4th May 1921
Scottish Football Association Annual Meeting
Alteration of Cup Competition Rules
The annual meeting of the Scottish Football Association was held last night at 6 Carlton Place, Glasgow – Mr Thos. White presiding.
Mr J. Philip (Aberdeen) proposed an alteration in the Cup competition to the effect that, in view of the number of byes in the first round of the Scottish* Cup there should be 64 clubs, to be arrived at by 22 qualifying clubs and 42 others. This alteration, he contended, would not interfere with the rights of any of the provincial clubs in so far as restricting the number of them that would take part in the final stage. He thought an improvement could be effected by having the number 64, 32, 16, 8, 4, and the final. Thus they would have an even number right through. The proposed alteration would add to the interest of the Scottish Cup competition by widening the competition in all districts. Mr H. Christie, Dunblane, in moving the previous question, said he agreed to a certain extent with the proposal, but if it was carried they would have 64 clubs qualifying, and a draw taken which would be detrimental from a provincial point of view.
The Chairman said that at present time the membership was 105, and all these clubs except 22 were entitled to play in the Qualifying Cup competition.
Mr Philip remarked that there could be no doubt that it would not be serving the interests of the stronger and better clubs to widen the competition.
By 25 to 23 votes the Council decided to make the change in the rules.
Undecided Cup Ties – Saturday Replays to Continue
Mr Gibson, Kilmarnock, moved that the following be substituted in place of Rule 5 (Section b):- “If a Qualifying Cup tie is still undecided after a second game, the third and subsequent matches must be played during the week following the second match on a day other than Saturday, and, if necessary, half-an-hour extra must be played. No deviation from this course shall be allowed, otherwise the Council shall have the power to award the tie to either club. In the Scottish Association Cup competition, drawn ties must be replayed during the week following the first match on a day other than Saturday, and, if necessary, half-an-hour extra must be played. Unless clubs mutually agree, the third and subsequent matches must be played under the same conditions in the week following the second match on a day other than Saturday until the tie is decided. No deviation from this course shall be allowed, otherwise the Council shall have power to award the tie to either club.”
He said there could be no doubt that during the past season a number of clubs had been unduly retarded from playing owing to this question.
Mr H. Christie, Dunblane, proposed that matters remain as at present. He made this suggestion for provincial interests in the Scottish Cup competitions, but, had the proposal only been put forward in connection with the Qualifying Cup, he would certainly have acquiesced in it. In a great many provincial districts clubs could not play during the week, and if they
were going to encourage district clubs they should at least give a second Saturday to play in the event of a tie. If clubs got only one Saturday and had to play during the week after that, it would not pay the professional clubs to carry on the game of football. He took it they were there to do what they could to keep the game going, no matter in what district. He thought that this proposal would only mean the driving of senior football into junior and other classes of football. If they were taking away the very encouragement that professionals had to get, because they had a very difficult duty in many country districts to keep the clubs going. Now they had an opposition in the juniors, an opposition they would have to guard against. In his view this opposition was knocking the feet from below senior clubs in many districts.
Mr Christie’s amendment was seconded, and, on a vote being taken; the Council decided by 27 votes to 22 that the alteration should not take place.
* – Newspaper article incorrectly had “Qualifying”
Ref: Scotsman 5th May 1921
19th May 1921
Scottish Football Association
An extraordinary general meeting and a meeting of the new Council of the Scottish Football Association took place in Glasgow – Mr T. White presiding.
Qualifying Cup Exemptions
The following clubs were exempted from the Qualifying Cup competition:- Hearts, Partick Thistle, Rangers, Albion Rovers, Queen’s Park, Third Lanark, Celtic, Clyde, Morton, St Mirren, Ayr United, Kilmarnock, Motherwell, Hamilton Academicals, Airdrieonians, Hibernians, Falkirk, Dumbarton, Clydebank, Aberdeen, Raith Rovers, Dundee, Alloa, Armadale, Arbroath, Bathgate, Bo’ness, Broxburn United, Cowdenbeath, Clackmannan, Dundee Hibs, Dunfermlien Athletic, East Fife, East Stirlingshire, Forfar, Johnstone, King’s Park, Lochgelly United, St Bernards, St Johnstone, Stenhousemuir, and Vale of Leven.
