Gala FR supporting a selection of charities

Graeme McIver, centre,  secretary of Gala Fairydean Rovers
Graeme McIver, centre, secretary of Gala Fairydean Rovers
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Admission charges for Gala Fairydean Rovers’ Lowland League home game against East Stirlingshire this Saturday have been scrapped.

Instead, the club is adopting a ‘pay what you can’ policy, where supporters of both teams will be asked to make a charitable donation at the gate.

All profits from this venture will be donated to the club’s local charity partners, Scottish HART, The Rowan Bolland Trust, Callum’s Trust and The Borders Asperger’s and Autism Support Group (BAAGS).

Spectators usually pay £5 for entry to Gala FR home league matches.

Premier Club card holders and children under 16 normally get free entry to Lowland League games but, on this occasion, they’ll also be asked to put money in buckets at the turnstiles.

Club secretary Graeme McIver explained: “This is the second time we’ve held a ‘pay what you can’ day at Netherdale and we were very successful in raising money for charity on the previous occasion, in February 2015.

“With Christmas approaching, we felt it would be a good time to try and raise some much-needed funds for the four local charities which are in community partnership with Gala Fairydean Rovers.

“We would encourage as many people as possible to get along and support the team, as well as these worthwhile causes.”

Free entry vouchers, distributed to supporters who attended last month’s William Hill Scottish Cup second-round tie against Elgin City, are also still valid for the game.

East Stirlingshire currently sit in second place in the Lowland League table following their relegation from League 2 last season and are sure to provide stern and attractive opposition to the Braw Lads.

Rovers manager Steven Noble said: “East Stirlingshire are doing very well at the moment. They have been scoring goals and not conceding many.

“In their last match, they beat Selkirk 5-0 at home and will be on a high. However, we are at home and have a very good home record. Indeed, we haven’t been beaten in the league at Netherdale since the start of the season in August.

“We will be hoping to keep this record intact on Saturday. I think we are more than capable of doing this.”

Hawick lads Dean McColm and Taylor Hope have left Gala FR to rejoin their old club, Hawick Waverley.