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Drybrough Cup

The early 1970s saw the authorities begin to move away from their long-standing opposition to sponsorship. But they embraced commercialism only tentatively, refusing to allow companies to lend their name to existing tournaments. As a result those companies prepared to put some money into the game had to set up their own tournaments, of which the Drybrough Cup was one - the first sponsored competition exclusive to Scottish clubs.
The competition was established in 1971, a year after the similar Watney Cup had been introduced in England and was open to the clubs which scored the most League goals in the preceding season - the top four from the then two existing divisions - with the draw seeded so that top division clubs couldn't clash in the opening round.
It was played before the start of the traditional season and all competitions were done and dusted inside a week. There was none of the giant-killing associated with the Watney Cup (where Halifax Town knocked out the Manchester United of Best, Law and Charlton and the competition was won by Colchester United!) as all four top league sides - Aberdeen, Airdrieonians, Celtic and St Johnstone won their ties on Saturday July 31st 1971 and the Dons and the Celts triumphed in midweek semi-finals to clash at Pittodrie in the Final on August 7th.
This was an open, attractive match watched by around 25,000 which Aberdeen won 2-1 thanks to goals from a Joe Harper spot-kick and Davie Robb. John Hughes scored for Celtic.
Although ostensibly for an equal number of first and second division sides, unsurprisingly the two promoted teams - Partick Thistle and East Fife - were among the lower division's leading scorers. So, in reality there were six 1st Division sides taking part. The two lower league sides - Dumbarton and Arbroath - went on to win promotion in 1971-72.

   


The initial tournament was judged a success. Each entrant was guaranteed a minimum of 1,000 (a tidy sum for some clubs) out of the 25,000 pot the sponsors put up for grabs. Significantly though, even at this stage, Celtic were reluctant entrants. They felt it was a needless addition to the calendar and they had a point. In England the Watney Cup was played for by the highest scorers EXCLUDING teams who qualified for Europe or won promotion.
In 72-73 the four lower sides were again eliminated immediately but the competition was still a success - a total of 67,000 watched the opening round. The Final was scheduled for Hampden - probably in anticipation of an Old Firm clash - but it was an all-green affair as Celtic bested Aberdeen 3-2 in front of 40,000 at Parkhead in the semis while Hibernian crushed a full-strength Rangers (nine of the Cup-Winners Cup winning team plus Colin Jackson and Andy Penman) 3-0 before a crowd of 27,111.
But the competition had powerful detractors. None more so than Jock Stein who made his view quite clear in the match programme for the Aberdeen game: "I am one of those who are not really enamoured of this kind of cup-tie football at this time of year."
This could be construed as biting the hand that feeds you, except that Celtic, at that time, were well-enough fed as it was!
The Final was a thrilling affair where Celtic came back from two down at the interval to take the game to extra time before Hibernian triumphed 5-3. While the attendance of 49,462 was nowhere near filling Hampden, it wasn't a bad figure for the first week of August.
At the start of 1973-74 the four top division sides - all playing at home - won once again, thhoough Raith Rovers came close to an upset by taking Dundee to extra time. Attendances, other than at Dens Park, were pretty decent too. In the last four Celtic cruised past Dundee 4-0 with 26,000 inside Parkhead while at Easter Road, Hibs and Rangers again contested a Final spot. 28,089 saw the holders edge through 2-1 after extra time.
For the second successive season the Final was a Hibernian-Celtic affair. This time though it was a much poorer game as Hibernian retained the trophy in front of 49,204 thanks to the only goal of the game from Alan Gordon in extra time.
In 1974-75 it was as you were as the four top sides all won. And while there may have been a falling away in support from the Old Firm, interest was still strong elsewhere. This writer was one of the 13,272 in attendance at Easter Road to watch Hibernian beat Kilmarnock 2-1 on the unfeasibly early date for a football game of July 27th.
Once again the nearest thing to an upset was Dundee scraping through after extra time - this time against Queen of the South. Extra time was also required at Dens Park in the last four before Celtic won through to the Final while Rangers finally won at Easter Road, beating Hibs 3-2.
The first Old Firm final attracted 57,558 to Hampden to see an exciting encounter which left the teams deadlocked 2-2 after 120 minutes. Celtic finally got their hands on the trophy winning the penalty shoot-out 4-2.
After that the competition went into cold storage. Scottish football was restructured into three divisions at the end of the season, meaning two more League matches for the new Premier Division clubs. Coupled with the Old Firm's dislike it looked like the end.
But the Drybrough Cup made a brief comeback at the end of the decade. In 1979-80 it still held enough allure to encourage over 10,000 along to Rugby Park to see Rangers beat Kilmarnock in the last four before going on to record their only success in the tourney, defeating Celtic 3-1 in the Final in a match most memorable for a Davie Cooper goal when he received the ball on his chest with his back to goal, swivelled and flicked it past four Celtic defenders before scoring.
But this was a competition whose time had come and gone. Fittingly, the first winners were also the last as Aberdeen beat St Mirren 2-1 in the 1980-81 Final (the only one that the tourney's arch-opponents Celtic didn't feature in) at Hampden. But whereas the Dons first victory was celebrated, this triumph doesn't even merit a footnote as a recent history of the club states: "History shows 1980-81 to be a season in which the Dons had nothing to show in terms of silverware."

