Newcastle United – Turnstile v Armchair
With clubs so massively reliant on the TV money it is hardly an option to daydream about a return to turning up 3pm every Saturday, with the occasional atmospheric Wednesday night under floodlights with a 7.30pm kick-off and stamping your feet on the old wooden floor of the West (now Milburn) Stand.
The needs/wants of the armchair fan are so different to the people walking through the turnstiles, so how can you keep everybody happy?
Well obviously you can’t, though you can try to keep most of the people happy most of the time.
Compared to last season Newcastle have fared pretty well with the early TV schedule as for armchair fans, whether in North Shields or North America, there are six confirmed up to end of November which is one more in the same period next season.
In case you missed them they are as follows;
Spurs (H) – Saturday 18th August but moved to 5.30pm (ESPN)
Chelsea (A) – Saturday, 25th August but also moved to a 5.30pm kick-off (ESPN)
Everton (A) – Monday 17th September 8pm (was Sat 15th Sept) (SKY)
Manchester United (H) – Sunday 7th October 4pm (was Sat 6th Oct) (SKY)
Mackems (A) – Sunday 21st October 1.30pm (was Sat 20th Oct) (SKY)
Liverpool (A) – Sunday 4th November 4pm (was Sat 3rd Nov) (SKY)
As for fans who follow them home and/or away, I think overall we can’t complain at how the matches have panned out this time.
Last season there were Monday night trips to QPR and Stoke and one of my personal hates, a rubbish lunchtime home match last time against Everton.
This season we have four late afternoon Saturday/Sunday matches plus a Monday night on Merseyside, the trip to Everton and teatime at Chelsea aren’t ideal but infinitely better than those Stoke and QPR slap in the faces for the travelling fans last year.
The early afternoon mackem kick-off is something we’ll seemingly have to put up with for the rest of our days, whether TV pick them up or not, so nothing new there.
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