Vital Football

Latest Dundee United News

SFA to revamp Scottish Cup

SFA to revamp Scottish Cup

The SFA were yesterday looking at plans to breathe new life into the Scottish Cup. In season 2007/2008 we could see such ties as Tayport v Dundee United at the Canniepairt, Rangers v Pollok at Ibrox and so on and so forth.

David Taylor is asking the member clubs to consider changing the format of the trophy to allow more smaller teams the chance of a “shot at glory”. For those of you who remember the movie about the small town team that got to the final against Rangers and what it meant to them. (a story similar to that of Clydebank FC, an owner intent on moving them to Dublin, had little interest in keeping them at their own stadium) Taylor has said to be wishing to “stimulate media interest in the competition from Round one”.

Taylor has circulated a few ideas concerning re-formatting the tournament and the inclusion of the non-league teams. Previously, non-league teams could enter, but through the qualifying cup. (which meant by the time Round 1 happened, they had already played about 6-7 games)

Taylor’s proposals include the possible introduction (for the first time) of the Junior teams into the Scottish Cup. That in itself is no bad thing as many Junior sides would more than outmatch their counterparts in the SFL Division 3. The SFA wishes to hand a place to the OVD Junior cup winners and the winners of the three regional Super Leagues. My hope is this is the start of a pyramid system that has worked to Englands benefit for years.

Taylor wishes to expand the 1st Round from 50 teams to 64 teams, include all league sides at Round 1, and having a proper knock out competition. Who could argue that this season has been one of the most exciting Scottish Cups in years?. We have both Rangers and Celtic knocked out in early rounds, the Division two leaders against a mid table Division one team in one semi-final and an all Edinburgh derby in the other final. One things for sure, it will be a new name on the cup this season. Out of the four semi finalists, Hearts have been the most recent winners. (in 1998)

I hope that the plans are successful as it will lead to interest all through the competition and not just at the later rounds. I am also hoping that TV rights get secured for the whole competition and not just for Round 3 onwards.

These all seem very radical plans and I hope for the sake of the beautiful game in Scotland they are acted upon. I do hope the men at the SFA act with the interests of the good of the game and allow this to happen.

Proud to be an Arab

KA77


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Kilted Arab 77
Date:Thursday March 30 2006
Time: 9:16AM

Login to post a comment

Recent Dundee United Articles

Boss pleased to get through

Manager Ray McKinnon was pleased to get through against Queen of the South but not particularly happy with the second-half performance.

Queen of the South 2 Dundee United 3

Dundee United took command of their Challenge Cup semi-final with three first-half goals before hosts Queen of the South staged a late rally.

Charlie Telfer and Scott Fraser both netted inside eleven minutes for the visitors and on loan forward Tony Andreu then added a delightful third.

Stephen Dobbie managed a reply early in the second period and Derek Lyle grabbed another during injury-time - but it's United meeting either St Mirren or The New Saints in the final.

Dubiou

Stats: Queen of the South v Dundee United

All the stats from Queen of the South (2) vs (3) Dundee United, Palmerston Park, Sat 18th Feb 5.15pm Att: 1,526

Team Line-Ups: Queen of the South v Dundee United

Team line-ups for Queen of the South v Dundee United in the Challenge Cup semi-final at Palmerston Park (kick-off 5.15pm).

Archived Vital Arabs Articles

Vital Arabs articles from

Site Journalists

Malpas
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Ray McKinnon was the right choice as manager?
Suggested By: Vital Arabs
Yes86%
No14%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Celtic 25 24 1 0 73 51
2 Aberdeen 25 15 4 6 49 26
3 Rangers 25 12 7 6 43 5
4 Hearts 25 10 8 7 38 14
5 St. Johnstone 25 10 7 8 37 2
6 Dundee 25 7 6 12 27 -9
7 Partick 25 6 8 11 26 -6
8 Kilmarnock 25 5 10 10 25 -19
9 Ross County 25 5 9 11 24 -16
10 Motherwell 25 6 6 13 24 -19
11 Hamilton 25 3 12 10 21 -12
12 Inverness 25 3 10 12 19 -17
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Dundee United Results (view all)

Dundee United Fixtures (view all)

Feb 25 2017 3:00PM : Morton (H)
Scottish Championship
Mar 4 2017 3:00PM : Ayr United (H)
Scottish Championship
Mar 10 2017 7:45PM : Hibernian (H)
Scottish Championship
Mar 15 2017 7:45PM : St Mirren (a)
Scottish Championship
Mar 18 2017 3:00PM : Raith Rovers (a)
Scottish Championship
Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Queen of the South (a)
Scottish Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.davyd51
Vital Football Comment