Falkirk still not sold on Friday night football

Friday night football could yet be on its way to Westfield
Friday night football could yet be on its way to Westfield

Falkirk are monitoring the success of Friday night football at Partick Thistle, Hamilton and Livingston - but the Bairns are not looking to stage it anytime soon.

The evening matches - not strictly for television - are not terribly high on the agenda for the Bairns, who are taking note of the success of the trial matches last season and this term.

General manager David White explained to Heraldsport that it would be a decision with fans at its’ focus, not necessarily finances.

“You have to think about the supporters who work all week - would we then expect them at the end of that, to rush home and back out again for a game at 7.30 p.m.?

“We are routinely pulling crowds of more than 3000 on a Saturday at 3 p.m. - so as it stands there wouldn’t be much reason for us to change that, but that might not be the case for opposing teams.”

Hamilton have sampled some success with the scheme by switching their matches - but Accies’ home gate isn’t as reliably high as Falkirk. The SPFL Championship leaders only managed 817 for their match with Cowdenbeath.

“It would be a consideration from a fan’s perspective first, before a commercial decision,” added Mr White.

“It would need to be suggested by the opposing team too and all of these are judged on a match-by-match basis and any decision would also depend upon consultation with local police.”