Q) How much longer are football supporters in this country going to be treated like mugs by the television companies, The FA and indeed, the clubs themselves?
A) As long as we keep spending our hard earned cash following the team of our choice!
That’s how long!
They know they have us by the short and curlies and they know no matter how much they take us for granted, as long as the money keeps rolling in they don’t give a toss whether we travel 5 or 500 miles to see our team in a midweek game that, for no other reason than ‘profit’, has been moved from a Saturday 3pm kick off!
Yes, today we are told that the Blackpool away game had now been moved to a Monday night!, no thought has gone into the fact that most supporters have already booked hotels, this is a new ground to visit for a lot of travelling fans and most are making a weekend of it in one of the countries top holiday destinations.
And, no thought has gone into the fact that Blackpool is around 4 hours from London and once again, the travelling supporters will not get home until the early hours (and, you can add a couple of hours to that if you go by the club travel coaches!)
And, no thought has gone into the fact that we have just been to Wolves for a Wednesday night game, we have Bolton and Sunderland coming up within two weeks of each other for yet more MIDWEEK GAMES!
And now a nice trip to the North West again thanks to those in their ivory towers for the Blackpool game!
So, what are the choices?
• Cancel Sky TV!
• Write and complain to your club
• Don’t renew your Season Ticket! (very difficult if you have been going to games for over 40 years!)
• Just accept it as inevitable and complain to yourself and just go and kick the cat
There probably isn’t an answer that will prevent this situation occurring again and some will say it’s the future, for me, I get very frustrated with it and, it pains me to say it but, I’m not sure how much more of ‘my football’ being turned into ‘a business’ I can take!
“Win or Lose – Up the Blues”