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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?




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday March 22 2007

Time: 10:56AM

Your Comments

Its a pain in the arse!!
jonah
yea I just hope my Mother aint watching anything on tv at that time
Christo
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.
Gordonsleftboot
I hate sky, although it will be a nice specticle seeing our team of 82' paraded on the pitch before the game being televised.
Stig
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
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.
col8
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
CPAVFC
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.
glensider
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.
fatloser
Hurrah Mrs FL has relented we are still all going sod it !!!!!
fatloser
i think i found a typo Wigan - Monday 9 April kick off 3pm - tickets on general sale. i dont think we play at 3pm on a monday because of school etc
Newman
ooops you are right of course, i didnt release it was a bank holiday and that we break up next fri for 2 weeks
Newman
Easter Monday?
CLVilla
They have this mad rule as they reckon fans will not go and watch other games live if they show games at 3pm,yet they show Midweek games at same time ? Madness but don`t mind watching games in the pub at any time-just don`t like the inconvenience at Villa home games! Can`t have me cake and eat it.
ASPINALL
It's disgusting and if the transport system in this country wasn't so *****e it wouldn't be such a contentious issue but like most things in this country - it's all going pear-shaped!
merlin
Buying season tickets on the strength of believing that weekend home games will kick off at 3.00 p.m. every Saturday is now very much a thing of the past. No doubt as we become more successful and return to the upper reaches of the premiership, our schedule will be chopped and changed even more so than it has been this season, if that indeed be possible.
glensider
 

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Which kick off time do you hate the most?
Suggested By:  JP Fear
Saturday 3pm 5%
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Sunday early 8%
Sunday 4pm 4%
Monday 8pm 23%
All are fine with me 2%
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