Ref: Evening Telegraph 20th May 1921
Qualifying Cup First RoundSouthern CountiesSep03 2-1 Solway Star v ThornhillSep03 4-1 Douglas Wanderers v CreetownSep03 0-1 Whithorn v StranraerSep03 11-0 Queen of the South v Tarff RoversSep03 2-10 Newton Stewart v Nithsdale WanderersSep03 2-1 Dalbeattie Star v St Cuthbert WanderersSep03 w/o Mid-Annandale v Wigtown and Bladnoch scrAyrshireSep03 w/o Beith v Girvan Athletic scrSep03 0-0 Galston v Stevenston UnitedSep10 0-0 Stevenston United v GalstonSep17 0-4 Galston v Stevenston United at Ayrbye HurlfordDumbartonshire, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, and RenfrewshireSep03 4-1 Dykehead v Hamilton GarrisonSep03 9-0 Dumbarton Harp v Paisley Grammar School F.P.Sep03 w/o Helensburgh v Abercorn scrSep03 3-0 Royal Albert v MoorparkSep03 scr Renton v Arthurlie w/obye Paisley Academicals, Glasgow UniversityPerthshireSep03 scr Scone v Dunkeld and Birnam w/oSep03 scr Luncarty v Blairgowrie Amateurs w/oSep03 5-0 Vale of Atholl v Breadalbanebye HuntingtowerEast of Scotland, and Border CountiesSep03 5-2 Berwick Rangers v DunsSep03 1-4 Peebles Rovers v Vale of LeithenSep03 0-1 Coldstream v Gala FairydeanSep03 4-0 Leith Athletic v SelkirkForfarshireSep03 0-2 Brechin City v MontroseAberdeenshire, and BanffshireSep03 2-0 Buckie Thistle v PeterheadSep03 3-0 Fraserburgh v Banff Macduff Unitedbye Aberdeen UniversityNorth of ScotlandSep03 3-3 Inverness Thistle v Inverness CaledonianSep10 3-0 Inverness Caledonian v Inverness ThistleSep03 2-3 Forres Mechanics v ClachnacuddinSep03 3-0 Inverness Citadel v Nairn CountySep03 5-1 Elgin City v Wick AcademyQualifying Cup Second RoundSouthern CountiesSep17 1-4 Mid-Annandale v Stranraer- Dalbeattie Star v Nithsdale Wanderersbye Solway Star, Queen of the South, Douglas WanderersAyrshire, Dumbartonshire, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, and RenfrewshireSep17 0-3 Hurlford v ArthurlieSep17 1-0 Helensburgh v Glasgow UniversitySep17 0-2 Paisley Academicals v Dumbarton HarpSep17 3-2 Royal Albert v Beithbye Stevenston United, DykeheadEast of Scotland, and Border CountiesSep17 2-2 Berwick Rangers v Gala FairydeanSep24 2-1 Gala Fairydean v Berwick Rangersbye Vale of Leithen, Leith AthleticPerthshire, and ForfarshireSep17 scr Huntingtower v Vale of Atholl w/oSep17 2-1 Blairgowrie Amateurs v Dunkeld and Birnambye MontroseAberdeenshire, and BanffshireSep17 0-1 Aberdeen University v Buckie Thistlebye FraserburghNorth of ScotlandSep17 0-0 Elgin City v Inverness CaledonianSep24 2-1 Inverness Caledonian v Elgin Citybye Clachnacuddin, Inverness CitadelQualifying Cup Third Round - These 22 teams qualified for the First Round properSouthOct01 2-1 Stevenston United v Queen of the SouthOct01 1-3 Douglas Wanderers v DykeheadOct01 0-1 Stranraer v Solway Starbye Nithsdale Wanderers, Royal Albert, Dumbarton Harp,Helensburgh, ArthurlieMidlandOct01 3-0 Montrose v Vale of AthollOct01 0-0 Leith Athletic v Vale of LeithenOct08 0-0 Vale of Leithen v Leith AthleticOct15 4-3 Leith Athletic v Vale of Leithen at Hawthorn's Recreation Ground, Leithbye Gala Fairydean, Blairgowrie AmateursNorthOct01 1-2 Fraserburgh v Clachnacuddinbye Inverness Citadel, Inverness Caledonian, Buckie ThistleQualifying Cup Fourth RoundSouthOct15 4-1 Royal Albert v Stevenston UnitedOct15 0-1 Helensburgh v Nithsdale WanderersOct15 0-0 Arthurlie v Solway StarOct22 0-0 Solway Star v ArthurlieOct29 1-0 Arthurlie v Solway Star at BarrheadOct15 3-1 Dykehead v Dumbarton HarpNorthOct15 6-0 Buckie Thistle v* Blairgowrie AmateursOct08 3-0 Clachnacuddin v Inverness