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High­land League: Teams have made their mark on Scot­tish game

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The High­land Foot­ball League was formed at the In­ver­ness Work­man’s Club on Au­gust 4 1893 and ini­tially com­prised eight teams.

De­spite ini­tial dif­fi­cul­ties, which forced one of the teams to drop out, In­ver­ness This­tle were crowned the in­au­gu­ral cham­pi­ons on Fe­bru­ary 7 1894.

In 1954, Buckie This­tle be­came the first and last non­league side to win a com­pet­i­tive match against a league team at Ham­p­den Park, where they beat Queen’s Park.

Then, in Jan­uary 1959, Fraser­burgh beat Dundee 1-0 in the Scot­tish Cup in one of the big­gest shocks of all time.

Dundee be­came Scot­tish cham­pi­ons three years later.

In­ver­ness Cale­do­nian This­tle – formed through a merger of In­ver­ness This­tle and In­ver­ness Cale­do­nian – and Ross County were elected to the Scot­tish Foot­ball League in 1994. Both sides reached the top flight within 18 years.

At the end of sea­son 201819, Cove Rangers be­came the first High­land League club to be awarded pro­mo­tion to the

Scot­tish Pro­fes­sional Foot­ball League, after de­feat­ing Ber­wick Rangers 7-0 on ag­gre­gate fol­low­ing a two-legged play-off.

Brora Rangers – among the favourites to win the ti­tle this year – be­gan 2019 in fine form and equalled the High­land League record as they reached the fifth round of the Scot­tish Cup.

Ear­lier this sea­son, Fort

Wil­liam were vic­to­ri­ous over Clach­nacud­din to end a two-year spell with­out a league win.

Clach­nacud­din are the proud hold­ers of the record for the most league ti­tles, with 18 in to­tal.

The year 1967 means a lot for Celtic sup­port­ers and, while most re­mem­ber it pri­mar­ily for the Hoops’ Euro­pean Cup vic­tory, that same side also tri­umphed over El­gin City en route to lift­ing the Scot­tish Cup.

The Mo­ray team had made it to the sec­ond round of the tour­na­ment before the all-con­quer­ing Glas­gow side thrashed them 7-0 at Park­head.

How­ever, the fol­low­ing year, El­gin City set the record for the fur­thest a High­land League team has ever reached in the Scot­tish Cup.

City ad­vanced to the quar­ter­fi­nals, notch­ing up wins over sides like Ar­broath and For­far Ath­letic.

Their dreams of mak­ing it to Ham­p­den were dashed in a 2-1 de­feat away to Greenock Mor­ton.

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Mat Guy’s new book, Barcelona to Buckie This­tle

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