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Doncaster City cites ancient treaty in bid to play in Scottish Cup

A treaty dating back to 1136, which handed Doncaster to the then Scottish king, could permit the team to play north of the border.

Yorkshire football club Doncaster City cites ancient treaty in ‘ambitious’ bid to play in Scottish Cup SNS Group

A football club from South Yorkshire are using an ancient treaty to launch an “ambitious” bid to play in the Scottish Cup.

The treaty handed Doncaster to the Scottish king back in 1136 and bosses at newly-formed Doncaster City FC now believe it could give them the right to compete north of the border.

Bankrolled by Sports Direct, the club from the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior Football League Division Two, came up with the idea as it is not currently permitted to take part in the English FA Cup.

A spokesman for the club said: “We want to play as high as possible, I think it comes down to ambition. The group that we are, we’re very ambitious, so let’s have a go.”

The Scottish Cup is the oldest association football trophy in the world and has been the country’s major knockout tournament since 1874.

Last season it was won by Rangers who defeated Hearts at Hampden in extra-time.

The Scottish Football Association have been contacted for comment.

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