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The non league sides all but confirmed for the 2019/20 Irn-Bru Cup

If you remember all the way back to the beginning of the season, you might recall that two National League side featured in the Scottish Irn-Bru Cup.

The non league sides from England taking part for the 2018/19 season were Boreham Wood and Sutton United who joined teams from Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland with the Scottish Premiership Under-20s and sides from the Championship, League One and League Two, plus clubs from the Highland and Lowland League.

Those two sides were the highest ranked teams still remaining to take part from the second round.

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Back when the English sides were introduced to the tournament, SPFL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster said: “The IRN-BRU Cup remains an innovative and evolving competition, and we are pleased to now extend a warm welcome to the National League and their representatives, Sutton United and Boreham Wood. We look forward to developing a positive relationship with our counterparts in England, just as we have with representatives from the leagues of Northern Ireland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland over the last two years.”

There was also words from Michael Tattersall, National League Chief Executive, who added: “We were pleased to accept the SPFL’s invitation to participate in next year’s competition. We believe our two clubs will benefit from playing in an international competition and we look forward to establishing new relationships with the other leagues involved.”

The Sutton chairman and Boreham Wood manager were delighted to take part, but also said it was a chance to encounter new opposition, that it will give the players an added incentive and have the luxury of possibly travelling around the British Isles for a fixture.

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