Acclaimed Scottish football historians Phil Jones and David Potter present The History of the Scottish Cup – the amazing history of every season of Scottish football's national cup competition from the very first ties of October 1873 to the final of May 2016.


The book offers a compelling account of how Scotland's clubs have competed for the trophy, which now has the longest continued existence in the sporting world.


The 'romance of the cup' continues to set pulses racing each year, as clubs from the lower divisions, as well as non-league, junior and amateur clubs, are given the opportunity to become giant-killers against the big boys.


Among the many irresistible features of The History of the Scottish Cup...

  • Discover the stories that have surrounded the Scottish Cup from its first season of 1873/74, when some of the clubs were more familiar with the rules of rugby football than association football, through to 2015/16, when the final was contested by two clubs from outwith the top division for the first time since the formation of the Scottish Football League.


  • Read about a time when there was no qualifying competition and meetings between two mismatched teams often produced high-scoring games. A time when a referee was accused of being intoxicated and the tie was ordered to be replayed. A time when it was not uncommon for temperance clubs to enter the Scottish Cup.


  • Read about the other stories that were making the headlines each year – a ‘Notable Events’ section for each year takes you from an era when the colour of UK post boxes was changing from green to red and Alexander Graham Bell first transmitted sound by electrical means, through to a new Scottish parliament and a world that has witnessed terrorist attacks such as those in Paris in 2015.


  • Dip into an appendix that includes statistics, facts about the ten venues where the final has been played, and stories of famous giant-killing, such as the occasions when Arthurlie beat Celtic and Berwick beat Rangers.


  • Follow the highs and lows of your team, and read about the glory years, the controversies, and the times when they only just missed out. Read about a team from your area that isn’t so famous but once savoured glory, such as the Broxburn Shamrock team that once reached the semi-finals.


Click here for more information, or to read a sample from The History of the Scottish Cup