2018–19 Scottish Cup

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2018–19 William Hill Scottish Cup
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Country  Scotland
Teams 95
Defending champions Celtic
Matches played 29
Goals scored 116 (4 per match)
2019–20 →

The 2018–19 Scottish Cup will be the 134th season of Scotland's most prestigious football knockout competition. The tournament is sponsored by bookmaker William Hill in what is the eighth season of a nine-year partnership, after contract negotiations saw the initial five-year contract extended for an additional four years in October 2015.[1]

The defending champions are Celtic who won the 2018 Scottish Cup Final on 19 May 2018.[2]

Calendar[edit]

The calendar for the 2018–19 Scottish Cup, as announced by Scottish Football Association.[3]

Round Main date Number of fixtures Clubs New Entries
Preliminary Round 1 11 August 2018 7 95 → 88 19
Preliminary Round 2 1 September 2018 6 88 → 82 None
First Round 22 September 2018 18 82 → 64 30
Second Round 20 October 2018 16 64 → 48 14
Third Round 24 November 2018 16 48 → 32 16
Fourth Round 19 January 2019 16 32 → 16 16
Fifth Round 9 February 2019 8 16 → 8 None
Quarter-Finals 2 March 2019 4 8 → 4 None
Semi-Finals 13-14 April 2019 2 4 → 2 None
Final 25 May 2019 1 2 → 1 None

Preliminary rounds[edit]

Draw[edit]

The draw for the preliminary rounds took place on Monday, 16 July 2018 at Hampden Park and was made by Scottish National Team Head Coaches Alex McLeish and Shelley Kerr.[4]

19 clubs were involved in the draw, of which five received a bye to the second preliminary round, while the other 14 entered the first preliminary round. The teams competing in these rounds will be made up of teams from the East of Scotland Football League (8), South of Scotland Football League (4), North Caledonian Football League (1), Scottish Junior Football Association (4) and the Scottish Amateur Football Association (2). Shortlees and Tynecastle will take part in the Scottish Cup for the first time after winning the 2017–18 Scottish Amateur Cup and the 2017–18 South & East Cup-Winners Shield respectively.

There were three parts to the draw. The first part determined which five clubs, from the 14 eligible, received a bye to the second preliminary round. The clubs which did not receive a bye into the second preliminary round entered the first preliminary round. Seven ties were then drawn in the first preliminary round to be played on Saturday, 11 August 2018. The final part of the draw saw six ties drawn in the second preliminary round to be played on Saturday, 1 September 2018.

Clubs with a valid Club License at the date of the draw were eligible for a bye to the second preliminary round.[5] Teams in Bold advanced to the first round.

Clubs eligible for a bye Clubs participating in the first preliminary round draw
  1. Banks O’Dee
  2. Burntisland Shipyard
  3. Coldstream
  4. Girvan
  5. Glasgow University
  6. Golspie Sutherland
  7. Hawick Royal Albert
  8. Linlithgow Rose
  9. Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale
  10. Newton Stewart
  11. Preston Athletic
  12. St Cuthbert Wanderers
  13. Threave Rovers
  14. Wigtown & Bladnoch
  1. Auchinleck Talbot (2017–18 Junior Cup winners)
  2. Beith (2017–18 West Super League winners)
  3. Bonnyrigg Rose (2017–18 East Superleague winners)
  4. Shortlees (2017–18 Scottish Amateur Cup winners)
  5. Tynecastle (2017–18 South & East Cup-Winners Shield)

Preliminary round one[edit]

Girvan, Linlithgow Rose, Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale, Newton Stewart, and Wigtown & Bladnoch received a bye to preliminary round two.

Matches[edit]

Preliminary round two[edit]

Matches[edit]

First round[edit]

The first round took place on the weekend of 22 September 2018. Along with the six winners from the second preliminary round, there were 30 new entries at this stage - 16 from the Highland Football League and 14 from the Lowland Football League.[5]

Draw[edit]

The draw for the first round took place on Saturday, 1 September 2018 at Hampden Park and was made by former Scottish Cup winner Robbie Neilson and boxer Charlie Flynn. Selkirk withdrew from the competition before the draw was made so one team received a bye to the second round.[7]

Teams in Bold advanced to the second round.

Highland Football League Lowland Football League Other

East of Scotland teams

SJFA teams

BSC Glasgow were drawn to receive a bye to the second round.

Matches[edit]

Replays[edit]

Second round[edit]

The second round is scheduled to take place on the weekend of 20 October 2018. Along with the 17 winners (plus BSC Glasgow) from the first round, there will be 14 new entries at this stage - two from the Highland Football League, two from the Lowland Football League and all 10 from League Two.[5]

Draw[edit]

The draw for the second round took place at Hampden Park on 22 September 2018. The draw was made by Olympic bronze medalist Eve Muirhead and Kilmarnock's Scottish Cup winning captain Ray Montgomerie.

Teams in Italics were not known at the time of the draw.

Scottish League Two Highland Football League Lowland Football League To be decided Other

East of Scotland teams

SJFA teams

Matches[edit]

Third round[edit]

The third round is scheduled to take place on the weekend of 24 November 2018. Along with the 16 winners from the second round, there will be 16 new entries at this stage - all 10 from League One, and six from the Championship.[5]

Draw[edit]

Scottish Championship Scottish League One Other

16 teams from the Second Round

Fourth round[edit]

The fourth round is scheduled to take place on the weekend of 19 January 2019. Along with the 16 winners from the third round, there will be 16 new entries at this stage - the remaining four clubs from the Championship, and all 12 from the Premiership.[5]

Draw[edit]

Scottish Premiership Scottish Championship Other

16 teams from the Third Round

Fifth round[edit]

The fifth round is scheduled to take place on the weekend of 9 February 2019.

Quarter-finals[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

Final[edit]

The final will be played on 25 May 2019 at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

Media coverage[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bookmakers William Hill extend sponsorship of Scottish Cup". Sky Sports. 29 October 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2018. 
  2. ^ English, Tom (19 May 2018). "Celtic 2–0 Motherwell". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 June 2018. 
  3. ^ "William Hill Scottish Cup 2018-19 dates confirmed". Scottish Football Association. 1 May 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018. 
  4. ^ "William Hill Scottish Cup 2018-19 Preliminary Round Draws". Retrieved 16 July 2018. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "2018-19 Scottish Cup Format Composition" (PDF). scottishfa.co.uk. Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 6 July 2018. 
  6. ^ @ColdstreamFC_ (11 August 2018). "Coldstream v St Cuthbert Wanderers attendance" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  7. ^ "Stage set for William Hill Scottish Cup First Round Draw". 31 August 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.