Scottish Football Historical Archive

 

Tennent’s Soccer Sixes

 

The Tennents' Sixes was an annual indoor tournament contested each January by Premier Division clubs. The tournament was sponsored by Tennent Caledonian Breweries and organised by the Scottish Football Association. When the Brewery withdrew their sponsorship after the 1993 event, the Sixes was discontinued.

 

The format used was dependent on the number of teams participating: in most cases ten teams were involved and would be drawn into two groups of five. sometimes there were four groups of three. From there the leading teams from each group would contest the knockout stages.

 

The inaugural tournaments were contested at Coasters Arena in Falkirk and at Ingliston Showground near Edinburgh. From 1986 all the tournaments were played at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow.

 

Before the real thing started they held an amateur tournament so that the referees and TV people could all have a live rehearsal and sort out all the technical problems.

Back then Robert Watson, now secretary of Wishaw Juniors, was secretary of an amateur team from Carstairs called Monteith Amateurs - who were the South of Scotland Amateur Cup holders and were invited to take part. 

The West, East and Scottish Amateur Cup holders were all invited too and also the Strathclyde Police team.  Monteith played in the first game against the Police.

One of the teams couldn't turn up and because the organisers were a team short on the day  and they had asked Falkirk High School FP's to make up the numbers. All the teams were supposed to bring 10 or 12 players but they turned up with about 20 players and were allowed to use them all - so basically they had a constant supply of fresh players and ran the legs of everyone else and won the tournament.

Robert further relates: It was all a bit of fun really but a good experience for our wee village team. I do remember freezing all the way there and back because the heater on my old Ford Granada had packed in and it was the middle of winter with snow and ice everywhere.

 

Finals

1985 Heart of Midlothian beat Morton 4–1

1986 Aberdeen beat St Mirren 3–0

1987 Aberdeen beat Heart of Midlothian 4–3

1988 Dundee beat Motherwell 3–2

1989 Rangers beat Motherwell 2–1

1990 Hibernian beat St Mirren 3–0

1991 Heart of Midlothian beat Motherwell 5–2

1992 Celtic beat St Johnstone 4–2

1993 Partick Thistle beat Airdrieonians 4–3

 

 

1984

16/17 Jan at Coasters Arena, Falkirk attendance 4,000

Each club received £3,000 for appearing.

3 group winners plus best 2nd place qualify. The final group games and ko stages took place on the second day.

 

Group 1

Ra

SJ

Hi

 

P

W

L

F

A

P

Rangers

 

3-2

2-0

 

2

2

0

5

2

4

St Johnstone

 

 

3-2

 

2

1

1

5

5

2

Hibernian

 

 

 

 

2

0

2

2

5

0

 

Group 2

Dd

Ce

He

 

P

W

L

F

A

P

Dundee

 

4-2

4-0

 

2

2

0

8

2

4

Celtic

 

 

2-0

 

2

1

1

4

4

2

Heart of Midlothian

 

 

 

 

2

0

2

0

6

0

 

Group 3

DU

Mw

SM

 

P

W

L

F

A

P

Dundee United

 

3-2

1-1*

 

2

1

1

4

3

2

Motherwell

 

 

3-2

 

2

1

1

5

5

2

St Mirren

 

 

 

 

2

1

1

3

4

2

 

* Dundee United v St Mirren – St Mirren won 3-2 on pens

 

Semi-final

Rangers v Motherwell 2-1

Dundee v Dundee United 4-2

 

Final

Rangers v Dundee 6-4

 

 

1985

20/21 Jan at Ingliston Showground

 

Group 1

Dd

Mo

Ra

Hi

SM

 

P

W

L

F

A

P

Dundee

 

1-3

3-1

3-0

2-1

 

4

3

1

9

5

6

Morton

 

 

3-4

2-1

2-1

 

4

3

1

10

7

6

Rangers

 

 

 

4-0

1-3

 

4

2

2

10

9

4

Hibernian

 

 

 

 

4-1

 

4

1

3

5

6

2

St Mirren

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

1

3

6

9

2

 

 

Group 2

Ab

He

DU

Db

Ai

 

P

W

L

F

A

P

Aberdeen

 

4-2

0-0*

2-1

4-2

 

4

3

1

6

3

6

Heart of Midlothian

 

 

1-1*

3-0

1-2

 

4

3

1

5

3

6

Dundee United

 

 

 

2-1

5-1

 

4

2

2

8

3

4

Dumbarton

 

 

 

 

2-1

 

4

1

3

4

8

2

Airdrieonians

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

1

3

6

12

2

 

* Aberdeen v Dundee United – Aberdeen won 3-2 on pens

* Aberdeen v Heart of Midlothian – Hearts won 3-2 on pens

* Heart of Midlothian v Dundee United – Hearts won 3-1 on pens

 

Semi-final

Morton v Aberdeen 5-1

Heart of Midlothian v Dundee 4-1

 

Final

Heart of Midlothian v Morton 4-1

 

 

1986

19/20 Jan at SECC, Glasgow. Attendance 5,200

Each club received £7,000 for appearing.

