PROFESSIONAL football across Scotland is to make a return this weekend, it has been announced.
This morning, the Scottish Football Association (SFA) and Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) have said that, subject to Police Scotland resourcing, fixtures will resume.
This weekend, the Pars are due to host Falkirk in League One, with Kelty Hearts travelling to Peterhead, whilst somenon-league sides, including Cowdenbeath, are in Scottish Cup action.
A statement provided by both the SFA and SPFL read: “Following confirmation of the postponement of all fixtures in the professional game across Scotland last weekend as a mark of respect for the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, we can confirm the intention for the professional game to resume as normal.
“Fixtures will go ahead, subject to Police Scotland resourcing, with the caveat that any fixtures under the professional banner be rescheduled if they fall on Monday September 19, the day of Her Majesty’s funeral.
“This week, as a mark of respect and in keeping with the period of National Mourning, home clubs may wish to hold a period of silence and/or play the National Anthem just ahead of kick-off, and players may wish to wear black armbands.
“We thank clubs and league organisations for the mark of respect shown at the weekend and for their efforts in resuming the professional game fixture schedule.”
Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, the SFA, SPFL, Scottish Women’s Premier League, and the Highland and Lowland leagues agreed to call off fixtures as a mark of respect.
That saw table-topping Dunfermline’s trip to Clyde, and Kelty’s home game with Queen of the South, called off, as well as South Challenge Cup ties involving Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts, Hill of Beath Hawthorn, Oakley United, Lochgelly Albert, Lochore Welfare and Dundonald Bluebell.
Dunfermline Athletic Ladies’ Scottish Cup preliminary round tie with Clark Drive was also postponed.
As well as Dunfermline and Kelty’s League One fixtures, Cowdenbeath will return to action in the Scottish Cup, at home to Bo’ness United, while in the same competition, Dundonald Bluebell visit Benburb, and Hill of Beath Hawthorn entertain Inverurie Loco Works.
Rosyth and Lochgelly Albert are due to return to East of Scotland League action, whilst holders, Crossgates Primrose, Oakley United and Lochore Welfare will all play Alex Jack Cup ties.
The Pars ladies are scheduled to play Dryburgh Athletic in the SWFL (Scottish Women’s Football League) North / East Division on Sunday.