The Scottish Professional Football League Challenge Cup, commonly known as the Scottish League Challenge Cup or Scottish Challenge Cup, and currently known as the Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup for sponsorship reasons, is an association football knock-out cup competition run by the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL). With seven minutes remaining Alexander scored his second goal for Morton but Hamilton Academical held on to win 3–2 to become the first team to successfully defend the Scottish Challenge Cup. One change at this time was that the two invitational places were split, with only one place filled by a Highland League club (with a valid SFA club licence) and the other place going to the winner of a preliminary round tie between clubs from the East of Scotland League and the South of Scotland League. McCarra, Kevin.

[26], In the rounds before the final, the venue of each match is determined when the fixtures are drawn; the first club drawn in a fixture is named the home team and chooses the venue for the match, usually its own home ground. [19][20] Before the change in 2010, several clubs received a random bye in the first round in order to even out the number of fixtures. From 2018–19, the competition was further expanded with the two highest ranked teams still remaining in England's National League to take part from the second round.

Template:ImportTemplate:Infobox football tournament The Scottish Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the Scottish Cup or the William Hill Scottish Cup for sponsorship purposes, is the main national cup competition in Scottish football. The match was Morton's first national cup final in 29 years since the Scottish League Cup Final in 1963;[3] whilst it was Hamilton Academicals's second consecutive appearance in the final of the tournament having won the 1991 competition the previous season. [9] If the score is level and a winner has not been determined after 90 minutes of normal time, 30 minutes of extra time is played, followed by a penalty shoot-out if the score is still level. [2] It was the third final of the Scottish Challenge Cup since it was first organised in 1990 to celebrate the centenary of the Scottish Football League. [26] The 2019–20 final, between Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Raith Rovers, was originally scheduled for 28 March 2020 but has been indefinitely postponed. [9] Eight finals have gone to extra time, with two being decided in this period of play. "Shootout victory for Stenhousemuir after 111 years", The Scottish Football League Challenge Cup Final Results, "Scottish Challenge Cup: Bray Wanderers and Sligo Wanderers 'relishing' trophy chance", Caught in Time: Dundee win the B&Q Centenary Cup, 1990, "Challenge Cup expansion announced - Scottish Professional Football League", Alba Cup Final: Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2 Dundee 3, A Brief History of Stenhousemuir Football Club, "Rangers: Life in Scottish Division Three beckons", Wick Academy to play Raith Rovers in Ramsdens cup, "Rangers to travel to face Albion Rovers in Ramsdens Cup first round", Scottish Challenge Cup gets new sponsorship deal, "Sligo Rovers and Bray in next season's Scottish Challenge Cup", "National League sides join IRN-BRU Cup - Scottish Professional Football League", "Scottish Challenge Cup cancelled for season 2020-21", "Rangers to kick off season with Ramsdens Cup tie at Brechin", Livingston to host Ramsdens Cup final for second season in row, "Challenge Cup final: Hampden to stage Rangers v Peterhead", Queen of the South 1-1 Partick Thistle (6-5 pens), "SFL Announces Sponsor of the Challenge Cup", Petrofac Training to sponsor Challenge Cup, "Revamped Challenge Cup could pave the way for more cross-border competitions", "Scottish Challenge Cup: New sponsor a sweet deal", "SPFL Trust Trophy revealed & new funds launch", SFL's delight at joy sponsorship deal for Challenge Cup, BBC ALBA extend Ramsdens Challenge Cup TV deal,, Recurring sporting events established in 1990, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, First manager to win the competition with a club outside of the.

[6], Association football competition in Scotland. Fisher, Stewart. It was competed for by the 28 member clubs of the Scottish Football League Division One and Two. [14] Attendances at matches in the earlier rounds of the tournament are not dissimilar to average home attendances in league competition [15][16] but as the competition reaches the latter stages they generally increase; Annan Athletic's record attendance of 1,575 was set in a semi-final match against Falkirk in 2011. The first English teams to compete were Sutton United and Boreham Wood.

A third away game of the tournament saw Morton travel to Kilmarnock and winning 2–1. [27][28], The final match of the tournament is played at a neutral venue, usually one that is geographically close or equidistant to where the clubs contesting the match are based. First non-Scottish manager to win the competition. First manager to win the cup more than once with the same club. [21] This was simplified in the 2014–15 season, with the two additional places going to the Highland League champion (Brora Rangers) and the Lowland League champion (Spartans). [4][13] When Stenhousemuir won the final in 1995 it was regarded as the club's greatest achievement in its 111-year history. [3][11] It was intended to run for only one season but continued due to its popularity. It was the ninth final of the Scottish Challenge Cup since it was first organised in 1990 to celebrate the centenary of the Scottish Football League. Shortly before half-time, Clark scored his second goal to give Hamilton Academical a 2–1 lead and midway through the second half Chris Hillcoat extended their lead to 3–1. He was also a Scotland international, winning eight caps between 1981 and 1988.. Also participating by invitation will be four teams each from the Highland and Lowland Leagues and eight entrants from outside Scottish football – two each from the NIFL Premiership in Northern Ireland, the National League, League of Ireland and the Welsh Premier League in Wales. The further six have been decided by penalty shoot-out.[35]. [9] The Challenge Cup continued under the auspices of the Scottish Professional Football League after the Scottish Football League merged with the Scottish Premier League in 2013. The first winner of the tournament was Dundee, who defeated Ayr United. News and highlights from the Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup, straight from SPFL. [5] The reward for reaching the semi-final was a first home game of the tournament with the opposition being Montrose. [9] The venue may be switched to that of the away team or changed to a neutral venue for security reasons such as being unable to host a club with a large travelling fan base or the venue being unavailable. The competition was run for three seasons without a sponsor due to the league covering the tournament costs and prize money, but was unsustainable and resulted in it being cancelled for one season in 1998–99 before being re-established in 1999 with a new sponsor. "Weir tells former captain 'me first'",, December 1992 sports events in the United Kingdom, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 13 February 2020, at 21:32.

