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  1. No question biggest stories are Cowdenbeath and Stranraer. Interesting to see the pendulum of strength continue to shift: it would've been unthinkable a few years ago to see 12-14 non-league clubs in R3 but particularly for them to break down as: 4x Lowland (with 1 more in replay), 3x East of Scotland, 2x West (maybe 3x), only 1x Highland (freshly-relegated Brechin: admittedly 2 more in replays), and 1x North Junior. Some very large crowds of almost 900 at Preston v Auchinleck plus almost 700 at Sauchie v Dunipace. R3 draw: Scottish Championship (10) Arbroath, Ayr United, Dunfermline Athletic, Greenock Morton, Hamilton Academical, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Kilmarnock, Partick Thistle, Queen of the South, Raith Rovers SPFL1 (10) Airdrie, Alloa Athletic, Clyde, Cove Rangers, Dumbarton, East Fife, Falkirk, Montrose, Peterhead, Queen's Park SPFL2 (6) Annan Athletic, Edinburgh City, Forfar Athletic Kelty Hearts, Stenhousemuir, Stirling Albion Lowland League (4) Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic, Civil Service Strollers, East Kilbride, Gala Fairydean Rovers Highland League (1) Brechin City East of Scotland League (3) Lothian Thistle HV/Dunbar United, Sauchie, Tranent West of Scotland League (2) Auchinleck Talbot, Darvel North Juniors (1) Banks o'Dee tbc (3) Albion Rovers v Brora Rangers Clydebank v Elgin City Rothes v Dalbeattie Star
  2. Annan Athletic 3-1 Jeanfield Swifts Brechin City 2-1 Haddington Athletic Broomhill 0-2 Tranent Dunbar United 1-1 Lothian Thistle HV Preston Athletic 0-2 Auchinleck Talbot Sauchie 2-1 Dunipace Gut-wrenching defeats all around by the looks of it. Haddington led but ultimately lost to a goal on 90mins. Jeanfield were 0-0 at HT. Preston had a man sent-off on 20mins but only conceded in the closing 10mins in front of almost 900. Meanwhile a good win for Tranent... Sauchie do the business against Dunipace for 2nd week running before almost 700.... Dunbar and LTHV will do it all again next week, at Ainslie Park. So really great opportunity now for LTHV/Dunbar, Sauchie and Tranent in tomorrow's R3 draw. Everybody below Premiership join including Kilmarnock, Hamilton, Partick, Inverness, Falkirk; we could even see Clackmannanshire derby.
  3. Saturday 23rd October 2021 R2: Kinnoull 2-0Coldstream Newburgh 1-6 Broxburn Athletic R3: Blackburn United 1-2 Penicuik Athletic (aet, FT 1-2) Dalkeith Thistle 0-2 Linlithgow Rose Edinburgh United 1-3 Syngenta Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts 5-0 Camelon Musselburgh Athletic 2-0 Kennoway Star Hearts No surprise outcomes - but some surprise ways of getting there... Inverkeithing hammering Camelon; Blackburn taking league leaders to ET; Edinburgh Utd leading Syngenta at HT.
  4. With the possible exception of some finals in the South - and even they have moved on from that IIRC? - all proper Finals at this level are played on neutral grounds. You'd probably have to go back decades to find a South Challenge, EOS Qualifying, Alex Jack, EOS League or King cup final at somebodies ground but even then it'd likely be an exception and an oddity. (In any case Peffermill 3G would be inadequate for hosting a game of this kind - and Humbug Park doesn't have any floodlights which would hamper a late November showpiece). Saturday 23rd October 2021 SFs: Crossgates Primrose 3-3 Bo'ness Athletic (aet, FT 3-3, 5-4p) Luncarty 1-2 Leith Athletic Leith scored on 85mins to win their tie. It looks set to be an epic final on Sunday 28th November as both clubs eye a shot at qualifying for next season's Scottish Cup... Crossgates are sitting 7th in Premier plus got here by beating Kirkcaldy & Dysart, Kinnoull, Inverkeithing and Bo'ness Athletic. Leith are sitting 2nd in First Division A Conference plus beat - all 4 away - Lochore, Glenrothes, Ormiston and Luncarty.
  5. Saturday 23rd October 2021 R2: Arniston Rangers 0-2 Oakley United Ormiston 2-3 St Andrews United Pumpherston 2-9 (nine) Whitburn St Andrews will be heartened by a rare victory this season. Pumpherston will be disheartened by dreadful consecutive home capitulations this month.
  6. Irvine Meadow v Penicuik definitely headlines. Bo'ness Athletic v Glenafton, Glenrothes v Clydebank, Kilbirnie v Caledonian Braves and Haddington v Spartans could be interesting. Largs v Troon, Lochore v Dundonald and Newmains v East Kilbride give some derby flavour.
