Final game switch means Bairns fans ‘will lose out’ say club

Falkirk chairman Doug Henderson wants the SPFL to reconsider changing the final matches. Picture: Michael Gillen
Falkirk chairman Doug Henderson wants the SPFL to reconsider changing the final matches. Picture: Michael Gillen
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Falkirk FC chiefs have criticised the SPFL for changing the final matches of the season to a Sunday saying they will lose out financially.

The club is protesting the decision to switch the final Scottish Championship games of the season from Saturday, April 30 to Sunday, May 1 and has called for the SPFL to reconsider its decision.

Club bosses have expressed their concern to Raith Rovers chief executive Eric Drysdale – who represents Championship Clubs – and has been asked to press the SPFL to change its position.

The switch has came after Championship leaders Rangers’ final game with St Mirren was selected for TV coverage for the Sunday lunchtime which means, under SPFL rules, all matches need to kick off at the same time on the last day of the season so no club will have an unfair advantage.

However, Falkirk say this will cause havoc for the club and fans who have organised end-of-season events.

Chairman Doug Henderson said: “We understand why the SPFL wanted to change the dates so that all the final day games took place at the same time.

“The reality is that none of the teams competing for the play-offs would be disadvantaged by allowing their games to take place on the Saturday.

“This decision is inconsiderate of our fans, not only because of the switch to a less convenient day, but also because end-of-season supporters’ events have been planned for the Saturday. Clubs will lose out considerably at the gates and through the loss of hospitality.

“We are going through the proper channels to ask the SPFL to change its position – there’s still time to reverse their decision and respect the wishes of our fans.”