Post by Roy of the Rovers on Jun 25, 2023 19:04:10 GMT
The draw for the first and second rounds of the SFA South Region Challenge Cup took place tonight. This cup is competed for by the 163 eligible teams from the East of Scotland Football League, The West of Scotland Football League, The South of Scotland Football League and the Lowland League.
These two rounds are regionalised and Rovers were amongst 41 teams from the North East Zone. Rovers were drawn to play Newburgh FC of the East of Scotland League away from in the first round and West Park United of the West of Scotland League at home (as they received a bye in round one) in the second round should we triumph in round one.
Round One is scheduled for Saturday 19th August 2023 Round Two is scheduled for Saturday 16th September 2023 Round Three is scheduled for Saturday 14th October 2023 Round Four is scheduled for Saturday 18th November 2023 Round Five is scheduled for Saturday 3rd February 2024 Round Six is scheduled for Saturday 2nd March 2024 The Semi-finals are scheduled for Saturday 30th March 2024 The Final is scheduled for Sunday 26th May 2024
The winners of the 2022-2023 competition were Sp*rtans
For information on these clubs and indeed others league and non-league visit www.nonleaguescotland.org.uk which is a super resource for information about all Scottish clubs.
ARFC have been drawn to play Newburgh FC, of the East Of Scotland 2nd Division, in the South Challenge Cup. Newburgh finished 12th of 17 last season. The village of Newburgh has a population of just over 2000. More people live in Bargeddie.
If they get through that tie, West Park United lie in wait.
And here is the rub, they have a senior team, which we might be paired with, but below that there are 25 separate age group teams, from U18's to U7's. Not to mention 70 girls playing from U9's through to the ladies senior team. They are an SFA Platinum Award Quality Mark Club.
They have been going for about 40 years to get to that standard.
A former director scouted their U18 and U21 teams some 20 or so years ago. Brought in a couple of trialists from them.
Some 'interesting' facts, which indicate how far ARFC have fallen behind, even local amateur organisations. We have never been able to form a relationship with local kids clubs, mainly because we have never been able to help them financially. An individual was trying to change that a few years ago but it was clear he wasn`t wanted and he walked, along with another ex pro who came on board for a bit, who was an expert in all things grant funding related. When you look at the grant funding which The Spartans FC have tapped into, you can clearly see what we have missed out on
All of the above kinda shows how far have Albion Rovers FC have slipped down the greasy pole of Scottish Football
Post by Roy of the Rovers on Sept 10, 2023 14:26:33 GMT
Although neither club has yet announced admission prices for this match on Saturday it appears they'll be Rovers usual league prices as per the rules and regs of this competition
14.1. In all matches except the Final tie the Home Club will be responsible for the level of admission charges which should be the same as the prices currently charged by the Home Club for a match in the League in which the team currently competes. Season Tickets are not valid for matches in this Competition.
Post by Roy of the Rovers on Sept 16, 2023 20:26:04 GMT
It appears that the following are the teams who will be in the 3rd round draw expected tomorrow some time.
Lowland League (10) Albion Rovers, Berwick Rangers, Caledonian Braves, Cowdenbeath, Cumbernauld Colts, East Kilbride, East Stirlingshire, Gretna 2008, Linlithgow Rose, Tranent
East of Scotland League (20) Premier Div (8) Broxburn Athletic, Dundonald Bluebell, Dunbar United, Hutchison Vale, Jeanfield Swifts, Musselburgh Athletic, Penicuik Athletic, Tynecastle First Div (7) Arniston Rangers, Camelon, Heriot-Watt University, Kirkcaldy & Dysart, Leith Athletic, St Andrews Utd, Whitehill Welfare Second Div (3) Armadale Thistle, Kennoway Star Hearts, Thornton Hibs Third Div (2) Hawick Royal Albert, Stoneyburn
West of Scotland League (30) Premier Div (11) Arthurlie, Auchinleck Talbot, Beith, Glenafton Athletic, Hurlford Utd, Irvine Meadow, Kirkintilloch Rob Roy, Largs Thistle, Pollok, St Cadocs, Troon First Div (6) Ashfield, Johnstone/Kilbirnie, Killwinning Rangers, Shotts Bon Accord, Rutherglen Glencairn, St Rochs Second Div (5) Ardrossan Winton Rovers, Cumbernauld Utd, Forth Wanderers, Maryhill, St Anthonys Third Div (4) Lanark Utd, Lesmahagow, Threave Rovers, St Peters Fourth Div (4) BSC Glasgow, Carluke Rovers, Lugar Boswell Thistle, Thorn Athletic
South of Scotland League (3) Abbey Vale, Creetown, Newton Stewart
tbc (1) Thorniewood/Uni of Stirling
Not too bothered who we draw except not Pollok and preferably not another LL team, maybe a short trip up the road to Armadale.
Post by Roy of the Rovers on Sept 16, 2023 21:53:52 GMT
I don't know what you've been drinking tonight but I want some!
The last draw was on Zoom or Teams or something similar and had a limit of 100 viewers, which for a cup with over 160 teams taking part wasn't too great and I only got in near the end of the draw and we had already been plucked out of the bowl.