2015–16 Scottish Cup

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2015–16 William Hill Scottish Cup
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Country  Scotland
Teams 92
Champions Hibernian
Runners-up Rangers
Matches played 112
Goals scored 393 (3.51 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) Peter Weatherson
(5 goals)[1]
All statistics correct as of 21 May 2016.

The 2015–16 Scottish Cup was the 131st season of Scotland's most prestigious football knockout competition. The tournament was sponsored by bookmaker William Hill in what was the fifth season of a five-year partnership. The final was contested between second-tier clubs (Hibernian and Rangers) for the first time ever with no Premiership clubs reaching the final.

The defending champions were Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who defeated Falkirk in the 2015 final, but were eventually knocked out in the Quarter Final after a replay by eventual champions, Hibernian.[2][3]

Media coverage

From round four onwards, selected matches from the Scottish Cup are broadcast live in Ireland and the UK by BBC Scotland and Sky Sports. BBC Scotland has the option to show one tie per round with Sky Sports showing two ties per round with one replay; also, Sky Sports show both semi-finals live with one also on BBC Scotland & both channels screen the final live.

Calendar

The calendar for the 2015–16 Scottish Cup qualifying rounds, as announced by Scottish Football Association.[4]

Round Main date Number of fixtures Clubs New Entries
Preliminary Round 1 15 August 2015 5 92 → 87 10
Preliminary Round 2 5 September 2015 5 87 → 82 5
First Round 26 September 2015 18 82 → 64 31
Second Round 24 October 2015 16 64 → 48 14
Third Round 28 November 2015 16 48 → 32 16
Fourth Round 9 January 2016 16 32 → 16 16
Fifth Round 6 February 2016 8 16 → 8 None
Quarter-Finals 5 March 2016 4 8 → 4 None
Semi-Finals 16 & 17 April 2016 2 4 → 2 None
Final 21 May 2016 1 2 → 1 None

Preliminary rounds

Preliminary round 1

The preliminary round 1 took place on Saturday August 15, 2015. The round had 15 clubs which included 5 matches and 5 byes to the Second Preliminary Round. The teams competing in this round were made up of teams from the Scottish Highland Football League, Scottish Lowland Football League, ESL, SSL, Scottish Junior FA and the Scottish Amateur FA. It was the first time that the winners of the Scottish Amateur Cup had participated in the Scottish Cup.[5]

Draw

Hawick Royal Albert, Kelty Hearts, Auchinleck Talbot, Hermes and Lothian Thistle HV all received byes to the Preliminary Round 2.

Matches

Preliminary round 2

The preliminary round 2 took place on Saturday September 5, 2015. The round had 10 clubs which included 5 matches. The teams competing in this round were made up of 5 winners from Round 1 and the 5 Byes from Round one.

Draw

Matches

Replay

First round

Draw

There were 18 ties taking place in Round 1 of the Scottish Cup.[6] The draw took place on Tuesday, 28 August 2015. All matches were played on Saturday, 26 September 2015.[7] The teams were made up of the 5 winners of Preliminary Round 2, 15 teams from the Scottish Highland Football League, 12 teams from the Scottish Lowland Football League and 4 teams from the East of Scotland Football League and Other Leagues.

Teams that are marked with a Strike are teams eliminated at this stage.

Preliminary Winners Highland Football League Lowland Football League ESL & Other Leagues

01. Kelty Hearts
02. Auchinleck Talbot
03. Hawick Royal Albert
04. Lothian Thistle HV
05. Cove Rangers

06. Buckie Thistle
07. Clachnacuddin
08. Deveronvale
09. Formartine United
10. Forres Mechanics
11. Fort William
12. Fraserburgh
13. Huntly
14. Inverurie Loco Works
15. Keith
16. Lossiemouth
17. Nairn County
18. Rothes
19. Strathspey Thistle
20. Wick Academy

21. BSC Glasgow
22. Cumbernauld Colts
23. Dalbeattie Star
24. Edinburgh University
25. Gala Fairydean Rovers
26. Gretna 2008
27. Preston Athletic
28. Selkirk
29. Spartans
30. Threave Rovers
31. Stirling University
32. Whitehill Welfare

SJFA North Premier League:
33. Banks O’Dee

East of Scotland Football League
34. Coldstream

Caledonian Amateur Football League
35. Glasgow University

SJFA East Region Super League
36. Linlithgow Rose

Matches

Replays

Second round

Draw

There were 16 ties taking place in Round 2 of the Scottish Cup.[8] The draw took place on Thursday, 1 October 2015. All matches were played on Saturday, 24 October 2015.[9] The teams were made up of the 18 winners from the First Round, 10 teams from the Scottish League Two, and the teams who placed first and second from the previous season of the Scottish Highland Football League and Scottish Lowland Football League.

Teams that are marked with a Strike are teams eliminated at this stage.

Scottish League Two Highland Football League Lowland Football League ESL & Other Leagues

01. Annan Athletic
02. Arbroath
03. Berwick Rangers
04. Clyde
05. East Fife
06. East Stirlingshire
07. Elgin City
08. Montrose
09. Queen's Park
10. Stirling Albion

11. Brora Rangers
12. Buckie Thistle
13. Clachnacuddin
14. Cove Rangers
15. Formartine United
16. Forres Mechanics
17. Fort William
18. Fraserburgh
19. Huntly
20. Inverurie Loco Works
21. Nairn County
22. Turriff United
23. Wick Academy

24. Cumbernauld Colts
25. East Kilbride
26. Edinburgh City
27. Edinburgh University
28. Spartans
29. Stirling University

SJFA East Region Super League
30. Linlithgow Rose

SJFA West Region Super League
31. Auchinleck Talbot

East of Scotland League
32. Lothian Thistle HV

Matches

Replays

Third round

Draw

There were 16 ties taking place in Round 3 of the Scottish Cup.[10] The draw took place on Thursday, 29 October 2015 and was conducted by former Scotland manager Alex McLeish, who won the Scottish Cup both as a player and a manager. All matches were played on the weekend of Saturday, 28 November 2015.[11] The teams were made up of the 16 winners from the Second Round, 10 teams from the Scottish League One, and the bottom six teams from the previous seasons Scottish Championship.

