West Ham are getting it all ways


West Ham are getting it all ways

West Ham are getting it all ways – along with every other Premier League club in the country!

The latest £6.7 billion TV deal means that Sky and TNT will be arranging to broadcast games at often difficult times yet with season ticket prices continuing to rise.

It is summed up by Claret and Hugh Facebook follower Ian Freestone who says: “I’d say it’s  bad news. I barely go anymore. Maybe once or twice a season. But if I do go I like to try and get to a Saturday 3 o’clock match. The way it is heading there will be no more games on Saturdays.”

That reflects the feelings of most who grew up on traditional Saturday afternoon football rather than Sunday early or late afternoon, Friday evening or the Monday/ Wednesday routine into which we are now locked.

Many, including ourselves, have been calling for Saturday football to be televised given the circumstances but it probably won’t make a lot of difference as it becomes less and less.

What does need to happen, however, is for season ticket prices to fall given how difficult it sometimes becomes to get to games – notably on Sundays with engineering works making travel difficult to and from games.

Evening games kicking off at 8pm often mean a late rush for the last train home and I have had to find a hotel room on at least two occasions.

So come on board, realise that having it both ways isn’t  fair to the fans who are  now paying out their hard earned and often seeing less football whilst paying more for it!


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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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