Scottish leagues pilot Friday night football matches

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Neither of the matches involved will be broadcast on television.

A pilot project will see senior football matches played on Friday nights in Scotland later this month.

Fixtures involving Aberdeen and Dunfermline, and Partick Thistle and Morton will be played on Friday 30 September at 1945 BST.

Scottish Premier League chief executive Neil Doncaster said the change has been made with fans in mind.

"We would encourage fans to get in touch and let us hear their views and feedback," he said.

"The SPL is committed to supporting our clubs' efforts to increase attendances and improve the matchday experience for fans.

"Working with the Police and our colleagues at the SFL and Scottish FA, these fixtures have been chosen as a pilot and with the supporters very much in mind."

Neither of the matches will be shown on television and the leagues stressed that at this stage the pilot is a one-off project.

Scottish police forces have previously been reluctant to allow Friday night football given their need for resources in city centres, although top-flight matches were played in the slot in the mid 1990s at the behest of TV companies.

Scottish Football League chief executive David Longmuir said the return of Friday night football is something clubs have been keen on for some time.

"We are delighted to have come to a position where Friday night football is being given a chance." he said.

"Our football communities are our lifeblood and we must try to give fans as much choice as possible in when they can watch their team."

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