. Retrieved 8 February 2016.[not in citation given]
  2. ^ Fraser Mackie (21 May 2016). "Rangers 2-3 Hibernian: Sunshine on Leith as Edinburgh club win their first Scottish Cup to end 114-year curse". Mail Online. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  3. ^ Richard Wilson (21 May 2016). "Rangers 2-3 Hibernian". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  4. ^ "2015-16 William Hill Scottish Cup dates confirmed". Scottish Football Association. 29 June 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Scottish Cup: History makers Harestanes fall at first hurdle". BBC Sport. 15 August 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Scottish Cup first round: Lossiemouth meet Forres Mechanics". BBC Sport. 8 September 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  7. ^ "William Hill Scottish Cup First Round Draw (1)". Scottish Football Association. 8 September 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Scottish Cup second round: League Two sides drawn together". BBC Sport. 1 October 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  9. ^ "William Hill Scottish Cup 2nd Round Draw". Scottish Football Association. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  10. ^ "Scottish Cup: Dumbarton and Alloa meet after third-round draw". BBC Sport. 29 October 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  11. ^ "William Hill Scottish Cup 3rd Round draw". Scottish Football Association. 29 October 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  12. ^ "William Hill Scottish Cup Fourth Round draw date". Scottish Football Association. 30 November 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  13. ^ "Hearts draw Aberdeen in Scottish Cup fourth round". BBC Sport. 1 December 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Brian Laudrup, Gary Anderson to make fifth round draw". Scottish Football Association. 8 January 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  15. ^ "Scottish Cup: Hearts to host Hibernian in fifth round". BBC Sport. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  16. ^ a b "Scottish Cup quarter-finals: Celtic face Morton after draw malfunction". BBC Sport. 8 February 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  17. ^ "Rangers face Celtic, Hibs/ICT draw Dundee United in Scottish Cup". BBC Sport. 6 March 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2019.

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