If you hadn’t seen already, the Everton v Newcastle match has been moved so that Sky Sports can show it.
The news came through on Thursday afternoon, with the match moved from 3pm on Saturday 21 April to 8pm on Monday 23 April.
The change has been met with disbelief and much anger from many fans, of both the blue and the black and white persuasion.
The April changes for live TV were announced at the end of February and no warning then that any further matches could/would be moved.
Whilst fans can get a refund on tickets if they can’t/won’t go on the rearranged date, many supporters of the two clubs are now left with travel and accommodation that they have already paid for and which is now worthless in terms of fitting in with the match.
Sky gain by getting a replacement match with their original Arsenal choice under threat.
Everton gain by banking an extra £1.1m.
Newcastle United gain by banking an extra £1.1m.
The fans? Totally shafted yet again.
In Newcastle’s official statement there is not a single mention regarding helping supporters, apart from the obligatory refunding of ticket money , which they are obliged to do anyway.
Everton, in their official statement (also below), have made no promises above the ticket money, but have indicated they may do something to potentially help those travelling under the umbrella of official supporters clubs ‘To assist with issues arising from the timing of the fixture change announcement.’
What exactly that help stretches to, remains to be seen. However, their normal fans travelling under their own steam look t have no chance of help.
With this being extra money for both clubs, surely they could each give up £100,000 each to help fans who genuinely now have flights/train tickets and accommodation that they won’t be using. Each club will still be banking an extra £1m that they wouldn’t have had.
Everybody a winner…including the fans!
Everton Official Statement:
‘Everton’s Premier League fixture against Newcastle United has been selected for live TV broadcast and will now be played on Monday 23 April at 8pm.
The visit of the Magpies to Goodison Park had been scheduled to be played at 3pm on Saturday 21 April but will now take place two days later and broadcast live on Sky Sports Monday Night Football.
The match has been chosen by Sky to replace the originally selected fixture, Arsenal v West Ham United. That game has been moved to Sunday 22 April in anticipation of Arsenal’s possible involvement in the UEFA Europa League semi-finals.
The Club is liaising directly with all affiliated international Supporters’ Clubs that have purchased tickets for the game, as well as any domestic Supporters’ Clubs that travel to home games by coach, to assist with issues arising from the timing of the fixture change announcement.
The game is also the Club’s Junior Fan Day fixture and activity for young supporters on the night of the game will be revealed in the coming weeks.’
Newcastle United official announcement:
‘Newcastle’s Premier League game at Everton has been selected for live television broadcast.
Sky Sports will show the match from Goodison Park, meaning a new date of Monday, 23rd April. Kick-off will be at 8pm (UK time).
Supporters who have purchased tickets but are unable to attend on the new date should contact the box office with the key, relevant details to help identify the sale, and they will be given a full refund.
Tickets for the game are currently on sale to season ticket holders with 15 or more loyalty points. United have received an allocation of just under 3,000 tickets, priced at £30 for adults, £23 for over-65s and £18 for under-18s.
A small number of restricted view seats are available at £29 for adults, £22 for over-65s and £17 for under-18s. Supporters aged 12 or under must be accompanied by an adult.
To buy tickets, please visit tickets.nufc.co.uk, call 0844 372 1892 (calls cost 7p per minute plus your network access charge) or visit the St. James’ Park box office in person.
Meanwhile, the Premier League will confirm a new date for the Magpies’ game at Tottenham Hotspur as part of May’s broadcast selections, which will be announced in early April.’