Scottish Cup final on a Sunday. Fans not consulted AGAIN !

I’m not a happy man finding out that the SFA have decided to move the Scottish Cup final from it’s traditional Saturday to Sunday next season.
The reason for this is down to a media deal the SFA and other countries signed with UEFA last year which impart garentees that the Champions League gains supremacy over all other National fixtures. So in one respect the SFA had to change something given the fact that the Champions League final is now played on a Saturday and not only that the Saturday usually occupied by the Scottish Cup final.
“After a period of consultation with the Scottish Premier League, the Scottish Football League, our cup sponsors and broadcast rights holders, Sunday, May 26, was agreed as the preferred date for the William Hill Scottish Cup final in 2013,” said Scottish Football Association president Campbell Ogilvie.
Very good Mr Ogilvy but you forgot to consult the most important stakeholders. The fans.
A Sunday game can be very problematic for many fans mainly because it’s a big day out with people travelling from outside Scotland to attend. Fans of whichever club contest the final like to let their hair down and have a party regardless of the result. The last thing they want to do is worry about going to work the next day. For some Fans they only get the chance of a final every 20/30 years or so therefore you can see why they would want to make the most of it. And transport on a Sunday is a skeleton service.
Every effort should have been made to ensure the Show Piece Finale of the Scottish football season was played on a Saturday even if it meant moving SPL fixtures  to accommodate it.
Oh well, I suppose if the sponsors and TV companies are happy then that’s all that counts. At the end of the day us fans are only cash cows for corporate sport.

Comments

  1. I’m rapidly giving up on those that are alledgedly in charge of our game and it’s wellbeing. When will we ever be able to say as fans that yes we were consulted and even though the decision went against us we were at least consulted. I contacted Stewart Regan last week with a sugestion that Scotland could really take the lead and be innovative in the way the game is ran. I proposed that every season ticket holding fan of every Scottish Senior team was given 1 share in the SFA and that these shares accounted for 50% of the voting rights in any major decision taken by the SFA, the other 50% would be equally distributed to the clubs, ie the PLC’s owning the franchise to play football in Scotland. As yet I have had no reply from the SFA or Mr Regan. We need radical change in the way the game is ran globally not just in Scotland. Scotland could take the lead and show the world the way forward in how the game is administered. This is a game of the people and it is time to give it back to the fans that are it’s lifeblood.

  2. I’m rapidly giving up on those that are alledgedly in charge of our game and it’s wellbeing. When will we ever be able to say as fans that yes we were consulted and even though the decision went against us we were at least consulted. I contacted Stewart Regan last week with a sugestion that Scotland could really take the lead and be innovative in the way the game is ran. I proposed that every season ticket holding fan of every Scottish Senior team was given 1 share in the SFA and that these shares accounted for 50% of the voting rights in any major decision taken by the SFA, the other 50% would be equally distributed to the clubs, ie the PLC’s owning the franchise to play football in Scotland. As yet I have had no reply from the SFA or Mr Regan. We need radical change in the way the game is ran globally not just in Scotland. Scotland could take the lead and show the world the way forward in how the game is administered. This is a game of the people and it is time to give it back to the fans that are it’s lifeblood.

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