The powers that be in Scottish Football are releasing a pilot project later this month, to see if it helps in part attract the crowds back to our game. Last season we saw Monday night games and continue to do so this year, now we shall see Friday Night Football.
A Joint Statement from the SPL and the SFL read: “The Scottish Premier League (SPL) and Scottish Football League (SFL) today announced two fixtures to be played on a Friday night. The fixtures have been selected following close consultation with the Police and the Scottish FA. This is a pilot project to enable all involved to understand the advantages and disadvantages of such scheduling. Neither of the matches will be broadcast live.”
SPL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster 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. We would encourage fans to get in touch and let us hear their views and feedback on Friday night football in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.”
Neither game will be shown live on television and is an initial pilot project to see how the fans take to the new idea.
David Longmuir, Chief Executive of the SFL, said: “We are delighted to have come to a position where Friday night football is being given a chance. Following close cooperation and consultation with the Police, the SPL, and the SFA, the SFL are looking forward to testing the positive impact that Friday night games may have. 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.”
SFA Chief Executive Stewart Regan mentioned on his twitter account tonight: “At last we have been able to agree a plan with police and leagues for Friday night football in Scotland. A victory for common sense. Friday night football is being tested with one SPL and one SFL fixture. If successful it will be extended but will only be used selectively.”
The two games that will be used as guinea pigs will be:
Aberdeen v Dunfermline – Friday 30th September 2011 7.45pm
Partick Thistle v Morton – Friday 30th September 2011 7.45pm
What are the fans thoughts on Friday Night Football?