Dumbarton Looking To Become Fourth Part Time Winners Of Challenge Cup.

Written by on March 22, 2018

THERE is more at stake for Dumbarton than just lifting the Irn Bru Challenge Cup against Inverness CT on Saturday in Perth.

If Dumbarton win the Irn Bru Cup, they will become only the fourth part-time team to lift the trophy since its inception in 1990 [ the trophy was formed in the centenary year of the SFA ], and the first this century. All of the previous three teams were playing their football in the third tier – now known as League One – at the time of their victory.

Terry Christie has been manager of two of the previous three part-time winners, the first of those being in 1995 with Stenhousemuir as the first ever part-time finalists in the competition. The Warriors were not fancied by many against Dundee United, who were newly-relegated from the Premier Division and had not conceded a goal en route to the final. They didn’t concede in the final at McDiarmid Park either, but nor did they score, with the game goalless after extra time. Stenny then prevailed on penalties and made it a Dundee double, having already beaten the dark blue side of the City of Discovery 3-1 at the quarter final stage. However, their defence of the trophy lasted only a single round as they returned to Dens Park in the first round of the following season’s competition and lost 3-0.

The same day, Stranraer started their campaign in the 1996/97 competition with a 2-0 win away to Berwick Rangers. It was the start of a run that saw them all the way to the final, where they met St Johnstone at Broadwood. The Perth side had scored 15 goals in their four previous ties in the competition to Stranraer’s eight and, like United before them, were major favourites against part-time opposition. True to form, a St Johnstone player did score the only goal of the final – unfortunately for Danny Griffin, it was in his own net and the cup was on its way to Stair Park. Stranraer, managed by Campbell Money, actually struggled against relegation from the Second Division for much of that season, only escaping the bottom two on the final day at the expense of Dumbarton.

The last part-time winners of the trophy were Alloa Athletic in 1999 with Christie in charge of the Wasps.

Previous Challenge Cup Finals…

 

Dundee FC were the first winners, beating Ayr United thanks to a Billy Dodds hat-trick, while Dundee United defeated St Mirren in last season’s decider.

1990/91 – 11/11/90 – Fir Park, 11,506
Dundee 3-2 Ayr United (aet)

1991/92 – 08/12/91 – Fir Park, 9,663
Hamilton Accies 1-0 Ayr United

1992/93 – 13/12/92 – Love Street, 7,391
Hamilton Accies 3-2 Morton

1993/94 – 12/12/93 – Fir Park, 13,763
Falkirk 3-0 St Mirren

1994/95 – 06/11/94 – McDiarmid Park, 8,844
Airdrieonians 3-2 Dundee (aet)

1995/96 – 05/11/95 – McDiarmid Park, 7,856
Stenhousemuir 0-0 Dundee United
(aet, Stenhousemuir won 5-4 on penalties)

1996/97 – 03/11/96 – Broadwood, 5,222
Stranraer 1-0 St Johnstone

1997/98 – 02/11/97 – Fir Park, 9,735
Falkirk 1-0 Queen of the South

1998/99 – Competition not held

1999/00 – 21/11/99 – Excelsior Stadium, 4,043
Alloa Athletic 4-4 Inverness CT
(aet, Alloa won 5-4 on penalties)

2000/01 – 19/11/00 – Broadwood, 5,623
Airdrieonians 2-2 Livingston
(aet, Airdrie won 3-2 on penalties)

2001/02 – 14/10/01 – Broadwood, 4,548
Airdrieonians 2-1 Alloa Athletic

2002/03 – 20/10/02 – Broadwood, 6,428
Queen of the South 2-0 Brechin City

2003/04 – 26/10/03 – McDiarmid Park, 5,428
Inverness CT 2-0 Airdrie United

2004/05 – 07/11/04 – McDiarmid Park, 7,471
Falkirk 2-1 Ross County

2005/06 – 06/11/05 – Excelsior Stadium, 9,613
St Mirren 2-1 Hamilton Accies

2006/07 – 12/11/06 – McDiarmid Park, 4,062
Ross County 1-1 Clyde
(Ross County won 5-4 on penalties)

2007/08 – 25/11/07 – Dens Park, 6,446
St Johnstone 3-2 Dunfermline Athletic

2008/09 – 16/11/08 – McDiarmid Park, 4,091
Airdrie United 2-2 Ross County
(aet, Airdrie won 3-2 on penalties)

2009/10 – 22/11/09 – McDiarmid Park, 8,031
Dundee 3-2 Inverness CT

2010/11 – 10/04/11 – McDiarmid Park, 5,214
Ross County 2-0 Queen of the South

2011/12 – 01/04/12 – Almondvale, 5,210
Falkirk 1-0 Hamilton Accies

2012/13 – 07/04/13 – Almondvale, 9,452
Queen of the South 1-1 Partick Thistle
(aet, Queen of the South won 6-5 on penalties)

2013/14 – 06/04/14 – Easter Road, 19,983
Raith Rovers 1-0 Rangers (aet)

2014/15 – 05/04/15 – McDiarmid Park – 2,869
Livingston 4-0 Alloa Athletic

2015/16 – 10/04/16 – Hampden Park – 48,133
Rangers 4-0 Peterhead

2016/17 – 25/03/17 – Fir Park – 8,089
Dundee United 2-1 St Mirren

 

The programme for Saturday’s cup final [ right ]

programme

 


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