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Why are two teams from just outside London playing in the Scottish Cup?

Also, why has the tournament basically turned into the Europa League lite?

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Two teams from the English National League will be competing for the first time in the Scottish Challenge Cup.

The Scottish Challenge Cup. You know, in Scotland.

Sutton United and Boreham Wood currently compete in the fifth tier of English football, but accepted the invitation to play in the competition, which is also delightfully known as the ‘Irn-Bru Cup’.

But that’s not all – the English clubs will also be joined in the second round of the cup by six teams from Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Fill it up with Irn-Bru lads

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Fill it up with Irn-Bru lads

Northern Irish sides Crusaders and Coleraine will also enter into round two, with Bohemians and Bray Wanderers representing Republic of Ireland whilst Welsh clubs The New Saints and Connah’s Quay Nomads make up the 32 remaining teams in the tournament.

Boreham Wood and Sutton United will become the first English sides to compete in the tournament as they were the ‘highest ranking’ National League sides from the 2017-18 season still competing in the division.

“We’re Going To McDiarmid Park”, which is *checks Google* the home of St. Johnstone!

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“We’re Going To McDiarmid Park”, which is *checks Google* the home of St. Johnstone!

Sutton finished third while Boreham Wood finished fourth, with the latter the losing finalists in the play-off final.

Sadly the competition is only open to teams from the Scottish Championship and below, which means a tantalising Celtic versus Boreham Wood final can’t be on the cards next March.

However, it does mean that two teams not from Scotland have the potential of winning a tournament that we can’t stress enough is the Scottish Challenge Cup.


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