The League in England & Wales was always a Saturday 3.00 pm match. There was the occasional deviation to a weekday for cup matches but most schedules allowed for the young to accompany their parents to a game without disruption to their education.
The TV impact on Football has been the worst for young supporters. Their season tickets have been totally abused as many of the scheduled matches impact the school work and the school day. A youngster should not be expected to forego homework and attend a weekday match that finishes around 10.00 pm and then have to travel home and be up the next morning to be in school for 8.00 or 9.00 am.
The cost of season tickets does not consider TV rescheduling of matches that youth have to miss or impact their education. The Saturday 3.00 pm match was socially acceptable and allowed families to schedule their weekends.
There has not been a voice for the youth in this money fest from greedy TV companies and greedier football executives across all clubs and associations. It is time for government intervention to ensure football is retained as a sport of the common man and not of the greedy TV companies.
There is nothing stopping TV companies from broadcasting live Saturday 3.00 pm matches outside of England & Wales. It will not give them the volume of live individual games they can bleed for revenue but they can always agree a schedule to the broadcast of recorded games.
What is the point of having dedicated sections for Junior Gunners at late night games when the Juniors should be in bed? Their parents should not be split from each other because of TV greed. This whole debacle is another thorn in the sanctity of the family home.
Too many have enjoyed the wall to wall coverage of Football but no one has stood up for the rights of the youth to an education while enjoying their national game live.
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From the anniversary files
- 23 May 1891: The first press report emerged of the AGM of Royal Arsenal wherein professionalism was proposed. This was to make Arsenal the first fully professional team in the south (although Luton paid a few of their team earlier in the year).
- 23 May, 2006. Tomas Rosicky transferred from Borussia Dortmund for £6.8m. See also here. Despite numerous injuries he went on to play over 160 times for Arsenal and become captain of his country.