Date:Wednesday April 8 2009
Pompey's final home game of the season, a game that 'might' be our last at Fratton as a premier league side - although I really do not think it will be! - against Sunderland has been moved from its Saturday 16th May 3pm slot to Monday 18th May with an 8pm kick-off for setanta sports coverage...
To me this is even more of a disappointment as the late kick off time on the Monday might means that those that would have come to the final home game of the season might not now - and even those that do 'might' have to leave before the end, or certainly before the traditional 'end of season lap of honour' to get home or what have you?
Myself, not that it is all about me at all, I had this feeling it could change so my travel plans meant me ensuring I covered Saturday, Sunday or Monday kick offs by booking my travel home on the Tuesday - clearly not everyone has the luxury that I do...
Fixture changes in the final months of the season can change with little notice - we have been given more than a month for the latest change, but this change for our last home game of the season is frustrating - then again, if it was not us, it would be someone else. And I guess we must spare a thought for the Sunderland fans, and plenty of Pompey exiles to be fair who make mammoth journeys, who now have a monster journey home on a Monday night!
Hey ho, that is modern day football and TV for you though I guess - they 'pay their money' so they can basically do what they want, the fact that we pay ours does not matter, in many ways we are mugs for doing this...
This 'probably' will not be the last of the changes we see as sky sports still have 'several slots' they need to fill.
Obviously this is just 'guess work' but I am predicting that our game with Blackburn, scheduled for Saturday 9th May at 3pm will be switched to Sunday 10th May - as this appears to be a fixture 'ideally suited' for them, and they currently have 1.30pm and 4pm kick off time slots with no names besides them...
Whatever happens on Sunday 24th May our trip to Wigan will kick off at 4pm, with or without TV coverage, as this cannot change as all games must kick off at 4pm.
So, if I were you, like me, I would be planning my trip to Blackburn to take into account that it is a more than 50:50 chances, I would say more likely 75:25 chance that we will be playing on the Sunday and not Saturday...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Wednesday April 8 2009
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