1996 Scottish Challenge Cup Final

1996 Scottish Challenge Cup Final
Event 1996–97 Scottish Challenge Cup
Date 3 November 1996
Venue Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld
Referee K. W. Clark (Paisley)[1]
Attendance 5,522[1]
1995
1997

The 1996 Scottish Challenge Cup Final was an association football match between Stranraer and St Johnstone on 3 November 1996 at Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld.[2] It was the seventh final of the Scottish Challenge Cup since it was first organised in 1990 to celebrate the centenary of the Scottish Football League.

The match was Stranraer's first national cup final in its 126-year history, whilst it was St Johnstone's first in 27 years since losing the Scottish League Cup Final in October 1969. The tournament was contested by clubs below the Scottish Premier Division, with St Johnstone from the First Division and Stranraer from the Second Division. The only goal of the game was from Tommy Sloan, which was enough for Stranraer to win the match 1–0.[1]

Route to the final[]

Stranraer[]

Round Opposition Score
First round Berwick Rangers (a) 2–0
Second round Clyde (h) 2–1
Quarter-final East Fife (a) 1–0
Semi-final Greenock Morton (h) 3–0

Stranraer faced Berwick Rangers away from home at Shielfield Park, producing a 2–0[3] win and clean sheet. The second round draw saw Clyde travel to Stair Park with the home team winning 2–1.[3] The reward for reaching the quarter-final was an away game against East Fife in Methil with Stranraer edging out the opposition in a 1–0 victory[3] and second clean sheet of the tournament to progress to the semi-finals. The opposition was a home game against Greenock Morton, and Stranraer produced a third clean sheet in a 3–0 win[3] against the club, sending The Blues into their first ever Scottish Challenge Cup Final.[3]

St. Johnstone[]

Round Opposition Score
First round Albion Rovers (a) 2–1
Second round Ayr United (a) 3–0
Quarter-final Dundee (a) 5–1
Semi-final Montrose (h) 4–2

St Johnstone faced a trip to Albion Rovers' home of Cliftonhill in Coatbridge in the first round which saw the team emerge 2–1 winners.[3] The second round was another game on the road against Ayr United for St Johnstone with the visitors producing a 3–0 victory[3] to progress to the quarter-finals. A trip to Tayside neighbours Dundee was the reward for reaching the quarter-finals with The Saints triumphing 5–1 winners.[3] The semi-final draw paired the club with Montrose and St Johnstone's only home game of the tournament with the club winning 4–2[3] at McDiarmid Park. St Johnstone reached the Scottish Challenge Cup Final for the first time.[3]

Pre-match[]

Analysis[]

Stranraer had played two home games and two away games in the matches preceding the final, whereas, St Johnstone played only one game at their home of McDiarmid Park and played the other three games away from home. Stranraer scored a total of eight goal and conceded only one goal before the final, in the process keeping three clean sheets. St Johnstone amassed a total of fourteen goals scored and conceded only four, but kept only one clean sheet. This was the first appearance for both Stranraer and St Johnstone in the Scottish Challenge Cup Final since its inauguration in 1990.[3]

Final[]

Stranraer 1 – 0 St Johnstone
Griffin Goal (o.g.) Report
Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld
Attendance: 5,522
Referee: Kenny Clark

Teams[]

Stranraer:
GK 1 Scotland Barney Duffy
MF 2 Scotland Graham Duncan
DF 3 Scotland Tom Black Substituted off
DF 4 Scotland Jim Hughes
DF 5 Scotland Tony Gallagher Substituted off
DF 6 Scotland John McCaffrey
FW 7 Scotland Tommy Sloan
MF 8 Scotland Alan Lansdowne
FW 9 Scotland Gordon Young Substituted off
MF 10 Scotland Ian McAuley
MF 11 Scotland Robert Docherty
Substitutes:
DF 12 Scotland Derek Crawford Substituted in
FW 14 Scotland John McMillan Substituted in
DF 15 Scotland John Robertson Substituted in
Manager:
Scotland Campbell Money
St Johnstone:
GK 1 Scotland Alan Main
DF 2 Scotland John McQuillan
DF 3 Scotland Allan Preston
MF 4 Austria Attila Sekerlioglu Substituted off
DF 5 Scotland Jim Weir
DF 6 Northern Ireland Danny Griffin
MF 7 Scotland Steve Tosh
MF 8 Scotland John O'Neil
FW 9 Scotland Roddy Grant
FW 10 Scotland Ian Ferguson Substituted off
MF 11 Wales Leigh Jenkinson
Substitutes:
DF 12 Scotland Andy Whiteford
MF 14 Scotland Gary Farquhar Substituted in
FW 15 Sweden Peter Fyhr Substituted in
Manager:
Scotland Paul Sturrock

References[]

  1. ^ a b c Bell's Cup, scottishfootballleague.com. Scottish Football League. 2 November 2005. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Scottish League Challenge Cup Finals". RSSSF. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Scottish Challenge Cup, statto.com. Retrieved 16 June 2011.