6th May 1931
Scottish Football Association Annual Meeting
Cup Competitions Reorganisation Approved
A lively discussion took place when consideration was given in the proposed alterations of cup competition rules as recommended by the Council. Moving their approval, the Chairman said the proposal affected the Qualifying and Scottish Cups.
At present the number of qualifiers was 22, and if the alterations were passed these would be reduced to eight. Present exemptions from the Scottish Cup proper would be reduced from 42 to the number of clubs comprising the First and Second Division of the League. Two cups would be provided for the Qualifying Cup competition – one for the north and one for the south. The Association would present medals to the winners of the trophies.
Mr Campbell said that he did not think there could be any argument put forward for the continuance of the existing position of the Qualifying and Scottish Cup competitions. To suggest that they could continue the existing state of matters would mean that clubs who were not bona-fide clubs might enter the Scottish Cup proper without having played a tie. He thought that at this time of day they must eliminate any such possibility. If the alteration was passed it would mean that only those clubs which had got into the fourth round of the Qualifying Cup could have a chance of entering the Scottish Cup. That would make certain that only bona-fide clubs could enter the Scottish Cup, and he contended that it would be to the betterment of the qualifying competition itself.
The idea of having two cups was to avoid long journeys and the great expense entailed upon a club in the North and a club in the South meeting in the final of the Qualifying Cup. The drawings at the Qualifying Cup finals, he said, were not commensurate with the expense involved. They would have better gates and more keen competition than at present existed, and he thought that the proposal would make for an improvement in the competition. It was an extraordinary thing but for the last few years they had more clubs in the Scottish Cup proper than in the Qualifying Cup. They would agree that this state of affair was quite contrary to what they desired.
Colonel Shaughnessy, seconding, asked the members not to run away with the idea that any of the big clubs in Glasgow objected to going to Inverness or anywhere else far distant. They did not. Personally he thought it was a farce to have clubs in the Scottish Cup who had never kicked a ball in the Qualifying Cup competition. It was to get rid of that farce that these recommendations were put before them.
Mr J. Rutherford, Perth, in moving the status quo, said that though the resolution was being put forward by the Council, it was by no means unanimous. He thought the reduction was far too drastic, as it meant fourteen fewer clubs in the Scottish Cup, and, unfortunately, these were the clubs who were not associated with the Scottish League. The argument put forward that this was to prevent bogus clubs entering the Scottish Cup, and at any rate 14 never did. It was an extraordinary thing that Scottish League clubs were not in favour in any reduction in the League to benefit League football, but apparently they were in favour of a solution in the Scottish Cup competition to benefit Scottish football. How they could be reconciled to those ideas he did not know.
Mr Rutherford complained that when the Committee considered the proposition, the country clubs were not consulted. He contended that the proposals were bad, and that the Committee should be asked to recast them on a more equitable basis.
Mr A. Forbes, Inverness, seconded. He felt that the proposals were not for the benefit of football in general throughout the country. They were quite prepared as provincial clubs to meet them halfway by reducing the number of qualifiers to 16, but could not see their way to agree that it was in the interests of the game to reduce the number to eight.
Supporting the motion, Mr Fleming, Paisley, said that, regarding the Qualifying Cup competition, they felt that the clubs would be amply compensated by the increased support.
On a vote being taken, the proposals were approved by 35 votes to 21.
