Drybrough Cup

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Drybrough Cup
Country Scotland
Founded 1971
Folded 1980
Number of teams 8
Most championships Hibernian
Aberdeen (2 times)

The Drybrough Cup was a Scottish annual football tournament. It was held from 1971 until 1974, and was revived from 1979 to 1980. It was open to the four highest-scoring teams from Division 1, and the four highest-scoring teams from Division 2. The format allowed the tournament to have three rounds: first round, semi-final and final. The tournament was held in the week preceding the commencement of the league season.

The tournament was first conceived because the Scottish Football Association would not permit existing competitions to have a title sponsor.[1] The Drybrough brewery got around this regulation by inventing a new competition bearing their name.[1]

In the 1972, 1973 and 1974 Drybrough Cups, an experimental version of the offside rule was operated.[2]

In the 1979 final, Davie Cooper scored what is regarded as one of the best goals ever scored in an Old Firm match.[3]

Finals summaries[edit]

Year Crowd Match
Winner Score Runner-up
1971 25,000 Aberdeen 2–1 Celtic
1972 49,462 Hibernian 5–3 (aet) Celtic
1973 49,204 Hibernian 1–0 (aet) Celtic
1974 57,558 Celtic 2–2 (4–2p) Rangers
1979 40,609 Rangers 3–1 Celtic
1980 6,994[4] Aberdeen 2–1 St Mirren



  1. ^ a b Eddie Turnbull with Martin Hannan. Having a Ball. Mainstream Publishing. 
  2. ^ Russell, Grant (1 April 2011). "How the Scottish FA tried to revolutionise the offside law". www.sport.stv.tv. STV. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "NOW YOU KNOW: Super Cooper scored great 'keepy-up' goal". Evening Times. Herald & Times Group. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.stmirrenprogrammes.co.uk/StMirren/STM_Match_Details.php?Season=1980&GameID=1827
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-12-31. Retrieved 2009-07-29.