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Monday 14th October 2019

Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup

Weekend in numbers

Resident statto @splstats looks at some of the numbers behind the weekend games in the Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Cup fourth round...

1 – Partick Thistle beat Connah’s Quay Nomads 2-0 at the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill to give Ian McCall his first home win in his second spell in charge of the Jags. His last victory in Glasgow as Thistle manager was a 3-1 success against Queen of the South in March 2011. It was Partick Thistle’s first match against non-Scottish opposition (excluding Berwick Rangers) since they lost 2-1 at home to NK Zagreb in the Intertoto Cup in July 1995. Thistle have now faced non-Scottish opposition in five different competitions; the English FA Cup, Fairs Cup/UEFA Cup the Anglo-Scottish Cup, the Intertoto Cup and the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup.

Partick Thistle’s wins v non-Scottish opposition:
23/10/1886: Blackburn Olympic 1-3 Partick Thistle (English FA Cup)
20/11/1886: Partick Thistle 7-0 Fleetwood Rangers (English FA Cup)
04/12/1886: Cliftonville 0-11 Partick Thistle (English FA Cup)
16/09/1963: Glentoran 1-4 Partick Thistle (Fairs Cup)
30/09/1963: Partick Thistle 3-0 Glentoran (Fairs Cup)
18/11/1963: Partick Thistle 3-2 Spartak Brno (Fairs Cup)
29/09/1976: Partick Thistle 1-0 Bolton Wanderers (Anglo-Scottish Cup)
13/09/1977: Partick Thistle 2-0 Bristol City (Anglo-Scottish Cup)
13/09/1978: Partick Thistle 1-0 Mansfield Town (Anglo-Scottish Cup)
01/07/1995: Partick Thistle 3-1 Keflavik (Intertoto Cup)
12/10/2019: Partick Thistle 2-0 Connah’s Quay Nomads (Challenge Cup)

14 – Inverness Caledonian Thistle defeated Alloa Athletic 3-0 to move into the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup quarter-final. Saturday’s victory extended Inverness’ unbeaten home run against Alloa to 14 matches. The Wasps have never won at the Caledonian Stadium - their last win in Inverness was a 2-1 victory at Telford Street in the Challenge Cup back in August 1995. The Caley Jags have a great record in this competition – they have reached the final in three of the last four occasions they have participated, with last season’s round one exit being the only blip. In fact, every previous time they have made it past their second match, they have gone on to reach the final.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Challenge Cup:
1994/95: Round 2
1995/96: Round 1
1996/97: Round 2
1997/98: Round 1
1998/99: Tournament not played
1999/00: Runners-up
2000/01: Round 2
2001/02: Round 2
2002/03: Round 1
2003/04: Winners
2004/05-2008/09: Did not compete (in SPL)
2009/10: Runners-up
2010/11-2016/17: Did not compete (in SPL/Premiership)
2017/18: Winners
2018/19: Round 1

3 – Raith Rovers moved into the quarter-finals of the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup by beating Northern Irish side Glenavon 3-1 at Stark’s Park. This is just the second time Rovers have reached the quarter-final since they won the tournament in 2013/14 – the only other occasion was in 2017/18. Rovers maintained their 100% record against non-Scottish opposition (not counting Berwick Rangers) in Kirkcaldy – their only previous matches came against GI Gotu (Faroe Islands) and IA Akranes (Iceland) in the 1995/96 UEFA Cup.

Raith Rovers v non-Scottish opposition:
08/08/1995 – Raith Rovers 4-0 GI Gotu
22/08/1995 – GI Gotu 2-2 Raith Rovers
12/09/1995 – Raith Rovers 3-1 IA Akranes
26/09/1995 – IA Akranes 1-0 Raith Rovers
17/10/1995 – Raith Rovers 0-2 Bayern Munich (at Easter Road)
31/10/1995 – Bayern Munich 2-1 Raith Rovers
12/10/2019 – Raith Rovers 3-1 Glenavon

4 – Elgin City defeated Airdrieonians 2-0 at the Penny Cars Stadium to secure their place in the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup quarter-final. This will be City’s third visit to the last eight – they also made it in 2009/10 and 2015/16. It was City’s fourth consecutive away win in the competition this season – the Black and Whites have won more away Challenge Cup matches this season than in their previous 19 seasons in the competition.

Elgin’s Challenge Cup away wins:
23/07/2011 – Ross County 1-2 Elgin City
19/08/2015 – Alloa Athletic 0-2 Elgin City
15/08/2017 – Hibernian Colts 1-2 Elgin City
06/08/2019 – Hibernian Colts 3-4 Elgin City
13/08/2019 – Brechin City 4-5 Elgin City
08/09/2019 – Dundee 1-2 Elgin City
12/10/2019 – Airdrieonians 0-2 Elgin City

3 – Stenhousemuir secured their spot in the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup quarter-finals thanks to a 3-2 victory over Waterford on Friday night. Prior to this season, the Warriors had never played a competitive match against non-Scottish opposition (excluding Berwick Rangers) but they have now knocked out Welsh and Irish opposition in consecutive rounds. Davie Irons has won three consecutive home matches since he took over in September – this is the first time Stenhousemuir have managed this since August-September 2017.

Davie Irons’ home wins:
21/09/2019: Stenhousemuir 1-0 Brechin City (League 2)
05/10/2019: Stenhousemuir 3-2 Cove Rangers (League 2)
11/10/2019: Stenhousemuir 3-2 Waterford (Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup)