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Doncaster City FC, who play for Juventus in England’s 13th place, are aiming to join the Scottish Football League next season. As reported by the British media, Doncaster is based on an almost 900-year-old agreement concluded between the English King Stephen and the former Scottish King David I. In the Treaty of 1136 Doncaster was recognized as part of Scotland. Officially, the city is not returned to England.
A spokesman for the ambitious club told the Scottish press: “Doncaster City are progressing and we dream of meeting Rangers or Celtic.” Daily notes. He confirmed that Doncaster had applied to the Scottish Football Association to take part in the cup “after we found out that our club was actually in Scotland”.
No appearances for Doncaster in the FA Cup
However, the basis of the curious idea may be different: Doncaster City was founded only this year and plays in the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior Football League Division Two. Participation in the English FA Cup is only allowed for teams from Division 9 and above. So Doncaster can only participate in the cup after a number of promotions and at the earliest in a few years.
However, Doncaster City will not be the first English club to participate in Scottish football. Berwick Rangers, from Berwick-upon-Tweed in England, just south of the border with Scotland, currently play in the fifth division of Scotland. The club caused the biggest upset in Scottish football in 1967, then as a second division side, they beat champions Glasgow Rangers 1-0 in the first round of the cup.
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