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The 2008–09 Scottish Cup was the 124th season of Scotland's most prestigious football knockout competition. The winners were Rangers, who defeated Falkirk in the 2009 final on 30 May 2009.[1]

2008–09 Homecoming Scottish Cup
CountryScotland
Teams82
Defending championsRangers
ChampionsRangers
Runners-upFalkirk
Matches played95
Goals scored297 (3.13 per match)

The competition was under new sponsorship. While the SFA sponsored the tournament last season,[2] the new sponsor was Homecoming Scotland 2009, a project from the Scottish Government to encourage Scots from all over the world to visit the country. The tournament itself was known as The Homecoming Scottish Cup

Banks o' Dee, Bathgate Thistle, Lochee United and Pollok were the four junior clubs that entered this season.

Contents

CalendarEdit

Round First match date[3] Fixtures Clubs
Original Replays
First Round 27 September 2008 18 4 82 → 64
Second Round 25 October 2008 16 2 64 → 48
Third Round 29 November 2008 16 4 48 → 32
Fourth Round 10 January 2009 16 2 32 → 16
Fifth Round 7 February 2009 8 1 16 → 80
Quarter-finals 7 March 2009 4 1 8 → 4
Semi-finals 25 April 2009 2 0 4 → 2
Final 30 May 2009 1 0 2 → 1

First roundEdit

The First Round draw was conducted at Castlehead High School, Paisley on 8 September 2008.[4]

Source: ESPN Soccernet

ReplaysEdit

Source: ESPN Soccernet

Second roundEdit

The Second Round draw was conducted at Lochee United's Thomson Park, Dundee on 27 September 2008.[5]

Source: ESPN Soccernet: [1], [2], [3]

ReplaysEdit

Source: ESPN Soccernet

Third roundEdit

The Third Round draw was conducted on 27 October 2008.[6] Six matches were postponed, all because of frozen pitches. They were rescheduled for the following Saturday.[7] However, only two of those matches were played on that day, Elgin City v Spartans[8] and Forres Mechanics v Dalbeattie Star. The other matches were repeatedly postponed because of poor weather.[9][10][11][12] The Edinburgh City v Brechin City tie was eventually played on 8 December 2008[13] and the Inverurie Loco Works v Vale of Leithen tie on 13 December 2008. The Lochee United v Ayr United match was played on Tuesday, 23 December 2008.

On 11 December 2008, the match between Elgin City and Spartans was ordered to be replayed after Elgin had fielded Joe Malin, a loanee from Ross County, in a 2–1 win. Malin was not registered in time for the original tie, but played in the rescheduled tie. The match was ordered to be played on 15 December.[14] It later emerged that Spartans had also fielded an ineligible player, Dean Hoskins, after an administrative error.[15]

Source: ESPN Soccernet:[4], [5], [6], [7]

ReplaysEdit

Source: ESPN Soccernet: [8], [9], [10]

Fourth roundEdit

The Fourth Round Draw was conducted on 1 December 2008.[16] Three matches were postponed due to failed pitch inspections, The first postponement, Inverurie Loco Works v Motherwell was rescheduled for 21 January but was not played (following 2 further postponements) until 2 February, whereas the Brechin City v St Mirren and Forfar Athletic v Forres Mechanics fixtures were both scheduled and played on 13 January.[17]

Source: ESPN Soccernet: [11], [12], [13], [14]

ReplaysEdit

Source: ESPN Soccernet: [15], [16]

Fifth roundEdit

The Fifth Round Draw was conducted on 11 January 2009 at Hibernian’s Easter Road.[18] Three matches were postponed, the Aberdeen v East Fife match because of adverse weather in and around the city,[19] and the Airdrie United v Dunfermline Athletic and Forfar Athletic v Rangers because of frozen pitches.[20][21] All have been rescheduled for 18 February.

Source: ESPN Soccernet: [17], [18], [19]

ReplayEdit

Source: ESPN Soccernet

Quarter-FinalsEdit

The Quarter-Final Draw was conducted on 9 February 2009 at Hampden Park.[22]

St Mirren1 – 0Celtic
Mehmet   55' (pen.) Report
Attendance: 5,925
Referee: C Richmond

Dunfermline Athletic1 – 1Aberdeen
Phinn   82' Report Aluko   61'
Attendance: 9,696
Referee: C Thomson

Inverness CT0 – 1Falkirk
Report Finnigan   31' (pen.)
Attendance: 3,024
Referee: S Conroy

