Falkirk and Inverness fans call for fair Scottish Cup final pricing

Fans fear Hampden will only be half full for the 30 May Scottish Cup final
Fans fear Hampden will only be half full for the 30 May Scottish Cup final

Falkirk and Inverness Caley Thistle fans have urged the Scottish FA to "fairly price" the Scottish Cup final.

Their calls have been backed by the recently formed Scottish Football Supporters Association.

Both clubs average home crowds of between 3,500-4,500, but Hampden has a capacity of 52,000.

Brian Guthrie of the Bairns Trust said: "It is essential this game is priced to appeal to families and neutral supporters."

Falkirk will play in their first final since 2009 after they beat Hibernian 1-0 on Saturday, while Inverness joined them with a 3-2 extra-time win over Celtic the next day.

Both semi-finals attracted fewer than 30,000 spectators.

"We also want to ensure that the policing and stewarding is appropriate to the occasion and have asked the SFSA to raise our concerns about the costs of catering at Hampden Park too," said Guthrie.

Lionel Djebi-Zadi tussles for the ball with Falkirk's Mark Stewart
Inverness and Falkirk last played on 23 May 2006, when the Bairns won 1-0

"This match has the potential to be a wonderful day out for everyone and making it the best fan experience is at the heart of that."

Falkirk sold 13,000 tickets for the 2009 final, which they lost 1-0 to Rangers, while Inverness had just over 7,000 fans at last season's League Cup final against Aberdeen.

Discussions over the pricing, venue and activities around this year's final are scheduled to take place with the SFA on Thursday.

Paul Goodwin of the SFSA said: "We have been contacted by supporters groups in Falkirk and Inverness and by individual fans of both clubs asking us to ensure that their views are conveyed to the SFA.

"We know that this final has the potential to be one of the best, both on and off the park, and would urge the Scottish FA to make access to it as appealing to all fans who want to be there on the flagship match of the season.

"It strikes us that it is not only sensible but desirable that the supporters' views on everything surrounding such an important and exciting game are heard."

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