Teams that are marked with a Strike are teams eliminated at this stage.

Scottish Championship Scottish League One Scottish League Two Highland Football League Lowland Football League ESL & Other Leagues

01. Alloa Athletic
02. Dumbarton
03. Falkirk
04. Greenock Morton
05. Livingston
06. Raith Rovers

07. Airdrieonians
08. Albion Rovers
09. Ayr United
10. Brechin City
11. Cowdenbeath
12. Dunfermline Athletic
13. Forfar Athletic
14. Peterhead
15. Stenhousemuir
16. Stranraer

17. Annan Athletic
18. Arbroath
19. Elgin City
20. Queen's Park
21. Stirling Albion

22. Buckie Thistle
23. Cove Rangers
24. Formartine United
25. Fraserburgh
26. Huntly
27. Inverurie Loco Works
28. Wick Academy

29. Cumbernauld Colts
30. East Kilbride

SJFA East Region Super League
31. Linlithgow Rose

East of Scotland League
32. Lothian Thistle HV

Matches

Replays

Fourth round

Draw

There were 16 ties taking place in Round 4 of the Scottish Cup.[12] The draw took place on Tuesday, 1 December 2015. All matches were played on the weekend of Saturday, 9 January 2016.[12] The teams were made up of the 16 winners from the Third Round, 12 teams from the Scottish Premiership, and the top four teams from the previous seasons Scottish Championship.

Teams that are marked with a Strike are teams eliminated at this stage.

Scottish Premiership Scottish Championship Scottish League One Scottish League Two Other Leagues

01. Aberdeen
02. Celtic
03. Dundee
04. Dundee United
05. Hamilton Academical
06. Heart of Midlothian
07. Inverness Caledonian Thistle
08. Kilmarnock
09. Motherwell
10. Partick Thistle
11. Ross County
12. St Johnstone

13. Dumbarton
14. Falkirk
15. Greenock Morton
16. Hibernian
17. Livingston
18. Queen of the South
19. Raith Rovers
20. Rangers
21. St Mirren

22. Airdrieonians
23. Cowdenbeath
24. Dunfermline Athletic
25. Forfar Athletic
26. Stranraer

27. Annan Athletic
28. Stirling Albion

Highland Football League
29. Cove Rangers

Lowland Football League
30. East Kilbride

SJFA East Region Super League
31. Linlithgow Rose

East of Scotland League
32. Lothian Thistle HV

Matches

Replays

Fifth round

Draw

There were 8 ties taking place in Round 5 of the Scottish Cup.[13] The draw took place on Monday, 11 January 2016. All matches were played on the weekend of Saturday, 6 February 2016.[13] The teams were made up of the 16 winners from the Fourth round.

Teams that are marked with a Strike are teams eliminated at this stage.

Scottish Premiership Scottish Championship Scottish League Two Other Leagues

01. Celtic
02. Dundee
03. Dundee United
04. Heart of Midlothian
05. Inverness Caledonian Thistle
06. Kilmarnock
07. Motherwell
08. Partick Thistle
09. Ross County

10. Dumbarton
11. Greenock Morton
12. Hibernian
13. Rangers

14. Annan Athletic

Lowland Football League
15. East Kilbride
SJFA East Region Super League
16. Linlithgow Rose

Matches

Replays

Quarter-finals

Draw

There were 4 ties taking place in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup.[14] The draw took place on Monday, 8 February 2016 and was conducted by Scottish Cup winner and former Celtic midfielder Ľubomír Moravčík.[14] All matches were played on the weekend of Saturday, 5 March 2016. The teams were made up of the 8 winners from the Fifth round.

Teams that are marked with a Strike are teams eliminated at this stage.

Scottish Premiership Scottish Championship

01. Celtic
02. Dundee
03. Dundee United
04. Inverness Caledonian Thistle
05. Ross County

06. Greenock Morton
07. Hibernian
08. Rangers

Matches

Replays

Semi-finals

Draw

There were 2 ties taking place in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup. The draw took place on Sunday, 6 March 2016 at 4:45pm live on Sky Sports News HQ. Both matches were played on the weekend of Saturday, 16 April 2016. The teams were made up of the 4 winners from the Quarter-finals.

Teams that are marked with a Strike are teams eliminated at this stage.

Scottish Premiership Scottish Championship

01. Celtic
02. Dundee United

03. Hibernian
04. Rangers

Matches

Final

21 May 2016
15:00
Rangers 2–3 Hibernian
Miller Goal 27'
Halliday Goal 64'
BBC Report Stokes Goal 3'80'
Gray Goal 90+2'
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 50,701
Referee: Steven McLean

Statistics

Top Goalscorers

As of matches played on 17 April 2016[1]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 England Peter Weatherson Annan Athletic 5
2 Scotland Ruari MacLennan Linlithgow Rose 4
Scotland Brian Graham Ross County
Scotland Leigh Griffiths Celtic
England Martyn Waghorn Rangers
6 9 players 3

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