Rangers5 – 1Hamilton Academical
Whittaker   15'
Lafferty   35'81'
Ñíguez   45' (pen.)
Davis   53'
Report Quinn   26'
Attendance: 27,588[23]
Referee: I Brines

ReplayEdit

Aberdeen0 – 0 (a.e.t.)
(2 – 4 pen.)
Dunfermline Athletic
Report
Penalties
Duff  
Severin  
Mulgrew  
Foster  
2 – 4
Aberdeen went first
  Glass
  Woods
  Burke
  Bayne
Attendance: 13,567
Referee: E Smith

Semi-FinalsEdit

The Semi-Final Draw was conducted on 8 March 2009 at Ibrox Stadium.[24]

Rangers3 – 0St Mirren
Velička   2'
Boyd   66'
Miller   70'
Report
Attendance: 32,431
Referee: C Murray

Falkirk2 – 0Dunfermline Athletic
Scobbie   54'
Arfield   89'(pen.)
Report
Attendance: 17,124
Referee: D McDonald

FinalEdit

Rangers1 – 0Falkirk
Novo   46' Report
Attendance: 50,956
Referee: Craig Thomson

Media coverageEdit

  • Domestically, both Sky Sports and BBC Sport Scotland broadcast selected live games, with both showing the final. Both also carry highlights of all games in every round.
  • BBC Radio Scotland has exclusive domestic radio rights to the tournament.
  • Through the SFA's international media partner IMG, the Scottish Cup is broadcast in various territories around the world. In Australia, for example, the Scottish Cup is currently available on Setanta Sports.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rangers 1-0 Falkirk". BBC Sport. 30 May 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2009.
  2. ^ "Smith takes things personally in search for new Scottish Cup sponsorship". The Scotsman. 28 May 2008. Retrieved 20 July 2008.
  3. ^ "Fixture dates". Scottish Football Association. 4 July 2008. Archived from the original on 13 March 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2008.
  4. ^ "Scottish Cup First Round draw". Scottish Football Association. 8 September 2008. Archived from the original on 15 September 2008. Retrieved 25 September 2008.
  5. ^ "Scottish Cup 2nd Round draw". Scottish Football Association. 27 September 2008. Archived from the original on 2 October 2008. Retrieved 27 September 2008.
  6. ^ "Scottish Cup 3rd Round draw". Scottish Football Association. 27 October 2008. Archived from the original on 13 March 2009. Retrieved 3 November 2008.
  7. ^ "Cold snap claims six cup games". BBC Sport. 29 November 2008. Retrieved 30 November 2008.
  8. ^ "Elgin City 2-1 Spartans". BBC Sport. 6 December 2008. Retrieved 13 December 2008.
  9. ^ "Edinburgh City P-P Brechin City". BBC Sport. 29 November 2008. Retrieved 13 December 2008.
  10. ^ "Lochee United P-P Airdrie United". BBC Sport. 9 December 2008. Retrieved 13 December 2008.
  11. ^ "Forfar Athletic P-P Stranraer". BBC Sport. 10 December 2008. Retrieved 13 December 2008.
  12. ^ "Inverurie Locos v Vale of Leithen". BBC Sport. 12 December 2008. Retrieved 13 December 2008.
  13. ^ "Edinburgh City 0-3 Brechin City". BBC Sport. 8 December 2008. Retrieved 13 December 2008.
  14. ^ "Elgin forced to replay Spartans". BBC Sport. 11 December 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2008.
  15. ^ "Spartans drawn into player row". BBC Sport. 13 December 2008. Retrieved 13 December 2008.
  16. ^ "Scottish Cup 4th Round draw". Scottish Football Association. 1 December 2008. Archived from the original on 13 March 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2008.
  17. ^ "Scottish fixtures hit by weather". BBC Sport. 10 January 2008. Retrieved 11 January 2009.
  18. ^ "Scottish Cup 5th Round draw". BBC Sport. 11 January 2009. Retrieved 11 January 2009.
  19. ^ "Aberdeen P-P East Fife". BBC Sport. 7 February 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2009.
  20. ^ "Airdrie Utd P-P Dunfermline". BBC Sport. 7 February 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2009.
  21. ^ "Rangers angry over cup call-off". BBC Sport. 8 February 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2009.
  22. ^ "Scottish Cup Quarter-Final draw". BBC Sport. 9 February 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2009.
  23. ^ "Accies in the Quarter Final". Hamilton Academical F.C. 3 March 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  24. ^ "Scottish Cup Semi-Final Draw". BBC Sport. 8 March 2009. Retrieved 8 March 2009.