It’s all set to be a bumper few days of Scottish Cup action, as the First Round of the 2021-22 competition kicks off with a fantastic four days of matches.
The weekend begins on Friday night at the Falkirk Stadium as East Stirlingshire host Fort William, who make the 109-mile trip south. This will be the first ever competitive meeting of these sides – a win for Fort William would see them record only their second ever away win in the competition. Kick-off is 7.45pm.
It’s a 191 mile trip to Broadwood Stadium for Buckie Thistle, as they take on Cumbernauld Colts at 8pm. A win for the hosts would see them victorious against Highland League opposition for the first time in the Scottish Cup. Meanwhile, Buckie Thistle have made it to at least the Second Round of the competition in five of the last six seasons – they’ll be hoping to make it six in seven with a victory on Friday.
It’s a 2.30pm kick-off for Penicuik Athletic v Tranent Juniors. These sides couldn’t be separated the last time they met in competitive action – a 2-2 draw in the East of Scotland Premier in November 2020.
There will be a First Round debut for Blackburn United, as they host Rothes – the Highland League side make the 173-mile trip south for the first ever competitive meeting of these sides.
Brechin City and Vale of Leithen go head-to-head for the third time in the Scottish Cup; Brechin have won both previous matches, the last of which was in 1987.
Caledonian Braves are facing Lowland League opposition in the Scottish Cup for the first time, as they take on the University of Stirling. The university side have won at least one Scottish Cup tie in five of the last six seasons.
It will be a first ever competitive meeting between Clachnacuddin and Dunipace at Grant Street Park, as both sides vye for a place in the Second Round.
Holm Park will play host to the first Scottish Cup tie in the town of Clydebank since season 2001-02, as Clydebank take on one of this season’s Scottish Cup debutants Dalkeith Thistle. Fellow debutants Dunbar United visit Camelon Juniors – the visitors go into this one knowing they are unbeaten in their last five matches against Dunbar United, including a 1-0 win in the East of Scotland League Premier Division back in July.
Another team will make their Scottish Cup debut as Cumnock Juniors visit Formartine United. Cumnock will be aiming to ensure that this becomes the first season in seven that Formartine fail to progress to the Second Round.
Mosset Park will play host to the first ever competitive meeting between Forres Mechanics and Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic on Saturday afternoon; a win for Forres would be their first at this stage of the competition in three seasons. Meanwhile Bonnyrigg have won four of their last five Scottish Cup ties against Highland League opposition.
Sauchie Juniors are participating in the Scottish Cup for the first time in their history this season, and on Saturday they face the trip to Fraserburgh – this is the first time these sides have met in a competitive fixture.
Should Golspie Sutherland defeat Civil Service Strollers, it would represent only their second ever Scottish Cup victory at home. They might fancy their chances, as Civil Service Strollers have only won one of their 18 away matches in the Scottish Cup competition (outside of Preliminary Rounds).
Irvine Meadow XI have made it to at least the Second Round in all three previous occasions where they have participated in the Scottish Cup; they face a tough task of continuing that record when Auchinleck Talbot come visit Meadow Park.
Darvel are another side competing in the Scottish Cup for the first time this season; they face a 210-mile trip north to take on Keith. Darvel may fancy their chances – Keith have won just two of their last 17 home matches in the Scottish Cup, however both of those victories came last season.
In a tie that has been dubbed ‘Star Wars’ by some, Newtongrange Star go head-to-head with Dalbeattie Star, as both sides aim to book their place in the Second Round draw. This is the first time that Newtongrange Star have competed in the First Round – they were eliminated in the preliminary rounds last season. Dalbeattie Star meanwhile, have not won a Scottish Cup tie since 2014-15, when they beat Golspie Sutherland in the First Round.
Spartans have never lost at home to Gala Fairydean Rovers – they have picked up eight wins and a draw in nine meetings in Edinburgh; the side from the capital will be hoping to keep that impressive record intact this weekend.
Following their giant-killing heroics of last season, Brora Rangers return to the competition with a trip south to face Tynecastle. The Edinburgh side are competing in the First Round for the first time.
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale and Edinburgh University will go into their fixture knowing who they will face in the Second Round, should they emerge victorious – the draw taking place on Sunday at 11.30am.
The BBC Scotland cameras will be in attendance for Monday’s clash between Berwick Rangers and Gretna 2008. The last time these sides faced each other in the Cup was in 2018-19 – it was Berwick who ran-out 3-1 winners that day.
Second Round Draw
The draw for the Second Round of the competition will take place on Sunday at 11.30am – you can watch it live on the Scottish Cup YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.
Joining us to make the draw will be St Johnstone manager and 2020-21 winner, Callum Davidson.
Join us for the Second Round draw this Sunday morning – you can watch it live right here on Twitter at 11.30am.— Scottish Cup (@ScottishCup) September 16, 2021
Our draw guest will be @StJohnstone's double-winning manager, Callum Davidson.#ScottishCup pic.twitter.com/09qKZwrXaM
Full First Round Draw
Cumbernauld Colts v Buckie Thistle (Fri)
East Stirlingshire v Fort William (Fri)
Penicuik Athletic v Tranent Juniors (Sat – 2.30pm)
Banks O’Dee v Turriff United
Blackburn United v Rothes
Brechin City v Vale of Leithen
Broomhill v Glasgow University
Caledonian Braves v University of Stirling
Clachnacuddin v Dunipace
Clydebank v Dalkeith Thistle
Coldstream v East Kilbride
Deveronvale v Haddington Athletic
Dunbar United v Camelon
Formartine United v Cumnock
Forres Mechanics v Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic
Fraserburgh v Sauchie Juniors
Golspie Sutherland v Civil Service Strollers
Huntly v Hill of Beath Hawthorn
Inverurie Loco Works v Jeanfield Swifts
Irvine Meadow XI v Auchinleck Talbot
Keith v Darvel
Lossiemouth v Preston Athletic
Nairn County v Strathspey Thistle
Newtongrange Star v Dalbeattie Star
Spartans v Gala Fairydean Rovers
Tynecastle v Brora Rangers
Wick Academy v Bo’ness United
Wigtown & Bladnoch v St Cuthbert Wanderers
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale v Edinburgh University (Sun)
Berwick Rangers v Gretna 2008 (Mon – Live on BBC Scotland)