West Ham game now a lunchtime kick-off

Thursday, 1 August, 2019 9comments  |  Jump to last

Everton have announced the Premier League clash with West Ham United has been brought forward for live TV broadcast.

The match – which was originally scheduled for a 3 pm kick-off – will now take place at 12.30pm on Saturday, 19 October 2019. The game at Goodison Park will be aired live on BT Sport as part of the broadcaster's lunchtime coverage.

 

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Paul Birmingham
2 Posted 01/08/2019 at 21:59:20
Stephen, ditto. There's no consideration for travelling fans and potential work commitments meaning people may miss the game, whilst, if the kick-off time was honoured, no-one could moan.

People run their lives around their clubs, but sadly the media now runs the fixture list.

Pure business and the FA and the media don't care about the average football supporters who go to games.

Everton I'm sure in time will do their bit to recompense their own supporters, and there may be some learning to take in for Bramley-Moore Dock.

The club will need to optimise best practice and consider their own fans first. I'm sure they will.

Alex Kociuba
3 Posted 01/08/2019 at 22:22:40
You both talk like everyone works 9-5 Mon-Fri. People work all hours on all days in this day and age so I see little harm with variation in fixtures. It also allows the possibility to watch more games on more days for neutral fixtures.

I'm personally quite pleased there's the option to watch two or three games each day on the weekends. Friday night games are also a great idea too!

Paul Birmingham
4 Posted 01/08/2019 at 22:39:58
Alex, all due respect, you're missing our point.

A Season Ticket is a contract which you take at risk, if you buy a ticket in advance for a game, it's a risk.

Put the ball on the other foot, and perhaps you'll see our point. People work often to midday and go the match at normal Saturday 3 pm KO time.

At the end of the day, the media decides what times games start and what dates, and that impacts both home and especially travelling fans.

From your perspective, it suits you and that's fine, but many fans lose out, as they won't be able to switch shifts etc.

You can't please everyone.

Brent Stephens
5 Posted 01/08/2019 at 22:54:14
Paul #2, "There's no consideration for travelling fans and potential work commitments meaning people may miss the game, whilst if the KO time was honoured, no-one could moan. People run their lives around their clubs, but sadly the media now runs the fixture list."

Paul #4, "A Season Ticket is a contract which you take at risk; if you buy a ticket in advance for a game, it's a risk".


Alex Kociuba
6 Posted 01/08/2019 at 22:57:58
You can't please everyone, however you're representing the people that finish half-day on a Saturday? Although I no longer live in the UK, I do have experience of being both a season ticket holder and working unusual and irregular shifts: you just have to manage it accordingly.

Everyone kicking off at 3pm on a Saturday and having to rely on 5 mins of highlights per game on Match of the Day seems horrendous in my opinion.

Mark McParlan
7 Posted 02/08/2019 at 01:31:00
What people against the TV fixtures also don't consider is the beneficial knock-on effect it has for smaller sides. If an Everton match is moved to a Sunday, that could then allow someone to go and watch Tranmere play on the Saturday as well, helping both clubs. Liverpool has dozens of non-league sides whose attendances suffer noticeably when Everton or Liverpool are playing at the same time.

Philip Ashton
8 Posted 02/08/2019 at 08:25:32
He who pays the piper calls the tune. If we want to sign the best players, the club has to have the finance-all part of modern football.
Bill Watson
10 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:28:52
I appreciate some people rely on TV if they can't get out etc but the match attending fan comes bottom of the consideration list.

I don't subscribe to Sky or BT. If I can't get to a game I listen on the radio or a live stream.

Michael Lynch
11 Posted 02/08/2019 at 20:32:56
I've given this one careful thought, weighed up Alex's argument and Paul's argument, and I've come to the conclusion that Sky can shove their fucking satellite up their fucking arse. 12.30 on a Saturday - just fuck right off. Yours sincerely, a season ticket holder who no longer lives in Liverpool.

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