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As I look ahead to our live Monday night fixture at Wigan I can't help but turn my attention to our wonderful paymasters the TV companies.
By the time we reach Christmas we'll have completed 2 home matches on a Saturday that kicked off at 3pm. Out of the other 7 league games, 6 of them have seen kick off times change for live television coverage.........and the other, against Newcastle on the Sunday, can again be indirectly attributed to TV given that our UEFA Cup game prior to that weekend had to take place on the Thursday night! We're obviously more popular with our friends from TV than with some of our fans!
Don't get me wrong - the money it's brought in to the game, and our club too, has been fantastic. But can you really beat watching football live inside a stadium?? My answer is obviously no........others obviously think differently. Personally I'd much rather we play in front of a full house every home game. There's an argument that maybe we could even reduce ticket prices for live TV matches, but that would create its own issues with season ticket holders who've already invested into the Club prior to the season's kick off and prior to the plethora of re-arranged matches that follow.
I'm somewhat worried by our recent home attendances but concede that we are currently living in a difficult financial climate and fast approaching a fairly expensive time of the year. (There is of course the obvious Christmas gift for the Blue in your life......the half season ticket!). On a serious note, there's no better way of demonstrating your commitment to the club than the purchase of a season ticket, and if we are to compete at the very top, and in a larger stadium (eventually), we need that support.
On the pitch of course, it's down to the players to deliver the goods in an effort to elicit the necessary support. Sunday's atmosphere was noticeably and predictably flat. A coach load of visiting supporters doesn't exactly add spice to the occasion.
At least that's one aspect we'll have in our favour at Wigan on Monday night. We remain a wonderfully well supported club on our travels and I'm sure it's a tremendous inspiration for the lads when they take to the field and that's why I'm backing our boys to extend the unbeaten run to 6 games. A draw though isn't on my agenda, it has to be all three points for me. We'll need them because I forsee a difficult 4 games prior to christmas............but don't let that put you off that most vital purchase! You know we need you!!!!
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