Six games rescheduled for TV

Friday 14 October 2016  25 Comments  [Jump to last]
Half a dozen on Everton's games, five in December and one in January, have been moved to accommodate live television coverage by Sky Sports and BT Sport.

The home fixtures against Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City have been rescheduled along with the away games against Watford and Hull City.

Rescheduled Matches

  Original kick-off New kick-off Broadcaster
Man Utd (H) Sat 3 Dec, 3pm Sun 4 Dec, 4pm Sky Sports
Watford (A) Sat 10 Dec, 3pm Sat 10 Dec, 12:30pm Sky Sports
Arsenal (H) Wed 14 Dec, 7:45pm Tue 13 Dec, 7:45pm BT Sport
Liverpool (H) Sat 17 Dec, 3pm Mon 19 Dec, 8pm Sky Sports
Hull City (A) Sat 31 Dec, 3pm Fri 30 Dec, 8pm Sky Sports
Man City (H) Sat 14 Jan, 3pm Sun 15 Jan, 1:30pm Sky Sports

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Dave Abrahams
1 Posted 14/10/2016 at 16:00:56
Another six reasons why all match-going supporters should pay a lot less for their tickets. The clubs, players and management are raking it in; we are still paying well over the odds and getting messed about with games being transferred to different days.
Patrick Murphy
2 Posted 14/10/2016 at 16:13:53
Dave (#1),

A mate of mine has terrible trouble getting to and from Goodison for evening and Sunday matches due to his location and the lack of public transport late in the evening and on Sundays. He'll probably end up watching on telly whilst his ticket is plonked on StubHub.

It must be a nightmare for those who are working and have to arrange shift swaps or take holidays – just to attend a football match. It seems to be getting worse each season, all the big games are live on TV, so what exactly do we as fans get for purchasing season tickets? Aside from a reasonable discount on game-by-game admission...

Ken Buckley
3 Posted 14/10/2016 at 16:30:23
Patrick, you hit it in one.

The txts are flying amongst our mob that go to games and with SIX CHANGES then time off work. Travel arrangements and hosts of other things to take into account being Christmas and New Year time we are all unsure of who can do what.

If live TV means fans come last then how long before we all say "Stuff it!" and tell Sky and BT to get cardboard cut-outs and crowd noise sound effects?

New ground?? Be great if we could make games.

James Hughes
5 Posted 14/10/2016 at 16:42:40
All very valid points and I only get to the game about once/twice every season. You definitely have my support. Last time I was home, the Palace game was moved to Friday making it impossible to attend.

They need to stop this nonsensical embargo on Saturday 3pm live games.

Simon Smith
6 Posted 14/10/2016 at 17:31:54
I refuse to pay to watch sport via satellite and watch it all via Kodi!
Eugene Ruane
7 Posted 14/10/2016 at 17:41:04
Simon, you mean you steal from... Murdoch?

I don't know how you sleep nights.

Kim Vivian
8 Posted 14/10/2016 at 19:37:51
Re Arsenal.

Really early days I know but I am busting to take my 3 boys to Goodison (one of whom has never been) for an evening kick-off. We live in Kent now so not easy and expensive but worth it just for once. A 2-day round trip etc.

If anyone can't make this and has ticket access, I would be keen to hear. (Bullens Road ideally.) Cheers!

Dave Abrahams
9 Posted 14/10/2016 at 19:45:19
Kim, the Arsenal and Liverpool games (both on TV) are evening games so I would keep my eye on StubHub, but 4 tickets (together) is a big ask... good luck anyway.
Ian Bennett
10 Posted 14/10/2016 at 21:03:34
I hate Sunday games, Goodison is like a morgue. Advantage Manc clubs...
Ste Traverse
11 Posted 15/10/2016 at 01:27:11
I remember when the first round of games were published and we weren't on too much – certain people on here were cry-arsing that Sky and the media etc hated us.

Now, we are on a lot late this year/early next year and people are fucking whinging about that.

