The draw for the First Round of the 2011-12 SFL Challenge Cup took place today and also saw the launch of a new sponsorship deal that means the competition will be known as The Ramsdens Cup.
Ramsdens has a significant presence in the high street in Scotland with 26 stores, most of which are based in and around our football towns and communities. The family-owned company is the largest independently-owned pawnbroking and financial services business in the UK and offers a range of services such as pawnbroking, gold buying, foreign currency and payday loans.
Today’s draw also saw two names enter the hat for the first time ever; Buckie Thistle and Deveronvale, the top two finishing clubs in this year’s Scottish Highland Football League.
The Bully Wee were paired with Berwick Rangers, with the tie scheduled to open the new season on Saturday 23rd July at Broadwood.
Arbroath v Dundee
Brechin City v Falkirk
Deveronvale v Stirling Albion
Forfar Athletic v Buckie Thistle
Montrose v East Fife
Peterhead v Alloa Athletic
Raith Rovers v Cowdenbeath
Ross County v Elgin City
Airdrie United v Livingston
Albion Rovers v Annan Athletic
Ayr United v Queen of the South
Clyde v Berwick Rangers
Dumbarton v East Stirlingshire
Partick Thistle v Stenhousemuir
Queen’s Park v Hamilton Academical
Stranraer v Morton
DATES FOR TIES:
First Round: Saturday 23rd July 2011
Second Round: Tuesday 9th August 2011 or Wednesday 10th August 2011
Third Round: Sunday 4th September 2011
Semi-Finals: Sunday 9th October 2011
Final: Sunday 1st April or Sunday 8th April 2012