This season every round in the William Hill Scottish Cup will have a featured match and tomorrow Nairn County take on Whitehill Welfare in the chosen fixture.

At Station Park, the Scottish Cup will be present at Station Park for fans to have their picture taken with as well as interactive fan activities and the Scottish Cup mascot Scottie Cup will also be there.

The Scottish FA have also run a free bus for Whitehill Welfare fans making the journey north for the game.

About the clubs

Nairn County were formed in 1914 and play at Station Park with a capacity of 2,250.

‘The Wee County’ have played in the Highland Football League since 1919, winning their only league title in the 1975/76 season.

Whitehill Welfare are one of the founding members of the Lowland League and made the switch from the East of Scotland League in 2013. 

Before that they had been the most successful club in East of Scotland League history, winning the championship 16 times after joining the league in 1979 following their formation in 1953.

Current Form

Nairn County: They started the season well but lie seventh in the Highland League after being soundly beaten 8-0 by Cove Rangers last week.

Whitehill Welfare: The club were beaten 4-0 away to Lowland League leaders, BSC Glasgow last weekend but in the match before that they recorded an impressive 5-2 victory away at Gala Fairydean Rovers. 

That victory was their first away success of the season having previously beaten Edusport Academy at Ferguson Park, so they will make the trip north looking to add another victory on the road to their record.

The manager’s thoughts

Nairn County’s Ronnie Sharp: “Our season up until last week has been really good and we’ve had a promising start, picking up more points in our first nine games than we did in the first half of last season.

“Cove Rangers were too good for us last week and we struggled but that was a one off and we’re confident of getting back on track tomorrow.

“It will be an even game against Whitehill as they have a young squad as well.

“This a new experience for some of the players, taking part in the Scottish Cup but for all the Highland League clubs, playing in this competition is huge.”

Whitehill Welfare’s Gary Small: “When I took over at the start of the season we only had two signed players who are both young so I had to build a squad from scratch in a short space of time.

“We are going through a transitional period but we’ll get there. I’ve managed to bring a new experienced goalkeeper recently and I’m really happy with what I’ve got in terms of our squad now.

“I think we’ll be the underdogs against a side that have been together for a few years now.

“We want to get as far in the competition as we can. This is my first involvement in the squad and I’ve predominately worked in junior football but one of the reasons I came to Whitehill was to take part in the Scottish Cup as it’s such a huge thing to be part of.”

Match officials

Referee: Chris Fordyce

Assistant referees: Calum Spence and Darren Westmacott.


Adults £8 

Concessions £5