Glasgow University Set For A Tough Examination In The William Hill Scottish Cup

School may be out for the summer, but some of the students at Glasgow University are gearing up for the biggest football examination of their lives.

Glasgow University FC will face Selkirk in the first round of the 2012/13 William Hill Scottish Cup on Saturday, and the big prize for whoever graduates into the second round is a potential meeting against Rangers.

Midfielder Marc Hunter, stepping up a grade from GU’s U21 side, is already dreaming of a potential clash against the ‘Old Firm’ giants’ in the second round.

“This is the biggest game I’ve had in my career and made all the bigger with the chance that we can get Rangers in the next round! The thought of playing at Ibrox, getting some money for the club, and playing against international players would be amazing!. It’s a great incentive to get through Saturday’s tie and then hopefully look forward to the draw.”

“I have a pretty good record in the Scottish Cup, albeit in School but we won it when I was in first year so hopefully that success can continue with a win on Saturday. I’d love to grab a goal to take us through and see my name up on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday!”

The potential game against Rangers is a huge carrot for GU, but the students coach Gary Rodgers is keen to keep the players focused on Saturday’s game.

“The players may all be thinking about potentially playing Rangers in the next round but it is the old cliché of taking one game at a time and it is up to us (coaches) to keep the players focused on Saturday as it is going to be a tough match so early in the season. Normally we would have an extra 3 or 4 weeks to prepare for the Scottish Cup ties but we have managed to get a few friendlies in and have played 3 league games so the guys are looking sharp and they all want to play a part on Saturday.”

“It would be amazing for the players, the University and the coaches if we were able to get through and then get drawn against Rangers but that is a long way off yet, we just need to make sure we play to our best on Saturday and get through what is a tricky tie and I have no doubt Selkirk will be thinking along the same lines that they can potentially face Rangers in the next round so it is going to be tough but we’ll be ready.”

The 2010-11 season saw Glasgow University F.C. qualify for the Scottish Cup Second Round for the first time since 1975 after a 1-0 victory at Garscube Sports Complex against Burntisland.

The Cup sponsors, William Hill make the students 3/1 outsiders to win the game, Selkirk are 4/7 – with the draw available at 16/5.

Tony Kenny
Head of sponsorship PR

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William Hill, Greenside House, 50 Station Road,
Wood Green, London, N22 7TP.

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Stream Hoping To Make Waves In William Hill Scottish Cup

Coldstream have started their William Hill Scottish Cup journey earlier than any other team in the first round of the competition. The team from the Borders region set off on their marathon 600 mile round-trip to Wick on Friday morning in high spirits.

The Captain John Crawford is relishing the trip to Wick “It’s really exciting for us to be heading up to the Highlands. We have a lot of new players in the team and it’ll be a great bonding exercise for the lads.”

“Wick might be 300 miles away in distance, but we don’t think there’ll be too much difference on the pitch.”

William Hill, the Scottish Cup sponsors, have supplied a luxury coach for the team to travel up to the game and the Streamers Chairman Steve Wright was thrilled with the gift from the new Cup sponsors. ‘It was a really nice gesture by William Hill to put on the coach for us. It’s a mammoth trip up to the Highlands and it’s nice to be travelling up in a bit of luxury.

‘We haven’t the best record in the Scottish Cup, but we’re hopeful of getting a positive result against a very good Wick team. The bookies don’t fancy our chances, but we hope they’re proved wrong.’

Wick are the 1/4 favourites with the sponsors who make Coldstream 6/1 – with the draw on offer at 9/2.

‘Coldstream have lost 18 of their last 20 Scottish Cup ties – so the omens don’t look too good for the Streamers,’ said William Hill spokesman Tony Kenny, ‘However, they’re a young squad and they’ll go to Wick without any fear of the Highlanders.’

‘The odds suggest a Wick victory, but so far our punters are betting on the draw.’

The trip to Coldstream was the third leg of the William Hill Scottish Cup visits. The SFA and William Hill are taking the Cup on a tour of the country and giving the real fans a chance to get their hands on the oldest Cup trophy in Association football.

