SFA North and South Region Challenge Cups

The North and South Region Challenge Cups are regional senior non-league competitions run by the Scottish Football Association. The southern tournament is open to full member non-league clubs in the south of the country, while similar stipulations applied to its northern counterpart.

HistoryEdit

The Challenge Cup competitions replaced the Scottish Qualifying Cup North and South competitions in 2007, after the SFA decided to allow full member clubs at non-league level direct entry to the Scottish Cup proper, and as a consequence the Qualifying Cups were scrapped. To compensate clubs for the demise of the tournaments, two new ones were put in their place.[1]

NorthEdit

SFA North Region Challenge Cup
Founded2007
Abolished2009
Most successful club(s)Huntly,
Inverurie Locos
(1 title each)

The North competition was scrapped in 2009.

FinalsEdit

Season Winner Score Runner-up Ref
2007–08 Huntly 1–0 Deveronvale [1][2]
2008–09 Inverurie Locos 3–1 Cove Rangers [1][2]

SouthEdit

SFA South Region Challenge Cup
Founded2007
Number of teams142
Current championsEast Kilbride
(3rd title)
Most successful club(s)The Spartans and East Kilbride (3 titles)
  2019–20 South Challenge Cup
2021–22 South Challenge Cup

The South Challenge Cup features 142 senior non-league clubs from the Lowland Football League (16), East of Scotland Football League (47), South of Scotland Football League (12), and West of Scotland Football League (67).

The reserve teams of Stirling University, Caledonian Braves, and Stranraer do not take part. It is an unseeded straight knock-out tournament, without replays.

The competition is known for sponsorship reasons as The Soccer Shop Direct Challenge Cup.

FinalsEdit

  • (aet) = Result after extra time.
  • Bold = Winning team were also champions of their league
Season Winner Score Runner-up Venue Ref
2007–08 Annan Athletic 3–2 Edinburgh City Netherdale, Galashiels [1][3][4]
2008–09 The Spartans 6–0 Edinburgh University Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh [5]
2009–10 The Spartans (2) 3–1 Gretna 2008 Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh [6][7]
2010–11 The Spartans (3) 3–0 Edinburgh City Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh [8]
2011–12 Stirling University 4–2 Duns Netherdale, Galashiels [9][10][11]
2012–13 Whitehill Welfare 3–1 Dalbeattie Star Galabank, Annan [12][13]
2013–14 East Kilbride 2–0 Dalbeattie Star Palmerston Park, Dumfries [14][15]
2014–15 BSC Glasgow 2–0 Civil Service Strollers Ferguson Park, Rosewell [16][17]
2015–16 Whitehill Welfare (2) 2–2
aet
Edinburgh City East Peffermill, Edinburgh [18][19][20]
Whitehill Welfare won 3–2 on penalties
2016–17 East Kilbride (2) 4–2 Cumbernauld Colts Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk [21]
2017–18 Civil Service Strollers 2–1
aet
BSC Glasgow Olivebank Stadium, Musselburgh [22]
2018–19 East Kilbride (3) 2–1 Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic Meggetland Stadium, Edinburgh [23]
2019–20 Competition postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Final still to be played: BSC Glasgow v Hill of Beath Hawthorn or Dunipace
2020–21 Competition postponed at the third round stage due to the COVID-19 pandemic and later cancelled.

Performance by clubEdit

As of after 2018–19
Club Wins Last win Runners-up Last final lost
The Spartans 3 2011
East Kilbride 3 2019
Whitehill Welfare 2 2016
BSC Glasgow 1 2015 1 2018
Civil Service Strollers 1 2018 1 2015
Annan Athletic 1 2008
Stirling University 1 2012
Edinburgh City 3 2016
Dalbeattie Star 2 2014
Edinburgh University 1 2009
Gretna 2008 1 2010
Duns 1 2012
Cumbernauld Colts 1 2017
Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic 1 2019

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "SFA North & South Challenge Cups". SFHA. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b "The SFA North Region Challenge Cup Winners". HFL. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  3. ^ "JOHNSTONE LATE SHOW SEALS VICTORY FOR ANNAN". Solway Press. 10 May 2008. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  4. ^ "HISTORY OF ANNAN ATHLETIC by Jim Stewart". Scotland's Footballers. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  5. ^ "PREVIOUS SFA SOUTH REGION CHALLENGE CUP FINALS". Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  6. ^ "SFA South Region Cup Final". Daily Record. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  7. ^ "SPARTANS LIFT SFA CUP". Solway Press. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Cup winning match report and other scores". Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Gallant Duns lose to Stirling in cup final". Berwickshire News. 22 April 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  10. ^ "STIRLING LIFT SOUTH CHALLENGE CUP". Solway Press. 22 April 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  11. ^ "2011-2012 Results". University of Stirling. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  12. ^ "Whitehill Welfare 3-1 Dalbeattie Star". The Scotsman. 22 April 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2014.}
  13. ^ "Football: Whitehill Welfare win Challenge Cup". Midlothian Advertiser. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  14. ^ "East Kilbride FC claim maiden trophy triumph". Daily Record. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  15. ^ "East Kilbride FC set for South Region Challenge Cup defence". Daily Record. 13 November 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  16. ^ "South of Scotland Challenge Cup Final". BSC Glagow. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  17. ^ "Civil Service Strollers 0-2 BSC Glasgow". Civil Service Strollers. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  18. ^ "Whitehill hail Caesar after winning South Challenge Cup". Edinburgh News. 22 May 2016. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  19. ^ "Welfare lift the South Challenge Cup". Whitehill Welfare. 24 May 2016. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  20. ^ "Results and Fixtures 2015-16". Edinburgh City. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  21. ^ "Cumbernauld Colts 2-4 East Kilbride". eosfl.com. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  22. ^ "Strollers win South Challenge Cup". liveedinburghnews. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  23. ^ "Rose beaten in "battle of champions"". Midlothian Advertiser. Retrieved 6 August 2020.

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