Hawick and Melrose to clash in preliminary round of Scottish Cup

Six matches to be played on 31st August, which is a week before the league campaign gets under away

The season will start with a bang for Hawick and Melrose when they clash in the preliminary round of the Scottish Cup on 31st August. Image: Kenny Baillie

THE draw for the preliminary round of next season’s Scottish Cup has lined-up a mouthwatering clash between Border adversaries Hawick and Melrose at Mansfield Park on 31st August. The two clubs will not meet in a league game this year after Melrose dropped to National League One as part of the reshuffle which accompanied the introduction of Super 6, so the opportunity to reprise their fierce rivalry in the knock0out competition will be eagerly awaited by supporters.

Elsewhere in the draw, Watsonians face a long trip north to Inverness to take on Highland, Dundee host last season’s league and cup double winners Ayr, Currie Chieftains are at home to Biggar, Musselburgh meet Glasgow Hawks at Stoneyhill and Aberdeen Grammar welcome Marr to Rubislaw.

Boroughmuir, Cartha Queens Park, Edinburgh Academical, Gala, GHA, Heriot’s, Jed-Forest, Kelso, Selkirk and Stirling County have received byes in the first round.

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Scottish Cup 2019-20

Preliminary round draw –

Highland v Watsonians

Dundee HSFP v Ayr

Currie Chieftains v Biggar

Musselburgh v Glasgow Hawks

Hawick v Melrose

Aberdeen Grammar Rugby v Marr

Byes: Boroughmuir, Cartha Queens Park, Edinburgh Academical, Gala, GHA, Heriot’s, Jed-Forest, Kelso, Selkirk and Stirling County.


Other dates

First Round – Saturday 26th October 2019

Quarter Final – Saturday 25th January 2020

Semi-Final – Saturday 28th March 2020

Final – Saturday 25th April 2020

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David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including The Herald/Sunday Herald, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Daily Record, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.


  1. Walter
    There are still payments allowed next season, it kicks in the season after that.
    However will be interesting to see how much is left in Melrose’s kitty after they have funded S6.

  2. Interesting to see what kind of team Melrose can muster now there’s no paying of players allowed

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