Winners

1971 Aberdeen
1972 Hibernian
1973 Hibernian
1974 Celtic
 
1979 Rangers
1980 Aberdeen

 

1971-72
First Round
31st July 1971
Airdrieonians (2) 2 (D Whiteford 7, Busby 41)
Arbroath (0) 1 (Walker (76)
Att 3,000
Airdrieonians: McKenzie, Jonquin, Caldwell, Menzies, Delaney, D Whiteford, J Whiteford, Goodwin, Busby, Jarvie, Wilson. Subs - Young and Gourlay
Arbroath: Wilson, Milne, McKay, Cargill, Waddell, Walker, Sellars, Cant, Christianson, Payne, Robertson. Subs - Stewart and Gallagher
Referee: J Callaghan (Glasgow)

31st July 1971
Celtic (2) 5 Hood (22, Dalglish (28, 67, 69, 75)
Dumbarton (2) 2 (C Gallagher 8, Wilson 30)
Att 22,000
Celtic: Williams, Craig, Brogan, Callaghan, Connelly, Hay, Dalglish, Davidson, Macari, Hood, Hughes. Sub - Quinn
Dumbarton: Williams, McKay, Muir, Jenkins, Bolton, Graham, Coleman, C Gallagher, McCormack, Wilson, B Callagher. Sub - Paterson
Referee: JRP Gordon (Newport)

31st July 1971
East Fife (0) 0
Aberdeen (1) 3 G Buchan (22), Harper ( ), Graham ( )
Att 5,500
East Fife: Gorman, Duncan, Clarke, Cairns, Martin, Borthwick, Miller, Thomson, Hughes, Finlayson (Honeyman), McPhee. Sub - Gallagher
Aberdeen: Clark, Boel, Hermiston, Murray, Young, M Buchan, G Buchan, Robb, Harper, Willoughby, Graham. Subs - Taylor and Geoghan
Referee: RH Davidson (Airdrie)

31st July 1971
St Johnstone (0) 2 Hall (87, 89)
Partick Thistle (1) 1 Lawrie (42)
Att 6,500
St Johnstone: Donaldson, Lambie, Coburn, Gordon, Rennie, Rooney, Aird, Hall, Connolly, McPhee, Pearson. Subs Robertson and Aitken
Partick: Rough, Hansen, Glavin, Smith, Gray, Strachan, Lawrie, Coulston. Bone, A Rae, McQuade. Subs Dick and Forsyth
Referee: AFJ Webster (Falkirk)
 
Semi-final
4th August 1971
Airdrieonians (1) 1 Goodwin (44)
Aberdeen (0) 4 Delaney (og 55), G Buchan ( ), Willoughby (81), Robb (83)
Att
Airdrieonians: McKenzie, Jonquin, Caldwell, Menzies, Delaney, D Whiteford, J Whiteford, Goodwin, Busby, Jarvie, Wilson. Subs - Young and Gourlay
Aberdeen: Clark, Boel, Hermiston, Murray, Young, M Buchan, G Buchan (Forrest), Robb, Harper, Willoughby, Graham. Sub - Geoghan
Referee: EH Pringle (Edinburgh)

