Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Saturday October 6 2007
What do supporters of Arsenal, Birmingham, Blackburn, Bolton, Chelsea, Derby, Everton, Fulham, Liverpool, Man City, Man U, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Portsmouth, Reading, Sunderland, Spurs and Wigan have in common?
They will all be lost for something to do at 3 o`clock today
Perhaps they could do a bit of pre-Christmas shopping or listen to up dates of the Villa West Ham game, but one things for sure they wont be watching their team play
The traditional Saturday has long been in jeopardy for supporters of Premiership clubs, but today takes the biscuit, just two games on and the Man U Wigan game a lunch time kick-off
Times were bad enough when Sky had sole rights to live football, changing fixtures, now that Setanta have joined in, well its getting a bit ridiculous, and whats with all this UEFA cup business on a Thursday!
UEFA Cup football on a Tuesday please, its traditional, but then that would clash with Champions league football, well play that on Wednesday, they already do to maximise TV coverage and revenue
Ahh, the magic word, revenue, that`s what its all about money, money and more money.
Forget the fans, now that saying is really ringing true. TV bosses will argue that the fans watch in their millions, on a Saturday lunch time, Sunday Lunch time and on Sunday and Monday evenings.
The armchair fans are they the ones that are really killing the game
Billy Potts Arsenal supporter, never been out of Doncaster in his life
Jess Jones Wigan Athletic supporter from Kent, chose the Latics as her team because she likes fairy tales, thinks Wigan is in Yorkshire
We live in a new age and for the over 35`s like me (well over), we find it hard to get our heads around the concept of no football on a Saturday afternoon, I cant get over the concept of not supporting your own town team
Any ways after this ramble the point is today is a strange day and lets hope it`s a one-off but I very much doubt it
Do you feel that Saturday should be football day or are you happy for your team to play Sunday and Monday or whatever day?
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Date:Saturday October 6 2007
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