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Northern clubs in the 2023/24 Scottish Cup


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The draw for the Scottish Cup is at 6pm, Culter, Carnoustie & Loch Ness will join in the extra preliminary round, in which one out of 7 clubs will receive a bye. Golspie Sutherland, Fort William, Tayport & Lochee United start in the Preliminary round as licensed sides.

Extra Preliminary     including 1 random bye
East of Scotland
     Premier Division (1)     Luncarty
West of Scotland
     Premier Division (1)     Beith
South of Scotland (1)     Abbey Vale
North Caledonian (1)     Loch Ness
Midland Juniors (1)     Carnoustie
North Juniors
     Premier (1)     Culter
Amateurs (1)     Cupar Hearts

Preliminary Round
East of Scotland (24)
     Premier Division (11)     Broxburn, Dunbar, Dundonald, Haddington, Hill of Beath, Hutchison Vale, Jeanfield, Musselburgh, Penicuik, Sauchie, Tynecastle
     First Division (8)     Blackburn, Camelon, Dunipace, Newtongrange, Preston, St Andrews, Vale of Leithen, Whitehill
     Second Division (4)     Burntisland, Coldstream, Dalkeith, Easthouses
     Third Division (1)     Hawick
West of Scotland (15)
     Premier Division (8)     Auchinleck, Benburb, Clydebank, Cumnock, Darvel, Glenafton, Irvine Meadow, Pollok
     First Division (2)     Kilwinning, Rutherglen
     Second Division (2)     Bonnyton, Glasgow Uni
     Third Division (2)     Girvan, Threave
     Fourth Division (1)     Carluke
South of Scotland (5)     Creetown, Dalbeattie, Newton Stewart, St Cuthbert, Wigtown & Bladnoch
North Caledonian (2)     Fort William, Golspie
Midland Juniors (2)     Lochee Utd, Tayport
+4 from Extra Preliminary

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Extra preliminary round:
Abbey Vale v Cupar Hearts
Carnoustie Panmure v Beith
Luncarty v Loch Ness
bye: Culter

Very tough draw for Carnoustie and Loch Ness, Culter got the bye.

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Preliminary round:
Broxburn Athletic v Lochee United
Camelon v Newtongrange Star
Carluke Rovers v Dalbeattie Star
Carnoustie/Beith v Bonnyton Thistle
Creetown v Whitehill Welfare
Culter v Blackburn United
Cumnock v Girvan
Dunbar United v Vale of Leithen
Easthouses Lily v Threave Rovers
Fort William v Clydebank
Glenafton Athletic v Darvel
Hawick Royal Albert v Golspie Sutherland
Hill of Beath Hawthorn v Tayport
Irvine Meadow v Dunipace
Jeanfield Swifts v Abbey Vale/Cupar
Kilwinning Rangers v Glasgow University
Musselburgh Athletic v Coldstream
Newton Stewart v Luncarty/Loch Ness
Penicuik Athletic v Rutherglen Glencairn
Pollok v Benburb
Preston Athletic v Dundonald Bluebell
St Andrews United v Haddington Athletic
St Cuthbert Wanderers v Dalkeith Thistle
Sauchie v Burntisland Shipyard
Tynecastle v Hutchison Vale
Wigtown & Bladnoch v Auchinleck Talbot

Lochee United & Culter don't have the easiest draws, but it could have been worse for both, should be good games. I'm looking forward to the trip to Broxburn. Carnoustie & Loch Ness both have much weaker opposition in this round should they reach it. Fort William & Tayport will both be up against it with very tough draws. Golspie should have a decent chance but they face a very long journey all the way down to Hawick.

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I just realised I never put the results of the extra preliminary round in here. So here are all "northern" results so far, both northern clubs lost in the first preliminary round.

First preliminary round:
Carnoustie Panmure 1-2 Beith
Luncarty 3-1 Loch Ness


Second preliminary round:
Broxburn Athletic 3-0 Lochee United
Culter 3-2 Blackburn United
Fort William 1-10 Clydebank
Hawick Royal Albert 1-2 Golspie Sutherland
Hill of Beath Hawthorn 0-1 Tayport

A mixed bag of results, Lochee United had the toughest draw and didn't manage to beat a strong Broxburn side. Culter & Tayport both had good wins against strong EOS sides, Golspie's long journey didn't harm them as they managed to beat hosts Hawick. Fort William meanwhile didn't carry their good league form into the cup and got a hammering form Clydebank. Culter, Golspie & Tayport will join the 18 Highland League clubs in the first round.

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25 minutes ago, andrew21 said:

Love the fact that teams that have a) one game all season and have lost their manager and b) are sitting 8th in the second tier of the EOS league are being described as "strong EOS sides". 

I mean strong in comparison to their northern opposition. I'd personally say that the standard in the EOS First Division is generally higher than the North Premiership.

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First Round draw:
Clachnacuddin v Inverurie Loco Works
Formartine United
v Threave Rovers
Gala Fairydean Rovers v Strathspey Thistle
Wick Academy
v Jeanfield Swifts
Lossiemouth v Beith
Caledonian Braves v Fraserburgh
Banks o' Dee v Dalbeattie Star
Turriff United v Sauchie
Golspie Sutherland v Forres Mechanics
Culter v Deveronvale
Tayport v Buckie Thistle
Brechin City v Rothes
East Stirlingshire v Huntly
Keith v Luncarty
Broxburn Athletic v Nairn County
Brora Rangers
v Berwick Rangers

Already 5 northern clubs guaranteed to make it through, 3 all HL-ties with Forres Mechanics & Buckie Thistle visiting tier 6 opposition. You'd expect Formartine & Banks o'Dee to make it through, but some tough draws for other clubs.

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2 hours ago, Vale Vale Vale said:

Culter away, tough one for us, 

Used to be better when you had to qualify to get into the Scottish cup.


Not sure about that, but you had a chance of winning a cup.

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1 hour ago, stumpy said:

Beith fan here, wee trip to lossie for us , anyone shed any light on how good / bad they are 

Hard to say, they drew against Brora the other week, followed by a defeat to bottom side Strathspey Thistle, and then a draw away to Banks o Dee with their plastic pitch home advantage. You'll be massive favourites for it at the bookies though.

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