4th August 1971
Celtic (0) 4 Dalglish (49, 52, 83), Macari (72)
St Johnstone (1) 2 Aitken (43), Pearson (47)
At Firhill Park, att 25,000
Celtic: Marshall, Craig, Brogan (Hood), Hay, McNeill, Connelly, Dalglish, Callaghan, Macari, Davidson, Hughes. Sub - Williams and Hood
St Johnstone: Donaldson, Lambie, Coburn, Gordon (Pearson), Rennie, Rooney, Aird, Hall, Connolly, McPhee, Aitken. Sub - Robertson
 
Final
7th August 1971
Aberdeen (1) 2 Robb (20), Harper (pen 63)
Celtic (0) 1 Hughes (58)
At Pittodrie Park,att 25,000
Aberdeen: Clark, Boel, Hermiston, Murray, Young, M Buchan, G Buchan, Robb, Harper, Willoughby, Graham. Sub - McMillan
Celtic: Williams, Craig, Hay, Callaghan, McNeill, Connelly, Dalglish, Hood, Macari, Davidson (Johnstone), Hughes
Referee: LMD Foote (Glasgow)


1972-73
First Round

29th July 1972
Aberdeen (1) 1 Harper (41)
St Mirren (0) 0
Att 16,000
Aberdeen: Clark, Willoughby, Hermiston, Murray, Boel, Young, Miller, Robb, Harper, Jarvie, Taylor. Subs - Groghegan and Wilson
St Mirren: Gilmour, Cleland, Munro, Millar, McQueen, Johntone, O'Neill, Blair, Storrie, McLeod, Prentice (Mckean). Sub - Stevenson
Referee: JRP Gordon (Newport)

29th July 1972
Celtic (1) 2 Callaghan (3), McNeill (53)
Dumbarton (1) 1 McCormack (33)
Att 40,000
Celtic: Williams, Brogan, Watt (Wilson), Murdoch, McNeill, Connelly, Davidson, Deans, Macari, Dalglish, Callaghan.
Dumbarton: Wigham, Jenkins, Wilkinson, Cushley, Bolton, Graham, Coleman, Gallagher, K Wilson, McCormack, D Wilson. Sub - Menzies
Referee: EH Pringle (Edinburgh)

29th July 1972
Hibernian (1) 4  Hamilton (37), Stanton (37), Gordon (86), Duncan (88)
Montrose (0) 0
Att 8,000
Hibernian: Herriot, Brownlie, Schaedler, Stanton, Black, McEwan, Hamilton, Edwards, Gordon, O'Rourke, Duncan. Subs - Hazel and Robertson
Montrose: Whisker, Martin, Maxwell, Thomson, D'Arcy, Lowe, Livingstone, Hutchinson, Third, Johnston, Cramond. Subs - Woodcock and Collins
Referee: R Gordon (Glasgow)

29th July 1972
Rangers (2) 3 Stein (1, 23), MacDonald (84)
Stirling Albion (0) 1 McPhee (49)
Att 25,000
Rangers: McCloy, Jardine, Mathieson, Greig, Jackson, Smith, McLean, Johnston, Stein, Conn (Penman), MacDonald. Sub - Neef
Stirling: Young, McAleer, Hancock, Henderson, McCarry, Carr, McPhee, Duffin, Steel, Stevenson, Lawson. Subs - MacMillan, Christie
Referee: RC Greenlees (Lochgelly)
 
Semi-final
2nd August 1972
Att 40,000
Celtic (1) 3 Johnstone (30), Wilson (108), Callaghan (120)
Aberdeen (1) 2 G Buchan 2
aet, 90 mins 1-1
Celtic: Williams, McGrain, Brogan, Murdoch, McNeill, Connelly, Johnstone, Dalglish, Deans (Wilson), Macari, Callaghan.
Aberdeen: Clark, Willoughby, Hermiston, Murray, Boel, Young, Miller, Robb, Harper, Jarvie, Taylor (G Buchan).
Referee: JW Paterson (Bothwell)
Replacement: H McCallum (Renton)

2nd August 1972
Att 27,111
Hibernian (1) 3 Stanton (44), Gordon (49, 70)
Rangers (0) 0
Hibernian: Herriot, Brownlie, Schaedler, Stanton, Black, Blackley, Edwards, Hazel, Gordon, Cropley, Duncan. Subs - O'Rourke
Rangers: McCloy, Jardine, Mathieson, Greig, Jackson, Conn, McLean, Johnston, Stein, Penman, MacDonald
Referee: JCB McRoberts (WIshaw)

