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The 2016–17 Scottish Cup was the 132nd season of Scotland's most prestigious football knockout competition. The tournament was sponsored by bookmaker William Hill in what was the sixth season of a nine-year partnership, after contract negotiations saw the initial five-year contract extended for an additional four years in October 2015.[1]

2016–17 William Hill Scottish Cup
Country Scotland
Teams93
Defending championsHibernian
ChampionsCeltic
Runners-upAberdeen
Matches played105
Goals scored370 (3.52 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Wayne McIntosh &
David Gormley (8 goals)
All statistics correct as of 14 February 2017.

The defending champions were Hibernian, who defeated Rangers in the 2016 final, but were eliminated in the semi finals by Aberdeen.[2][3]

Celtic beat Aberdeen 2–1 in the final to complete a domestic treble without losing a game in all domestic competitions.[4]

Contents

Media coverageEdit

From round four onwards, selected matches from the Scottish Cup are broadcast live in the UK and Ireland 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, Sky Sports show both semi-finals live with one also on BBC Scotland & both channels screen the final live.

CalendarEdit

The calendar for the 2016–17 Scottish Cup qualifying rounds, as announced by Scottish Football Association.[5]

Round Main date Number of fixtures Clubs New Entries
Preliminary Round 1 13 August 2016 5 93 → 88 10
Preliminary Round 2 3 September 2016 6 88 → 82 7
First Round 24 September 2016 18 82 → 64 30
Second Round 22 October 2016 16 64 → 48 14
Third Round 26 November 2016 16 48 → 32 16
Fourth Round 21 January 2017 16 32 → 16 16
Fifth Round 11 February 2017 8 16 → 8 None
Quarter-Finals 4 March 2017 4 8 → 4 None
Semi-Finals 22 & 23 April 2017 2 4 → 2 None
Final 27 May 2017 1 2 → 1 None

Preliminary roundsEdit

The draw for the preliminary rounds took place at the Coldstream Museum on Monday 18 July 2016.

17 clubs were involved in the draw, of which seven received a bye to the second preliminary round, while the other 10 entered the first preliminary round. The teams competing in these rounds were made up of teams from the East of Scotland Football League (3), South of Scotland Football League (5), North Caledonian Football League (1), Scottish Junior Football Association (6) and the Scottish Amateur Football Association (2).

There were three parts to the draw. The first part determined which seven clubs, from the 10 eligible, would receive a bye to the second preliminary round. The three clubs which did not receive a bye into the second preliminary round entered in the first preliminary round. Five ties were drawn in the first preliminary round to be played on Saturday, 13 August 2016. The final part of the draw saw six ties drawn in the second preliminary round to be played on Saturday, 3 September 2016.[6]

Preliminary round 1Edit

DrawEdit

Teams in Bold advanced to the first round.

Clubs eligible for a bye Clubs participating in the First Preliminary Round Draw
  1. Banks O’Dee
  2. Burntisland Shipyard
  3. Coldstream
  4. Edusport Academy
  5. Girvan
  6. Glasgow University
  7. Golspie Sutherland
  8. Linlithgow Rose
  9. Threave Rovers
  10. Wigtown & Bladnoch
  1. Auchinleck Talbot
  2. (2015–16 West Super League winners)
  3. Beith Juniors (2015–16 Scottish Junior Cup winners)
  4. Bonnyrigg Rose (2015–16 East Superleague winners)
  5. Colville Park (2015–16 Scottish Amateur Cup winners)
  6. Leith Athletic (2015–16 EoSFL winners)
  7. Newton Stewart
  8. St Cuthbert Wanderers (2015–16 SoSFL winners)

The following teams received a bye to the second preliminary round: Banks O’Dee, Burntisland Shipyard, Coldstream, Girvan, Golspie Sutherland, Linlithgow Rose and Threave Rovers.[7]

MatchesEdit

ReplayEdit

Preliminary round 2Edit

MatchesEdit

ReplayEdit

First roundEdit

The first round took place on the weekend of 24 September 2016. Along with the six winners from the second preliminary round, there were 30 new entries at this stage, 14 from the Lowland Football League and 16 from the Highland Football League.[5] From the first round, teams were permitted to use an additional fourth substitute in the extra time period should a replayed tie go to extra time.[8]

DrawEdit

The draw for the first round was made on Monday, 5 September at 2:30pm. The draw took place at Edinburgh College and was made by Hibernian's cup winning captain David Gray. It was streamed live on the Scottish Cup's official Facebook page.[9]

Teams in Italics were not known at the time of the draw. Teams in Bold advanced to the second round.

Lowland Football League Highland Football League Other

East of Scotland teams

SJFA teams

MatchesEdit

ReplaysEdit

Second roundEdit

The second round took place on the weekend of 22 October. Along with the 18 winners from the first round, there were 14 new entries at this stage, two from the Lowland Football League, two from the Highland Football League and 10 from Scottish League Two.[5]

DrawEdit

The draw for the second round was hosted by Highland Football League champions Cove Rangers and took place at the Aberdeen Altens Hotel on Monday, 26 September at 6pm. Scottish Football Association president, Alex McRea oversaw the draw which was made by Nigg Community Council chairperson Alan Strachan.[10]

Teams in Italics were not known at the time of the draw. Teams in Bold advanced to the third round.

