Young Coldstream footballers got their hands on the William Hill Scottish Cup this week when the cup draw for the preliminary rounds was made at the town’s museum.
The draw was made by Scotland international player Joelle Murray, from Chirnside, and the museum’s assistant curator Andrew Tulloch with SFA president Alan McRae adjudicating.
“It has been absolutely brilliant and it’s great to see football in the Borders getting the recognition it deserves,” said Joelle who currently plays for Hibernian Ladies and has been capped for Scotland 36 times.
Around 50 people were there to watch the draw including Coldstream Football Club Juniors who were thrilled to see the Scottish Cup, won by Hibs earlier this year.
Seven-year- old Kian Leifer said: “It was really good seeing the cup but being there for the draw was the best bit.”
The draw comprised of three parts, with host team Coldstream being one of seven clubs to receive a bye, to the second round of preliminary games, in the first draw.
Supporters of local club ‘Streamers’ were not so happy, however, when they got either St Cuthbert Wanderers or Leith Academy away in the third part of the draw.
Coldstream Museum is currently running a ‘Frontiers: The Berwickshire Football Story’ exhibition, marking the 125th anniversary of Coldstream Football Club, and curator Andrew Tulloch said: “I am very interested in football and support the Scottish game, but I certainly didn’t expect it to be coming into my work.
“It’s been a great evening with plenty of people coming into the museum. The exhibition has proved to be a real draw and it will be there for the next six weeks.”
Ewan Jackson, chief executive of Live Borders, who run the museum, added: “It’s a real honour for Coldstream Museum to be chosen to host this event.
“This is possibly the first time the draw has gone on the road in connection with an East of Scotland or Lowland League club since 2006 when the first two rounds were drawn at Edinburgh University Union and the third round at Edinburgh City.
“Hopefully, the success of this week’s event will encourage the SFA to make future draws in connection with the Lowland or EOS clubs.”