Game moves back after Falkirk enter fixture row

FFC chairman Doug Henderson
FFC chairman Doug Henderson
  • The SPFL final day was scheduled for Saturday, May 2; Falkirk v Hibs, Hearts v Rangers
  • TV coverage saw the game moved to Sunday, May 3 - a switch that was criticised as favouring Rangers in the play-off race
  • Falkirk were ‘fiercely opposed’ to a move

Falkirk chairman Doug Henderson’s intervention into the SPFL final day fixture row came less than an hour before a dramatic U-turn by football’s govenring body.

Mr Henderson outlined Falkirk’s opposition to the Sunday switch for Rangers’ meeting with league champions Hearts which could have a decisive bearing on the play-off placings.

Falkirk were scheduled to play another of the play-off hopefuls – Hibs – at the same time as the original May 2 date.
But with hospitality and match sponsorship sold for the Saturday date, and preparations for a charity launch in tribute to former Bairns chairman Campbell Christie, Mr Henderson concluded a similar switch would be “disrespectful”.

Less than an hour later the SPFL announced Hearts v Rangers was moved back to the Saturday date, but with an earlier kick-off time of 12.15 p.m. to accomodate TV coverage, and all Championship matches on this date would follow suit.

Meanwhile Falkirk continue to prepare for Saturday’s meeting with Hibernian at Hampden in the Scottish Cup semi-final. Keep visiting www.falkirkherald.co.uk for all the build-up to the big game.