Scottish League Two Lowland Football League Highland Football League Other

SJFA teams

MatchesEdit

ReplaysEdit

Third roundEdit

The third round took place on the weekend of 26 November 2016. Along with the 16 winners from the second round, there were to be 16 new entries, 10 from Scottish League One and six from the Scottish Championship, at this stage.[5]

DrawEdit

The draw for the third round was made at 6pm on Tuesday, 25 October. The draw took place at Cappielow and was hosted by Greenock Morton. Chief Executive of the Greenock Morton Community Trust, Warren Hawke helped make the draw.[11]

Teams in Italics were not known at the time of the draw. Teams in Bold advanced to the fourth round.

Scottish Championship Scottish League One Scottish League Two Other

Lowland Football League

Highland Football League

SJFA teams

MatchesEdit

A total of nine third round ties were postponed due to frozen pitches. The St Mirren-Spartans, Beith Juniors-Greenock Morton, Clyde-Arbroath, Albion Rovers-Queen of the South and Stirling Albion-Wick Academy matches were postponed on Friday, 25 November, a day before they were due to take place after failing pitch inspections due to the freezing weather. These games were subsequently rearranged for 29 November, 3 and 6 December.[12][13] The Queen's Park-Montrose match was originally scheduled for 29 November due to the League Cup final taking place at Hampden Park, Queen's Park's home ground, on 27 November.[14] A further three games were postponed after failing early pitch inspections on Saturday, 26 November. These were the East Fife-Edinburgh City, Stranraer-East Kilbride and Brechin City-Ayr United matches. The Formartine United-Annan Athletic match originally passed a pitch inspection at 7am but was postponed after failing a supplementary inspection at 10:30am after temperatures in Pitmedden hadn't risen as expected.[12][13]

ReplaysEdit

Notes
  1. ^ A- Originally due to start at 1:30pm, kick-off was delayed by 10 minutes in the Bonnyrigg Rose-Dumbarton match to allow more supporters entry to the ground.[15]

Fourth roundEdit

The fourth round took place on the weekend of 21 January 2017. Along with the 16 winners from the third round, there were 16 new entries, four from the Scottish Championship and 12 from the Scottish Premiership, at this stage.[5]Ayr United became the first Scottish club to make four substitutions in a single match in their fourth round replay with Queen's Park. The Scottish FA's rule change at the start of the season to allow a fourth substitute to be used if a match went to extra time[9] was used for the first time when Michael Rose replaced Nicky Devlin in the 121st minute of the match on 24 January 2017.[16]

DrawEdit

The draw for the fourth round was made at 6:35pm on Monday, 28 November. The draw was made at Rugby Park and hosted by Kilmarnock. It was made by Kilmarnock's 1997 Scottish Cup winning midfielder Gary Holt, alongside the Scottish Football Association President, Alan McRae, and Liz Poole-Adams from competition sponsors William Hill.[17]

Teams in italics were not known at the time of the draw. Teams in Bold advanced to the fifth round.

Scottish Premiership Scottish Championship Scottish League One Scottish League Two Other

Highland Football League

SJFA teams

MatchesEdit

ReplaysEdit

Notes
  1. ^ B- The Bonnyrigg Rose-Hibernian and Albion Rovers-Celtic matches were moved to Tynecastle Stadium and the Excelsior Stadium respectively in accordance with Scottish Cup rule 13 as Bonnyrigg Rose's and Albion Rovers' home grounds, New Dundas Park and Cliftonhill, were deemed unsuitable for the ties.[18]
  2. ^ C- Originally due to start at 3:00pm, kick-off was delayed by 10 minutes in the Elgin City-Inverness Caledonian Thistle match to allow more supporters entry to the ground.[19]

Fifth roundEdit

The fifth round took place on the weekend of 11 February 2017.[5]

DrawEdit

The draw for the fifth round was made live on Sky Sports following the conclusion of the Albion Rovers-Celtic match on 22 January 2017.[20] The draw was made by former Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs and Celtic fan Rod Stewart, who memorably performed his part of the draw in an enthusiastic manner.[21]

Teams in italics were not known at the time of the draw. Teams in Bold advanced to the quarter-finals.

Scottish Premiership Scottish Championship Scottish League One Scottish League Two

MatchesEdit

ReplaysEdit

Quarter-finalsEdit

The quarter-finals took place on the weekend of 4 March 2017.[5]

DrawEdit

The draw for the quarter-finals was made live on Sky Sports following the conclusion of the Rangers-Greenock Morton match on 12 February 2017. The draw was conducted by seven-time Scottish Cup winner Alex McLeish.

Teams in italics were not known at the time of the draw. Teams in Bold advanced to the semi-finals.