£10,000 was awarded to the winners and £1500 to Aberdeen as top scorers

 

Group 1

Db

SM

Dd

MC

He

 

P

W

L

F

A

P

Dumbarton

 

1-0

WL

4-0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St Mirren

 

 

1-0

2-1

4-3

 

4

3

1

7

5

6

Dundee

 

 

 

 

WL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manchester City

 

 

 

 

WL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heart of Midlothian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group 2

Ab

Cb

DU

Hi

Mw

 

P

W

L

F

A

P

Aberdeen

 

 

2-1

 

WL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clydebank

 

 

2-1

 

WL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dundee United

 

 

 

 

2-1

 

4

1

3

4

7

2

Hibernian

 

 

2-0

 

DD*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motherwell

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

0

4

 

 

0

 

* Hibernian v Motherwell – Hibs won on pens

 

Semi-final

Aberdeen v Dumbarton 1-0

St Mirren v Hibernian 3-0

 

Final

Aberdeen v St Mirren 3-0

 

1987

18/19 Jan at SECC, Glasgow. Attendance 7,000

First prize £11,000, 2nd prize £9,500. Heart won £1,000 as highest scorers with 24 goals

Each club received £8,000 for appearing.

 

Group 1

Ab

Ha

Hi

 

P

W

L

F

A

P

Aberdeen

 

5-1

4-1

 

2

2

0

9

2

4

Hamilton Acas

 

 

5-2

 

2

1

1

6

7

2

Hibernian

 

 

 

 

2

0

2

3

9

2

 

Group 2

Dd

Mw

Rg

 

P

W

L

F

A

P

Dundee

 

3-2

4-3

 

2

2

0

7

5

4

Motherwell

 

 

4-2

 

2

1

1

6

5

2

Rangers

 

 

 

 

2

0

2

5

8

0

 

Group 3

He

DU

Cl

 

P

W

L

F

A

P

Heart of Midlothian

 

5-4

5-2

 

2

2

0

10

6

4

Dundee United

 

 

3-2

 

2

1

1

7

7

2

Clydebank

 

 

 

 

2

0

2

4

8

0

 

Group 4

Ce

Fa

SM

 

P

W

L

F

A

P

Celtic

 

6-0

3-3*

 

2

2

0

9

3

4

Falkirk

 

 

3-1

 

2

1

1

3

7

2

St Mirren

 

 

 

2

0

2

4

6

0

 

* Celtic v St Mirren – Celtic won 3-2 on pens

 

Quarter-final

Hamilton Academical v Celtic 3-1

Dundee v Dundee United 2-1

Heart of Midlothian v Motherwell ?-?

Aberdeen v Falkirk 3-1

 

Semi-final

Aberdeen v Hamilton Academical 1-0

Heart of Midlothian v Dundee ?-?

 

Final

Aberdeen v Heart of Midlothian 4-3

 

 

1988

24/25 Jan at SECC, Glasgow. Attendance both days 8,000

Each club were paid £9,000 to compete. First prize total £12,000, runner-up total £10,500. Aberdeen awarded £1,000 as overall top scorers

The Morton manager, Alan McGraw, withheld a promised £100 per man to reach the KO stage after two poor performances on the Sunday.

 

Group 1

Dd

Ab

Mo

 

P

W

L

F

A

P

Dundee

 

9-3

2-1

 

2

2

0

11

4

4

Aberdeen

 

 

4-1

 

2

1

1

7

13

2

Morton

 

 

 

 

2

0

2

2

6

0

 

Group 2

Mw

SM

He

 

P

W

L

F

A

P

Motherwell

 

2-0

0-0*

 

2

1

1

2

0

2

St Mirren

 

 

5-4

 

2

1

1

5

6

2

Heart of Midlothian

 

 

 

 

2

1

1

4

5

2

 

* Hearts v Motherwell – Hearts won 3-1 on pens

 

Group 3

Hi

Df

Ce

 

