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How are you going to get to Sunderland away?

How are you going to get to Sunderland away?
The reason for this change is of course the match is being shown by Sky Sports on their early Sunday afternoon slot. Great for the clubs who will now get some TV money but what about the fans and in particular the Pompey fans who might have fancied going?

Well you won't get a train there in time for kick off that's for sure. The first train out of London would get you into Sunderland fourteen minutes after KO. That's with a new train company called Grand Central who as yet can't confirm that they will be running that particular train, or indeed any train yet. GNER who do run a service won't get you there until nearly half time.

If you wish to fly then you have to go to, dare I say it, to Southampton airport. A flight I found on Travelocity with a 'no frills' airline, which gets you to Newcastle by 12.30pm, with a return at 18.40pm, and costs £123. Not bad, until you consider you have to get to and from both airports, which will add a fair amount onto that, in terms of both money and time. Flights from London Heathrow cost £127 for those of you who might live in London.

You could always get a National Express coach. You'll have to leave on Saturday night though to do this although it only costs £48. Another catch is you won't get home until Monday morning! Megabus costs only £14 although by the looks of their buses it would be like a rerun of Summer Holiday with Cliff Richard. Again though it`s a Saturday departure for a Monday return.

I don't know what the club intend to offer in the way of coaches but for those of us who don't live in Pompey (or anywhere near it) they won't be of much use.

I could drive but I do that all week at work and my carbon footprint would be huge along with my petrol bill.

I thought about cycling and even walking it but don't reckon I'd be back home for a week. That wouldn't go down too well.

I do like a challenge when planning an away game but this is too much.

So why don't the Premier League think about fans and the consequences of changing matches for TV coverage? Especially when the teams involved are at opposite ends of the country. Do they not want away fans to attend games any more? I will ask them and let you know the answer (don't hold your breath).

So am I right or am I wrong? I just want a normal 3pm KO. I wonder whether Sunderland fans will have the same problem when we play them in February?

Written by The Rabbi.

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Date:Friday November 23 2007
Time: 3:13PM

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yet again another crackin' article, this time by The Rabbi, who make his vital pompey debut... this is another sign of that fact that sky dont give a flying one about anything or anyone - pompey fans - so long as they get what they want!
23/11/2007 15:16:00
Rabbi they have never bothered about the supporters as your article points out so well. We are going by mini-bus from Liverpool and it is a 3-4 hour journey from here on a good day. I think that our Scottish Brethren at Clan Pompey will have an easier journey than most of us.
23/11/2007 15:20:00
well, im not going. sunderland is miles away, its expensive, and as you point out, its bl****y awquard. perhaps its time for pompeey to offer its excellent fans free coach trips again?
23/11/2007 17:48:00
Well here's a salute to all of you who do make it up there. I would hope the team would lay on some coaches given the circumstances. After all, Noisy Fans = 12th man = Pompey goals = more points = higher place finishes = more cash for the club. A no brainer if you ask me.
23/11/2007 18:22:00
I don't do away games these days but having travelled to Sunderland before I know how long a journey it is - Like Toronto those that can (somehow) manage to go deserve praise. It's crazy that the fans are not considered by Sky and the other TV companies that mess the fixtures around to meet their programming schedules
23/11/2007 19:43:00
In the earlyish 90s, with a mate, went up for a midweek game, Div 1. They were flying at the top we were struggling, expected to get beat & did. Drove up early, found a b&b. Had a look round, it's a dump. Saw the ground well before KO, we were a novelty, so few coming so far. They allowed us to have a look inside the ground whilst it was empty. Top stadia. Went for food & a few beers. Went to the game, lost, few beers, b&b. Drove home the next day. It's worth doing at least once.
23/11/2007 20:22:00
Nice one Rabbi. Crazy how TV rules the waves these days. As I am getting very old these days won't be going and watch it on TV but the fans who want to travel should come first! Coaches from Pompey would have to leave at 6am or earlier.
23/11/2007 21:20:00
I will walk... to the TV to watch SSN.
23/11/2007 23:19:00
went to sunderland in the late 90s from plymouth, and for a midweek game too... it was a beast of a journey! we kipped in the mini bus, a long, long journey but well worth it... it looks as tho journeys being made this time will have to be made in similar fashion as the trains arent gonna happen are they?
24/11/2007 00:27:00
you cant beat being at the game, and if i could be there - or afford to be there more to the point! - i would, but it think i will be following lysi and his example of simply walking to the tv to watch it there...
24/11/2007 09:36:00
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