The Spartans Football Club are a Scottish football club from Edinburgh, formed in 1951 by ex-players of Edinburgh University with the intention was to field a team of graduates of the university. However, they have players from elsewhere too. The senior team plays in the Lowland Football League. They joined the new league in 2013 after playing in the East of Scotland Football League, where they became one of its most successful clubs from the 1970s. They have been allowed to play in the qualifying rounds of the Scottish Cup since 1978 and have qualified for the cup proper on several occasions.