  7. Beith v Rossvale Newmains United v East Kilbride Syngenta v Edinburgh United Blantyre Victoria v Broxburn Athletic Tranent v Lugar Boswell Thistle Threave Rovers v Civil Service Strollers Luncarty v Renfrew Lesmahagow v Drumchapel United Darvel/Gretna 2008 v Cambuslang Rangers Glenrothes v Clydebank Whitletts Victoria v Arthurlie Kilbirnie Ladeside v Caledonian Braves Pollok v Harthill Royal Haddington Athletic v Spartans Irvine Meadow v Penicuik Athletic Bo’ness Athletic v Glenafton Athletic Maybole v St Anthonys Gala Fairydean Rovers v University of Stirling Hurlford United v Blackburn United Auchinleck Talbot v West Calder United Petershill v Greenock Sauchie v Preston Athletic Finnart v Jeanfield Swifts Lochore Welfare v Dundonald Bluebell Linlithgow Rose v St Cuthbert Wanderers Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic v Coldstream Cumbernauld Colts v Tynecastle Vale of Leven v Edinburgh University Bo’ness United v East Kilbride Thistle Largs Thistle v Troon Ormiston v Thorniewood United Cumbernauld United v Glasgow United Bordering on a nightmare draw in EOS terms... with only 3 ties where somebody is guaranteed to progress. Linlithgow, Jeanfield and Tranent will also be strong favourites in their contests. Blantyre v Broxburn, Hurlford v Blackburn and Irvine Meadow v Penicuik are all West Premier v East Premier contests... home advantage may count, albeit Broxburn will be favourites. Bo'ness Athletic v Glenafton, Glenrothes v Clydebank and Haddington v Spartans pit clubs from First Division at home to sides 1 / 2 tiers above... while Auchinleck v West Calder, Bonnyrigg v Coldstream and Cumbernauld Colts v Tynecastle add the difficulty of an away tie to the higher-level opponent. Luncarty v Renfrew looks especially hard to call. Ormiston v Thorniewood is actually a decent draw for them.
  8. You're quite correct. Serves me right for saving time by reading off EOSL website front page.
  9. Having had nothing but South Challenge Cup ties last weekend: remarkably enough there are games across all 4 divisions/conferences plus 6 different rounds of 4 different cups this weekend. However no question that most eyes are drawn to the Scottish Cup where an impressive 8 clubs remain involved. Of these 2 are guaranteed to progress. Jeanfield, Haddington and Preston are underdogs while Tranent have a great chance. Annan Athletic v Jeanfield Swifts Brechin City v Haddington Athletic Broomhill v Tranent Dunbar United v Lothian Thistle HV Preston Athletic v Auchinleck Talbot Sauchie v Dunipace
  10. Everybody involved eyeing-up a place in the Final: Saturday 23rd October 2021 SFs: Crossgates Primrose v Bo'ness Athletic Luncarty v Leith Athletic
  11. Septuple of ties featuring variety of clubs: Saturday 23rd October 2021 R2: Kinnoull v Coldstream Newburgh v Broxburn Athletic R3: Blackburn United v Penicuik Athletic Dalkeith Thistle v Linlithgow Rose Edinburgh United v Syngenta Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts v Camelon (2pm) Musselburgh Athletic v Kennoway Star Hearts
  12. Saturday 23rd October 2021 Hill of Beath Hawthorn v Newtongrange Star Whitehill Welfare v Dundonald Bluebell
  13. Saturday 23rd October 2021 Craigroyston v Tweedmouth Rangers
  14. Saturday 23rd October 2021 Burntisland Shipyard v Edinburgh South Heriot-Watt University v Easthouses Lily (3pm) Lochgelly Albert v Peebles Rovers Lochore Welfare v Glenrothes Stirling University EOS v Hawick RAU
  15. Wednesday 20th October 2021 Syngenta (seven) 7-2 West Calder United Hosts remain unbeaten and move 7pts clear. Saturday 23rd October 2021 Armadale Thistle v Edinburgh College Fauldhouse United v Livingston United Stoneyburn v Bathgate Thistle
  16. Triumverate of ties upcoming: Saturday 23rd October 2021 R1: Arniston Rangers v Oakley United Ormiston v St Andrews United R2: Pumpherston v Whitburn
  17. Both played in the Anglo-Scottish Cup of 1980-81, but lost their opening ties and played home legs a few days apart... Falkirk drew 2-2 v Morton on Saturday 2nd August (lost away 5-1); whilst 'Shire (having won away 3-1) lost 3-0 v Kilmarnock on Wednesday 6th.
  18. Villa Park, Lansdowne Road, Parc des Princes... Seemingly it'd be more complicated than just straddling the roadway, as the roadway itself is actually raised above the natural level, with the covered Metro line + station alongside, and there is nothing solid directly below to rest onto. I suppose you could put both through a sort of tunnel-come-bridge at the same time within some gargantuan framework. You can see how the level is artificialy raised and falls away steeply: These old views give an idea of how steep the Gallowgate approach used to be.
  19. It's a Grade 1 listed Georgian development, part of which is now used by the uni. Newcastle's equivalent of Edinburgh's Second New Town (but no quite so grand). They'd presumably have more chance of expanding the smaller end of the ground which is open behind but does fall off rather precipitously into a major local road.
