1990 Scottish Challenge Cup Final

1990 Scottish Challenge Cup Final
Event1990–91 Scottish Challenge Cup
After extra time[1]
Date11 November 1990
VenueFir Park, Motherwell
RefereeK. J. Hope (Clarkston)[2]

The 1990 Scottish Challenge Cup Final, also known as the B&Q Centenary Cup for sponsorship reasons,[1] was an association football match between Ayr United and Dundee on 11 November 1990 at Fir Park in Motherwell.[3] It was the final match of what was intended to be a one-off tournament organised to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Scottish Football League however it continued for the next season.[3][4] The match marked the first time Ayr United had reached the final of a national cup competition in its 80-year history whilst it was Dundee's first since contesting the 1980 Scottish League Cup Final ten years beforehand.

The tournament was contested by clubs below the Scottish Premier Division with both finalists from the First Division. Ayr United scored first through Ian McAllister after 12 minutes[4][5] but Billy Dodds scored twice to give Dundee a 2–1 lead; his first a penalty kick and second a header in the 72nd minute.[4] Three minutes later David Smyth scored Ayr United's second goal to level the match at 2–2 to force extra time.[6] During extra time Billy Dodds scored to complete a hat-trick[7] which was enough for Dundee to win the match 3–2.[2][4][8]

Route to the final[]

Ayr United[]

Round Opposition Score
First round Brechin City (h) 3–0
Second round Montrose (a) 3–2 (a.e.t.)
Quarter-final Queen of the South (h) 4–1
Semi-final Clyde (h) 2–0

Ayr United entered the competition in the first round along with 23 other clubs from the First and Second Divisions; four clubs received random byes into the second round to even the number of fixtures. Ayr United's first match was against Brechin City and comfortably won 3–0 at Somerset Park. The club then faced Montrose away from home at Links Park. The score was level after 90 minutes but Ayr United scored to win 3–2 after extra time. With eight clubs left in the competition, Ayr United faced Queen of the South at home and won 4–1 to progress to the semi-finals where they won 2–0 against Clyde to earn a place in the final; the first national final in the club's history.


Round Opposition Score
Second round Alloa Athletic (a) 5–3
Quarter-final Raith Rovers (a) 1–0 (a.e.t.)
Semi-final Kilmarnock (a) 2–0

Dundee received a random bye in the first round to earn automatic qualification for the second round of the tournament without playing a match. The club's first encounter was against Alloa Athletic and resulted in a 5–3 win away from home in the second round. In the next round Dundee travelled to Stark's Park to face Raith Rovers. The score was 0–0 after 90 minutes but Dundee scored to win the match 1–0 after extra time to progress to the semi-finals. The match was against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park with a high attendance. Dundee won 2–0 to reach the final of the tournament; their first national final since losing the 1980 Scottish League Cup Final to Dundee United.




Ayr United2–3 (a.e.t.)Dundee
McAllister Goal 12'
Smyth Goal 75'
Report Dodds Goal ?' (pen.)72'116'
Fir Park, Motherwell
Attendance: 11,506
Referee: Kenny Hope (Clarkston)
Ayr United
GK Scotland David Purdie
DF Scotland David Kennedy
DF Scotland David Smyth
DF Scotland Ian McAllister
DF Scotland Alan Gillespie
DF Scotland Jim McCann
FW Scotland Tommy Bryce
MF Scotland Sammy Johnston
FW Scotland Ally Graham
FW Scotland Henry Templeton
FW Scotland Peter Weir
Scotland Ally MacLeod[4]
GK Scotland Tom Carson
DF Scotland Alan Dinnie
DF Scotland Rab Shannon
DF Scotland Gordon Chisholm
DF England Willie Jamieson
DF Scotland Mark Craib
FW England Colin West
DF Scotland Stewart Forsyth
FW Scotland Keith Wright
FW Scotland Billy Dodds
MF Scotland Gordon McLeod
Scotland Gordon Wallace[4]

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.


  1. ^ a b The Scottish Football League Challenge Cup Final Results, scottishfootballleague.com. Scottish Football League. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Bell's Cup, scottishfootballleague.com. Scottish Football League. 2 November 2005. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Scottish League Challenge Cup Finals". RSSSF. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Dee helped seal cup date Archived 22 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine, eveningtelegraph.co.uk. Evening Telegraph. 17 November 2009. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  5. ^ Ayr Utd's Ian McAllister (4) scores the opening goal, snspix.com. 15 November 2006. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  6. ^ Ayr Utd's David Smyth scores to level the scores at two each and force extra time, snspix.com. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  7. ^ Koep, Bob. "Irish are hoping to put home hex on English side", Toronto Star, 12 November 1990. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  8. ^ Caught in Time: Dundee win the B&Q Centenary Cup, 1990, thesundaytimes.co.uk. The Sunday Times. 30 April 2006. Retrieved 10 April 2013.