If the score is still level after extra time then the winner is decided by a penalty shoot-out. As of 2019, ten different venues have hosted the final. The 1990–91 Scottish Challenge Cup was the inaugural season of the competition, which was also known as the B&Q Centenary Cup for sponsorship reasons. The winner of the tournament is decided by a final elimination match which lasts 90 minutes plus any additional stoppage time. Every match, including the final, is a one-legged tie that lasts 90 minutes plus any additional stoppage time. It was established by the SPFL's predecessor, the Scottish Football League (SFL) and was originally contested by the 28 or 30 SFL/SPFL teams below the top level in the Scottish football league system. This was reflected in high attendances at matches in the later rounds of the tournament including a full capacity crowd of 11,500 at Fir Park in the first final.–91_Scottish_Challenge_Cup&oldid=960761545, 1990–91 domestic association football cups, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 4 June 2020, at 19:27. Within a regionalised format, clubs are paired at random and the first club drawn listed as the home team. The only teams to have successfully defended their title are Hamilton Academical and the original Airdrieonians. There have been four sponsors since the competition's formation as well as several name changes within the duration of each sponsorship. [9] The winner of each match progresses to the next round and the loser is eliminated from the tournament. Most winners and finalists have been from the second tier, while only four teams have won the competition from below this division. Stenhousemuir became the first team to do so in 1995, followed by Stranraer a year later in 1996 and Alloa Athletic in 1999. "With the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden; Now You Know". [3] McDiarmid Park in Perth has been the most frequent venue, staging it ten times between 1994 and 2018. [22] From 2016–17 the competition has been further expanded with the addition of Scottish Premiership Under-20 teams, additional places for the Highland and Lowland Leagues, which now have four representatives each, and two teams each from Northern Ireland and Wales. [9], Beginning with the 2016–17 season, the competition has been expanded to 58 entrants. [2], Selected games have been broadcast live on the Scottish Gaelic language television channel BBC Alba since 2008,[46] which is run jointly by former sponsor MG Alba and the BBC. Fir Park in Motherwell was the first, in 1990, and has since hosted four more finals, the last in 2017. [34] All winners and runners-up from below the second tier have been from the third tier. The Scottish Cup trophy is the oldest national trophy in the world. Scottish Challenge Cup Final Football Programme | Bob's Football Programmes | Buy Football Programmes and Sell Bob's Football Programmes is one of the world's largest Full time dealers in Football Programmes with over 30 years experience in the football trade.

[1][4], The first round draw paired Morton with Forfar Athletic at Station Park with the away team winning 5–2 [5] The second round was another away game in Angus at Brechin City, Morton won 2–1[5] to progress to the quarter-finals. [47] Every final since the 2008 final has been broadcast live on the channel[48] and the arrangement was extended for three more years in 2012 despite the end of MG Alba's sponsorship of the competition in 2011. If no clear winner has been determined after 90 minutes of normal time, 30 minutes of extra time is played. They have won the Scottish Cup 38 times and the Scottish League Cup 18 times. As this sponsor has changed over the years the league was known in turn as the Fine Fare League, B&Q League, Bell's Scottish Football League and finally as the Irn-Bru Scottish Football League. [29] The 2016 final was held at Hampden Park, the national stadium in Glasgow, due to the large support of eventual winners Rangers;[30] that final drew the competition's record attendance of over 48,000.[31]. It is a knockout cup competition run by and named after the Scottish Football Association. The SFL also organised two knock-out cup competitions, the Scottish League Cup and the Scottish Challenge Cup. [26] Continuing restrictions on fans entering stadiums meant that the competition was unviable for most SPFL clubs, and the scheduled 2020–21 edition was cancelled in October 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic in Scotland had a significant impact on the competition. McKinlay, Hugh. The final was played on 11 November 1990,[1][2] between Ayr United and Dundee at Fir Park in Motherwell. Dundee, East Stirlingshire, Hamilton Academical and Stranraer entered the second round. The most recent club to win from below the second tier was Queen of the South, in 2013.