Tennents Soccer Sixes

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Updated: 28 February 2021

 

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.

 

 

Winners

 

1983-84 Rangers

1984-85 Heart of Midlothian

1985-86 Aberdeen

1986-87 Aberdeen

1987-88 Dundee

1988-89 Rangers

1989-90 Hibernian

1990-91 Heart of Midlothian

1991-92 Celtic

1992-93 Partick Thistle

 

 

 

 

1983-84 Tennents Soccer Sixes

16 & 17 Jan 1984 at Coasters Arena, Falkirk. Attendance 4,000

Each club received 3,000GBP 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

Ran

SJ

Hib

 

P

W

L

F

A

Pts

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

Pts

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

Pts

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

 

 

 

 

 

1984-85 Tennents Soccer Sixes

20 & 21 Jan 1985 at Ingliston Showground

 

 

 

Group 1

 

Dd

Mo

Ra

Hi

SM

 

P

W

L

F

A

Pts

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

Pts

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

 

 

 

 

1985-86 Tennents Soccer Sixes

19 & 20 Jan 1986 at SECC, Glasgow. Attendance 5,200

Each club received GBP7,000 for appearing.

GBP10,000 was awarded to the winners and GBP1500 to Aberdeen as top scorers

 

Group 1

 

Db

SM

Dd

MC

He

 

P

W

L

F

A

Pts

Dumbarton

 

1-0

0-0

4-0

3-0

 

4

4

0

8

0

8

St Mirren

 

 

1-0

2-1

4-3

 

4

3

1

7

5

6

Dundee

 

 

 

4-1

1-1

 

4

2

2

5

3

4

Manchester City

 

 

 

 

2-1

 

4

1

3

4

11

2

Heart of Midlothian

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

0

4

5

10

0

 

* Dumbarton v Dundee 0-0 Dumbarton won 4-3 on pens

* Dundee v Heart of Midlothian 1-1 - Dundee won 4-3 on pens

 

Group 2

 

Ab

Hib

Cb

DU

Mw

 

P

W

L

F

A

Pts

Aberdeen

 

0-0

2-0

2-1

2-1

 

4

3

1

6

2

6

Hibernian

 

 

0-1

2-0

0-0

 

4

3

1

2

1

6

Clydebank

 

 

 

2-1

1-1

 

4

3

1

4

4

6

Dundee United

 

 

 

 

2-1

 

4

1

3

4

7

2

Motherwell

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

0

4

3

5

0

 

* Aberdeen v Hibernian - Hibernian won 4-3 on pens

* Hibernian v Motherwell - Hibernian won on 6-5 pens

* Clydebank v Motherwell - Clydebank won on 4-3 pens

 

Semi-final

Aberdeen v Dumbarton 1-0

St Mirren v Hibernian 3-0

 

Final

Aberdeen v St Mirren 3-0

 

 

1986-87 Tennents Soccer Sixes

18 & 19 Jan 1987 at SECC, Glasgow. Attendance 7,000

Each club received GBP8,000 for appearing.

First prize GBP11,000, 2nd prize GBP9,500. Heart won GBP1,000 as highest scorers with 24 goals

 

Group 1

 

Ab

Ha

Hi

 

P

W

L

F

A

Pts

Aberdeen

 

5-1

4-1

 

2

2

0

9

2

4

Hamilton Academical

 

 

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

Pts

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

Cb

 

P

W

L

F

A

Pts

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

Pts

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 3-3, Hearts won on pens

Aberdeen v Falkirk 3-1

 

Semi-final

Aberdeen v Hamilton Academical 1-0

Heart of Midlothian v Dundee 8-1

 

Final

Aberdeen v Heart of Midlothian 4-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

1987-88 Tennents Soccer Sixes

24 & 25 Jan 1988 at SECC, Glasgow. Attendance both days 8,000

Each club were paid GBP9,000 to compete. First prize total GBP12,000, runner-up total GBP10,500. Aberdeen awarded GBP1,000 as overall top scorers

The Morton manager, Alan McGraw, withheld a promised GBP100 per man to reach the KO stage after two poor performances on the Sunday.

 

Group 1

 

Dd

Ab

Mo

 

P

W

L

F

A

Pts

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

Pts

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

Pts

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

Pts

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

St Mirren v Hibernian 2-2, 4-3 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

 

 

 

1988-89 Tennents Soccer Sixes

22 & 23 Jan 1989 at SECC, Glasgow.

GBP12,000 for each club, winners also get additional GBP4,000, runners up GBP2,000. Highest scorers win GBP2,000

 

 

 

 

Group 1

 

Ce

SM

Ha

Dd

Ab

 

P

W

L

F

A

Pts

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 Academical

 

 

 

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

Pts

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

 

1989-90 Tennents Soccer Sixes

28 & 29 Jan 1990 at SECC, Glasgow.

 

 

Group 1

 

Hi

SM

Rg

Dd

DU

 

P

W

L

F

A

Pts

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

Pts

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

1990-91 Tennents Soccer Sixes

20 & 21 Jan 1991 at SECC, Glasgow.

GBP12,000 for each club, winners also get additional GBP4,000, runners up GBP2,000, losing semi-finalists GBP1,000.

 

Group 1

 

Mw

SJ

Hi

DU

Ce

 

P

W

L

F

A

Pts

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

Pts

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

 

1991-92 Tennents Soccer Sixes

19 & 20 Jan 1992 at SECC, Glasgow.

 

 

Group 1

 

Ce

SJ

Fa

PT

DU

 

P

W

L

F

A

Pts

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

Pts

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

 

 

1992-93 Tennents Soccer Sixes

24 & 25 Jan 1993 at SECC, Glasgow.

GBP17,500 for winners

 

Group 1

 

Ce

SJ

Hi

Ab

Fa

 

P

W

L

F

A

Pts

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

Pts

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