Unbelievably, West Brom is our first home game midweek and only our third game not on a weekend all season, cup games excepted, which were all away too.  Come the second half of the season we only have one home and one away game scheduled for midweek.

Yes, like many others I get annoyed by SKY moving games to ridiculous kick-off times at short notice but whatever happened to regular midweek matches?  The rich list participating in elongated European competitions probably has had the biggest effect I would argue.  Maybe I’m just jealous.

In the Championship season we had played 8 midweek games, 3 home and 5 away, by the same stage.  Come the end of the season we would play a further 5 home games and 4 away in midweek.  Again this doesn’t account for cup or bank holiday matches.  That’s 17 games not on a weekend, almost half a Premier League campaign!!

At times this season has been a drag with international breaks.  Sometimes it’s been a month between home games.  Since I don’t get to many away games these days, for a variety of reasons, it can make the build up to a game take an eternity.

So this is why I miss The Championship.

The games were relentless.

Lots of midweek games to keep my interest going.

Home games midweek also give that opportunity to break up the monotony of work.

The anticipation and military planning of meeting up with the lads for a couple of pints after work and then a game under the floodlights. Magic.

Is football really all about the big money and prestige of the Premier League and Europe?

Well, it’s great when you are on a good run but I get annoyed by managers talking about fixture congestion and their players being tired despite squad rotation, bless them. I bet not many players appear more than 40 times a season.

I don’t hear many lower league managers making the same complaints. Maybe they’re grateful to be doing a job they love.

Merry Christmas