SCOTTISH CUP // Haddington Athletic

Following last weekend’s Scottish Cup first round draw at Hampden Park, we have been picked to host Haddington Athletic Football Club at Princess Royal Park, with the tie scheduled to be played on Saturday 18th September 2021.

Haddington Athletic, also known as “The Hi-His”, were founded in 1939 and play in the East of Scotland League First Division Conference A, currently sitting in 1st place with seven victories from their opening eight fixtures. After a number of years in the bottom tier of Junior football in the East Region, the club won the South Division in 2014–15 and gained promotion to the second tier. In 2017–18 Haddington achieved their best finish in the East Premier League, finishing 3rd in their final season before moving to the East of Scotland League.

The team is managed by Scott Bonar, who previously assisted former Hearts player Joe Hamill until he moved to manage Musselburgh Athletic earlier this year. Under Scott’s management, the team is currently undefeated so far this season.

A number of players have used Haddington as a stepping stone to bigger and better things. The following players made the grade in the Senior game:

  • John Scott to Third Lanark

  • Johnny Gilhooley to Cowdenbeath

  • Bobby Wood to Hibernian

  • Dougie Armstrong and Tom McKenzie to Heart of Midlothian

  • Mitchell Barclay to Bournemouth in England

  • Alex McCrae to Heart of Midlothian (1941), Charlton Athletic (1947), Middlesbrough (1948), Falkirk (1953) and (as player/manager) Ballymena United (1957). He returned to Falkirk as manager in 1960.

November 2007 saw Polish midfielder Lukasz Rusin become the first Haddington player in recent times to seek success in the higher grade when he joined Brechin City for a short spell. In July 2012, prolific striker Sean Jamieson signed for East Fife after a successful trial period. In two seasons for the Hi His, Jamieson scored 64 times in 72 appearances.

We look forward to welcoming Haddington Athletic Football Club to Princess Royal Park later this month for what promises to be an enthralling Scottish Cup tie.

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