Fans leave Linlithgow Rose embarrassed

Flares were let off by a small section of fans at the Scottish Cup game
Flares were let off by a small section of fans at the Scottish Cup game

A hooligan minority of
Linlithgow Rose fans brought shame on the club at Tuesday’s Scottish Cup fourth round 
tie with Forfar.

The kick-off had to be delayed because of crowd trouble then a flare was thrown on to the artificial pitch.

There was further grief for the Rose when the Station Park floodlights failed in the seventh minute, eventually leading to the referee abandoning the game.

Linlithgow Rose president Les Donaldson was angry at the events.

He said: “A flare was let off just before kick-off. At that moment I went across to try to tell these so-called fans to calm down. Strange thing was I didn’t recognise any of them. It was just neds looking to cause trouble.”

After the ref called a halt there was further trouble.

Les said: “More flares were let off and despite the best efforts of the 
stewards these thugs would not move.”

Two fans attempted to enter the pitch but were arrested by police. The Rose have promised anyone found to be responsible will be banned for life from all future Linlithgow games.

For the replayed game on January 26, the club want buses to log their details with them. In return the vehicle will be given a number allowing entry to 
Forfar’s ground.