William Hill Scottish Cup Final
Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Falkirk
Saturday 30th May, 3pm kick-off
Hampden Park, Glasgow
With 5 days to go until the 2015 William Hill Scottish Cup Final we’re taking a look at the finalists’ history in the famous cup – from the heartbreaks to the triumphs.
INVERNESS CALEDONIAN THISTLE
The 2015 final will be Inverness Caley Thistle’s first Scottish Cup final appearance in their history (although they did reach last year’s Scottish League Cup Final). Back to back semi-final defeats in 2002-03 and 2003-04 represented the Highlanders best Scottish Cup runs before that thrilling extra-time win over Celtic in April.
Five clubs have won a Scottish Cup final at the first attempt in the last 100 years - including holders St. Johnstone – so there is certainly hope for the debutants. They’ll also be hoping to go one better than their Highland rivals Ross County who lost the 2010 final.
Arguably the club’s greatest achievement in the Scottish Cup to date was their shock 3-1 win over Celtic in 2000. Then a part-time club in the First Division, Caley Thistle shocked the Glasgow side at home. They'll be hoping to emulate that date in their history with a win on Saturday.
Falkirk have won the competition twice in their history – in 1913 & 1957 - and reached four finals in total. In an interesting quirk it was Inverness Caley Thistle manager John Hughes who last led out the club in a Scottish Cup final back in 2009. Falkirk lost 1-0 to Rangers that day, the same scoreline they lost to Kilmarnock in the 1997 Cup Final.
The 1913 win came at the expense of Raith Rovers who were making their Scottish Cup final debut – a position they find themselves in again on Saturday against first-time finalists Inverness. Forty-four years later Falkirk lifted the cup again with a 2-1 win over Kilmarnock in the replay (the previous game ended 1-1) with Doug Moran scoring the winner in extra-time.
Falkirk fans have been quick to note a curious similarity with English Premier League side Aston Villa who won the FA Cup in 1913 and 1957 and play Arsenal in this year’s final on Saturday. Could the two sides share a day of destiny again?
Watch history unfold at Hampden. Tickets for the neutral section at Hampden Park are still available at £5 for concessions and £25 for adults.