Tuesday 21st April 2015

SONS and Raith Rovers’ request to have their end of season fixture kick-off time to a 3pm time slot, has been denied by the SPFL Board.

The decision was transmitted to DFC this morning meaning that the game on May 2nd will have a 12.15pm start.

Sons Chief Executive Gilbert Lawrie, speaking on behalf of DFC’s board of directors said: “It’s a disappointing outcome.

“Given that the game in question has no bearing on any of the play-off matches, we were hopeful that a 3pm kick-off would be allowed.

“12.15pm is not ideal for us given that we had a full hospitality day planned. In fact, it was to be one of our busiest days of the year as fans like to come along and celebrate the season’s end.

“As I said, we are very disappointed and we have again written to the SPFL, however we will now need to make arrangements based on the decision.”

Gilbert continued : “We are now contacting all our sponsors and hospitality guests to advise of possible alternative arrangements to their planned day.”

Speaking on behalf of the Sonstrust, Chairman Brian Payne added : “From a fans point of view, the 12.15pm kick-off is not ideal, especially given the nature of the game.

“Potentially it could have an affect on the attendance and I know already of quite a few fans who made arrangements for hospitality and will be reveiwing their position.

“This is to say nothing of any plans that supporters of Raith Rovers will have to make.”

Alan Findlay

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