Big Thanks to the Scottish Football League
A problem arose with wheelchair user tickets issued to Hearts fans for the Scottish Communities League Cup semi final at Easter Road Stadium. Due to the way tickets were sold many Hearts wheelchair users had tickets for the South Stand which is a long distance from the accessible car parking in St Clair Street. With large crowds moving in all directions this was going to make it very difficult for fans to get to the match. However all was resolved when the issue was highlighted to Anton Fagan of the Scottish Football League. He arranged for tickets to be swapped so that the fans could take up spaces at the north end of the West Stand which is a lot closer to the car parking area plus they were still sitting in amongst Hearts fans.
Jan 26, 2013
The Scottish Disabled Supporters Association were delighted to have their chairman, Keith Ferguson, invited along to appear on the Off The Ball radio programme hosted by Tam Cowan and Stuart Cosgrove. Peter Houston former Dundee United manager was also on the show.
The SDSA received many phone calls, texts and emails from disabled fans all over Scotland interesting in hearing more about the organization and what it does so a big thanks for Stuart and Tam for their support.
Below is a picture taken at the end of the show although Keith doesn’t look too happy!
Partick Thistle have just won the SFL first division and are back up in the SPL for the first time in a few years. I met with General Manager Ian Maxwell in early June and the club are certainly on the way up as far as accessible facilities are concerned.
The stadium is a mixture of the old and new with the club building a new elevated section in the Jackie Husband stand for home wheelchair user fans. Existing areas will remain meaning an increase in the number of spaces. In addition the club are happy to ask the SDSA for opinions on design on this project and future developments plus their disabled policy.
Partick Thistle also fully support the setting up of a Jags Disabled Supporters Association. Interest fans had already been in touch with the SDSA after the BBC Off The Ball radio programme had Keith along as a guest.
Picture below shows me, Ian and Victoria Blair who will represent the club’s disabled supporters on the SDSA until a DSA is up and running