Darvel 1-0 Aberdeen: Is Scottish Cup shock the most important in event’s historical past?

Sir Alexander Fleming is “essentially the most well-known factor Darvel has produced”, however the scientist who found penicillin now has rivals within the form of the Ayrshire city’s native soccer group.

So says John Gall – though the proprietor of Darvel FC is leaving it to others to determine if his sixth-tier facet’s defeat of Aberdeenwho lies fifth within the Premiership, is the most important shock in Scottish Cup historical past.

No different top-flight facet has beforehand misplaced to a group 5 divisions down the pecking order, however the managing director of Brownings The Bakers insists the West of Scotland League has all of the components to be an excellent higher hotbed of latent expertise.

Darvel gained their Premier League final season however missed out on promotion to the Lowland League – which acts as a feeder to the Scottish Skilled Soccer League – after shedding to East of Scotland champions Tranent.

Requested if this was the biggest-ever Scottish Cup shock, Gall advised BBC Scotland: “The West of Scotland Soccer League I reckon is likely one of the greatest leagues in Scotland. Auchenleck Talbot is essentially the most well-known membership within the league, however we have additionally acquired Clydebank, Pollok, Irvine Meadow.

“We’ve the pyramid system now. Effectively achieved to the Scottish FA for agreeing to do that, nevertheless it now wants checked out. I believe final evening exhibits the power of groups. We generally is a pressure in Scottish soccer, however we’d like this pyramid system to work higher for us and allow us to rise up the leagues.”

Certainly, Aberdeen will not be the primary senior facet to have felt the warmth produced by baker Gall’s XI.

A 3-1 roasting of Clyde in an October pleasant was like an oven warning mild earlier than one other League 1 facet, Montrose, had been battered 5-2 away from house to arrange their assembly with Aberdeen in entrance of a capability crowd of two,200, plus a nationwide viewers watching dwell on BBC Scotland.

One other third-tier facet, Falkirk, are subsequent up within the final 16 for the facet once more main the West of Scotland League, with Gall saying the tie will as soon as extra not be moved from the city – inhabitants 3,900 – eight miles east of Kilmarnock in Seek for a much bigger gate and extra monetary rewards.

Speaking about which, the proprietor, who was final out of Recreation Park as he locked the gates after the TV crews had left, revealed that his assortment of joiners, plumbers, managers and academics wouldn’t obtain a selected bonus for beating Aberdeen.

“They’re going to get a superb bonus within the spherical that they exit and any reduce of TV charges we get,” Gall defined. “That is the association I’ve had with them for 2 years now they usually’re pleased with it. However final evening they’re saying ‘gaffer – I can not imagine we’re not getting a bonus for profitable!'”

So was it the most important Scottish Cup shock of all-time? This is the rivals – choose for your self:

1959, first spherical: Fraserburgh 1-0 Dundee

Fraserburgh, who would end runners-up within the Highland League, dumped out Dundee, fourth within the high flight, because of Johnny Strachan’s winner.

1967, first spherical: Berwick Rangers 1-0 Rangers

Rangers had misplaced the League Cup ultimate to Celtic and would later additionally end behind their metropolis rivals within the league earlier than struggling defeat by Bayern Munich within the European Cup-winners Cup finale. However shedding to Sammy Reid’s objective for Berwick Rangers, who would end tenth within the second tier, has lengthy been remembered as the top of Scottish Cup upsets.

1967, first spherical: Elgin Metropolis 2-0 Ayr United

Overshadowed by Berwick’s exploits, reigning Highland League champions Elgin Metropolis knocked out top-flight Ayr United, whose season would additionally finish with relegation.

1987, third spherical: Rangers 0-1 Hamilton Academical

Graeme Souness’ rebuild Rangers would go on to win the league and Hamilton Academical could be relegated, nevertheless it was Adrian Sprott who despatched the hosts crashing out of the cup.

1995, fourth spherical: Stenhousemuir 2-0 Aberdeen

Tommy Steele was on music for Stenhousemuir because the facet who would end fourth within the third tier beat an Aberdeen facet who additionally went near relegation earlier than profitable a play-off because the Ochilview facet progressed to the quarter-finals.

1997, semi-final replay: Celtic 0-1 Falkirk

Paul McGrillen’s objective despatched Falkirk, who completed fifth within the second tier, into the ultimate in opposition to Kilmarnock after a Hampden win over a Celtic facet who had been runners-up to Rangers within the Premier League.

2000, third spherical: Celtic 1-3 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

The well-known ‘Tremendous Caley Go Ballistic Celtic Are Atrocious’ headline adopted the win by Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who would end sixth within the second tier however beat hosts who would once more be runners-up to Rangers within the high flight.

2003, quarter-final: Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1-0 Celtic

Celtic, who had simply overwhelmed Liverpool to succeed in the Uefa Cup semi-finals and would attain the ultimate, had been ousted domestically by Dennis Wyness’ winner for a Caley Thistle facet who had been destined to complete fourth within the second tier.

2006, third-round: Clyde 2-1 Celtic

Roy Keane’s Celtic debut was marred because the facet destined to turn out to be Scottish champions had been overwhelmed by a group assembled by supervisor Graham Roberts by way of summer time trials and who would end fifth in tier two.

2021, second spherical: Brora Rangers 2-1 Coronary heart of Midlothian

Highland League champions Brora Rangers knocked out Hearts earlier than the Edinburgh facet made amends by profitable promotion again to the highest flight.

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