Bairns boycott buses to Dundee match

Image: by Gary Hutchison. GLASGOW. Toryglen. Falkirk under-13s girls cup final.
Image: by Gary Hutchison. GLASGOW. Toryglen. Falkirk under-13s girls cup final.

Two supporters buses taking Falkirk fans to Dens Park have been cancelled within the past 24 hours, after bus conveners expressed anger at ticket prices.

Other buses (information here) are believed to be considering their positions after Elliot’s and the Colonial Bar buses announced they would not travel to Tayside in protest at the charges.

Away fans baulked at the £20 entry for adults and £10 for concessions, which Brian Stuart, Elliot’s organiser, claimed penalised visitors.

He told today: “It’s too dear, especially for someone taking their laddie or girls with them. It would cost me £30 to sit in the Falkirk end yet £22 in the home end for a family ticket.

“It has put us right off going - others feel the same so the bus has been cancelled because some families could be paying more than £100 in entry and bus costs just for a league match, we have had to say enough’s enough.

“It’s particularly galling given that not so long ago, when Dundee were struggling financially, Falkirk handed over some of the gate to help them in their time of need. Is this how we’re repaid?”

Falkirk officials are aware of the cancellations and fans issues. Supporters groups have also contacted their Tayside equivalents Dee4Life. When The Falkirk Herald contacted the Dark Blues for comment, no-one was - at present - available to discuss the prices or Bairns’ boycott.

Dundee’s prices have been published on the Falkirk FC website while home fans arrangements are on the Dundee site. By comparison, entry to a top tier match in the SPFL Premiership across the road at Tannadice costs £21/£19 for adults, the same £10 concessionary rate but under-12s with a full-paying adult pay £3.