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LeedsPhil
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A magnificently-thorough post by HibeeJibee over on P&B deserves being distributed on here too, with full credit to him and with thanks for the research.

The Highland League's fixture release this morning provided dates of rounds, which I've inserted.


Attention will soon turn to 2014-15's competition, which looks likely to be one of the most interesting in some time, in terms of variety at least. By my reckoning several clubs will be making their debut in the cup and it should have its largest-ever entry since Victorian times?


There will be a variety of new entrants. During the course of the season East Kilbride and Gretna 2008 have obtained the licence, and with it membership, and will be entering for the first time. As will Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale from Edinburgh who qualify as champions of the EOS League and are also cup first-timers.

Some recent entrants will also be returning. Linlithgow Rose Juniors have obtained their licence and according to their website University of Stirling will qualify courtesy their runners-up position in the Lowland League... presumably the 2 southern byes now being assigned to the LL, not the EOS and SOS champions? If so both they and Spartans, and Brora Rangers and Inverurie Loco Works, will get byes into R2.

Qualifiers from the Juniors will be Bo'ness United (East Superleague) unless they are caught by Linlithgow - they're 4pts clear with 3 games to play... Auchinleck Talbot (West Superleague)... Culter (North Superleague)... plus the winner of Glenafton Athletic v Hurlford United (Junior Cup Final), either of whom will be making their debut.


Under the current rules licensed clubs are exempt from Preliminary ties. So assuming that stays, and the byes are rearranged as I mooted with the apparet University of Stirling situation, I think that would mean a breakdown of entries as follows:

[Note #1 - BSC Glasgow, of the Lowland League, can't enter yet which is why only 13 of the 14 LL clubs are listed].

[Note #2 - claim has been made that Banks o'Dee have got their licence and membership, but I haven't seen this substantiated anywhere. If it is true, they would enter in the First Round under "Juniors", and there would be 8 ties and only 7 byes in the Preliminary Round].

Preliminary Round (7 ties + 9 byes): Saturday 16th August
Highland League (2) - Cove Rangers, Fort William
Lowland League (6) - Dalbeattie Star, Edinburgh City, Edinburgh University, Gala Fairydean Rovers, Selkirk, Vale of Leithen
Clubs from the Non Professional Game:
EOS League (5) - Burntisland Shipyard, Civil Service Strollers, Coldstream, Hawick Royal Albert, Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale
SOS League (3) - Newton Stewart, St Cuthbert Wanderers, Wigtown & Bladnoch
Juniors (5) - Auchinleck Talbot, Bo'ness United*, Culter, Girvan, Glenafton Athletic/Hurlford United
Amateurs (2) - Glasgow University, Golspie Sutherland

Competition Proper
First Round (18 ties): Saturday 13th September
16 clubs from the Preliminary Round
Highland League (14) - Buckie Thistle, Clachnacuddin, Deveronvale, Formartine United, Forres Mechanics, Fraserburgh, Huntly, Keith, Lossiemouth, Nairn County, Rothes [assuming licence reinstated], Strathspey Thistle, Turriff United, Wick Academy
Lowland League (5) - East Kilbride, Gretna 2008, Preston Athletic, Threave Rovers, Whitehill Welfare
Club from the Non Professional Game:
Juniors (1) - Linlithgow Rose

Second Round (16 ties): Saturday 4th October
18 clubs from the First Round
Scottish League Two (10) - Albion Rovers, Annan Athletic, Arbroath, Berwick Rangers, Clyde, East Fife, East Stirlingshire, Elgin City, Montrose, Queen's Park
Highland League (2) - Brora Rangers, Inverurie Loco Works
Lowland League (2) - Spartans, University of Stirling

Third Round (16 ties): Saturday 1st November
16 clubs from the Second Round
Scottish Championship (6) - Alloa Athletic, Cowdenbeath, Dumbarton, Livingston, Raith Rovers, Rangers
Scottish League One (10) - Airdrie United, Ayr United, Brechin City, Dunfermline Athletic, Forfar Athletic, Greenock Morton, Peterhead, Stenhousemuir, Stirling Albion, Stranraer

Fourth Round (16 ties): Saturday 29th November
16 clubs from the Third Round
Scottish Premiership (12) - Aberdeen, Celtic, Dundee, Dundee United, Hamilton Academical/Hibernian, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Kilmarnock, Motherwell, Partick Thistle, Ross County, St Johnstone, St Mirren
Scottish Championship (4) - Hamilton Academical/Hibernian, Heart of Midlothian, Falkirk, Queen of the South


Great to see a number of new faces in the tournament, and with the pyramid going live it will be interesting to see how clubs from the SPFL fare against Highland and Lowland opposition, and how the HL and LL clubs fare against the EOS and SOS clubs (and Juniors!).

One other point of note is that, under the new UEFA regulations, the cup runner-up will not qualify for Europe even if they lose to the SPFL Premiership winner. Only the cup winner themselves can now qualify for the Europa League so in the event that someone (i.e. Celtic) were to do the double, the extra slot would go to 4th in the Premiership.


Later rounds :

R5 - Saturday 7th February 2015
R6(QFs) - Saturday 7th March 2015
SFs - Saturday 18th April 2015
Final - Saturday 30th May 2015



LeedsPhil
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Bo'ness United indeed in as the Juniors East champions.


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I'm sure I'm being a bit thick here but why are Cove (and FW) in the Preliminary Round and why are Linlithgow Rose exempt to Round 1?

edit: I see licensed clubs are exempt from the Prelim Round. Does that not rely on a "convenient number" of licensed/unlicensed clubs?


(This post was edited by PaulC on May 29, 2014, 11:26 AM)


LeedsPhil
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No. Any "inconvenience" is just absorbed by amending the number of actual ties vs the number of byes, such that the subsequent round receives the correct number coming through from the previous round.


PaulC
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Yes I see that. The problem will arise when there are >36 licenced non-league clubs.


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Does anyone know when's the draw?



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There's no official date yet. I suspect it will be within the next couple of weeks.

 
 


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