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The Scottish Cup Final


Saturday 30th May sees the 130th Scottish Cup Final take place at Hampden Park, and for the neutral fans it has the feel good factor as it features two of the less fancied teams as Inverness Caledonian Thistle take on Falkirk.

This will be Falkirk's fifth Scottish Cup Final, having previously won twice in 1913 & 1957 and lost twice in 1997 & 2009. It will however be Inverness' first appearance in the final, their best performances being reaching the semi-final in 2003 & 2004.
However don’t let those stats lead you to think that Falkirk enter as favourites. Whereas Falkirk finished mid table in the Championship, Caley Thistle are coming off of their most successful season in their short 20 year history where they have finished third in the Premiership.


As mentioned it would cap off what has been a brilliant 20th season for ICT, who only formed in 1994 after the merger of Highland League teams Caledonian and Inverness Thistle.
In this time they have won the Third Division title, and the First Division title twice, as well as the Scottish Challenge Cup, but the Scottish Cup would be sure to trump them all.
Falkirk on the other hand have a history that dates back to 1876, and includes one Second Division title, seven First Division titles, four Challenge Cups, and the previously mentioned two Scottish Cup victories.

Falkirk came through ties with Cowdenbeath, Brechin City, Queen Of The South, and Hibernian to book their place in the final, whereas Inverness beat St Mirren, Partick Thistle, Raith Rovers, and favourites Celtic whom they beat in a classic (if not slightly controversial) match 3-2 last month.

The tournament that started on 16th August with matches like Wigtown & Bladnoch vs Civil Service Strollers, and Vale Of Leithen vs Gala Fairydean Rovers will end at the National stadium with the winners gaining enter to the Europa League at the Second Qualifying Stage.