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The 2012–13 Scottish Cup was the 128th season of Scotland's most prestigious football knockout competition. The tournament began on 4 August 2012 and ended on 26 May 2013. It was sponsored by bookmaker William Hill in the second season of a three-year partnership and is known as the William Hill Scottish Cup. The winner of the competition qualified for the third qualifying round of the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League. The holders Hearts were knocked out by their Edinburgh rivals Hibernian in the fourth round, in a repeat of the previous season's final.

2012–13 William Hill Scottish Cup
Country Scotland
Matches played99
Goals scored360 (3.64 per match)


Format and CalendarEdit

Due to an increase in the number of participating teams, there was a preliminary round involving four teams.[1] Thirty four other clubs from the Highland League, qualifying Junior clubs and other clubs affiliated with the Scottish Football Association were given a bye to the first round proper.[1] Third Division clubs enter in the second round, while Second Division and some First Division clubs start in the third round.[1] The remaining First Division and all Scottish Premier League (SPL) clubs enter in the fourth round (last 32).[1] The fourth round was played in early December 2012, to allow SPL clubs a brief winter shutdown in January.[2]

For the first time in its history, the Scottish Cup Final was due to be played on a Sunday.[2] This is to comply with UEFA regulations which prohibit televised matches being played on the same day as the UEFA Champions League Final.[2] The 2012 Scottish Cup Final was played on the same day as the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final, but this was done under a one-year waiver offered by UEFA.[2] Fixture congestion meant that the 2013 Scottish Cup Final could not be moved to an earlier weekend.[2]

The calendar for the 2012–13 competition is as follows:[3]

Round Draw date First match date Fixtures Clubs
Original Replays
Preliminary Round Tuesday 3 July 2012 Saturday 4 August 2012 2 0 84 → 82
First Round Monday 23 July 2012 Saturday 25 August 2012 18 3 82 → 64
Second Round Monday 27 August 2012 Saturday 29 September 2012 16 3 64 → 48
Third Round Monday 1 October 2012 Saturday 3 November 2012 16 7 48 → 32
Fourth Round Monday 5 November 2012 Saturday 1 December 2012 16 4 32 → 16
Fifth Round Monday 3 December 2012 Saturday 2 February 2013 8 0 16 → 80
Quarter Finals Sunday 3 February 2013 Saturday 2 March 2013 4 0 8 → 4
Semi Finals Monday 4 March 2013 Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 April 2013 2 N/A 4 → 2
Final N/A Sunday 26 May 2013 1 N/A 2 → 1

Preliminary roundEdit

The preliminary round draw was conducted on 3 July 2012 at Hampden Park, Glasgow.[4]

This round is contested entirely by non-league clubs:

Thirty four clubs received a bye into the First round.

First roundEdit

The first round draw took place on 23 July 2012 at the Queen Anne Suite, Edinburgh Castle, at 2:00pm.[5][6]

This round was contested by the winners of the two preliminary round ties plus the thirty four clubs who received a bye in the preliminary round.

First Round ReplaysEdit

Second roundEdit

The second round draw took place on 27 August 2012. All ten teams from the Third Division were added to the competition at this stage, along with the champions of the South of Scotland League (Dalbeattie Star) and East of Scotland League (Stirling University), and the champions and runners-up from the Highland League (Forres Mechanics and Cove Rangers). [7]

Second Round ReplaysEdit

Third roundEdit

Sixteen teams joined in the 3rd round: all ten current Second Division clubs, along with 6th to 8th in last season's First Division (Partick, Raith and Morton) and the three teams that were promoted from last season's Second Division (Cowdenbeath, Dumbarton and Airdrie United).

Third Round ReplaysEdit

Fourth roundEdit

The Fourth Round draw was conducted on 5 November 2012 at 2:30pm at Hampden Park live on Sky Sports News.

The 16 winners from the Third Round entered here, along with the 12 SPL clubs and four SFL First Division clubs who were exempt from playing in the Third Round (Dunfermline Athletic, Falkirk, Hamilton Academical, Livingston).

Fourth Round ReplaysEdit

Fifth RoundEdit

The Fifth Round draw was conducted on 3 December 2012 at 1:00pm at Hampden Park live on Sky Sports News.[8]


The Quarter-finals draw was conducted on 3 February 2013 at 5:45pm at Easter Road Stadium live on Sky Sports 2.


The Semi-finals draw was conducted on 4 March 2013 at 1:30pm at Hampden Park live on Sky Sports News.


Hibernian0 − 3Celtic
Report Hooper   9'31'
Ledley   80'
Attendance: 51,254


The Scottish Cup Player of the Round was decided by the fans, who cast their vote to choose a winner from a list of nominations on the official Scottish Cup Facebook page.[11]

Round Player of the Round Ref
R4 Steven Doris (Arbroath) [11]
R5 Esmael Goncalves (St Mirren) [11]
R6 Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) [11]
QF Alex Harris (Hibernian) [11][12]
SF Anthony Stokes (Celtic) [11]

Media coverageEdit

From round four onwards, selected matches from the Scottish Cup are broadcast live in Ireland and the UK by BBC Scotland and Sky Sports. BBC Scotland has the option to show one tie per round with Sky Sports showing two ties per round with one replay also. Both channels will screen the final live.

These matches were broadcast live on television.

Round Sky Sports BBC Scotland
Fourth round Rangers vs Elgin City
Hibernian vs Heart of Midlothian
Arbroath vs Celtic (replay)
Ross County vs Inverness CT
Fifth round Dundee United vs Rangers
Hibernian vs Aberdeen
Raith Rovers vs Celtic
Quarter-finals St Mirren vs Celtic
Dundee vs Dundee United
Kilmarnock vs Hibernian
Semi-finals Hibernian vs Falkirk
Dundee United vs Celtic
Hibernian vs Falkirk
Final Hibernian vs Celtic Hibernian vs Celtic


  1. ^ a b c d "Scottish Cup adds preliminary round for season 2012/13". BBC Sport. BBC. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Sunday switch for 2013 Scottish Cup final". BBC Sport. BBC. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  3. ^ "William Hill Scottish Cup, 2012-13 Season". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  4. ^ "William Hill Scottish Cup preliminary round draw". Scottish FA. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  5. ^ "William Hill Scottish Cup First Round Draw". Hermes F.C. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Home ties for Scottish Cup newcomers". BBC Sport. BBC. 23 July 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  7. ^ "Scottish Cup: Rangers draw Forres Mechanics in second round". BBC Sport. BBC. 27 August 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2012.
  8. ^ William Hill Scottish Cup fifth round draw
  9. ^ "Good News Stories!". Raith Rovers FC. Raith Rovers FC. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Accies in the Quarter Final". Hamilton Academical F.C. 3 March 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Scottish Cup Player of the Round". SFA. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  12. ^ "Alex Harris wins Player of the Round". SFA. 19 May 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2017.

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