Mike Green
13 Posted 15/10/2016 at 07:55:07
Correct Ste, we can't have it both ways. I have every sympathy for season ticket holders though, what a complete pain in the arse.
Tim Locke
14 Posted 15/10/2016 at 09:29:44
Spot on, Mike. Can't believe the derby has changed to a Monday, bad enough when moved to a Sunday at 16:00 but Monday takes the piss.
Steve Carse
15 Posted 15/10/2016 at 10:32:31
You can't beat an evening derby for atmosphere, though, Tim.
Tony Abrahams
16 Posted 15/10/2016 at 10:58:33
Don't remember losing many Monday night games to the bastards either, Steve! I've been watching Everton over 40 years now, and the only time I can remember coming from behind to beat them was on a Monday night, when Billy Kenny, got MotM!
Patrick Murphy
17 Posted 15/10/2016 at 12:05:03
Tony (16) Would you believe that the last time we played the other lot on a Monday evening at Goodison for a league game, Walter Smith was in charge and we lost (2-3) in April 2001, the game where McAllister scored in the 93rd minute.

According to the site the kick-off for that game was 6pm and I think it was Easter Monday? Prior to that we have beaten the other lot twice in 1994 (Rideout and Ferguson) and in 1992 (Johnston and Beardsley) in Monday night matches.

Tim Locke
18 Posted 15/10/2016 at 12:06:10
Steve/Tony – if we bag a win then without question worth the 6 hour round trip.
Dave Abrahams
19 Posted 15/10/2016 at 12:20:49
Patrick (#17), you have brought it back to me, McAllister stole about seven or eight yards before taking the free kick and everyone in the ground knew where he was going to place it, except Paul Gerard, Everton's goalie.

We have had some very poor keepers and Gerard is near the top of the list.

Tony Abrahams
20 Posted 15/10/2016 at 20:30:27
Patrick, I would never have believed it, until I just checked it now. I always thought that game was played on a Good Friday, for some reason, so I was very surprised by that.

Peter Murray
21 Posted 16/10/2016 at 09:33:14
"He who pays the piper calls the tune" has always been a cynical saying but, in terms of the Premier League TV deals, it is positively obscene.

The ٣ billion + deal this season merely contributes to the self-serving greed of a certain number of clubs, particularly in the form of ever-increasing salaries for average players, with the TV companies treating fans as morons who can be exploited as will.

Why do we accept this so passively? Are the TV companies right?

Ste Traverse
22 Posted 16/10/2016 at 12:49:40
Mike Green (#13),

I'm a season ticket holder too and a few games rescheduled certainly isn't a 'pain in the arse' for me.

Dave Abrahams
23 Posted 16/10/2016 at 20:46:43
Ste (22), it might depend where you live as to whether it's an inconvenience or not. It's certainly a nuisance for me, especially the derby game, and I only live a short bus ride away from the ground.
Ste Traverse
24 Posted 16/10/2016 at 22:57:57
Dave #23

I live in Liverpool myself and have an 8-5pm job so the derby on a Monday night certainly isn't a problem for me.

Goodison under floodlights or the early kick-off on a Saturday (which it's been many times). What do you think would be the better atmosphere?

Dave Abrahams
25 Posted 17/10/2016 at 12:09:30
Ste (#24) for atmosphere, I have to agree with you – Monday is perfect, but for getting to the match, I was thinking of fans who live in North Wales or the Wirral, getting to and getting home is much less than perfect.

Regarding myself, I was being a bit selfish because this game is close to Christmas and the Monday is when me and my mates have our Christmas night out, but in general, Sky TV pay the money so can call the tune, but it doesn't help the match-going fans a great deal. My moan is with the clubs: they are raking in the money and reaping the benefit; we the fans are gaining nothing from this situation.

Roger Helm
26 Posted 17/10/2016 at 18:54:53
English football sold its soul to TV long ago. At least we don't have commercial breaks during stoppages in play – yet.
Mike Berry
27 Posted 22/10/2016 at 21:42:22
Imagine those poor Norwegians missing work on Monday!!!

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