CitadelOct22 3-1 Montrose v Leith AthleticQualifying Cup Fifth RoundNov05 0-0 Royal Albert v ArthurlieNov12 1-0 Arthurlie v Royal AlbertOct29 2-0 Nithsdale Wanderers v DykeheadOct29 5-0 Clachnacuddin v Buckie ThistleOct29 0-1 Inverness Caledonian v MontroseQualifying Cup Semi-finalsNov19 2-0 Montrose v ArthurlieNov12 6-1 Nithsdale Wanderers v ClachnacuddinQualifying Cup FinalDec03 3-3 Montrose v Nithsdale Wanderers at Ibrox ParkDec10 0-0 Montrose v Nithsdale Wanderers at Tynecastle ParkDec03 2-1 Montrose v Nithsdale Wanderers at Ibrox ParkFirst RoundJan28 0-3 East Fife v MotherwellFeb04 1-1 King's Park v St JohnstoneFeb08 1-1 St Johnstone v King's ParkFeb15 1-0 King's Park v St Johnstone at East End ParkJan28 7-0 Partick Thistle v* Dumbarton HarpJan28 1-5 Blairgowrie Amateurs v Queen of the SouthJan28 1-1 Clydebank v ArbroathFeb01 0-1 Arbroath v ClydebankJan28 0-2 Stenhousemuir v DundeeJan28 0-2 Dundee Hibernian v Broxburn UnitedFeb04 3-5 Clackmannan v Inverness CitadelJan28 6-0 Albion Rovers v JohnstoneJan28 1-0 Vale of Leven v FraserburghJan28 3-1 Queen's Park v Nithsdale WanderersJan28 3-1 East Stirlingshire v Douglas WanderersJan28 3-1 Dunfermline Athletic v* Stevenston UnitedFeb01 1-5 Lochgelly United v Ayr UnitedJan28 4-0 Greenock Morton v* Vale of LeithenJan28 0-5 Clachnacuddin v RangersJan28 4-0 Celtic v MontroseJan28 3-0 Hibernian v ArmadaleJan28 3-1 Alloa Athletic v St Bernard'sJan28 9-0 Hamilton Academical v* Gala FairydeanJan28 1-0 Aberdeen v DumbartonJan28 2-2 Raith Rovers v ClydeFeb01 1-0 Clyde v Raith RoversJan28 0-3 Forfar Athletic v FalkirkJan28 1-5 Inverness Caledonian v KilmarnockJan28 3-2 Bathgate v HelensburghJan28 1-0 Airdrieonians v DykeheadJan28 6-0 Third Lanark v Leith AthleticJan28 6-0 Bo'ness v* StranraerJan28 9-1 Cowdenbeath v* Vale of AthollJan28 1-2 Buckie Thistle v Royal AlbertJan28 2-1 Heart of Midlothian v ArthurlieJan28 7-2 St Mirren v* Solway StarSecond RoundFeb11 2-2 Heart of Midlothian v Broxburn UnitedFeb15 2-2 Heart of Midlothian v Broxburn UnitedFeb20 3-1 Heart of Midlothian v Broxburn United at Tynecastle ParkFeb11 2-2 Inverness Citadel v Queen of the SouthFeb18 2-1 Queen of the South v Inverness CitadelFeb11 3-2 Motherwell v HibernianFeb11 0-0 Cowdenbeath v AirdrieoniansFeb15 4-1 Airdrieonians v CowdenbeathFeb11 1-1 Aberdeen v Queen's ParkFeb14 1-2 Queen's Park v AberdeenFeb11 0-0 Vale of Leven v Alloa AthleticFeb14 1-0 Alloa Athletic v Vale of LevenFeb11 0-1 Third Lanark v CelticFeb11 1-1 Greenock Morton v ClydebankFeb14 1-3 Clydebank v Greenock MortonFeb11 1-1 Albion Rovers v RangersFeb15 4-0 Rangers v Albion RoversFeb18 1-4 King's Park v Hamilton AcademicalFeb11 0-1 Royal Albert v DundeeFeb11 0-1 Ayr United v Partick ThistleFeb11 1-4 Kilmarnock v St MirrenFeb11 1-0 Bathgate v FalkirkFeb11 2-1 East Stirlingshire v Dunfermline AthleticFeb11 5-1 Clyde v Bo'nessThird RoundFeb25 3-0 St Mirren v AirdrieoniansFeb25 3-0 Aberdeen v DundeeFeb25 0-4 Heart of Midlothian v RangersFeb25 2-0 Queen of the South v East StirlingshireFeb25 1-3 Celtic v Hamilton AcademicalFeb25 3-0 Partick Thistle v BathgateFeb25 4-1 Greenock Morton v ClydeFeb25 1-0 Motherwell v Alloa AthleticFourth RoundMar11 1-2 Motherwell v Greenock MortonMar11 0-0 Hamilton Academical v AberdeenMar15 2-0 Aberdeen v Hamilton AcademicalMar11 1-1 Rangers v St MirrenMar14 0-2 St Mirren v RangersMar11 0-1 Queen of the South v Partick ThistleSemi-finalsMar25 0-2 Partick Thistle v Rangers at Ibrox ParkApr01 1-3 Aberdeen v Greenock Morton at Dens ParkFinalApr15 1-0 Greenock Morton v Rangers at Hampden Park