  20. 150km seemingly. Which would've basically meant Aberdeen. Plus almost selling-out Old Trafford with 51,550 = £££.
  21. Crux of the whole issue - but ultimately UEFA did find against Celtic and ordered the replay in Manchester. Which is itself a rare instance i.e. playing a tie in a neutral country but not for a Final.
  22. It appears they did... Glasgow Herald on the day of the game says "United take on Maltese champions Hamrun Spartans in front of an anticipated 20,000 crowd some 15 minutes after Rangers have hopefully done the business" with the fixture list box having the ties at 3pm and 5pm (BST). Following day both match reports describe the games as having been in "the national stadium" with the Arab's report noting "United, unlike Rangers who immediately beforehand had gone on a scoring spree, had to spend much of the time leaping to avoid ugly tackles" and Jim Reynolds seems to have written both. Probably unique.
  23. It then happened twice in 1984: Wednesday 3rd October 1984 Celtic 3-0 Gent (32,749) European Cup-Winners' Cup R1 2nd leg Rangers 2-0 Bohemians Dublin (31,000) UEFA Cup R1 2nd leg Wednesday 7th November 1984 Celtic 3-0 Rapid Vienna (48,813) European Cup-Winners' Cup R2 2nd leg Rangers 3-1 Inter Milan (30,594) UEFA Cup R2 2nd leg Celtic v Rapid Vienna was marred by crowd disorder, during which a Rapid Vienna player was struck by an object thrown from the crowd. Having won tie 4-3 on aggregate Celtic were made to contest a playoff at Old Trafford which they lost 1-0. Wednesday 22nd October 1986 Celtic 1-1 Dynamo Kiev (47,858) European Cup R2 1st leg Rangers 2-1 Boavista (38,772) UEFA Cup R2 1s leg Wednesday 30th July 1997 Celtic 5-0 Inter Cardiff (41,537) UEFA Cup QR1 2nd leg Rangers 6-0 GI Gotu (44,433) Champions League QR1 2nd leg That seems to have been the last time. It never seems to have occurred in Edinburgh, Dundee or Falkirk.
  24. Seems to have been near enough a yearly occurrence for Glasgow to host 2 games in European competition on the same night during 1970s: Wednesday 20th October 1971 Celtic 5-0 Sliema Wanderers (29,000) European Cup R2 1st leg Rangers 3-2 Sporting Lisbon (50,000) European Cup-Winners' Cup R1 1st leg Wednesday 22nd March 1972 Celtic 1-1 Ujpest Dozsa (70,559) European Cup QF 2nd leg Rangers 1-0 Torino (75,000) European Cup-Winners' Cup QF 2nd leg Wednesday 19th April 1972 Celtic 0-0 Inter Milan (4-5p) (73,724) European Cup SF 2nd leg Rangers 2-0 Bayern Munich (80,000) European Cup-Winners' Cup SF 2nd leg Wednesday 3rd October 1973 Celtic 3-0 TPS Turku (15,969) European Cup R1 2nd leg Rangers 4-0 Ankaragucu (30,000) European Cup-Winners' Cup R1 2nd leg Wednesday 18th September 1974 Celtic 1-1 Olympiacos (36,828) European Cup R1 1st leg Rangers 1-3 Southamptton (40,000) Texaco Cup QF 1st leg Wednesday 5th November 1975 Celtic 3-1 Boavista (37,000) European Cup-Winners' Cup R2 2nd leg Rangers 1-2 St Etienne (51,000) European Cup R2 1st leg Wednesday 15th September 1976 Celtic 2-2 Wisla Krakow (30,000) UEFA Cup R1 1st leg Rangers 1-1 Zurich (35,000) European Cup R1 1st leg Wednesday 14th September 1977 Celtic 5-0 Jeunesse Esch (22,000) European Cup R1 1st leg Rangers 0-0 Twente (40,000) European Cup-Winners' Cup R1 1st leg (Partick Thistle 2-0 Bristol City in Anglo-Scottish Cup QF 1st leg was played Tuesday 13th) Wednesday 27th September 1978 Celtic 1-2 Burnley (27,000) Anglo-Scottish Cup QF 2nd leg Rangers 2-0 Juventus (44,000) European Cup R1 2nd leg
  25. In the context of Celtic having to play their Europa League game yesterday on a weekday afternoon: I noted that precisely 50 years ago today (Wednesday 20th October 1971), both Celtic and Rangers played home European ties simaltaneously. Evidently the City of Glasgow Police were made of sterner stuff than Police Scotland when it came to having 2 key matches on the same night. Wednesday 20th October 1971 Celtic 5-0 Sliema Wanderers (29,000) European Cup R2 1st leg Rangers 3-2 Sporting Lisbon (50,000) European Cup-Winners' Cup R1 1st leg Latter tie's return famously finished by same scoreline of 3-2 in Portugal a fortnight later, went to extra-time during which it became 4-3, but referee mistakenly took it to penalties which Sporting won by the itself unusual scoreline of 2-0 (visitors missing all their opening 4 attempts). UEFA ultimately awarded the victory to Rangers making it "the shootout that never was":
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