Scottish Premiership Scottish Championship

MatchesEdit

Semi-finalsEdit

The semi-finals took place on the weekend of 22 April 2017.[5]

DrawEdit

The draw for the semi-finals was made live on Sky Sports News on 5 March 2017. The draw was made by Lisbon Lion Bertie Auld and Aberdeen's 1990 Scottish Cup winning manager Alex Smith.

Teams in Bold advanced to the final.

Scottish Premiership Scottish Championship

MatchesEdit

FinalEdit

Celtic2 – 1Aberdeen
Armstrong   11'
Rogic   90+2'
Report Hayes   9'
Attendance: 48,713

StatisticsEdit

Top goalscorersEdit

As of 5 March 2017
Rank Player Club Goals
1 David Gormley Clyde 8
Wayne McIntosh Bonnyrigg Rose
3 John McLeod Buckie Thistle 7
Josh Morris Hawick Royal Albert
5 Sean Jamieson Bonnyrigg Rose 6
6 Moussa Dembélé Celtic 5
Lee Fraser Forres Mechanics
Shane Sutherland Elgin City
9 Peter MacDonald Clyde 4
Fraser McLaren Bonnyrigg Rose
Joao Pereira Vitoria East Kilbride

Broadcasting rightsEdit

From round four onwards, selected matches from the Scottish Cup are broadcast live in the UK and the Ireland 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, Sky Sports show both semi-finals live with one also on BBC Scotland & both channels screen the final live.

The following matches are to be broadcast live on television:

Round Sky Sports BBC
Fourth Round Rangers v Motherwell[23]
Albion Rovers v Celtic[23]
Raith Rovers v Heart of Midlothian[23]
Fifth Round Heart of Midlothian v Hibernian[24]
Rangers v Greenock Morton[24]
Celtic v Inverness Caledonian Thistle[24]
Quarter-finals Rangers v Hamilton Academical[25]
Celtic v St Mirren[25]
Aberdeen v Partick Thistle[25]
Semi-Finals Celtic v Rangers[26]
Hibernian v Aberdeen[26]
Hibernian v Aberdeen[26]
Final Celtic v Aberdeen

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bookmakers William Hill extend sponsorship of Scottish Cup". Sky Sports. 29 October 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Rangers 2–3 Hibernian: Sunshine on Leith as Edinburgh club win their first Scottish Cup to end 114-year curse". Daily Mail. 21 May 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Rangers 2–3 Hibernian". BBC Sport. 21 May 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Celtic 2 Aberdeen 1". BBC Sport. 27 May 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "William Hill Scottish Cup Competition 2016–17" (PDF). Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Coldstream Museum set to host preliminary round draws". scottishfa.co.uk. Scottish Football Association. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Preliminary round draws made in Coldstream". scottishfa.co.uk. Scottish Football Association. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  8. ^ "William Hill Scottish Cup first round draw takes place". scottishfa.co.uk. Scottish FA. 5 September 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  9. ^ a b "William Hill Scottish Cup first round draw". scottishfa.co.uk. Scottish FA. 2 September 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Cove Rangers to host second round draw". scottishfa.co.uk. Scottish Football Association. 23 September 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Scottish Cup third round draw venue confirmed". scottishfa.co.uk. Scottish Football Association. 19 October 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Nine Scottish Cup third-round ties postponed". bbc.co.uk/sport. BBC Sport. 25 November 2016. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  13. ^ a b "Scottish Cup Third Round fixture update". scottishfa.co.uk. Scottish FA. 25 November 2016. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  14. ^ "Scottish Cup 3rd Round Arrangements". queensparkfc.co.uk. Queen's Park FC. 2 November 2016. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  15. ^ "Bonnyrigg Rose on Twitter". twitter.com/Bonnyriggrose81. Bonnyrigg Rose FC. 26 November 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  16. ^ "Queen's Park 2–2 Ayr United". bbc.co.uk/sport. BBC Sport. 24 January 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  17. ^ "Rugby Park to host Fourth Round draw". scottishfa.co.uk. Scottish FA. 25 November 2016. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  18. ^ "Fourth Round venues confirmed". scottishfa.co.uk. Scottish FA. 20 December 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  19. ^ "Official ICTFC on Twitter". twitter.com/ICTFC. Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC. 21 January 2017. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  20. ^ "Sky Sports Scotland on Twitter". twitter.com/ScotlandSky. Sky Sports. 18 January 2017. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  21. ^ "Rod Stewart really really enjoys himself doing the Scottish Cup fifth round draw". Telegraph. 23 January 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  22. ^ http://refereesfifa.blogspot.fr/2017/05/scotland-2017-scottish-cup-final.html
  23. ^ a b c "Scottish Cup ties to be shown live on TV are revealed". Daily Record. 5 December 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  24. ^ a b c "Hearts vs Hibs Scottish Cup clash confirmed as Sunday lunch time kick off and will be broadcast live". Daily Record. 27 January 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  25. ^ a b c "Scottish Cup Sixth Round televised matches". Scottish FA. 15 February 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  26. ^ a b c "Scottish Cup Semi-Final dates and times". Scottish FA. 7 March 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2017.

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