P

W

L

F

A

P

Hibernian

 

1-2

5-2

 

2

1

1

6

4

2

Dunfermline Athletic

 

 

3-4

 

2

1

1

5

5

2

Celtic

 

 

 

 

2

1

1

6

8

2

 

Group 4

NF

DU

Fa

 

P

W

L

F

A

P

Nottingham Forest

 

3-1

2-1

 

2

2

0

5

2

4

Dundee United

 

 

6-1

 

2

1

1

7

4

2

Falkirk

 

 

 

 

2

0

2

2

8

0

 

Quarter-final

Dundee v Dundee United 4-3

Motherwell v Dunfermline Athletic 4-0

Hibernian v St Mirren 2-2, 3-4 pens

Aberdeen v Nottingham Forest 1-1, 4-3 pens

 

Semi-final

Motherwell v St Mirren 4-2

Dundee v Aberdeen 4-1

 

Final

Dundee v Motherwell 3-2

 

1989

22/23 Jan at SECC, Glasgow.

£12,000 for each club, winners also get additional £4,000, runners up £2,000. Highest scorers win £2,000

 

Group 1

Ce

SM

Ha

Dd

Ab

 

P

W

L

F

A

P

Celtic

 

2-3

2-1

3-3*

5-2

 

4

3

1

12

9

6

St Mirren

 

 

2-1

1-2

3-1

 

4

3

1

9

6

6

Hamilton Acas

 

 

 

7-1

4-2

 

4

2

2

13

7

4

Dundee

 

 

 

 

2-2*

 

4

2

2

8

13

4

Aberdeen

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

0

4

7

14

0

 

* Celtic v Dundee – Celtic won 4-3 on pens

* Dundee v Aberdeen – Dundee won 4-2 on pens

 

Group 2

Mw

Rg

Hi

DU

He

 

P

W

L

F

A

P

Motherwell

 

3-1

3-3*

2-1

1-1*

 

4

3

1

9

6

6

Rangers

 

 

2-1

2-2*

2-0

 

4

3

1

7

6

6

Hibernian

 

 

 

3-1

2-2*

 

4

2

2

9

8

4

Dundee United

 

 

 

 

2-1

 

4

1

3

6

8

2

Heart of Midlothian

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

1

3

4

7

2

 

* Rangers v Dundee United – Rangers won 5-4 on pens

* Motherwell v Hibernian – Motherwell won 4-2 on pens

* Motherwell v Hearts – Hearts won 3-2 on pens

* Hibernian v Hearts – Hibernian won 3-1 on pens

 

Semi-final

Motherwell v St Mirren 3-0

Rangers v Celtic 3-1

 

Final

Rangers v Motherwell 2-1

 

 

1990

28/29 Jan at SECC, Glasgow

 

Group 1

Hi

SM

Rg

Dd

DU

 

P

W

L

F

A

P

Hibernian

 

2-0

0-0*

2-0

5-1

 

4

4

0

9

1

8

St Mirren

 

 

5-2

1-0

3-3*

 

4

3

1

9

7

6

Rangers

 

 

 

0-0*

2-2*

 

4

2

2

4

7

4

Dundee

 

 

 

 

3-1

 

4

1

3

3

5

2

Dundee United

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

0

4

7

13

0

 

* Rangers v Dundee – Rangers won 3-1 on pens

* Hibernian v Rangers – Hibs won 4-2 on pens

* St Mirren v Dundee United – St Mirren won 4-2 on pens

* Rangers v Dundee United – Rangers won 3-2 on pens

 

Group 2

Mw

He

Ab

Ce

DA

 

P

W

L

F

A

P

Motherwell

 

1-1*

0-2

1-1*

3-0

 

4

3

1

5

4

6

Heart of Midlothian

 

 

2-4

5-0

7-0

 

4

2

2

15

5

4

Aberdeen

 

 

 

3-3*

2-3

 

4

2

2

11

8

4

Celtic

 

 

 

 

3-1

 

4

2

2

7

10

4

Dunfermline Athletic

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

1

3

4

15

2

 

Hearts v Motherwell – Motherwell won 3-2 on pens

Aberdeen v Celtic – Celtic won 4-2 on pens

Celtic v Motherwell – Motherwell won 4-2 on pens

 

Semi-final

St Mirren v Motherwell 1-1, 6-5 pens

Hibernian v Heart of Midlothian 1-1, 2-1 pens

 

Final

Hibernian v St Mirren 2-0

 

1991

20/21 Jan

£12,000 for each club, winners also get additional £4,000, runners up £2,000, losing semi-finalists £1,000.

