Statement from Chaiman Jim Brown

In response to recent supporters’ feedback I can confirm that we will be be operating a new arrangement to for supporters who may wish to smoke at half-time.

Having assessed the options available we have decided to use the gate to the North of Ainslie Park that leads to Pilton Avenue. From this Saturday’s match with Alloa, supporters will be able to leave the stadium area via this gate without having to show tickets on re-entry, as the gate will be manned by a member of the stewarding team and only supporters previously inside the ground can go into the new smoking area in the first instance.

Also in response to recent debate on certain internet forums, the club has discussed comments made regarding the general standard of stewarding and MatchDay organisation. As a club, we have a top-class safety officer and employ a renowned security company to supply stewards and following a meeting with both of these parties, the club has outlined the service standards we expect and detailed some new arrangements for stadium access which will be in operation from this point on. We are confident that these new arrangements will streamline access arrangements and improve the general MatchDay experience supporters have when they visit Ainslie Park.

The club appreciates in advance the co-operation of all supporters in embracing these new arrangements.