Talbot will be taking part in the William Hill Scottish Cup for the first time as a senior club rather than having to qualify as league champions or Scottish Junior Cup winners. The Preliminary round  will be drawn week commencing Monday 9th August – date tbc – with 11 ties & 15 byes. Preliminary ties are Saturday 28th August.

The clubs Talbot will be going into the hat with are as follows

East of Scotland League (24)
Premier Division (16)
     Blackburn United, Broxburn Athletic, Camelon, Dunbar United, Dundonald Bluebell, Hill of Beath Hawthorn, Jeanfield Swifts, Linlithgow Rose, Lothian Thistle HV, Musselburgh Athletic, Newtongrange Star, Penicuik Athletic, Sauchie, Tranent, Tynecastle, Whitehill Welfare
First Division (8)     Burntisland Shipyard, Coldstream, Dalkeith Thistle, Dunipace, Easthouses Lily, Haddington Athletic, Hawick RAU, Preston Athletic

West of Scotland League (7)
Premier Division (5)
     Auchinleck Talbot, Clydebank, Cumnock, Darvel, Irvine Meadow
First Division (2)     Girvan, Glasgow University

South of Scotland League (4)     Newton Stewart, St Cuthbert Wanderers, Threave Rovers, Wigtown & Bladnoch

North Caledonian League (1)     Golspie Sutherland

North Juniors (1)     Banks o’Dee

As can be seen the East Region have a large contingent representing the EOSL with some big hitters like Linlithgow, Hill O’Beath and Newtongrange taking part. There is also the added danger of drawing a club from your own region or the 500 mile round trip to Golspie.

The winners or those receiving a bye in the prelims will go into the hat with teams from the Highland and Lowland leagues for the 1st round proper. Exciting times ahead.


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