#lbpcup Message from Strathclyde Police Cup Final Match Commander, Chief Superintendent Andy Bates


More than fifty thousand Hearts and Hibs fans will travel to Glasgow for the Scottish Cup Final on Saturday 19 May 2012.  For many supporters this will be a day to remember for many years to come and as such we extend a very warm welcome to the teams and supporters of both clubs.
Match Commander, Chief Superintendent Andy Bates, said:

“There’s no doubt Cup Final Day will be a memorable and exciting occasion and I would like to warmly welcome the teams and the fans to Glasgow. I’m sure the atmosphere at the national stadium will be electric, there’s nothing quite like a football final at Hampden and of course we want everyone to enjoy the game whatever the result. Passions will be running high as these two premier league teams compete to lift the Scottish Cup.
“However, keeping people safe will still be the priority for Strathclyde Police.  Due to the large number of people travelling to the national stadium, our main consideration is to make sure everyone gets to and from the match, safely, on time and without incident.  We have been working closely with our counterparts to ensure the experience is a good one and one which will be treasured for many years to come.”


Many fans may not be aware of the different laws in place in Glasgow – please read the important information below to ensure Cup Final Day is remembered for all the right reasons.

  • Drinking alcohol on the streets or in a public place in Glasgow is an offence. 
  • Drinking alcohol on public transport including buses and trains is not permitted. 
  • You cannot bring, or attempt to bring alcohol into the national stadium.
  • Don’t miss a memorable match because you have drunk too much and therefore don’t get into the stadium. 
  • It is illegal to attempt to enter the stadium in possession of a flare or a smoke bomb.
  • Officers will be on hand to offer help, if required. We are here to ensure the safety and security of all supporters attending the game and minimise disruption to the local community.

I hope that this advice is useful and helps ensure all fans have a fantastic, unforgettable day.
We are aware of the impact such events can have on local residents and we will have resources in place to minimise that disruption.

Glasgow is a great city, able to host the biggest and most exciting events and this is no different.  As with any major event, public safety is a priority and additional patrols will help ensure the day is a great success and one which passes off without serious incident or inconvenience.