Division One Clubs Need Cash Injection

Last updated : 23 December 2010 By Queens Mad

Division One clubs need cash injection to counter falling attendances, warns QOS chief

QUEEN of the South chairman David Rae insists the First Division needs a urgent cash injection or clubs could be forced to go part-time.

Queens have been hit by a fall in average attendances this season and the Arctic weather is wreaking havoc as they have not hosted a game since November 13.

Rae said: "The First Division is going to need to require an injection if it is to remain as a full-time league, albeit there are a few part-time clubs in it just now. There needs to be some change - we're an average of 400 fans down for each home game."

Dundee Boss Barry Smith last night called for an early decision to be made ahead of their scheduled Boxing Day clash away to Queen of the South.

The Dundee boss said: "An early decision is the right thing to do as having fans travel there on the chance the game might be on is unfair."

Ross County Faroe Islands international Atli Gregersen has left the Dingwall club by mutual consent. The 28-year-old summer signing managed just one brief substitute appearance.

In division two Forfar gaffer Dick Campbell says the cold snap has left the club in a critical financial position.

They haven't played at home since November 6 and are strapped for cash having not received any match-day income for nearly two months.

Campbell said: "The situation is horrendous. We get a payment from the SFA - but it's just putting a plaster over the whole thing. It's critical for a club like Forfar."

Airdrie boss Jimmy Boyle has called for the SFL to extend the league season - for the sake of the players.

He fears cramming in too many rescheduled games in order to fit the deadline could hurt his squad.

Boyle said: "The bad weather is not their fault so why should they have to suffer by playing four games a week and risking their careers?"