The Challenge Cup was introduced in the 1990/91 season to mark the centenary of the Scottish Football League and is currently played for by all 30 members of the SFL, plus the winners of the previous season's Highland and Lowland Leagues.
Initially known as the B&Q Centenary Cup, it has also been called the B&Q Cup, the Bells Cup, the Alba Cup, the Ramsdens Cup and, since 2014/15, the Petrofac Training Cup. In the seasons without a sponsor it has simply been known as the SFL Challenge Cup, although in seasons 1998/99 and 2020/21 there was no competition.
Queen’s did not have an enviable record in the early years of the cup, and it took nine attempts before we won a match in the competition, with a single Jim Brown goal at Brechin City in 1999/2000 finally notching up our first win.
Three years later Queen’s had their best ever run in the competition, defeating Gretna, Forfar Athletic and Berwick Rangers before losing out by the odd goal in seven in the 2002/03 semi final against Brechin City at Hampden.
This run was equalled in 2015/16 when wins over non-league Edinburgh City, Dumbarton and Elgin put us in the final four, this time meeting Peterhead at Hampden, although again we lost out, this time by the odd goal in three.
To see our record season by season, click here.
To see our record against each team we have played in the competition, click here.
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