THE countdown to Forfar Athletic’s Scottish Cup fourth round clash with premier league side Aberdeen in early January is underway.
Ahead of the Station Park game on Saturday, January 7 (with a 3 pm kick-off) Loons directors have announced that tickets will go on sale for the first time this Saturday.
Tickets will be sold to season ticket holders only from 10 am to 11.30 am.
This will allow stand season ticket holders, in particular, the opportunity to purchase their normal seat ticket if they are located in the east section of the stand.
Those who are normally seated in the west section of the stand will require to re-locate in the east section due to segregation arrangements on the day.
Tickets will then go on general sale on Sunday, December 11 from 11 am to 1 pm and on Monday, December 12 from 6 pm to 7.30 pm.
Further ticket selling arrangements will then be announced.
Prices are as follows:- Stand: adults, £16; concessions (65 and over and Under-17s), £10.
Ground: adults, £1; concessions, £8.
Fans are asked to note that no tickets will be available for sale or order at the home game with East Fife this Saturday.
The match provides the Loons with a great start to the new year - particularly as it will be the first time since 1923 that the two teams have met in a competitive fixture and there are high hopes of a bumper four-figure crowd on the day - to give club finances a much-needed shot in the arm.
Before that, there is the little matter of bidding to improve the team’s current league standing.
Forfar are currently second bottom of the Scottish second division, with 14 points from 14 outings.
At the time of going to press on Tuesday (yesterday) the Loons were two points better off than bottom dogs Stirling Albion, with the weather looking like it would put the midweek match between the two sides on the back-burner.
There is more optimism for Saturday, with Forfar due to host East Fife, before making the short trip to take on joint league-leaders Arbroath on Saturday, December 17
The year 2011 ends with a home match against Airdrie United on Boxing Day (Monday, December 26).
The new year opens with a trip to Brechin City on Monday, January 2 - ahead of that mouthwatering cup joust with the Dons on January 7.