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Fairytales And Upsets Make Scottish Cup Magical

Date: 7th February 2020

 

It’s the fifth round of the Scottish Cup this weekend.

There’s a few interesting ties out there but I’ll be keeping a keen eye on the fixture between BSC Glasgow and Hibs.

The Lowland side welcome their Premiership rivals to the Indodrill Stadium on Sunday. 

It is already a huge achievement for a club that only became a senior side in 2014. The players now get the chance to test themselves against top level opponents.

 BSC come into the game knowing that special things do happen, especially in the Scottish Cup! 

In 1967, Berwick Rangers knocked out the then current champions Rangers from the competition. It is still thought of as being the biggest shock in the history of the cup. In 1987, Adrian Sprout shocked a star laden Greame Souness led Rangers team as Hamilton Accies knocked them out that year.

In 95, Aberdeen went home after losing miserably to part-timers Stenhousemuir. The Warriors totally deserved their win as they wrote themselves into Scottish football folklore. 

Celtic were embarrassed at home in the year of the Millennium as they suffered a 3-1 shock defeat to Inverness Caley Thistle. That dramatic result saw John Barnes dismissed as Celtic boss and also brought the classic newspaper headline ‘Super Caley Go Ballistic Celtic Are Atrocious‘. 

This weekend Celtic face Clyde in the fifth round. Back in 2006, the two sides met in the same competition, wth minnows Clyde coming off the surprise victors in Cumbernauld. The Bully Wee will hope that they can pull off the same trick against the champions this time around. 

Then in 2013, Albion Rovers were sitting bottom of the bottom tier of Scottish football. Yet that didn’t stop them from taking the top flight scalp of Motherwell as a Gary Phillips goal was enough to see them win that Lanarkshire clash! 

Dreams do come true, even in the final.

Inverness Caley Thistle winning their first Scottish Cup in 2015 will live in their supporters’ memories for the rest of their lives, the same goes for St Johnstone’s fans as their team won the cup a few years earlier. Hibs ending their long wait to get their hands on the famous trophy in 2016 was a fairytale ending for The Hibees that summer.  

Upsets and fairytales do happen in the Scottish Cup and that should give BSC Glasgow’s players and fans some optimism as they prepare for their big TV clash this weekend.

It’s funny but these are the games that really do seem to level out and give the underdogs a fighting chance. They sometimes need all the luck, sometimes the bigger sides just don’t turn up on the day and sometimes the so called weaker sides just play out of their skin. They produce moments of marvel that give supporters goosebumps and belief that anything is possible. 

The Scottish Cup will always be close to my heart and it’s because of these unforgettable moments that it always seems to throw up. 

Here’s hoping BSC Glasgow enjoy their big day and if a golden chance presents itself then they take it and they can write their own history into the Scottish Cup book of fairytales! 

 

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