The final live tv games have been announced for the final day of the Championship season and Newcastle don’t feature.

A NUFC and Brighton go to the last day separated by only one point, maybe surprisingly the TV bosses have decided to ignore the best two clubs in the second tier as they battle to be champions.

Villa host Brighton whilst Newcastle take on Barnsley at a sold out St James Park.

Instead the live tv games have been selected from those involved in the relegation battle, with Sky showing Forest v Ipswich and Brentford v Blackburn – all Championship matches kicking off at 12 noon next Sunday.

What is maybe more puzzling in the decision, is that with Sky only devoting two channels to the Championship final day (it is usually three for the Premier League finale), they might not even end up showing the club who actually gets relegated!

Rotherham and Wigan are well gone and only one relegation place remains, with three clubs fighting to stay up, the current 20th to 22nd places looking like this:

Points 50 Birmingham (GD -20)

Points 48 Forest (GD -13)

Points 48 Blackburn (GD -14)

If both Blackburn and Forest win whilst Birmingham (away at Bristol City) get a draw or lose, then Harry Redknapp will take the blues down, as they have an inferior goal difference.

Whilst you can understand it from Huddersfield’s point of view, the decision by David Wagner to play a reserve team (10 changes) against Birmingham at the weekend, was quite shocking when taking into account what was at stake at the bottom of the table – Redknapp’s team winning 2-0.

With only two channels to show matches, surely it should have been an easy decision to show Newcastle and Brighton?

So what it means is that there will be ‘only’ 18 live tv games for Newcastle this season in the Championship, from a possible 46.

In the 18 matches selected, there have been six at home and twelve away, Sky Sports obviously believing that there is more chance of an upset on the road.

Though Rafa’s players have confounded that by picking up 45 points at home but 46 away so far.

The results on TV have been –

Home – Played 6 Won 3 Drawn 2 Lost 1 GF 11 GA 5

Away – Played 12 Won 7 Drawn 1 Lost 4 GF 17 GA 9

Overall – Played 18 Won 10 Drawn 3 Lost 5 GF 28 GA 14

Live TV Games: 33 points from 54 possible – Average 1.83 points per game (1.83 average in both the home and away tv games)

Not on TV: 58 points from 81 possible – Average 2.17 points per game

So Sky Sports have had their fair share of success in terms of getting the upsets they were no doubt looking for, with six of the 14 TV matches seeing Newcastle fail to win.

A definite acceleration as the season has progressed as well, only four of the first 16 NUFC Championship matches were shown live and then 14 of the next 29 have been selected.

Newcastle United Live TV Games shown so far:

Friday 5 August Fulham 1 Newcastle 0

Saturday 27 August Newcastle 2 Brighton 0

Saturday 10 September Derby 0 Newcastle 2

Saturday 24 September Aston Villa 1 Newcastle 1

Sunday 20 November Leeds 0 Newcastle 2

Friday 2 December Forest 2 Newcastle 1

Wednesday 14 December Wigan 0 Newcastle 2

Monday 26 December Newcastle 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1

Monday 2 January Blackburn 1 Newcastle 0

Wednesday 1 February Newcastle 2 QPR 2

Saturday 11 February Wolves 0 Newcastle 1

Monday 20 February Newcastle 2 Aston Villa 0

Tuesday 28 February Brighton 1 Newcastle 2

Saturday 4 March Huddersfield 1 Newcastle 3

Saturday 8 April – Sheff Wed 2 Newcastle 1

Friday 14 April – Newcastle 1 Leeds 1

Monday 24 April – Newcastle 4 Preston 1

Friday 28 April  – Cardiff 0 Newcastle 2

  • TheNutJob

    Not full shillings at sky, are they

    • Porciestreet

      Prutton couldn’t tip a bag of coal…!

      • Kev Newcastle England

        I tipped Forest to go down after they cheated to beat us.Im gonna be right.They are going down.

  • Alex

    Just don’t get this at all. The combined average home gates of the 4 teams involved only exceed Newcastle alone by 7000. Just where is the public attraction and tv draw in showing these 2 matches?

  • Richard Grain

    I think you’ll find sky are more concerned about ratings than upsets . The higher audience the bigger advertising revenues so it’s understanale to show more of our away games because less of our fans can go to them so more viewers in their eyes but hey don’t let a few facts get in the way of a goof conspiracy theory

  • Wor Lass

    Oh great – the joys of the Chronic “live” blog with updates every 5 minutes or so. I suppose I could watch Blackburn in the hope that they go down and get updates there.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      do you think Arry`s dog was dispatched to Huddersfield with a brown paper bag
      180, no not darts sovereigns me old son ha ha

    • Wor Lass

      Trying to reply to triple M but it keeps saying the posts been removed by a moderator. It looks like it`s there to me – is it a prediction? Anyway, I was trying to say “The dog`s in his beach-kennel on the Bahamas!” Ah, now it`s gone!! What is going on?!!

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        there`s a Sniper about

        • Wor Lass

          Maybe that nutter from N Korea`s back! lol

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Oh him, think he`s got his hands full with Donald

  • Leazes Ender

    There are two clubs going for the title….. maybe they don’t want to stagger the times…

    • bobbi fleckman

      None of the games can be staggered on the last day. Sky tend to get the last day tension right, as events happen, they’ll be heading over to Villa park or SJP.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Thought you were banged up Blobby, well you can`t have everything i suppose

        • bobbi fleckman

          Hush yourself sweet cheeks, you give me far too much attention.

  • grantham mag

    Lets all hope Forest go down.

  • Big Al 1967

    The drama is at the bottom of the table, so they will go with that. Hopefully Forest will go

  • toonterrier

    There will be even less Newcastle games on the box next season as Sky has its favourites but hopefully BT will show some of them. The only chance we have in convincing Sky is if we spend mega bucks on players and I cant see that happening.

  • foggy

    If it weren’t for the match fixing ref at the Forest v Newcastle game Forest would most likely be relegated already. The Brum and Blackburn supporters need to voice their concerns about the 3 points that were gifted to Forest.