Scottish Cup Match of the Week: Bo`ness United 0-2 Buckie Thistle


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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4 Responses

  1. Graeme says:

    Excellant article and a true reflection on the game. Buckie were the away team here and were respectful that they were up against a good team, hence only 1 striker playing up front and aiming to hit on the break. Boness had the bulk of possession but never forced the Buckie goalie into much action and were mainly restricted to shooting from outside the box.
    I think that the addition of the 4 Junior league teams into the cup has been a good thing and I’d welcome it being opened up to all via earlier qualifying rounds.
    Buckie can certainly play better than this and I think they will need to for the next round against E. Stirling. I saw East Strirling play Forres Mechanics in the cup about 5 years ago and the Highland league team weren’t outclassed on that occasion, the finishing was the difference between them. I think that if Buckie play to their potential, then they will have a chance against the ‘shire.

  2. ken mackenzie says:

    Good article. You say “The Cup is restricted at the moment not so much by the senior / junior divide as by the club licensing system by which the SFA runs the senior leagues”. Is that correct? I was under the impression that it was a historic anomaly that clubs such as Spartans or civil service strollers are member clubs and therefore included in the draw and not that they meet some current qualifying criteria. It is very difficult to get any information out of the SFA so the criteria for membership is not clear. I’d be interested to find out what you know.

  3. Colmeister says:

    Ken – yeah its more a historical thing when clubs were let in with next to no ground facilities. New clubs face far more stringent criteria to get access to the cup and/or get SFA membership.

    SFA have plans afoot for a few years time that would see only clubs in Club Licensing being allowed access to the Scottish Cup. All 42 league clubs would be in, and it is likely all 18 Highland clubs will be in licensing by 2013 too.

    It is anticipated that the SFA will then turn to the East of Scotland league to get as many clubs there in licensing, and then potentially the South.

    This would be welcome news as the East and South of Scotland leagues have been demoted by the SFA and are no longer considered Senior non leagues. The Highland league is the only Senior Non-league at present.

    Perhaps by 2016, only club licensed clubs will be allowed access to the cup. More importantly, by 2016 it is hoped there will be enough East/South clubs (largely East) to have formed a breakaway Conference South league. The Highland League would effectively form the basis of a Conference North and then a 4th tier would be added, meaning there would finally be 2 regionally based Conferences that would feed into the bottom tier of the football league – long overdue!!!

  1. November 21, 2010

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