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.’

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The Fat lad and his Minion Penfold care not a jot for the fans & the sooner they wise up the better.

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      It was not their decision Sky nothing they could not do nothing about it
      Sky to blame so cancel your subscription.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        It`s called goodwill you facetious prik

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Any one who has Sky please cancel now as they are ruining the game .They had announced the T.V fixtures everyone books up and they change the game. For the sake of football every fan must cancel their subscriptions and boycott Sky and write to their M.P. as this can not go on or it will be the end of football mass protest. There will be no away fans left if they book up on the back of T.V Fixtures and they change them .Jail for the person who made this decision five years at least.

    • Alex

      “They had announced the T.V fixtures everyone books up and they change the game.”

      Isn’t all that the same as Ashley saying he’ll bolt on the horse and giving his manager assurances, ensuring Rafa stays and the fans renew season tickets……only for Ashley to change the game?

      You’re an inconsistent apologist who defends Ashley for the same principle as that for which you’re now having a bash at Sky. Corkwomble.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        So you agree with killing football a disgrace can tell you are not a away supporter if not a home supporter.

        • Alex

          Oh dear, you haven’t comprehended anything, have you?

          I’ve merely pointed out the hypocrisy of your pro-Ashley arguments.

  • Graham Chapman

    By the way, it’s 2018. What the hell does “restricted view” mean? I haven’t had a restricted view since I was 8 year old in the Gallowgate end when Varadi was the star; I basically looked at blokes arses for a season and hoped for the roars

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      It`s when you have your head up your a $$ like Monkseaton

      • Graham Chapman

        haha, well then lets just stare at a pylon for our weekends spend. Then go home and buy the Pink off some bloke on the way. Times have changed, for better or worse.

        • Jezza

          Times were far better when you handed over a couple of Pound notes on the trunstiles to stand in the open and peer through a steel mesh fence to watch 11 honest triers on 150 quid a week rather than paying 40 quid weeks in advance to sit in a plastic seat under a fancy roof watching a bunch of 20 odd year old multi millionaires prancing about the pitch.

      • Jezza

        Monkseaton/Clarko/ghostbuster/Fleckman has got a very restricted view of the world.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        If you went to games you would know what it means.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    The other bad thing is Newcastle will be backed by a lot smaller following as fans will not be able to pay twice in three days for transport or take time off work on the Monday and Tuesday Sky a disgrace do not subscribe to them and protest.

  • Rich Lawson

    Sky are loathsome and care not one jot for travelling fans or football in general, only the people who pay to sit at home (yes I appreciate some do have to) I’m sick to death of them and their ”pundits” I am cancelling Sky altogether from the end of this month and I’m gutted I will now miss Game of Thrones and Westworld as a result but they need to be hurt.