1996 Scottish Challenge Cup Final

The 1996 Scottish Challenge Cup Final was an association football match between Stranraer and St Johnstone on 3 November 1996 at Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld.[2] It was the seventh final of the Scottish Challenge Cup since it was first organised in 1990 to celebrate the centenary of the Scottish Football League.

1996 Scottish Challenge Cup Final
Event1996–97 Scottish Challenge Cup
Date3 November 1996
VenueBroadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld
RefereeK. W. Clark (Paisley)[1]
Attendance5,522[1]
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The match was Stranraer's first national cup final in its 126-year history, whilst it was St Johnstone's first in 27 years since losing the Scottish League Cup Final in October 1969. The tournament was contested by clubs below the Scottish Premier Division, with St Johnstone from the First Division and Stranraer from the Second Division. The only goal of the game was from Tommy Sloan, which was enough for Stranraer to win the match 1–0.[1]

Route to the finalEdit

StranraerEdit

Round Opposition Score
First round Berwick Rangers (a) 2–0
Second round Clyde (h) 2–1
Quarter-final East Fife (a) 1–0
Semi-final Greenock Morton (h) 3–0

Stranraer faced Berwick Rangers away from home at Shielfield Park, producing a 2–0[3] win and clean sheet. The second round draw saw Clyde travel to Stair Park with the home team winning 2–1.[3] The reward for reaching the quarter-final was an away game against East Fife in Methil with Stranraer edging out the opposition in a 1–0 victory[3] and second clean sheet of the tournament to progress to the semi-finals. The opposition was a home game against Greenock Morton, and Stranraer produced a third clean sheet in a 3–0 win[3] against the club, sending The Blues into their first ever Scottish Challenge Cup Final.[3]

St. JohnstoneEdit

Round Opposition Score
First round Albion Rovers (a) 2–1
Second round Ayr United (a) 3–0
Quarter-final Dundee (a) 5–1
Semi-final Montrose (h) 4–2

St Johnstone faced a trip to Albion Rovers' home of Cliftonhill in Coatbridge in the first round which saw the team emerge 2–1 winners.[3] The second round was another game on the road against Ayr United for St Johnstone with the visitors producing a 3–0 victory[3] to progress to the quarter-finals. A trip to Tayside neighbours Dundee was the reward for reaching the quarter-finals with The Saints triumphing 5–1 winners.[3] The semi-final draw paired the club with Montrose and St Johnstone's only home game of the tournament with the club winning 4–2[3] at McDiarmid Park. St Johnstone reached the Scottish Challenge Cup Final for the first time.[3]

Pre-matchEdit

AnalysisEdit

Stranraer had played two home games and two away games in the matches preceding the final, whereas, St Johnstone played only one game at their home of McDiarmid Park and played the other three games away from home. Stranraer scored a total of eight goal and conceded only one goal before the final, in the process keeping three clean sheets. St Johnstone amassed a total of fourteen goals scored and conceded only four, but kept only one clean sheet. This was the first appearance for both Stranraer and St Johnstone in the Scottish Challenge Cup Final since its inauguration in 1990.[3]

FinalEdit

Stranraer1 – 0St Johnstone
Griffin   (o.g.) Report
Attendance: 5,522
Referee: Kenny Clark

TeamsEdit

Stranraer:
GK 1   Barney Duffy
MF 2   Graham Duncan
DF 3   Tom Black  
DF 4   Jim Hughes
DF 5   Tony Gallagher  
DF 6   John McCaffrey
FW 7   Tommy Sloan
MF 8   Alan Lansdowne
FW 9   Gordon Young  
MF 10   Ian McAuley
MF 11   Robert Docherty
Substitutes:
DF 12   Derek Crawford  
FW 14   John McMillan  
DF 15   John Robertson  
Manager:
  Campbell Money
St Johnstone:
GK 1   Alan Main
DF 2   John McQuillan
DF 3   Allan Preston
MF 4   Attila Sekerlioglu  
DF 5   Jim Weir
DF 6   Danny Griffin
MF 7   Steve Tosh
MF 8   John O'Neil
FW 9   Roddy Grant
FW 10   Ian Ferguson  
MF 11   Leigh Jenkinson
Substitutes:
DF 12   Andy Whiteford
MF 14   Gary Farquhar  
FW 15   Peter Fyhr  
Manager:
  Paul Sturrock

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Bell's Cup, scottishfootballleague.com. Scottish Football League. 2 November 2005. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Scottish League Challenge Cup Finals". RSSSF. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Scottish Challenge Cup, statto.com. Retrieved 16 June 2011.