Scottish Connections in the FA Cup

Written by on January 5, 2018

The FA Cup has always held a fascination for Scottish football fans and one of the best things we can say about the Scottish Cup in recent years is that it has provided one or two shocks that are comparable with ‘ giantkilling ‘ acts that have played out in the tournament hosted by the bigger neighbour over the border.

Scots have always starred in the FA Cup and a Scottish team, Queens Park, even made two FA Cup semi finals in the Victorian era when football was growing in popularity amongst the masses.

This season the competition is spread over four days Friday to Monday with a Friday night Merseyside derby getting the football festival underway this season.

AFC Wimbledon [ born from the ashes of the former Wimbledon FC who won the cup in 1988 ] at Spurs and Welsh minnows Newport County at home to 1972 winners and 1970 and ’73 runners-up, Leeds Utd, are two games that have the romance of the FA Cup written all over them and if shocks are coming in the 3rd Round these would be two of the biggest if Spurs and Leeds were to fall.

Peterborough at Villa Park versus Aston Villa, another heritage team as far as FA Cup wins go, is another tie which could see at least a replay with ” Posh ” keen to get Villa back to their place.

5 Great Scottish moments in the FA Cup

1. Sir Alex Ferguson’s FA CUPS…..

The years 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2004 will always be special to Sir Alex as these were his FA Cup winning years with Man Utd. He was still without a trophy after joining Man U from Aberdeen in 1986 when United drew the 1990 FA Cup final 3-3 with Crystal Palace but the 1-0 replay win more or less saved Fergie’s job at Old Trafford..the rest is history! Fergie is the third most successful manager in FA Cup final history. Arsene Wenger at Arsenal is 1st but 2nd place belongs to another Scot , George Ramsay, who managed Aston Villa to 6 FA Cups between 1887 and 1920.

2. The Doc saves United’s blushes…..

Scottish manager Tommy Docherty brought Man U their first major trophy in 9 years when they defeated Liverpool 2-1 in the 1977 final. The previous year United had been embarrassed 1-0 in the final by then 2nd Division Southampton when Bobby Stokes netted to give the south coast men a 1-0 victory. Captain of the Man U side that day was Scotsman Martin Buchan.

3. McCall nets two…..

Stuart McCall brought Everton back to 1-1 then 2-2 in the 1989 FA Cup final against deadly rivals Liverpool after he came off the bench with the reds leading 1-0 at Wembley. Sadly for blues fans, Liverpool had the last word in an emotional final which had the shadow of the Hillsborough disaster hanging over it. Final score 3-2 for Liverpool with Ian Rush netting the winner.

4. MacDougall is goal happy…..

Bournemouth striker Ted MacDougall netted 9 of their 11 goals in an 11-0 win over non-league Margate in the early 1970’s in Round 1 of the FA Cup. Prolific scoring like this finally got the Scotsman a move to Man United and a place in the Scottish international side for a wee while at least.

5. The Liverpool revolution starts…..

Bill Shankly won two FA Cups with Liverpool, the second in the final of 1974 against Newcastle Utd [ 3-0 ], but his first in 1965, when Liverpool beat Leeds Utd 2-1, is largely credited as starting the era that turned the reds into a super club. They were an unsuccessful English 2nd Division side until the late 1950’s but then Scotsman Shankly took control and turned their fortunes around. Liverpool might not be the club we know today if Shanks had not started the bandwagon rolling with that ’65 FA Cup win.

Five also worth a mention……

Former Raith Rovers player and later Aberdeen manager Ian Porterfield scored the winner for 2nd Division Sunderland in the 1973 final with their 1-0 win over then mighty Leeds Utd still ranking as maybe the greatest FA Cup final shock of all.

Blackpool’s 4-3 win over Bolton in the 1953 Wembley final was ranked as one of the greatest ever post-war finals with England internationals Stanley Matthews and Stan Mortensen stars of the Blackpool side of the time but their goalie was Scotsman George Farm who later managed Raith Rovers and Dunfermline Athletic back in his homeland.

Scot Bill Nicholson managed Spurs to the League and FA Cup ‘ double ‘ in 1961 [ the first time it had been done in the 20th Century ]

Former ROCK SPORT guest and Scotland international Jim McCalliog created the goal for Bobby Stokes that saw 2nd Division Southampton shock Man Utd with a 1-0 win in the 1976 final.

Fifer Tommy Hutchison scored for both teams in the 1981 FA Cup final. The former Alloa and Blackpool player put Man City 1-0 up v Spurs as the oldest player on the pitch before deflecting Glenn Hoddle’s free kick in for an unfortunate OG that saw the match end 1-1. Spurs won the replay 3-2.

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