William Hill Scottish Cup First Round
Turriff United vs. Bonnyrigg Rose
Saturday 24 September
On Saturday, the battle to win the oldest cup trophy in world football begins.
The two preliminary rounds have finished and Round 1 of the William Hill Scottish Cup will get underway this weekend.
Over the course of the tournament, the Scottish FA will feature a match every round, taking the Scottish Cup itself to the game, as well as handing out exclusive giveaways.
The match between Turriff United and Bonnyrigg Rose at The Haughs, kick-off 3pm, will be the featured game at the weekend with Snapchat Geofiters also being introduced at all of the grounds.
This will allow supporters to let all of their friends know what match they are taking in.
Round 1 of the Scottish Cup will see 18 ties be played with the Scottish FA featuring Turriff and Bonnyrigg as well as Girvan and Huntly, through a new written piece which will encapsulate a fans’ experience at the game.
Turriff United Football Club currently play in the Highland Football League in Scotland, joining the division for the 2009-10 season.
The club made it’s Scottish Cup debut in 2012, overcoming Burntisland Shipyard, Civil Service Strollers and Buckie Thistle to reach the fourth round, in which they faced Greenock Morton, drawing 1-1 before losing the replay.
This season, ‘Turra’ have had a mixed start, winning three matches and losing four.
Ahead of the game Ross Jack said: “Everybody is looking forward to the Scottish Cup tomorrow. It’s a massive day in the calendar and something that means a lot to everyone at the club.
“We were the first team out the hat and to be drawn against Bonnyrigg is a really tough tie as they are always well organised.
“They have only lost one game this season and have got a lot of ex pros in their squad.
“We’ll give them a lot of respect as they have a great backing. It’s a huge challenge for us but we’ve got great hopes we can progress.
“Bonnyrigg are probably the favourites as we lost eight players from last season and we’ve been inconsistent.
“We’ve had a sickness bug that has filtered through the squad this week as well. We’ve got a number of players who are unwell and I won’t know who I’ll have available until tomorrow morning.
“We’ve not had ideal preparation as we only had five players who played last week that were able to train on Monday.”
Jack’s men will face on form Bonnyrigg Rose who have scored a staggering 22 goals, in their two Scottish Cup preliminary matches. The beat Glasgow University 8-2 first up being overcoming Burntisland Shipyard 14-0.
This is the club’s third time in the Scottish Cup, reaching the third round in 2012 where they lost out to Brechin in a third round replay.
They play in the East Region Super League and currently lie in second place having won seven of their eight games this season.
Bonnyrigg have been the only ever present team in the Super League since it’s incorporation along with Linlithgow Rose, where the club have been champions on three occasions and runners up twice.
Pat Stanton, Craig Paterson and Grant Murray have all played for the team, along with famous actor Sean Connery who featured for the club in his younger days.