Bairns fans have reacted angrily following today’s announcement that next month’s Queen of the South v Falkirk Scottish Cup tie will be played on a Friday evening.
The quarter-final match in Dumfries will now go ahead on March 6 with an early 7.35 p.m. kick-off so it can be broadcast live on BBC Scotland.
That means many Falkirk supporters face a transport headache as they make a 175-mile roundtrip after dark on a day that many will be working or at school.
Bairns fans were quick to voice their disapproval of the decision, with many claiming it will have a severe impact on the game’s attendance.
Duncan Gourlay said: “It’s farcical but typical of the ineptitude of those that run our game.”
Gary Wilson said: “Crazy decision. It’s not like we have a 30 minute bus journey. TV is killing the game. I will still be there, but many others won’t.”
“It’s a sure fire way to minimise the gate receipts,” added Dean Serafini.
“Shocking. Zero consideration for the fans,” said Jordan McNee.
The Falkirk board of directors are considering whether the club will subsidise supporters’ bus travel to the game.
The Bairns reached the quarter-final after a 2-1 win over Brechin City in last weekend’s fifth round match at Westfield.