Loons ready for the Saints

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Forfar Athletic have reached the final 16 of the Scottish Cup once again and all involved with the club are hoping for a big turn out of local support.

Despite a couple of disappointing results in recent games manager Dick Campbell is looking forward to facing St/ Johnstone at Station Park on Saturday.

Campbell said: “In the last two games they didn’t work hard enough, they didn’t put their overalls on and they didn’t apply themselves properly.

“I felt on Saturday [against Airdrieonians] we had various chances to win the game and didn’t.

“But we can apply ourselves better. We had a great opportunity there against two teams below us in the league, particularly at home on Saturday, but we didn’t do it.

“It might be complacency, but they better get their finger out anyway.”

Looking ahead to Saturday Campbell continued: “The Cup’s always had a bit of romance for me.

“We’ve always done well in the cup over the years and for that to happen on Saturday we need to apply ourselves better and hope that St. Johnstone have a rough day.”

The manager hopes that Odmar Faeroe will be available for selection once again following injury but doesn’t plan to make too many changes to the side that faced Airdrieonians.

Alastair Donald, Forfar Athletic chairman, is hoping to see the Loons fans turn out in the masses to support the team. He said: “We are in the last 16 of the Scottish Cup once again and I think this is quite unique.

“We are the only Angus Club to get this far and it is a massive achievement for us so we would like to see a strong turn out from the fans for Saturday’s game against St. Johnstone.

“There should be no contest but that’s not how it goes in cup competitions. We have already created upsets this season against Rangers and Dundee.

“And we have been playing well.”

He continued: “So we’re hoping to muster the troops for Saturday. Last season when we played against Falkirk when we were in the last 16 there was a magnificent turn out.

“We had at least 400 fans there that travelled down to the game.

“Again, the support was magnificent during the play-offs against Dunfermline and against Aberdeen a few seasons ago.

“If we can have 400 people travelling we would like to see at least 1,000 home fans through the gates at Station Park so lets see what we can do!”

Admission charges for Saturday’s game are priced at £15 for the stand with concessions paying £8. For the ground the pricing is set at £14/£7.

Supporters are reminded that season tickets will not be valid for this game and turnstiles open at 2 p.m.

A Forfar Athletic spokesman said: “There will be segregation on the terracing. Forfar Athletic supporters will enter by the normal turnstiles in Carseview Road and utilise north and east terracing and the east end of the south enclosure.

“Both stand turnstiles will be in operation and voluntary segregation will apply.

“Forfar Athletic season ticket holders can utilise their normal reserved seat if they so wish.

“A block of seats in rows ‘D’ and ‘E’ of the east end of the stand will be reserved for hospitality guests, while seat numbers 1/6 in rows A/E in the west end of the stand will be reserved for members of the press.

“Please co-operate with the stewards in this regard.

“Only the normal parking restrictions in Carseview Road will apply with the normal car park at the old gas tank site available to early arrivals.”