Leith Athletic to make Scottish Cup return against Wanderers

Leith Athletic manager Derek Riddel
Leith Athletic manager Derek Riddel
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East of Scotland League champions Leith Athletic will visit South of Scotland title winners St Cuthbert Wanderers in the first preliminary round of the William Hill Scottish Cup when the Meadowbank-based outfit play in the competition for the first time in 62 years.

Leith boss Derek Riddel will be the first manager to lead the club out in the Scottish Cup since Johnny Hughes did for a 5-4 first-round defeat at Fraserburgh in January 1954. Athletic went out of business the following year but were reformed in 1996. Should they defeat the Saints at St Mary’s Park on Saturday, August 13, Leith will host East of Scotland rivals Coldstream in the next round on Saturday, September 3.

East Super League champions Bonnyrigg Rose, meanwhile, travel to Glasgow University in preliminary round one as they line up in the competition for the first time since 2012 when they were knocked out in the third round by Brechin City after a replay. Their reward would be a round two tie at home to East of Scotland side Burntisland Shipyard.

Linlithgow Rose, who qualify through their SFA membership and are fresh from last season’s exploits in the competition when they became the first Junior side to reach the fifth round, were given a bye to the second preliminary round and will travel to face Threave Rovers.