Raith’s Ramsdens Cup final ticket fears

Raith Rovers chairman Turnbull Hutton
Raith Rovers chairman Turnbull Hutton

Raith Rovers fans without vouchers could face a scramble for Ramsdens Cup final tickets with the club likely to receive a smaller allocation than it hoped for.

Final ticket allocations for the match against Rangers at Easter Road on April 6 have not yet been confirmed, but club chairman Turnbull Hutton told the Press this week that the Famous Five Stand – which holds 3500 – has been ear-marked as the most likely destination for Rovers fans.

The Kirkcaldy side took over 7000 followers to a Scottish Cup semi-final against Dundee United at Hampden in 2010, but with Easter Road restricted to a 20,000 capacity, and demand from Rangers expected to be high, it seems many of those fans will miss out on what will be only the club’s fourth appearance in a national cup final.

“We haven’t got final details of how many tickets we’re going to get,” Hutton explained.

“There’s an issue with the capacity of the ground plus the number of Rangers supporters that presumably want to go.

“Whatever happens, we’re certainly not going to get what we want, or what we could have taken, but we’re awaiting final confirmation.

“Rangers weren’t keen to sell any tickets before February which is why we went with the voucher scheme.

“We’re heartened with the number we’ve sold - around 1200 so far.

“The police would like all our supporters in one stand - the Famous Five Stand – which has 3500 seats.

“There was an option where we would get a bit of another stand, but that would entail Rangers fans above our fans, which might not be the happiest place to be.

“We suggested the opposite, but it’s in the hands of the SPFL and we await with interest how many we get.

“If we had bigger venue that would solve the problem but the only other option was Celtic Park and there are nine million reasons why the police and Celtic don’t want it there. So we are the victims.

“I’ve been castigated because some people are saying we should’ve agreed to go to Ibrox and made money out of it.

“But it’s a cup final and in my opinion it has to be a neutral ground.”

Rovers average home crowd this season has been around the 1800 mark and following the voucher scheme for season ticket holders and those who attended recent home games, Hutton is confident that all regular Rovers supporters will be able to get tickets for the cup final.

“What we’ve done is accommodated the people that have come to games - season ticket holders and voucher holders,” he said.

“The ones who come to games are virtually guaranteed a ticket. We can easily sell the 3500 - that’s not the issue.

“The ones who will mump will be those who have never set foot in Stark’s Park this season.

“But there’s a long time between now and April and a lot could happen.”

The Ramsdens Cup final takes place on Sunday, April 6, and will be broadcast live on BBC Alba, with a 4.05 p.m kick-off.