Fans’ fury as Falkirk quarter-final to be played on Friday night

David Smith scores the winner for Falkirk against Brechin - but Bairns fans' journey to Queen of the South will be less easy
David Smith scores the winner for Falkirk against Brechin - but Bairns fans' journey to Queen of the South will be less easy
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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.