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The Hampden Park debate rumbles on

Date: 2nd January 2018

On the day that former Scotland boss Gordon Strachan says that the national team should leave Hampden Park, we have also heard more PR emerging from Queens Park FC.

We are delighted to see such a huge public debate on the subject emerge and believe so many other issues in the game need similar public scrutiny to successfully take the game forward.

Our recent survey results from 3000 fans showed a real mix of views for the various options under consideration and we as an organisation were delighted to be able to push this debate in the wider public arena. Given the diverse views of our members we as an organisation to not have a prescribed view on the final outcomes except to ask for fans involvement in any decision.

What we are bit concerned Queens Park President Alan Hutchinson’ comments at the validity of our academic work see http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/42528540

In the article Mr Hutchinson recognises that Hampden has its critics but was not too disheartened by a Scottish Football Supporters Association poll suggesting that only 15% wanted to retain it as the national stadium.

“I didn’t put a lot of weight on that particular poll,” he said. “It was a sample of only 3,000 people and I don’t know how many of them regularly attend internationals at Hampden or elsewhere.

“The headline figure was disappointing, but I don’t really think that, in the grand scheme of things, it holds a lot of weight.

“I would hope the SFA have enough people sensible enough not to be adversely influenced by a small, non-objective poll like the one that was published.”

We would just like to point out that this work was more than a poll, it provided a range of options for fans to consider and was conducted by independent professional expert in Mathematics and statistics. If anyone including Mr Hutchinson wishes to discuss any part of this research then please get in touch and will put you in direct contact with our academic volunteer who wrote the report.

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