Scottish Junior Cup

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Scottish Junior Cup
Organising body Scottish Junior Football Association
Founded 1886; 132 years ago (1886)
Region Scotland
Number of teams 157 (2017–18)
Current champions Auchinleck Talbot (12th title)
Most successful club(s) Auchinleck Talbot (12 titles)
2017–18 Scottish Junior Cup

The Scottish Junior Cup is an annual football competition organised by the Scottish Junior Football Association for all its member clubs. The competition has been held every year since the inception of the SJFA in 1886 and, as of the 2017–18 season, 159 teams are registered to take part, the cup has an unseeded knockout format with semi-finals over two legs and the final played at a neutral venue, always that of an SPFL club.

From the 2006–07 season, the winners of the Junior Cup Final have qualified for the following seasons Scottish Cup for Senior football clubs.[1]

Auchinleck Talbot are the current holders, after defeating Hurlford United 3–2 on 27 May 2018 at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock.[2]

Cup history[edit]

The Cup has been competed for since the 1886–87 season, when Fairfield Govan became the first winners of the competition, the SJFA purchased an exact replica in 2007, to replace the original which was showing its age.

Auchinleck Talbot are the most successful club winning the trophy 12 times to date including winning it three times in a row between 1986 to 1988.[3]

The record attendance for a Junior Cup Final is 77,650 for the 1951 final between Petershill and Irvine Meadow XI.[4]

In 2010, Linlithgow Rose lifted the Scottish Junior Cup for the fourth time in their history and third in a decade, they now join a small group of teams that have managed to lift the cup more than three times.

Sponsorship[edit]

The cup's long-term sponsor, the OVD Demerara Rum company, who, as of 2006, had an eighteen-year-long association with the competition, withdrew their backing before the start of the 2006–07 competition. Unlike most other sponsored contests whose names change often, OVD had become so ingrained into the Scottish Junior Cup that it was often simply referred to as the "OVD Junior Cup", the Scottish Junior Football Association announced in 2006 that they would provide the sponsorship and prize money themselves, meaning the cup will be known simply as the Scottish Junior Cup. A new sponsor was found during the 2006–07 competition for the Semi-Finals and Final - Scottish Citylink, a long distance coach operator, the competition was sponsored by Emirates between 2009 and 2013.[5] The tournament was without a sponsor in 2013–14 with construction company Barr sponsoring the final only, then the SJFA entered a partnership with Dementia Scotland for the latter stages of the 2014–15 competition.[6][7]

The cup has been without a sponsor since ETHX Energy sponsored the 2015-16 competition.[8]

Finals[edit]

* (R) = Won after a replay.
* (P) = Won on penalties.

Club Performance[edit]

As of after 2017–18
Club Winners Runner-up
Auchinleck Talbot
12
3
Cambuslang Rangers
5
6
Petershill
5
5
Parkhead
5
4
Burnbank Swifts/Athletic
5
2
Linlithgow Rose
4
3
Ashfield
4
2
Rutherglen Glencairn
4
2
Kirkintilloch Rob Roy
3
5
Bo'ness United
3
3
Pollok
3
3
Tayport
3
3
Irvine Meadow
3
2
Blantyre Victoria
3
1
Strathclyde
3
1
Vale of Clyde
3
1
Glasgow Perthshire
3
0
Benburb
2
4
Glenafton Athletic
2
4
Maryhill
2
4
Arthurlie
2
2
Cumnock Juniors
2
2
Kilwinning Rangers
2
2
Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic
2
1
Johnstone Burgh
2
1
Kilbirnie Ladeside
2
1
Kilsyth Rangers
2
1
Larkhall Thistle
2
1
Shotts Bon Accord
2
0
Baillieston Juniors
1
4
Camelon Juniors
1
2
Denny Hibs
1
2
Musselburgh Bruntonians/Athletic
1
2
Newtongrange Star
1
2
Renfrew
1
2
Whitburn
1
2
Bathgate Thistle
1
1
Carnoustie Panmure
1
1
Clydebank
1
1
Dunipace Juniors
1
1
Glenrothes
1
1
Hurlford United
1
1
Largs Thistle
1
1
Shawfield
1
1
Tranent Juniors
1
1
Yoker Athletic
1
1
Banks o' Dee
1
0
Beith Juniors
1
0
Cambuslang Hibs
1
0
Dalziel Rovers
1
0
Dunbar United
1
0
Dundee Violet
1
0
East Kilbride Thistle
1
0
Fairfield Govan
1
0
Fauldhouse United
1
0
Hill of Beath Hawthorn
1
0
Inverkeithing United
1
0
Maryhill Hibernians
1
0
Minerva
1
0
Saltcoats Victoria
1
0
St Andrews United
1
0
St Mirren Juniors
1
0
St Roch's
1
0
Sunnybank
1
0
Vale of Leven
1
0
Wishaw Thistle
1
0
Bridgeton Waverley
0
2
Kelty Hearts
0
2
Renfrew Victoria
0
2
St Anthony's
0
2
West Benhar Violet
0
2
Annbank United
0
1
Armadale Thistle
0
1
Arniston Rangers
0
1
Chryston Athletic
0
1
Darvel
0
1
Dumbarton Fern
0
1
Dunfermline Juniors
0
1
Duntocher Hibs
0
1
Edinburgh Woodburn
0
1
Greenock Juniors
0
1
Hall Russell
0
1
Kilmarnock Rugby XI
0
1
Lesmahagow
0
1
Lochee Harp
0
1
Lochee United
0
1
Lugar Boswell Thistle
0
1
Morton Juniors
0
1
Ormiston Primrose
0
1
Penicuik Athletic
0
1
Port Glasgow Athletic
0
1
Pumpherston
0
1
Queen's Park Hampden XI
0
1
Shettleston
0
1
Stonehouse Violet
0
1
West Calder Wanderers
0
1
Westmarch XI
0
1

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Juniors make mark in Scottish Cup news.bbc.co.uk 29 September 2007
  2. ^ Hodge, Stuart (27 May 2018). "Auchinleck Talbot 3 Hurlford United 2". Daily Record. Retrieved 27 May 2018. 
  3. ^ "Honours". Auchinleck Talbot FC. Retrieved 24 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "History". Scottish Junior Football Association. Retrieved 24 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Emirates back showpiece trophy as first-round draw is made". Evening Times. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 24 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Scottish Junior Cup nets Barr as headline sponsor". Barr. Retrieved 24 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "Dyslexia Scotland to partner the Scottish Junior Cup". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 24 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "Juniors: Paisley firm ETHX Energy clinches Scottish Cup sponsorship deal as Troon ace Colin Spence revels in mouth-watering third-round draw". Evening Times. 4 November 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "Scottish Junior Cup Winners 1917". St Mirren Juniors - StMirren.info. Retrieved 5 November 2017. 
  10. ^ "1917–18 season". St Mirren Juniors - StMirren.info. Retrieved 5 November 2017.