Another announcement on Newcastle United live TV matches was due to be made on Tuesday (12 December).
The games to be moved/broadcast in February set to be revealed.
However, yet again the dates (when live TV matches would be announced) provided at the start of the season by the Premier League and broadcasters have proved worthless.
It is now Friday and not only have the February live TV games not been announced, the Premier League (and broadcasters) don’t even feel they have to apologise and/or give a reason for the delay.
The Mail report that February Live TV matches will be finally announced sometime next week, which isn’t great news for Newcastle fans looking to get as cheap as possible travel booked for the Crystal Palace away match currently scheduled for Saturday 3 February 3pm.
The newspaper claims that the delay is due to a knock-on effect from the moving of Tottenham against West Ham, which was switched from 31 December to 4 January because Wembley would otherwise have had a restricted capacity, with tube services stretched for new year’s eve celebrations across London.
It just gets better doesn’t it, so Newcastle’s away fans who have to further than any other set of supporters, are delayed in sorting out their travel to Palace, as a knock-on effect of helping Tottenham to make even more money in using the national stadium, and assisting more Spurs (and possibly West Ham) fans to see that match.
Bear in mind, Spurs had 83,782 fans when they played Real Madrid, 80,827 for Liverpool at home, yet lost almost 30,000 of them somewhere when they played Brighton (55,124) in their last home game!
There have been 10 Newcastle United live TV matches so far, with two more also already scheduled, both against Manchester City…
The three under threat in the next upcoming announcement are:
Crystal Palace v Newcastle (Sat 3 February 2018 – 3pm)
Newcastle v Man Utd (Sat 10 February 2018 – 3pm)
Bournemouth v Newcastle (Sat 24 February 2018 – 3pm)
The Manchester United one must be a knocking bet judged on how often this fixture has been chosen previously, though it would be no great surprise to see Bournemouth away moved to a Friday night or Sunday lunchtime, just to keep our hardcore away fans on their toes!
Newcastle United Live TV matches already confirmed:
Wednesday 27 December
7.45pm Newcastle v Man City (Sky Sports)
Saturday 20 January
5.30pm Man City v Newcastle (BT Sport)
Announcement (approximately/allegedly) of Premier League live TV games:
12 December 2017 – February matches
25 January 2018 – March matches
26 February 2018 – April matches
6 April 2018 – May matches
Matchweek 38 will be announced after all clubs have played 37 matches (All last matches of the season will be played on Sunday 13 May with a 3pm kick-off, whether live on TV or not)
Newcastle United Live TV matches already played:
Sunday 13 August
Newcastle 0 Tottenham 2
Sunday 20 August
Huddersfield Town 1 Newcastle United 0
Sunday 10 September
Sunday 24 September
Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Newcastle United 0
Sunday 1 October
Newcastle United 1 Liverpool 1
Sunday 15 October
Southampton 2 Newcastle United 2
Monday 30 October
Burnley 1 Newcastle 0
Saturday 18 November
Man Utd 4 Newcastle United 1
Saturday 2 December
Saturday 9 December
Only one win from the 10 shown live so far and only five from 30 points, hopefully the two Man City ones will redress that balance!