SPFL Trust Trophy 22-23

The SPFL Trust Trophy, formerly the Challenge Cup, is a competition traditionally for the clubs outwith the top division of Scottish Professional football.

It was initiated as an annual competition in 1991 following a successful one-off Centenary Cup, which was contested to commemorate 100 years of the Scottish Football League.

The format changed little for the first 25 years of the competition, but from 2016-17 onwards, the Colt or B teams of Premiership clubs have taken part together with invited guests from Northern Ireland, Wales, the Republic of Ireland and England.

There were no ‘foreign’ sides last season, but they return this year with The New Saints (Wales), Caernarfon Town (Wales), Linfield (NI) and Cliftonville (NI) all involved.

Raith Rovers are the current holders.

2022-23 COMPETITION (2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21 not played, 2021-22)

First Round

North

  • Brora Rangers 2-0 Aberdeen B (Aug 9)
  • Elgin City 1-0 Dundee United B (Aug 9)
  • Fraserburgh 0-2 St Johnstone B (Aug 9)
  • Heart of Midlothian B 2-3 Buckie Thistle (Aug 10 @ Ferguson Park)
  • Hibernian B 1-1(1-4p) Brechin City (Aug 10 @ New Victoria Park)

South

  • Albion Rovers 2-3 Celtic B (Aug 9)
  • Bonnyrigg Rose 0-0(1-4p) Livingston B (Aug 9)
  • Kilmarnock B 3-0 Cowdenbeath (Aug 9)
  • Motherwell B 1-2 East Kilbride (Aug 9 @ K Park)
  • St Mirren B 0-0(2-4p) East Stirlingshire (Aug 9)
  • Spartans 0-1 Rangers B (Aug 10)

Second Round (Aug 23/24)

North

  • East Fife – St Johnstone B (Aug 23)
  • Elgin City – Stenhousemuir (Aug 23)
  • Forfar Athletic – Kelty Hearts (Aug 23)
  • Brechin City – Stirling Albion (Aug 24)
  • Buckie Thistle – Brora Rangers (Aug 24)

South

  • Kilmarnock B – East Stirlingshire (Aug 23)
  • East Kilbride – Annan Athletic (Aug 23)
  • Rangers B – Dumbarton (Aug 23 @ Dumbarton Football Stadium)
  • Celtic B – Livingston B (Aug 24 @ Excelsior Stadium)
  • FC Edinburgh – Stranraer (Aug 24)

Third Round (Sep 24/25)

  • Open draw
  • 10 Second Round winners
  • 8 Remaining League One clubs
  • 10 Championship clubs
  • 4 Welsh and Northern Irish clubs

Fourth Round (Dec 10/11)

Quarter Finals (Jan 7/8)

Semi Finals (Feb 4/5 or 7/8)

Final (Apr 25 or 26)