The Scottish Communities League Cup – formerly known as the Co-operative Insurance League Cup – First Round draw was made today.
First Minister Alex Salmond and Scottish Football League Chief Executive David Longmuir launched the new look League Cup and made the draw for the First Round of the 2011-12 competition.
Back in March, the First Minister announced that the League Cup would be sponsored by a £1 million funding package from the Proceeds of Crime Act. The Cup campaign will use the proceeds seized from criminals to encourage positive behaviour and stronger communities, promoting respect, responsibility and tolerance to football fans and families throughout Scotland.
First Minister Alex Salmond said at the draw: “The partnership between the Scottish Government and the Scottish Football League will promote all that’s good about our national game and put local football clubs back at the heart of Scotland’s communities.
“The SFL and its clubs already carry out invaluable work across the country and we want to build on these partnerships to encourage positive change in attitudes in our local communities. Our national game is a powerful means of engagement with young people and an excellent means of highlighting key messages to fans and families throughout Scotland. I am determined to call a halt to the kind of unacceptable behaviour that we have seen blight Scottish football and our communities in recent times.
“Our work with the SFL builds on the £41 million investment that the Scottish Government has committed to CashBack for Communities projects since 2007 with over £12.35 million into football until 2014..
“I am delighted that we can support the Scottish Football League at an important time for the game in Scotland. With the help of other key players such as the Scottish Football Association, Scottish Premier League and all of our clubs, I have no doubt the Scottish Communities League Cup campaign can help us make an immediate impact in breeding Respect, Responsibility and Tolerance now and in the future.”
SFL Chief Executive, David Longmuir said: “The Scottish Football League is delighted to receive support from the Scottish Government at this time. Our objectives are firmly aligned – this partnership is one that I believe will result in positive results for the Scottish Government and the Scottish Football League but the wider benefits will be felt by everyone in local communities.
“Football fans of all ages, young people generally, parents, schools, teachers and our clubs at the heart of their local communities all stand to gain from the focussed efforts of the partnerships the Scottish Communities League Cup will generate.”
The First Round draw saw Annan drawn against the only SPL side in the First Round, Dunfermline Athletic. Albion Rovers face a tough home tie against Falkirk, while Dumbarton host First Division title candidates Dundee.
Full First Round Draw:
Queen of the South v Stranraer
Annan Athletic v Dunfermline Athletic
Partick Thistle v Berwick Rangers
Dumbarton v Dundee
Brechin City v Clyde
Montrose v Raith Rovers
Livingston v Arbroath
Albion Rovers v Falkirk
Forfar Athletic v Peterhead
Alloa Athletic v Morton
Cowdenbeath v Stenhousemuir
Airdrie United v Stirling Albion
East Fife v Elgin City
East Stirlingshire v Ayr United
Ross County v Queen’s Park
All ties to be played on Saturday 30th July 2011.