Goodison derby moved for TV

Tuesday, 27 February, 2018 21comments  |  Jump to most recent
Everton's home clash with Liverpool will now take place on Sunday 8th April with a 2:15pm kick-off.

The match was originally scheduled as a traditional 3pm kick but has been put back almost 24 hours to accommodate live broadcast by Sky Sports.

The date is not set in stone, however, as the derby clash could yet move again depending on any Liverpool involvement in the Champions League quarter-finals on the following Tuesday evening.  

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Michael Spear
1 Posted 27/02/2018 at 18:28:16
There goes any chance of getting in early for a cheap advance train fare for my usual trek up from Watford for the home games.

Why can't they make their minds up a month earlier? Even my one and only 'home/away' game at Watford last Saturday was moved to 5:30 for TV. I just hope BT subscribers think they got their money's worth!

At least all us London-area Toffees should be home earlier from the derby, just in time for MotD probably (and I don't think we'll be last on for that one).

Jamie Evans
2 Posted 27/02/2018 at 19:15:12
It may well get moved again.

It's currently legislation in this country for the RS to play the 2nd leg of any cup tie at Anfield. That could well mean their 1st (away) leg against the weakest team left in the tournament being played on Tuesday 10th April.

Not enough rest you see for our media darling neighbours. We could well be looking at a derby during one of the upcoming FA Cup weekends.

Jermaine Jennings
3 Posted 27/02/2018 at 19:55:27
Impossible to plan as a London toffee, I can't even commit to getting a cheap train ticket and then having to change it potentially twice. It's just unacceptable.
Mike Keating
4 Posted 27/02/2018 at 21:31:44
So who compensates a season ticket holder who checked the fixture list before booking a flight to Portugal, fully expecting the derby to have been completed?

Dontcha just love being a proper fan in 'the best league in world'?

Jim Bennings
5 Posted 27/02/2018 at 23:36:07
Can't we ever have a Merseyside derby at the traditional 3pm slot anymore??
Martin Reppion
6 Posted 28/02/2018 at 00:37:59
I regularly get called old-fashioned and a dinosaur for bemoaning the influence of the money men.

I won't pay for Sky Sports. They are the reason I gave up my season ticket. That was after going from September to Xmas without a Saturday 3PM kick off about 16 years ago. I am told to live with it and get real. But this is an issue.

We used to get the fixtures in July and plan our weekends away around them. The league should make it plain that any games to be moved from the published date and time must have a minimum notice period. I suggest for pre-Xmas games this could be before the season starts. Post Xmas when the league is shaping up, one month. And whilst on the subject. Monday night has never been part of a weekend.

Whilst on the money men issue. Change kits. I know why teams wear change kits, and it isn't to avoid clashes. It is purely to encourage gullible fans to buy over priced replicas.

Fans need to stop playing their game. Watford's kit doesn't clash with any other in the league, but they change to red for most away games. We played in a change kit at Bournemouth ffs.

As long as fans buy into the gravy train, the clubs, the league, TV companies will treat those who actually go to games as mere customers to be fleeced.

James Lauwervine
7 Posted 28/02/2018 at 09:31:13
Mike (#4) they don't give a monkey's bollock about us. Sky dictate because they pay the money that keeps the clubs and players rolling in cash and we just have to go along with it.

The one that really pissed me off was at the end of last season where the Watford game was moved to a Friday night so they could have Chelsea on the Monday live winning the league. I only found out when phoning the box office to book the tickets for me and my three lads.

We couldn't go as a result as we're 200 miles away and inconveniences such as school and work got in the way. I'd love to see fans genuinely boycott a game so there was zero atmosphere. See how the knobheads at Sky like that!

Mike Keating
8 Posted 28/02/2018 at 09:50:21
Yes, James – I seem to remember an Evertonian dad from Ireland having to cancel flights, tickets and accommodation for his family for that game (am I living in cloud cuckoo land or did Sky not originally have a scheme for compensating season ticket holders who couldn't make rearranged games?).

Spot on, Martin Reppion – I'm still likely to renew my season ticket but won't have Sky in the house and I regularly get into trouble on here for bad-mouthing the fools parted every season from their hard-earned cash by the club's merchandising of yet another kit.

Liam Reilly
9 Posted 28/02/2018 at 10:15:44
Sky has changed the very fabric of the game and Everton, like most Premier League clubs, are happy to play ball with them to ride their gravy train.

