Cup win for Dons would be just Dandy for the Bairns

0511012 SSFF raith falkirk 'Steven Pressley celebrates Falkirk's equaliser - Raith Rovers against Falkirk FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
0511012 SSFF raith falkirk 'Steven Pressley celebrates Falkirk's equaliser - Raith Rovers against Falkirk FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
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FALKIRK will be keeping a close eye on Sunday’s Scottish Cup fifth round match between Dunfermline and Aberdeen.

The match, at Pittodrie, could have a significant impact on the Bairns’ finances.

If Dunfermline were to progress in the competition, their quarter-final tie would be on Saturday, March 12 - the same day scheduled for the Pars’ visit to the Bairns.

The Scottish Cup would take precedence over the league fixture - wiping out what is expected to be the biggest crowd of the season at The Falkirk Stadium, and cancelling the club’s entire hospitality set-up which is already fully-booked for the derby tie.

Another hit in the pocket, after this week’s financial dramatics, is the last thing the Bairns need as they strive for promotion.

“Re-scheduling matches has a huge bearing on the income,” managing director George Craig told Heraldsport this week.

“Take the Raith Rovers match as an example, it was moved from a Saturday to a Wednesday night.

“We had to cancel all our hospitality bookings for one of the biggest games of the season, and our footfall through the turnstile also dropped significantly.

“Raith predicted they would bring more than 1000 supporters to The Falkirk Stadium on the Saturday - what transpired was a midweek match where only about 500 fans made the journey.

“The same happenned with the Partick Thistle cup match - even our home gate is affected in midweek games - in purely a financial respect, the replay actually helped make up some of the deficit.”

The Bairns still have a home match outstanding with Partick, plus visits to Dunfermline, Greenock Morton and Cowdenbeath to arrange for an available matchday.