A Touch of Gold

Friday 7th September 2012

SFL Chief Executive, David Longmuir, is looking forward in anticipation to four tremendous Ramsdens Cup Quarter Final ties, three of which will be played this coming Sunday and, with a new match ball specially designed for this competition which will be used for the first time this weekend, he is hoping that they will provide a number of 'goalden' moments.SFL Chief Executive, David Longmuir

Longmuir said: "This is a terrific stage of the competition and builds on a very positive start to the 2012/13 season in The Scottish Football League.   Things have been very interesting during the past few months however, everyone is just getting on with things in true SFL style.

"When the Draw was made, the majority of the eight teams in it were all teams that were doing really well in their Leagues and also had come through two regional rounds to get to this stage.  Some teams have had setbacks recently but I know they will be bouncing back for these games.

"There are four cracking ties with a cracking all First Division clash between Partick Thistle and Raith Rovers and the game at Firhill is being shown live on BBC ALBA and we thank them for highlighting the competition at this stage.

"Two Second Division promotion challenging sides meet when Arbroath host Stenhousemuir and this game comes just a few days after the hosts ran Inverness Caledonian Thistle close in The Scottish Communities Cup and Stenhousemuir went one better and knocked the holders, Kilmarnock, out.

!I saw East Stirlingshire clapped off the pitch recently at Ibrox after giving a great account of themselves despite being on the wrong end of a 5-1 scoreline and they will be looking to represent the Third Division at the Semi-Final stage by seeing off Cowdenbeath.

"We also have a repeat of the 2008 Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Queen of the South so what has been an exciting start to the season looks like it will carry on in a similar manner.

New Balls Please.......New Balls Please.......New Balls Please.......New Balls Please.......New Balls Please.......

The four Ramsdens Cup Quarter Final ties that begin this weekend will be played with a brand new style of ball after the sponsors designed and paid for the development of a new football in conjunction with The Scottish Football League after being inspired by Team GB’s performance at the Olympics.

Ramsdens Cup Match BallThe three ties this weekend, Arbroath versus Stenhousemuir, East Stirlingshire versus Cowdenbeath and Partick Thistle versus Raith Rovers as well as the Rangers against Queen of the South match on Tuesday, 18th September will be played with the new ball.

The white ball, which is FIFA approved, has more than a swish of gold in it with the company’s Commercial Director, Colin McLauchlin, saying: “We were looking for a fun way to mark how well the Olympics had gone and link that in to our sponsorship of The Ramsdens Cup.  The new match balls are quite distinctive with their gold band and black surround and it is another great way of tying our relationship with the SFL and their member clubs even closer together.”

McLauchlin added: “With the increased exposure that the SFL is receiving just now, it is a great time for us to do something a bit different to show our continued backing of the game in Scotland.”

SFL Chief Executive, David Longmuir, said: “The clubs have all been given balls to train with ahead of the weekend and we would like to thank Ramsdens for their help in getting the clubs to go for silverware with a touch of gold.”

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