I don't agree or even like what they've done but I think it's a little naive to think this game wouldn't be switched for TV.

Guaranteed plenty of goals!

Alan McGuffog
10 Posted 28/02/2018 at 10:23:10
"Sup with the devil, use a long spoon." I think the saying goes...
Rob Dolby
11 Posted 28/02/2018 at 10:24:27
German fans do not want Monday night football.

20,000 Dortmund fans boycotted their Monday night game.

Frankfurt bombarded the pitch with thousands of tennis balls before and during their game v Leipzig on a Monday night disrupting the coverage of the live game.

What will we do? Nothing.

Mike Keating
12 Posted 28/02/2018 at 10:25:32
Liam, I don't think it's naive to expect the Premier League, the Club & Sky to give the real fans fair warning, especially for the first game we all look for when the fixture list comes out.
Phil Weston
13 Posted 28/02/2018 at 16:51:12
If they're thinking of moving it in the event of Liverpool playing on the Tuesday, they should say which day they'd move it to – FFS!

Think it would be early Saturday (7th) – I don't think there's a televised game on at that time as yet. Can't be Monday night, obviously

Can anyone shed any light on this?

Liam Reilly
14 Posted 28/02/2018 at 18:13:46
It will never happen, Mike; they decide the games to be televised about a month in advance and Liverpool have one of the highest (if not the highest) TV appearances in the league.

They're in the top 4 mix and this is a derby; so no way it wasn't going to be moved from 15:00 on Saturday which is blacked out in the UK.

Ste Traverse
15 Posted 28/02/2018 at 18:23:21
Premier League clubs are happy to take the cash so the TV companies will call the shots. Pointless moaning about it.

Only someone deluded would believe this derby would still take place at 3pm on a Saturday. That timeslot for big games is long gone.

We've not had a 3pm Saturday derby since the 0-0 at Anfield in January 2004.

Tony Abrahams
16 Posted 28/02/2018 at 18:31:38
Early kick off on the Saturday and everyone knows where they stand. I'm with the others who suggest a boycott of one of these Sky games, because in what way do the fans benefit from this gravy train anyway?

Plenty for twenty? I don't travel to away games at the minute, but I believe these Man Utd protests got the price for an away ticket down to thirty pounds. Great, until loads of clubs reduced the away capacity, because they can charge more in the home end.

Everton should be on the phone to Sky to tell them that they are not prepared to move this fixture again because they don't want to inconvenience their fans, unless Sky say that the game can be played early on the Saturday, which gives everyone time to make travel arrangements safe in the knowledge that is 100% when this fixture will definitely take place.

John G Davies
17 Posted 28/02/2018 at 19:08:26
We should Tony. But we won't.

We don't do what the big clubs do. We do as we are told.

Kase Chow
18 Posted 01/03/2018 at 00:13:30
So our annual humiliation will be public... I hate the derby. Really hate it

We rarely win it. Rarely play well. Always crap ourselves instead of playing football.

We're too weak, too slow and too boring. I hate the old thing and would rather hand over the points than suffer the continual hurt and pain.

Matthew Williams
19 Posted 01/03/2018 at 14:53:14
Give Liverpool the 3 points now & tell Sky to fuck off.

Roll on the European Super League when the Sky Six leave for good... maybe then real footy fans will finally get the game they have always loved back.

At a guess, it could happen after the Qatar World Cup... It would be the optimum time for the Sky big boys to leave the Premier League with all the disruption that tournament will no doubt cause.

Tony Abrahams
20 Posted 02/03/2018 at 11:18:54
John G, Liverpool are playing at Anfield, on a Saturday night, about one hour after the Grand National finishes, so it's right across the board, I think.

Go on the Echo website and read the comments because Newcastle fans are suggesting Liverpool should reimburse their fans who can't make it to the game tomorrow because of the weather.

There is very rarely solidarity in this country mate, and I don't need to tell you because you already know that it's just not politically correct!

Mike Keating
21 Posted 03/03/2018 at 11:03:44
Actually Liam, I agree with you but what I can't understand is why this is left to the last minute and, as Lyndon says, we may be looking at a further last minute rescheduling of the game to suit the RS in a different competition.
I suppose walk up fans just have to accept that nowadays they are nothing more than noisy wallpaper for the advertising industry.

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