BSC Glasgow: All you need to know about the Lowland League side Hibs could face in the Scottish Cup

They were formed just two years before Hibs last won the Scottish Cup; share a training pitch with Dumbarton and play home games 40 miles from their original base - but who are BSC Glasgow?

Monday, 20th January 2020, 3:28 pm
Updated Monday, 20th January 2020, 3:34 pm
Robbie McNab in action for BSC Glasgow against Bo'ness United

Losing 3-2 with 15 minutes left in their tie away to East Fife, it looked as though the Scottish Cup dream was over for another year for BSC Glasgow at the third-round stage for the second consecutive season. By the time the full-time whistle blew, a 76th-minute penalty coverted by Declan Hughes and an injury-time winner from Thomas Orr had booked a spot for Stephen Swift's side in the fourth-round draw, for the first time in their fledgling history.

BSC Glasgow's rise has been rather remarkable, especially given they were formed just two years before Hibs ended their own Scottish Cup hoodoo in May 2016. Broomhill Sports Club in Glasgow's West End was established in June 2004 by enterprising parents as a multi-sports club for their children. In its infancy, there was a single football class for around 20 kids. Ten years later there were more than 700 children taking part in a variety of sports including karate and hockey as well as football.

There have been incremental improvements in league performance - from tenth in their maiden Lowland League season to runners-up last year - and a steady improvement in cup performances too.

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After knocking out their fifth-tier rivals East Kilbride at K Park on Saturday, BSC are the lowest-ranked team left in the competition - by some distance.

Home ground

Whichever team wins the replay between Hibs and Dundee United on January 28 will face BSC away from home - but it's unclear where that fixture may be held. BSC are still groundsharing with Alloa Athletic at the Indodrill Stadium - 40 miles from Glasgow's West End - and share a training pitch with Dumbarton at Benburb Juniors, but may look at hosting a money-spinning fifth-round cup tie at a larger venue to maximise financial return.

They've also played at Scotstoun and at Maryhill Juniors' Lochburn Park, but are keen to sort out their own ground in Glasgow - and a large portion of gate receipts from a fifth-round tie with Hibs or United could go a long way to helping them fulfil that ambition.

Notable players / staff

There are a few familiar names in the BSC squad. Veteran striker Martin Grehan has had spells at Motherwell, Stirling Albion, Partick Thistle, Stranraer and Alloa Athletic while defender Jamie McCormack had spells at Hearts and Wigan as a youngster, as well as more than 80 appearances combined for Morton, Brechin City and Stenhousemuir.

Captain and first-team coach Ross McMillan, the squad's elder statesman at 37, has had spells in the juniors with Greenock and Largs, as well as stints at Clyde, Stenhousemuir and Stirling Albion but strike partners Thomas Collins and Thomas Orr, who have hit 20 goals between them this term, are relatively young.

Both players are in their early twenties, Collins arriving at the club from Queen's Park via Beith Juniors while Orr took a more circuitous route from St Mirren's youth system with stops at Morton, East Stirlingshire, Livingston, and Queen's Park. Collins scored within 60 seconds at the weekend as BSC defeated East Kilbride 3-1 at K Park.

On the coaching staff, Frazer Wright knows all about the Scottish Cup having been part of the St Johnstone team to lift the trophy in 2014 while David Moyes' brother Kenny advises the club.

Who's in charge?

Stephen Swift is the manager of BSC, a former defender who had spells with Benburb as well as Livingston, Stranraer, Queen of the South, Ayr United, Irvine Meadow and Pollok.

Honours

Since joining the Lowland League in 2014/15, BSC have won both the Lowland League Cup and South Region Challenge Cup and have been beaten finalists in both tournaments.

Finishing runners-up in last season's Lowland League marked just how far the club has come. They embarked on a 19-game unbeaten run and finished 11 points shy of winners East Kilbride and seven clear of third-placed Kelty Hearts. They were the league's highest scorers with 67 goals scored and had the second best defensive record.