Newcastle have not fared too well in general on Monday night games.
And add to that the fact that our game at the Emirates on Monday is the 15th consecutive time Newcastle have been featured away from home on a Monday night game.
That’s a long way for Newcastle fans to travel to a Premier League game that is not over the weekend.
But we know the fans are the best in the business and they travel to wherever the team is playing – especially with Rafa Benitez as the manager.
On Football Focus the host Dan Walker mentioned the 15 game statistic to guests Jonathan Walters and Dion Dublin.
A dapper looking Dion Dublin
Dion Dublin was shocked at the stat and had the following compliment for Geordie fans:
“It’s very unfair on the pocket – it’s a lot of miles.” “The thing is, if they had another 10 or 15 to go, they’d still travel.”
“That’s Newcastle United fans, they just go where ever their team is playing.”
With Newcastle being a little remote in the north-east of England the fans travel more than any other fans in most seasons to support their team.
And it gets tough for them when Newcastle are scheduled away from home on a Monday night.
But the truth is that fans now take second place to money (sorry to be so blunt) – and the TV networks will schedule the games for what’s good for them – which is TV ratings – whatever else they may say.
Football in general and the Premier League, in particular, is now a huge global business and getting bigger.
Here’s a spokesman for BT Sport on the scheduling of the Premier League games as reported in Chronicle Live today:
“Fixture scheduling is a complex process overseen by multiple parties including broadcasters, leagues, clubs and the local authorities.”
“When making game selections we will always aim to choose the editorially strongest game available to us, and influenced by many factors not least the narrative of the season.”
“We do this whilst taking many other factors into account; other competitions that clubs may or may not be in, the number of times we have already selected clubs and future selection plans.”
“Ultimately, the timing of any televised game is dictated by our Premier League deal.”
Fans are the core of the game of football, but now it’s a big money sport.
The truth is that fans will not be given much consideration by the TV networks – however unfair that may be.
What do you think?
Comments always welcome.