Final
5th August 1972
At Hampden Park, att 49,462
Hibernian (2) 5 Gordon 2 (4, 21), O'Rourke (56, 95), Duncan (118)
Celtic (0) 3 McNeill (65), Johnstone 2 (77, 81)
aet, 90 mins 3-3
Celtic: Williams, McGrain, Brogan, Murdoch, McNeill, Connelly, Johnstone, Deans (Wilson 57), Macari, Dalglish, Callaghan.
Hibernian: Herriot, Brownlie, Schaedler, Stanton, Black, Blackley, Cropley, Hamilton (O'Rourke 88), Gordon, Hazel, Duncan
Referee: W Mullan (Dalkeith)


1973-74
First Round
28th July 1973
Att 27,000
Celtic (3) 6 Dalglish (9), Lennox (23 pen, 42, 55, 85), McLaughlin (38)
Dunfermline Athletic (0) 1 Nelson (73)
Celtic: Hunter, McGrain, Hay (McCluskey 56), Murray, McNeill, Connelly, McLaughlin, Dalglish, Lennox, Callaghan (Hood 45),Lynch .
Dunfermline: Arrol, Leishman, Wallace, Thomson, McNicholl, Kinninmonth, Sinclair, Scott, Mackie, Shaw, Gillespie (Nelson). Sub - Hughes
Referee: JRP Gordon (Newport-on-Tay)

28th July 1973
Att 4,000
Dundee (0) 1 Selway (og 107)
Raith Rovers (0) 0
aet, 90 mins 0-0
Dundee: Allan, Gemmell, Johnston, Wilson, Stewart, Robinson, Anderson, L Scott, Duncan, Semale, Strachan. Subs - Pringle and Strachan
Raith: McDermott, W Brown, Hislop, Dempsey, Rogerson, Solway, Rice, Baker, Jack, Cooper, Duncan. Subs - Wallace and T Brown
Referee: EH Pringle (Edinburgh)

28th July 1973
Att 12,000
Hibernian (0) 2 Munro (57), Duncan (75)
St Mirren (0) 1 Third (61)
Hibernian: McArthur, Bremner, Schaedler, Stanton, Black, Blackley, Duncan, Edwards, Gordon, Munro, Cropley. Subs - O'Rourke and Higgins
St Mirren: Herriot, Mowbray, Clelland, Quinn, Johnston, Fitzpatrick, Miller, Third, McLeod, McKean. Subs - Dickson and Taylor
Referee: RH Davidson (Airdrie)

28th July 1973
Att 26,000
Rangers (1) 3 Parlane (44, 69), Hamilton (89)
Montrose (0) 0
Rangers: McCloy (Kennedy 73), Jardine, Mathieson, Greig (Hamilton 73), Jackson, Forsyth, McLean, Scott, Parlane, MacDonald, Young.
Montrose: Whisker, Martin, Mercer, O'Donnell, Markland, Lowe, Guthrie, Livingstone, Finlayson, Hutchison, Crammond. Subs - D'Arcy and Johnstone
Referee: E Thomson (Edinburgh)
 
Semi-final
31st July 1973
Att: 26,000
Celtic (1) 4 McLaughlin (25, 50), Lynch (55), Lennox (60)
Dundee (0) 0
Celtic: Hunter, McGrain, Brogan, Murray, McNeill, Connelly, McLaughlin (McCluskey), Dalglish (Hood), Lennox, Callaghan, Lynch.
Dundee: Allan, Gemmell, Johnstone, Wilson, Stewart, Robinson, Semple, Ford, Duncan, J Scott, Lambie. Subs - Pringle and Anderson
Referee: A Webster (Falkirk)

1st August 1973
Att 28,089
Hibernian (0) 2 Bremner (53, Higgins (102)
Rangers (0) 1 Parlane (54)
aet, 90 mins 1-1
Rangers: McCloy, Jardine, Mathieson, Greig, Johnstone, Forsyth, McLean, Scott, Parlane, MacDonald, Young. Subs - Denny and Hamilton
Hibernian: McArthur, Bremner, Schaedler, Stanton, Black, Blackley, Duncan, Edwards, Gordon (Higgins), Munro, Cropley. Sub - Smith
Referee: A Webster (Falkirk)
 
