Next up for The Bairns is another home game at The Falkirk Stadium where we host Airdrieonians as we return to cinch League One action.
Kick off is at 3pm, Saturday 16th October.
HEAD TO HEAD
Falkirk v Airdrieonians is a fixture that has featured heavily throughout Scottish football history. The most memorable of these meetings, for Falkirk fans at least, would probably be the ones that took place in the early 90s, more specifically, the match at Broomfield which saw club legend Sam McGivern score a famous hat-trick.
Throughout the last 20 years, the head to head results have swung quite dramatically at a couple of different points. Between 2002 and 2019, Falkirk went unbeaten by the Diamonds in 10 games, winning by some emphatic scorelines in the process.
More recently however, the results have not been kind to The Bairns. Since joining Airdrieonians in League One, Falkirk had gone without a win against the North Lanarkshire side in three seasons before finally taking all three points at The Excelsior in an exciting encounter back in August, thanks to a stunning goal from Aidan Keena that won the first ever SPFL Goal of the Month award.
Expectations were high for Airdrieonians before the start of the 2021/22 campaign following their play-off run last season which saw them narrowly miss out on promotion to the Championship as Greenock Morton managed to cling on to safety in the play-off final. Their good form didn’t continue into the new season however, as Ian Murray’s men only managed to take one point from their opening three games.
Their performances have picked up since then with The Diamonds picking up 13 points from their last six games. Big wins against Alloa, East Fife and Clyde and an important point from league leaders Queen’s Park mean that Airdrieonians now sit fourth in the league table, level with Falkirk on 14 points.
The Bairns started the season strongly, earning 10 points from their opening four games and it looked like the run of form would continue. Following a frustrating defeat at home to Queen’s Park, Falkirk went on a four game losing streak before finally putting another point on the board with a draw in Montrose. The following game against East Fife was to be a turning point for The Bairns who needed a win to turn their fortunes around and not lose sight of the top of the table. It looked liked East Fife were out to spoil the day though as Kieran Millar broke the deadlock in the 21st minute, putting Paul Sheerin’s men in a difficult position.
Falkirk had it all to do in the second half, but on the hour mark, loan signing Michael Ruth volleyed home the equaliser to get his side back in the game. Just 14 minutes later, Falkirk managed to take the lead following a great passage of play. Craig McGuffie drove down the left side of the pitch before making some space and playing a perfect cross to the waiting substitute Aidan Keena who headed back across goal, past the helpless goalkeeper to send the home fans wild and snatch all three crucial points.
The win means The Bairns now sit third in the table, just three points off top spot.
HOW TO WATCH
Tickets are on sale for this game and are priced as follows:
- Adult – £20
- Conc – £18
- U18 – £12
- U12 – Free
- Adult – £19
- Conc – £12
- U18 – £7
- U12 – Free
- Adult – £18
- Conc – £11
- U18 – £6
- U12 – Free
- Adult – £18
- Concession – £11 (over 65/unemployed/ambulant disabled)
- Under 18 – £6
- Under 12 – Free
- Supermarket & convenience store workers – Free
Continuing with our North Stand incentives, for this Saturday we will be offering free tickets to all supermarket and convenience store workers. Just show your relevant ID in the club shop to claim your free North Stand ticket.
The game will be available on Pay-Per-View on Falkirk TV. PPV passes are priced at £13 and can be purchased here.