Southampton refused West Ham fixture time change

West Ham Vice-Chairman Karren Brady has admitted that Southampton rejected a request to move the kick off time from 3 pm to 12.30 pm to allow West Ham supporters to attend both the men’s Premier League game at the London Stadium and Wembley for the women’s FA Cup final.

Brady wrote in Sun newspaper columnSouthampton when asked, refused to kick off at 12.30 instead of 3pm so at least our supporters had a chance of watching both matches.”

Brady adds: “West Ham are through to the Women’s FA Cup final on May 4 at Wembley and I can’t praise them enough for doing it in their first year as a WSL team.

The prize for a 4-3 penalty shoot-out victory against Reading last weekend is a match with Manchester City who will be far and away favourites. You may think there is a massive reward for winning but there isn’t. Along with the trophy and medals, the FA are giving just about enough to buy a new Mini, a dress and a hair-do.

Not each, no fear. They’d all have to cram aboard because the £25,000 cash is the amount the winning team get. What do the runners-up receive? Enough for a skateboard each.

To be fair to the FA, they are working hard to build the women’s professional game. But the fact that the men winners of the FA Cup will be awarded £3.6million — more than enough to buy the team a Ferrari each — puts us in our place. The women’s prize money is insulting and, making matters worse, neither club gets a penny of the gate receipts, which last season set records with a 45,423 crowd for the Arsenal- Chelsea final.

Look, I don’t want to make this all about equality for women, at least in the context of football rewards.

Scheduling the women’s final on the same day as a Premier League match was asking for trouble which duly arrived with City and West Ham playing home games on the same day.”



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

5 comments on “Southampton refused West Ham fixture time change

  1. Karen Brady seems to know the price of everything and the value of nothing. It is all about the glory Ms Brady.

  2. We should punish Southampton by taking Redmond and Ward-Prowse off them in the summer.

  3. As a Saints fan I must confess my disappointment in my own clubs attitude towards a kick off time change on this occasion. It’s diabolical that my club continues to show a mine set which belongs in the history books of me, myself & I. When you consider if sky or any other T. V network request this very same change for board casing rights they of jumped at the chance! Their two face attitude deminishes not only their own efforts to develop Southampton lady’s team because had the situation been reverse they would of made the same request of West ham here! Thanks Karen for bringing this to my attention I will be Wrighting to them about this out of step concern & pending their response wright the daily Echo ( local news paper) to make sure the response is clear for them to see public option matters!

  4. With the greatest respect, what sponsorship does the Womens FA Cup get in order to supplement the prize money throughout the rounds?

    I suggest Ms Brady applies her skills to getting a headline sponsor like Budwieser who are will to pay millions. As to whether Southampton should have moved the kick off then why should they jeopardise their support? It is the train works season and probably difficilt enough to get here.

  5. Most of the Saints fans come by Coach. I got my Coach Ticket yesterday. So the request came too late to change anything. It’s always easy to blame someone else Karen, and not yourself.

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