Reserve Team Regular
Jul 3, 2012, 3:49 PM
Location: exiled in Aberdeenshire
Team(s): Leeds + groundhopping
Post #9 of 20
R1 not drawn at the same meeting !...
Perhaps they are waiting to see in which league, if any, Rangers will be playing next season.
Very probably. But then why did they draw the Prelim, since that too could also be affected :
Only if NewCo are in the SPL or in any SFL division + are an SFA member so allowed to enter the Cup, would there be a Prelim Round of two matches from the same pool that were in the hat this afternoon. NewCo would just swap around with others already within the SFL, and the lowest of those doesn't enter until R2, so Prelim & R1 could both be drawn at the same meeting.
If NewCo are placed in an SFL division but are a non-member of the SFA so not allowed to enter the Cup, there'd be a need for 19 winners to come through from R1, so the Prelim Round would be not needed and therefore shouldn't've been drawn today. i.e. these two ties might yet be scrapped !
If NewCo cease to exist in football (stop cheering at the back !) and therefore somebody moves up into the SFL to replace them and also thus enters the Cup at R2 with the other SFL3 sides; that wouldn't realistically be one of the non-SFL clubs now due to start in R2 (Forres Mechanics, Cove Rangers (not yet, anyway), Stirling Uni, or Dalbeattie Star); rather, one who is now due to begin in R1 (e.g. Spartans, etc...). So those candidates who have all just been in the hat for the Prelim, shouldn't've been, so the SFA shouldn't've made today's draw if indeed waiting for the outcome of the NewCo situation.
There would still be a need for 18 winners from R1, but the starting pool would be 37 clubs.
So there would be a need for just one Prelim tie.
So there might yet be a toss of the coin at SFA HQ to decide which one of the two Prelim ties just drawn gets scrapped !
If not doing the R1 draw is because the SFA is waiting for the NewCo outcome, then they shouldn't've done the Prelim Draw yet either.