Final
4th August 1973
at Hampden Park, att 49,204
Hibernian (0) 1 Gordon (119)
Celtic (0) 0
aet, 90 mins 0-0
Celtic: Hunter, McGrain, Hay, Murray, McNeill, Connelly, McLaughlin (Brogan 76), Dalglish, Lennox, Callaghan, Lynch (Hood 63)
Hibernian: Herriot, Bremner, Scaedler, Stanton, Black, Blackley, Edwards (Smith 45), Higgins, Gordon, Munro (Cropley), Duncan.
Referee: A McKenzie (Larbert)


1974-75
First Round

27th July 1974
Att 15,000
Airdrieonians (0) 2 Whiteford (74) Connaghan og (77)
Celtic (2) 4 Johnstone (19), Murray (26), Lennox (pen 58), Wilson (71)
Airdrie: McWilliams, Jonquin, Lapsley, Menzies, Cowan, McCulloch, McCann, Whireford, McRoberts, Franchetti, Wilson (Reynolds). Sub: McKinlay
Celtic: Connaghan, McCluskey, Brogan (McGrain), Murray, McNeill, Callaghan, Johnstone, Wilson, Hood, Davidson (McNamara), Lennox.
Referee: JR Smith (Edinburgh)

27th July 1974
Att 13,272
Hibernian (1) 2 Duncan (15), Harper (71)
Kilmarnock (0) 1 Fallis (84)
Hibernian: McArthur, Brownlie, Schaedler, Stanton, Spalding, Blackley, Edwards, Munro, Harper, Cropley, Duncan. Subs - Bremner and Gordon
Kilmarnock: Stewart, Maxwell, Robertson, McCulloch, Redman, McDicken, Cook, Fleming, Morrison, Sheed, Fallis. Subs - McSherry and Ferguson
Referee: JRP Gordon (Newport-on-Tay)

27th July 1974
Att 5,000
Queen of the South (1) 2 Renton (38)
Dundee (0) 3 Duncan 3
aet, 90 mins 2-2
Queens: Ball, Murray, McChesney, McLaren, Salton, Boyd, Miller, Renton, Reid, O'Hara, Donald. Subs - Hamilton and Bradley
Dundee: Allan, Gemmell, Johnston, Philip, Stewart (Caldwell), Pringle, Ford, Robinson, Duncan, J Scott, Lambie. Sub - I Scott
Referee: IMB Foote (Glasgow)

27th July 1974
Att 7,000
Stirling Albion (0) 0
Rangers (1) 2 Fyfe (30, 83)
Stirling: Young, Jones, Robinson, Clark, Nicol, McAleer (Carr), Setterington, Steel, Lawson, Duffin, Murphy. Subs - McPhee
Rangers: Kennedy, Mathieson, Jardine, Jackson, Denny, McLean, Hamilton, Parlane, O'Hara, Fyfe. Subs - Scott and Smith
Referee: E Thomson (Edinburgh)
 
Semi-final
Wednesday 31st July 1974
Att 14,354
Dundee (0) 1 Hutchison (61)
Celtic (0) 2 Deans (89), Brogan (101).
aet, 90 mins 1-1
Dundee: Allan, Gemmell, Johnston, Ford, Stewart (Caldwell), Philip, I Scott, Robinson, Hutchinson, J Scott, J Wilson (Lambie).
Celtic: Connaghan, McCluskey, Brogan, Murray, McNeill, Callaghan, Quinn, Johnstone, Hood (McLaughlin 90),Wilson (Deans 60), Lennox
Referee: A McKenzie (Larbert)

Wednesday 31st July 1974
Att 28,000
Hibernian (0) 2 Harper (62, 89)
Rangers (2) 3 MacDonald (23), Parlane (35), Fyfe (58)
Hibernian: McArthur, Brownlie, Schaedler, Stanton, Spalding, Blackley, Edwards, Munro (Higgins), Harper, Cropley, Duncan. Subs - Smith
Rangers: Kennedy, Jardine, Mathieson, O'Hara (Johnstone), Jackson, Denny, McLean, Scott, Parlane, MacDonald, Fyfe. Subs - Young
Referee: CH Hutton (Dunfermline)
 