Ref: Scotsman 7th May 1931
Qualifying Cup First RoundWigtownshireSep12 0-2 Tarff Rovers v StranraerSep12 3-2 Wigtown and Bladnoch v Newton Stewartbye WhithornDumfries-shire, and KirkcudbrightshireSep12 0-2 Creetown v ThornhillSep12 1-0 St Cuthbert Wanderers v Douglas WanderersSep12 2-2 Dalbeattie Star v Solway StarSep19 1-3 Solway Star v Dalbeattie StarSep12 1-4 Mid-Annandale v Nithsdale WanderersAyrshire, Renfrewshire, Lanarkshire, and DumbartonshireSep12 3-0 Glasgow Transport v Paisley Grammar School F.P.- Clydebank v Galston- Moorpark v Royal AlbertSep12 1-9 Paisley Academicals v BeithSep12 4-3 Greenock High School F.P. v Vale of Ocobabye Glasgow UniversityEast of Scotland, and Border CountiesSep12 2-1 Peebles Rovers v DunsSep12 5-1 Penicuik Athletic v* Civil Service StrollersSep12 7-2 Murrayfield Amateurs v Gala FairydeanSep12 5-2 Berwick Rangers v ColdstreamSep12 2-1 Vale of Leithen v SelkirkSep12 3-1 Leith Amateurs v Bathgatebye Edinburgh UniversityPerthshire, Stirlingshire, and ClackmannanshireSep12 scr Clackmannan v Larbert Amateurs w/oSep12 0-1 Blairgowrie v Falkirk AmateursSep12 6-3 Dunkeld and Birnam v Breadalbanebye Vale of AthollFifeshireSep12 1-1 Burntisland Shipyard Amateurs v Lochgelly AmateursSep19 4-2 Lochgelly Amateurs v Burntisland Shipyard Amateursbye St Andrews UniversityAberdeenshire, and BanffshireSep12 2-1 Huntly v FraserburghSep12 1-1 Buckie Thistle v PeterheadSep19 0-0 Peterhead v Buckie ThistleSep26 4-0 Buckie Thistle v Peterhead at BanffSep12 5-2 Keith v Banffbye Aberdeen UniversityNorth of ScotlandSep12 1-4 Forres Mechanics v Inverness ThistleSep12 0-2 Inverness Caledonian v Inverness CitadelSep12 5-2 Elgin City v Wick AcademySep12 2-2 Nairn County v Ross CountySep19 5-1 Ross County v Nairn Countybye ClachnacuddinQualifying Cup Second RoundSouthern CountiesSep26 6-2 Thornhill v WhithornSep26 1-3 Wigtown and Bladnoch v St Cuthbert WanderersSep26 8-2 Dalbeattie Star v Nithsdale Wanderersbye StranraerAyrshire, Renfrewshire, Lanarkshire, and DumbartonshireSep26 4-1 Beith v Glasgow TransportSep26 2-1 Glasgow University v MoorparkSep26 0-7 Greenock High School F.P. v GalstonEast of Scotland, and Border CountiesSep26 1-2 Peebles Rovers v Murrayfield AmateursSep26 scr Edinburgh University v Leith Amateurs w/oSep26 3-3 Vale of Leithen v Berwick RangersOct03 2-1 Berwick Rangers v Vale of Leithenbye Penicuik AthleticPerthshire, Stirlingshire, Clackmannanshire, and FifeshireSep26 5-1 Falkirk Amateurs v Vale of Athollw/o Larbert Amateurs v St Andrews University scrSep26 6-0 Lochgelly Amateurs v Dunkeld and BirnamAberdeenshire, and BanffshireOct03 4-2 Keith v Buckie ThistleSep26 2-0 Huntly v* Aberdeen UniversityNorth of ScotlandSep26 1-2 Elgin City v Ross CountySep26 5-1 Inverness Thistle v Clachnacuddinbye Inverness CitadelQualifying Cup Third RoundSouthOct10 2-2 Glasgow University v StranraerOct17 3-0 Stranraer v Glasgow UniversityOct10 0-1 Galston v Dalbeattie StarOct10 5-1 Beith v St Cuthbert Wanderersbye ThornhillMidlandsOct10 3-1 Lochgelly Amateurs v Leith AmateursOct10 3-2 Penicuik Athletic v* Larbert AmateursOct10 4-1 Murrayfield Amateurs v Berwick Rangersbye Falkirk AmateursAberdeenshire, and