Match going football fans come second

sky-sports-camera-tv_3449297Yesterday’s rescheduling of three matches for West Ham in August and September prove again that match going fans come second in the modern game of Premier League football.

The Premier League claim they always give a minimum of six weeks notice except for exceptional circumstances for any fixture changes to allow match going fans to make appropriate amendments to planes, trains and hotel accommodation but once again they broke their own rules by moving West Ham’s first game of the season against Manchester United on 12th August.

The game in five weeks time will be moved to the Sunday at 4pm at Old Trafford for the convenience of Sky Sports.

To add to West Ham fans misery, after three away games in a row in August our first home game at the London Stadium in September has been moved to a Monday depriving match going fans the opportunity of a Saturday day out.

The first Saturday home game is now Spurs in late September but again it has been moved to an early kick-off of 12.30pm to meet  TV Scheduling requests to be televised.

West Ham season ticket holders will need to wait until a day before October before West Ham play a home game on a Saturday at the traditional time of 3pm.

Fans of Premier League clubs can expect fewer Saturday afternoon kick-offs in the future from the 2019/20 season, as the league is set to sell more games to broadcasters.

The current domestic television deal, worth £5.14billion, still has two years to run but the Premier League has promised broadcast industry regulator Ofcom it will increase the number of games that can be televised from 168 to at least 190.


About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

4 comments on “Match going football fans come second

  1. No surprise there.
    Football in this country relies entirely on tv revenue. Full stop.

  2. Why don’t Sky go the whole way, become PL sponsors & have total control over the league?

  3. It’s moving towards Football being on TV virtually every day, the next thing to go will be showing 3 pm games on a Saturday – it’s got to happen.

    It’s all about TV ratings, the fans who go to games come a long way second!

  4. Just televise live every game, for a team from the south to play a team in the north and vice versa games being moved to night games or late on a Sunday are impractical for most normal fans, there is no doubt a common sense fix to this and that is that sky or whomever is broadcasting adopt a home and away season ticket. I want a real season ticket but haven’t got one why shouldn’t I be allowed to watch my team live and legally every match ? This rubbish about it will affect attendances is smoke and mirrors, if a team plays absolutely rubbish football then yes it might but when has that ever been any different ?

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