Bairns respond to pitch questions

Photo: John Devlin. 18/12/13. LARBERT. Forth Valley Royal. Children's Ward. Falkirk FC players visiting children with Christmas presents.  Oliver and Sally Fisher.(DO)
Photo: John Devlin. 18/12/13. LARBERT. Forth Valley Royal. Children's Ward. Falkirk FC players visiting children with Christmas presents. Oliver and Sally Fisher.(DO)

Falkirk today issued a statement to defend the club’s plastic pitch.

An article within a Sunday tabloid, and quotes from SPFL chief Neil Doncaster, appear to question the entry credentials of synthetic surfaces in the top flight.

And the Bairns quickly issued the following statement: “With reference to the article that appeared in today’s Sunday Mail newspaper entitled “Plastic pitches could bar clubs top flight entry”, Falkirk Football Club wish to comment as follows:

. It was stated at the SPFL meeting on Monday that all clubs with lastic pitches would need to apply by 31st March for permission to play in the premiership next season.

. The minimum acceptable standard would be a FIFA 2 star pitch - the Falkirk FC pitch already meets this requirement.

The Club are therefore confident that our application to play in the premiership will be approved”

As detailed in both today’s article and previous reports in The Falkirk Herald, each plastic or synthetic pitch is examined individually by the govenring body and Falkirk directors Douglas McIntyre and Martin Ritchie were confident the quality of the Bairns pitch would give little reason for rejection.

The pitch has also received praise from opposing clubs with general manager David White revealing at the club’s AGM that Aberdeen officials sought further detail on the surface manufacturers to add to their new training complex plans.

The specially woven surface was damaged, then quickly repaired, when a flare scorched the surface after Rangers 2-0 Scottish Cup win at The Falkirk Stadium in November.