BanffshireOct10 2-1 Huntly v KeithNorthOct10 3-1 Inverness Citadel v Ross Countybye Inverness ThistleQualifying Cup Fourth RoundSouthbye Stranraer, Dalbeattie Star, Beith, ThornhillMidlandsOct24 3-1 Lochgelly Amateurs v Falkirk AmateursOct24 3-2 Murrayfield Amateurs v Penicuik AthleticAberdeenshire, and Banffshirebye Inverness CitadelNorthOct24 1-3 Huntly v Inverness ThistleQualifying Cup Semi-finals - These 8 teams qualified for the First Round properSouth of ScotlandNov06 3-0 Beith v StranraerNov06 1-5 Thornhill v Dalbeattie StarNorth of ScotlandNov06 1-0 Inverness Citadel v Lochgelly AmateursNov06 1-4 Inverness Thistle v Murrayfield AmateursQualifying Cup FinalsSouthNov28 6-1 Beith v Dalbeattie Star at Rugby ParkNorthNov28 3-3 Inverness Citadel v Murrayfield Amateurs at PittodrieDec05 2-2 Inverness Citadel v Murrayfield AmateursDec12 4-1 Inverness Citadel v Murrayfield Amateurs at Easter RoadFirst RoundJan16 11-1 Queen of the South v StranraerJan16 1-1 Leith Athletic v Albion RoversJan20 4-2 Albion Rovers v Leith Athletic a.e.t. 2-2Jan16 2-1 Arbroath v AberdeenJan16 4-1 Queen's Park v St MirrenJan16 4-3 St Bernard's v BeithJan16 3-3 Ayr United v St JohnstoneJan20 2-0 St Johnstone v Ayr UnitedJan16 2-0 Hamilton Academical v DumbartonJan16 0-3 Inverness Citadel v Partick ThistleJan16 5-2 Dunfermline Athletic v East StirlingshireJan16 4-0 Clyde v Third LanarkJan16 7-2 Motherwell v StenhousemuirJan13 0-3 Murrayfield Amateurs v Edinburgh City at Tynecastle ParkJan16 2-3 Hibernian v Dundee UnitedJan16 5-1 Cowdenbeath v Alloa AthleticJan16 8-1 Raith Rovers v Inverness ThistleJan16 4-1 Dundee v Greenock MortonJan16 8-2 Rangers v Brechin CityJan16 13-3 Heart of Midlothian v* Lochgelly AmateursJan16 4-1 Kilmarnock v East FifeJan16 3-2 Celtic v FalkirkJan16 7-1 King's Park v ThornhillJan16 1-3 Forfar Athletic v AirdrieoniansJan16 3-1 Armadale v MontroseJan16 2-3 Dalbeattie Star v Bo'nessSecond RoundJan30 2-2 Queen of the South v Dundee UnitedFeb03 1-1 Dundee United v Queen of the South a.e.t. 1-1Feb08 1-2 Queen of the South v Dundee United at Ibrox ParkJan30 4-1 Heart of Midlothian v CowdenbeathJan30 1-0 Clyde v ArbroathJan30 2-4 St Johnstone v CelticJan30 2-0 Kilmarnock v Albion RoversJan30 0-2 Queen's Park v MotherwellJan30 2-2 Bo'ness v Partick ThistleFeb03 5-1 Partick Thistle v Bo'nessJan30 1-0 Dunfermline Athletic v DundeeJan30 5-2 Hamilton Academical v ArmadaleJan30 2-3 Edinburgh City v St Bernard'sJan30 2-2 Airdrieonians v King's ParkFeb03 1-3 King's Park v AirdrieoniansJan30 0-5 Raith Rovers v RangersThird RoundFeb13 2-0 Clyde v St Bernard'sFeb13 1-1 Dundee United v KilmarnockFeb17 3-0 Kilmarnock v Dundee UnitedFeb13 0-1 Heart of Midlothian v RangersFeb13 2-0 Motherwell v Celticbye Airdrieonians, Partick Thistle,Dunfermline Athletic, Hamilton AcademicalFourth RoundMar05 1-3 Dunfermline Athletic v KilmarnockMar05 2-0 Rangers v MotherwellMar05 4-1 Airdrieonians v Partick ThistleMar05 0-2 Clyde v Hamilton AcademicalSemi-finalsMar26 2-5 Hamilton Academical v Rangers at Celtic ParkMar26 2-3 Airdrieonians v Kilmarnock at Firhill ParkFinalApr16 1-1 Rangers v Kilmarnock at Hampden ParkApr20 3-0 Rangers v Kilmarnock at Hampden Park