On Wednesday, the Cup was in Fort William in the Highland’s where the Fort were due to play Boness United. Unfortunately this game has been postponed.

On Thursday, the Cup went to the William Hill shop in Galashiels ahead of the big Borders derby clash between Gala Fairydean and Hawick Royal Albert in Selkirk. The region which is traditionally a rugby area, but football will be the focus of attention tomorrow afternoon when the more than local pride will be at stake.

Latest William Hill Cup Betting from the sponsors
Match Betting
1/6 Culter 5/1 Draw 9/1 Burntisland Ship.
23/10 Dalbeattie Star 11/4 Draw 4/5 Inverurie Loco
8/13 Edinburgh City 16/5 Draw 11/4 Brora Rangers
15/8 Edinburgh Univ 3/1 Draw 10/11 Whitehill Welfare
5/1 Forres Mechanics 19/5 Draw 1/3 Irvine Meadow
14/1 Fort William 7/1 Draw 1/14 Boness Utd – OFF
2/5 Fraserburgh 10/3 Draw 9/2 Civil Service Strollers
1/5 Gala Fairydean 5/1 Draw 7/1 Hawick Royal Albert
7/1 Glasgow Univ 5/1 Draw 1/5 Cove Rangers
3/10 Huntly 7/2 Draw 13/2 Newton Stewart
7/1 Lossiemouth 5/1 Draw 1/5 Auchinleck Talbot
2/7 Nairn 4/1 Draw 6/1 Selkirk
11/8 Rothes 5/2 Draw 11/8 Clachnacuddin
11/4 St Cuthbert’s W’ 16/5 Draw 8/13 Keith
5/4 Vale of Leithen 13/5 Draw 6/4 Girvan
1/4 Wick Academy 9/2 Draw 6/1 Coldstream
10/3 Wigtown 10/3 Draw 1/2 Preston Ath

Old Firm v The Rest
1/2 Old Firm Winner
6/4 Anyone Else Win Cup
10/1 Non SPL Winner
9/2 Non SPL Side in Final

Other Specials
7/2 Old Firm to meet in the Final
5/1 Non League Side to Reach Fifth Round
50/1 Non League Side to Beat an SPL Side

Which Non League Side will progress Furthest?
7/2 Buckie Thistle
11/2 Deveronvale
11/2 Spartans
7/1 Auchinleck Talbot
7/1 Bo’ness United
7/1 Irvine Meadow
10/1 Threave Rovers
12/1 Cove Rangers
12/1 Fraserburgh
12/1 Keith
16/1 Whitehill Welfare

Which Highland League Cup will Progress Furthest?
9/4 Buckie Thistle
9/2 Deveronvale
7/1 Cove Rangers
10/1 Fraserburgh
10/1 Nairn County
12/1 Keith
14/1 Inverurie Loco Works
14/1 Wick Academy
16/1 Forres Mechancics
16/1 Huntly
20/1 Clachnacuddin
25/1 Brora Rangers
25/1 Lossiemouth
25/1 Rothes
50/1 Fort William

Which East of Scotland Side will Progress Furthest?
11/8 Spartans
5/1 Edinburgh City
6/1 Whitehill Welfare
8/1 Preston Athletic
10/1 Edinburgh University
12/1 Civil Service Strollers
12/1 Gala Fairydean
12/1 Vale of Leithen
16/1 Selkirk
20/1 Coldstream
50/1 Hawick Royal Albert

Which South of Scotland Side will Progress Furthest?
4/9 Threave Rovers
7/2 Dalbeattie Star
10/1 Newton Stewart
10/1 St Cuthbert Wanderers
10/1 Wigtown & Bladnoch

Which Junior Side will Progress Furthest?
2/1 Auchinleck Talbot
2/1 Bo’ness United
2/1 Irvine Meadow
10/1 Culter
10/1 Girvan

Tony Kenny
Public Relations

T: 020 8918 3627
M: 07714126514
William Hill, Greenside House, 50 Station Road,
Wood Green, London, N22 7TP.

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