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Post by smith » Sat Jul 22, 2006 8:16 pm

Can anyone tell me when they started and finished using the same format as the current Champions League for the SLC competition, ie 4 teams in each section, and how did they choose what teams went into each section?
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Post by Scottish » Sat Jul 22, 2006 9:53 pm

The Scottish League Cup was a continuation of the wartime Southern League Cup – a competition badly misnamed given that the last winners of the trophy were Aberdeen. For a quarter of a century the format remained the same; clubs were grouped into mini-leagues of four, playing each other twice. First/A and Second Division/B sides played clubs from their own divisions, ensuring four lower league teams in the last eight. The eight section winners then went into an all-in draw for two-legged quarter-finals with the semis and the Final as one-offs on a neutral ground.

The only minor alterations to this format were in the early days when some quarter-finals were one-off matches and in the early 1970s when the sections were split into two teams from either division and two clubs qualified to give a second round with sixteen teams for the home-and-away format.

C Division sides never entered the League Cup and when five C division sides were admitted to the B Division in 1955 and the two divisions of 16 changed to 18 & 19 the only difference to the League Cup was that the bottom five clubs in the lower division formed their own section. The winners of that were drawn against another lower division section winner to play in a supplementary round before the quarter-finals.

When the Premier Division was established in 1975 the format remained the same with the top six clubs in the 1st division joining the ten Premier sides to make 16 clubs in the four 'top' sections

In 1976-77 the tournament became a two-legged knockout tournament from the start, with only the Final preserved as a 90-minute affair. but reverted back to sections in 1981-82. 1983-84 saw a hybrid tournament with two knockout rounds before the sixteen survivors split into four groups of four with the group winners reaching the semi-finals.

There was no seeding or geographical allocation of teams in the draw

The format as we know it today commenced in 1984-85.

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Post by smith » Sun Jul 23, 2006 10:24 pm

Well that certainly answers that one, many thanks.
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Post by LEATHERSTOCKING » Tue Jul 25, 2006 2:26 pm

There was a "C" Division League Cup which, I think, ran right through to 1954-55 season.

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Post by LEATHERSTOCKING » Tue Jul 25, 2006 2:56 pm

There was a supplementary round before the quarter finals from 1955-56 to 1976-77 & 1981-82 and 1982-83 where the winners of group 9 played off against another club. This "other" club was often the winners of another "B" or 2nd Division group but, does anyone know how the League decided on this club? The sixteen clubs in the round before the quarter finals in 1972-73 & 1973-74 were the top two from seven of the gropus plus the winners of the supplementary round.

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