Finlay to meet his heroes

Nine year-old Finlay Sangster
Nine year-old Finlay Sangster

A Stonehaven football fanatic is preparing to meet the Scotland team, after being disappointed when his view was obscured at a recent game.

We reported in last week’s Mearns Leader (September 11) how Finlay Sangster (9), travelled down to Hampden on Monday September 7 to see Scotland play against world champions Germany, but was left disappointed when his view of the pitch was obstructed by advertising billboards.

As a wheelchair user, Finlay was seated at ground level with the pitch, and extra advertising billboards meant that he couldn’t see the match from the disabled seating area.

The Scottish Football Association apologised at the time, but have since added that they wil now be inviting the affected spectators - including Finlay - to meet the Scotland team before they face off against Poland next month.

The updated Scottish FA statement said: “We apologise unreservedly to those supporters accommodated in the south stand accessible areas whose view was seriously restricted by the double television production.

“We will offer a full refund to those supporters affected and will review matters ahead of the European Qualifier against Poland next month.

“As well as a full refund, we will also be inviting those who were inconvenienced to attend a training session and meet and greet the squad before the Poland game.”

Finlay, who was already planning to attend the Scotland vs Poland game, commented: “I’m still angry at the SFA, for last week, but at least this is a nice thing for them to do.”