 

 

Group 1

Mw

SJ

Hi

DU

Ce

 

P

W

L

F

A

P

Motherwell

 

5-0

4-3

2-6

2-0

 

4

3

1

13

9

6

St Johnstone

 

 

2-1

2-2*

5-5*

 

4

3

1

9

13

6

Hibernian

 

 

 

4-2

4-3

 

4

2

2

12

11

4

Dundee United

 

 

 

 

1-4

 

4

2

2

11

12

4

Celtic

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

1

3

12

12

2

 

* St Johnstone v Dundee United – St Johnstone won 4-3 on pens

* St Johnstone v Celtic – St Johnstone won 4-3 on pens

 

 

Group 2

He

Ai

SM

DA

Ab

 

P

W

L

F

A

P

Heart of Midlothian

 

4-5

6-1

4-2

6-1

 

4

3

1

20

9

6

Airdrieonians

 

 

5-6

5-5*

2-2*

 

4

3

1

17

17

6

St Mirren

 

 

 

3-1

1-1*

 

4

2

2

11

13

4

Dunfermline Athletic

 

 

 

 

3-2

 

4

1

3

11

14

2

Aberdeen

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

1

3

6

12

2

 

* Aberdeen v St Mirren – Aberdeen won 4-3 on pens

* Airdrieonians v Aberdeen – Airdrieonians won 3-1 on pens

* Airdrieonians v Dunfermline – Airdrieonians won 4-3 on pens

 

Semi-final

Heart of Midlothian v St Johnstone 3-3, 5-4 pens

Motherwell v Airdrieonians 5-3

 

Final

Heart of Midlothian v Motherwell 5-2

 

 

1992

19/20 Jan at SECC, Glasgow

Aberdeen and Rangers didn’t compete

 

Group 1

Ce

SJ

Fa

PT

DU

 

P

W

L

F

A

P

Celtic

 

3-3*

5-3

4-0

5-2

 

4

4

0

17

8

8

St Johnstone

 

 

6-4

4-1

3-3*

 

4

3

1

16

11

6

Falkirk

 

 

 

3-1

3-1

 

4

2

2

13

13

4

Partick Thistle

 

 

 

 

6-3

 

4

1

3

8

14

2

Dundee United

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

0

4

9

17

0

 

* Celtic v St Johnstone – Celtic won 3-2 on pens

* St Johnstone v Dundee United – St Johnstone won 10-9 on pens

 

Group 2

He

Mw

SM

Ai

Hi

 

P

W

L

F

A

P

Heart of Midlothian

 

2-1

3-2

5-2

8-1

 

4

4

0

18

6

8

Motherwell

 

 

3-1

5-3

4-2

 

4

3

1

13

8

6

St Mirren

 

 

 

3-5

3-2

 

4

1

3

9

13

2

Airdrieonians

 

 

 

 

0-2

 

4

1

3

10

15

2

Hibernian

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

1

3

7

15

2

 

Semi-final

Celtic v Motherwell 8-5

St Johnstone v Heart of Midlothian 3-2

 

Final

Celtic v St Johnstone 4-2

 

 

1993

24/25 Jan at SECC, Glasgow

£17,500 for winners

 

Group 1

Ce

SJ

Hi

Ab

Fa

 

P

W

L

F

A

P

Celtic

 

3-0

1-2

6-4

5-3

 

4

3

1

15

9

9

St Johnstone

 

 

3-2

3-0

3-1

 

4

3

1

9

6

9

Hibernian

 

 

 

4-3

5-4

 

4

3

1

13

11

9

Aberdeen

 

 

 

 

2-0

 

4

1

3

9

13

3

Falkirk

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

0

4

8

15

0

 

 

Group 2

PT

Ai

He

Mw

DU

 

P

W

L

F

A

P

Partick Thistle

 

2-0

2-2*

4-3

4-0

 

4

3

1

12

5

9

Airdrieonians

 

 

3-2

3-1

5-3

 

4

3

1

11

8

9

Heart of Midlothian

 

 

 

7-6

3-2

 

4

3

1

14

13

9

Motherwell

 

 

 

 

5-3

 

4

1

3

15

17

3

Dundee United

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

0

4

8

17

0

 

* Partick Thistle v Hearts – Hearts won 3-2 on pens

 

Semi-final

Partick Thistle v St Johnstone 4-3

Airdrieonians v Celtic 4-3

 

Final

Partick Thistle v Airdrieonians 4-3