Writer: South-East Arab
Date:Friday September 14 2007
Dundee United supporters will once again benefit from the generosity of Chairman Eddie Thompson, after the club agreed to subsidise travel to the Gretna(a) match next weekend.
Newly promoted Gretna are ground-sharing with Motherwell this season, but are struggling to fill Fir Park, since very few 'home` supporters are making the long trip up the M74.
Chairman Thompson has decided to use this to United`s advantage and turn-the-tables on David Iron`s side, by encouraging a large Dundee United support to travel through to Fir Park.
"The idea did cross my mind initially, given the fact that Gretna have no real home games to speak of, spectator wise," the Chairman told ArabNews.
"I thought there might be an opportunity to try and take advantage of this by turning it into almost an extra home fixture if we could encourage more fans to go."
"We've had a promising start to the season and this type of added support might just help to keep it going. There really is a good chance to make a lot of noise and to be heard supporting the team"
As per usual, the offer is only available to fans travelling with the Federation of Dundee United supporters clubs, but Chairman of the Federation Shuggy Falconer praised the offer of subsidised travel.
"We are delighted that Chairman Eddie Thompson has authorised this," Shuggy told ArabNews.
"This will allow many more Arabs to get behind the team on the day and hopefully provide much needed vocal encouragement at a fixture which, due to the unusual circumstances, won't have the normal SPL atmosphere."
"It's been a good start to the season so far and it's important to keep the momentum going."
Dundee United currently sit 4th in the SPL, after taking an impressive 10 points out of their 1st 5 matches of the campaign.
Meanwhile, Gretna have struggled to get their season going, with just a single point from a draw with Hearts a few weeks ago.
A win for Dundee United over Gretna next week would be another important 3 points towards a top-6 place and the chance of European football returning to Tannadice next season.
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