The League Cup has been moved to a Sunday for many a year now, but this is the first time I can remember the Scottish Cup being moved to a Sunday. But in a shock announcement made today, the oldest cup competition in world football has been moved to give the Champions League top billing on the Saturday and the Scottish Cup top billing on the Sunday.
In a statement issued today by the SFA, it read: “The Scottish FA, in consultation with the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish Football League, can confirm that the William Hill Scottish Cup final in 2013 will be played at Hampden Park on Sunday, May 26.
“The oldest cup trophy in world football will be moved from its traditional Saturday slot to comply with new regulations prohibiting a scheduling conflict with the UEFA Champions League final but also to ensure maximum exposure and attendance figures.
“Under the new Champions League guidelines, national associations must not schedule fixtures on the same day as the final, which takes place on May 25 with an evening kick-off. UEFA have offered each Association one-off dispensation, which will allow the William Hill Scottish Cup final to remain, as planned, on May 19 this year with a 3pm kick-off.
Campbell Ogilvie, Scottish FA president said: “After a period of consultation with the Scottish Premier League, the Scottish Football League, our cup sponsors and broadcast rights holders, Sunday, May 26, was agreed as the preferred date for the William Hill Scottish Cup final in 2013.
“Moving the cup final forward would have been prohibitive to an already congested league fixture calendar.
“We have also agreed to bring forward the date for the fourth round fixtures after research showed an attendance downturn in the traditional January slot. The fourth round will now take place on the weekend of December 1 and 2, which will also enable the SPL to consider the reintroduction of a winter break.
“I am sure the supporters will understand the rationale behind the decision and appreciate that our intention is to ensure the cup final is given its due recognition as the showpiece event of the Scottish season.”
I just wonder if it will take away some of the magic of going to the Cup Final for youngsters?
I remember going to my first Cup Final back in 1982 Aberdeen v Rangers, and it was all about the build up and the week leading up to the match and talking about it with your school mates or family.
This may be a one-off due to the Champions League final being on the same day, but I seem to remember Play-Off finals down south being on the same day as Inter v Bayern, did Blackpool and Cardiff not play on the same day?
I understand the reasons for it but hope this will be a one-off as the Scottish Cup should really be a Saturday, call me an old romantic!