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No More Saturday 3pm kick offs

No More Saturday 3pm kick offs

Thanks Sky, now you have ensured that Villa don't have a single solitary game up until the end of the season kicking off at 3pm on a Saturday. It is about time the FA and Sky got together and changed this incessant 'need' to change kick off times for TV. If the matches are going to be shown on tv, what is the difference with showing them at the stupid times (come on, Blues v Baggies, who the hell wants to play or watch a game at 11.30am on a Sunday?) or at Saturday 3pm? As a season ticket holder, I'll go to the game, tv or not, most fans will make their choice the same, BUT with these constant changes, it WILL drive fans away - it already is and even some die hard season ticket holders are getting bored and talking about giving up.

We want out football back!

Anyway, the home games against Portsmouth and Sheffield United have both been moved to accommodate Sky.

The Pompey game is now Sunday April 22 with a 4pm kick off.

The Sheffield United game will be played at 5.15pm on Saturday 5 May.

Ticket news:

Everton - Monday 2 April kick off 8pm - tickets on general sale.

Wigan - Monday 9 April kick off 3pm - tickets on general sale.

Portsmouth - Sunday April 22 kick-off 4pm - Villa Value Game, tickets on general sale.

Sheff Utd - Saturday May 5 kick-off 5.15pm - tickets on general sale from Monday March 26

Tickets available via consumer sales: 0871 423 8101

Sky have helped in many ways to 'make' the game after it went into decline, now are they set, along with the FA, to ruin it?

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday March 22 2007
Time: 10:56AM


Its a pain in the arse!!
22/03/2007 11:03:00
yea I just hope my Mother aint watching anything on tv at that time
22/03/2007 11:29:00
Well said Mr Fear. Anyone who bought the 5 game season ticket will now find that 4 of those games are on the telly - at daft times. Like many I have a 200 mile round trip to get to VP and these times don't help the enthusiam.
22/03/2007 12:03:00
I hate sky, although it will be a nice specticle seeing our team of 82' paraded on the pitch before the game being televised.
22/03/2007 12:03:00
not just sky, that is the problem, I gather they would like to show the games at 3pm on a Saturday but the FA or PL rules (not sure which, might be both!) don't allow games to be shown between something like 2pm and 5.15pm on a Saturday, hence the stupid times.
The Fear
22/03/2007 16:27:00
Cant complain really, ticket prices at most Premiership clubs will be pegged or lower than last season, the TV deal is again Injecting 1.7 Billion quid into the Premiership, cant have it both ways. Football now needs SKY as much as SKY needs football.
22/03/2007 17:11:00
Got my tickets for Blackburn away. Gutted About The 3pm kick off's or less of them. And everytime we are on sky we seem to play rubbish. UTV
22/03/2007 18:03:00
We've got to eat it and choke on it. Sky rules, its a sad fact of modern day footballing life that Joe Public has to accept and get used to. I dont like it, dont agree with it, in fact it ticks me off, but col8 really puts it into perspective.
22/03/2007 18:35:00
Had booked my Hotel for Saturday night for the Portsmouth Game, whole family were coming up, not an option now as Mrs FL has pulled the plug as by the time we are back down the M1 M25 A21 it is not feasible with the boys off to school in the morning... Far from Happy.
22/03/2007 19:33:00
Hurrah Mrs FL has relented we are still all going sod it !!!!!
22/03/2007 19:34:00
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