Final
3rd August 1974
at Hampden Park att 57,558
Celtic (1) 2 Murray (30), Wilson (93).
Rangers (1) 2 Scorers: Scott (38), McCluskey (og 118)
aet, 90 mins 1-1. Celtic won 4-2 on penalties
Celtic: Connaghan, McCluskey, Brogan, Murray, McNeill, Callaghan, Johnstone, Dalglish, Hood (McNamara), Wilson, Lennox. Substitute - Deans
Rangers: Kennedy, Jardine, Miller, Greig (Denny, Jackson, Johnstone, McLean, Scott, Parlane, Fyfe, MacDonald (Young)
Referee: J.W. Paterson (Bothwell)


1979-80
First Round

28 July 1979
Att 4,480
Dundee United (2) 3  Kopel (19), Frye (27), Milne (62)
Dunfermline Athletic (0) 0
Dundee United: Graham, Stewart, Kopel, Fleming, Stark, Phillip, Milne, Sturrock, Frye, Narey, Payne
Dunfermline: Whyte, Rolland, Mercer, A Robertson, Borthwick, Thomson, McNaughton, R Robertson, Leonard, Sharp, Donnelly
Referee: D Murdoch (Motherwell)

28 July 1979
Att
Kilmarnock (0) 1 Street (66)
Aberdeen (0) 0
Kilmarnock: McCulloch, McLean, Robertson, J Clark, P Clarke, McDicken, Gibson, Maxwell, Bourke, Mauchlen, Street. Subs - Brown, Welsh, Jardine, Doherty, McBride
Aberdeen: Clark, Rougvie, Considine, Strachan, Garner, Miller, McGhee, Archibald, Sullivan, Jarvie (McLeish), Hamilton (Davidson). Subs - Leighton, McMaster and Cooper
Referee: K Hope (Glasgow)

28 July 1979
Att 15,000
Rangers (1) 1 A MacDonald (29)
Berwick Rangers (0)
Rangers: McCloy, Jardine, Dawson, Richardson, Jackson, Watson (Smith), McLean (J MacDonald), Russell, Johnstone, A MacDonald, Cooper.
Berwick: McLaren, Hancock, McLeod, Gregson, McKay, D Smith, Romaines, Georgeson, G Smith, Tait, Moves. Subs - I Smith and McLean
Referee: R Cuthill (Edinburgh)

30 July 1979
Att:18,000
Celtic (3) 5 Aitken (9), Davidson (33), MacDonald (40), McCluskey (53, pen 71)
Clydebank (0) 0
Celtic: Latchford, Sneddon, McGrain, Aitken, MacDonald, McAdam, Provan, (Lennox), Edvaldsson, McCluskey, MacLeod, Davidson (Mackie). Subs- Bonner, Conroy and Casey
Clydebank: Gallacher, Hall, Abel, Fallon, McLaughlin, McCormack, Sweeney, Hoston, Miller (McIntyre), Given, Colgan (Ross). Subs - Kenny, Gervaise, Sharkey
Referee: T White (Clarkston)
 
Semi-final
1 August 1979
Att 21,000
Celtic (1) 3 Provan (27), Doyle (88), McCluskey (104)
Dundee United (1) 2 Stewart (pen 44), Payne (79)
aet, 90 mins 2-2
Celtic: Latchford, Sneddon, McGrain, Aitken, MacDonald (Burns), McAdam, Provan, Edvaldsson, McCluskey, MacLeod, Davidson (Doyle). Subs- Bonner, Conroy and Lennox
Dundee United: Graham, Stewart, Kopel, Philip, Stark, Narey, Smith, Sturrock, Addison, Fleming, Payne. Subs - Dodds, Milne, Kirkwood and Ballantyne
Referee: E Pringle (Edinburgh)

1 August 1979
Att 10,035
Kilmarnock (0) 0
Rangers (0) 2 J MacDonald (65,   )
Kilmarnock: McCulloch, McLean, Robertson, J Clark, P Clarke, McDicken, Gibson, Maxwell, Bourke, Mauchlen, Street. Subs - Brown, Welsh, Jardine, Doherty, McBride
Rangers: McCloy, Jardine, Dawson, Richardson, Jackson, Smith, McLean (J MacDonald), Russell, Johnstone, A MacDonald, Cooper. Subs - Watson, Miller, Parlane and Kennedy
Referee: T Muirhead (Stenhousemuir)
 
