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Premier League Fixture List – Why The Wait?

9 years ago

The season is over then, for what seems like ages. Oh they’re still playing football here and there for whatever reason,but our game at Goodison ended two weeks ago and as such any matter of real importance came grinding to a halt.

I realise that there are other things happening of course. It was a massive relief that we had contented ourselves with fifth place on reflection, as Tottenham’s fate of having a Champions League spot snatched away from them by an incredibly spawny and ill-deserving Chelsea side was horrible, in theory, but brilliant, because it happened to Spurs. The same day as that Chelsea game though, there was another match of considerable significance, as West Ham edged Blackpool in the play-off final to complete next season’s Premier League line up.

Complete the Premier League line-up I said, for 2012-13. So can someone please tell me, what are we waiting for exactly?

I like to look forward a bit, me. Already the thought of European trips are getting me positively giddy but there are a string of pre-qualifiers before we can find out our first opponents. Fair enough. For the league though, I want to know now. I want to see where I can and can’t go, pick the big weekend away for the early part of the season and book stuff while it’s cheap. This is normally on hold until Sky have had a right butcher of the fixture list but we can’t even have a rough idea because the fixtures aren’t even a little bit available.

I know some right tits who I’ve had this conversation with, and it pains me to report that you, reader, are one too if you are currently thinking that the fixture computer needs to process all the various permutations required before the final list can be decided. This may have been the case in 1974, where some poor sod had to sit in a room for 3 weeks with the curtains drawn, picking balls out of hats and double triple checking to make sure Newcastle and Sunderland weren’t at home at the same time. However, I am 100% confident that technology has recently been subject to some degree of advancement. I bet Alan Oxley from my work could knock up a spreadsheet with all the relevant separations intact, all figured out by the computer in about ten minutes flat. The FA probably has more money for training and computers than Alan Oxley yet we are inflicted with this silly procrastrination.

Now the play-offs are all done and all divisions are set for the new season, clubs should be given 24 hours to get any special requests in (away first game to allow new pitch time, not playing sunderland on giro day etc) then the fixtures come out. Then, Sky and ESPN should be given half an hour to pick every game they want to show until the end of October and any subsequent fiddling deemed as crime and therefore illegal. Instead we have a good 3 weeks of sitting around waiting while nothing happens, no one does anything and time is wasted. Someone should listen.
(Fixtures are released on 18th June….before SKY have their wicked way with them)


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