Final
4 August 1979
At Hampden Park, att 40,609
Rangers (2) 3 J MacDonald (13), Jardine (25), Cooper (78)
Celtic (0) 1 Lennox (84)
Rangers: McCloy, Miller, Dawson, Jardine, Jackson, Watson, Cooper (Smith), Russell (Johnstone), Parlane, Smith, A MacDonald, J MacDonald. Subs: Kennedy, MacKay and McLean
Celtic: Latchford, Sneddon, McGrain, Aitken, MacDonald, McAdam, Provan, MacLeod, McCluskey (Lennox), Burns, Doyle. Subs: Bonner, Edvaldsson, Davidson and Conroy
Referee: R B Ballantyne (Dundee)


1980-81
First Round

26 July 1980
Att 5,400
St Mirren (0) 2 Stark (47), Logan (69)
Falkirk (0) 1 McRoberts (55)
St Mirren: Thomson, Dunlop, Abercrombie, Richardson, Fulton, Copland, Stark, McCormack, Somner, Logan, Weir
Falkirk: G Watson, Stevenson, Nicol, Oliver, Brown, Hay, Perry, D Watson, Spence, McRoberts, Leetion
Referee: M Delaney (Cleland)

26 July 1980
Att 9,000
Aberdeen (2) 4 Scanlon (32, , ), Watson (  )
Airdrieonians (0) 1 McGuire
Aberdeen: Leighton, Kennedy, Rougvie, Watson, McLeish, Miller, Strachan, McMaster, McGhee, Jarvie (Hewitt), Scanlon.
Airdrieonians: McGarr, Veitch, Hamilton, McCulloch, March, Anderson, Walker, Clark, Russell, Gordon, McGuire
Referee: D Ramsay (Edinburgh)

26 July 1980
Att 2,965
Morton (3) 4 Ritchie (5 pen), Thomson (13, 38), Tolmie (60)
Albion Rovers (0) 2 Franchetti (70), Ross (82)
Morton: Baines, Wilkie, Holmes, Orr, McLaughlin, McLaren, McNeill, Rooney, Thomson, Tolmie, Ritchie
Albion: Balavage, Martin, Hamill, Meikle, Leishman, Main, Gillespie, Allan, Franchetti, Houston, Brand. Sub - Ross
Referee: AG McFaull (Glasgow)

27 July 1980
Att 16,000
Celtic (0) 0
Ayr United (0) 1 Morris (87 mins)
Celtic: Latchford, Sneddon, McGrain, Aitken, Conroy, MacLeod, Provan, Sullivan (Weir), McGarvey, MacLeod, McCluskey (Halpin)
Ayr: Rennie, Shanks, Nicol, McSherry, McAllister, Fleeting, Frye, Love, Morris, Connor, Christie. Subs - Hendry and Cashmore
Referee: E Pringle (Edinburgh)
 
Semi-final
30 July 1980
Att 6,000
St Mirren (0) 2 Somner (pen 56), Logan (75)
Ayr United (0) 1 Morris (55)
St Mirren: Thomson, Dunlop, Abercrombie, Richardson, Fulton, Copland, Stark, McCormack, Somner, Logan, Weir
Ayr: Rennie, Shanks, Nicol, McSherry, McAllister, Fleeting, Frye, Love, Morris, Connor, Christie
K Hope (Glasgow)

30 July 1980
Att 4.068
Morton (1) 2 Thomson (42), Scott (89)
Aberdeen (1) 4 Strachan (pen 10), Scanlon (79,  ), McGhee (  )
aet, 90 mins 2-2
Morton: Baines, Wilkie, Holmes, Orr, McLaughlin, McLaren (Scott), McNeill, Rooney, Thomson, Tolmie, Ritchie. Sub - Hutchison
Aberdeen: Leighton, Kennedy, Rougvie, Watson, McLeish, Miller, Strachan, McMaster, McGhee, Jarvie (Cowan), Scanlon. Sub - Bell 
Referee: DS Downie (Edinburgh)

Final
2 August 1980
at Hampden Park, att 6,994
Aberdeen (0) 2 Jarvie (74), Cowan (83)
St Mirren (0) 1 Somner (pen 68)
Aberdeen: Leighton, Kennedy, McMaster, Watson, McLeish, Miller, Strachan, Bell (Hewitt), McGhee, Jarvie, Scanlon (Cowan)
St Mirren: Thomson, Beckett, Abercrombie, Richardson, Fulton, Copland, Stark, McCormack, Somner (McDougall), Logan, Weir
Referee: IMD Foote (Glasgow)