Lights and Bushels

Posted by on Feb 20, 2010 in Uncategorized | 7 Comments

My other half would vouch that I spend a disproportionate amount of time keeping an eye on this group of 24 teams. If anything’s worth knowing, she’d say, then I’d probably find out within a day or two unless I’m on a self-prescribed football diet which for the good of our relationship I have to impose on myself every few months.

As such, I raised an eyebrow earlier this afternoon when, following a particularly dull interview with Roman Bednar on Football Focus, I heard for the first time about BBC One’s live coverage of West Brom’s trip to Ashton Gate tomorrow. It might be a sign that I’m spending more time watching HBO boxsets than the nation’s favourite auntie, but it’s not the first instance where a live game has almost passed me by: back in December the Newcastle Vs Middesbrough game was poorly advertised in a similar fashion.

This clandestine approach stands in contrast to the bluster we were treated to when the BBC kicked off their Football League coverage in August. It might be that they have better things to advertise, or that they’re under the impression that few neutral fans would be interested in a largely predictable second tier contest in Bristol. Whatever the reason, it means that, like the reader who favours good literature over the bestsellers driven by huge marketing spends, we must work a little harder to uncover what we’re really interested in. To help, us unfortunates will try to do our bit and put reminders out, but this page is always useful for checking upcoming BBC football coverage. After tomorrow, it looks like there’s only one game planned, Leicester Vs Coventry on Sunday 21st March, until the last day of the season. It might not be pretty, but it’s a damn site better than an Eastenders omnibus.

is co-editor of The Two Unfortunates. He's 31, supports Plymouth Argyle and takes a particular interest in the fortunes of those Football League clubs west of Bristol. He tweets @lloydlangman.


  1. Lloyd
    February 22, 2010

    Good point. Whether it's down to budget or an awareness of the audience, eschewing an all-singing / all-dancing approach a la Sky is most welcome. They just need to spread the word a little more.

    Saying that, other than stayaway City fans, the only people who'd have enjoyed this game were of a Newcastle / Forest persuasion, I'm sure.

  2. Matt R
    February 22, 2010

    Don't go dissing the Eastenders omnibus. When are you profiling Walford Town?

  3. Matt
    February 22, 2010 Reply
  4. Columbine Harvester
    February 23, 2010

    I really enjoyed that match actually, and I have no attachment to any of the clubs mentioned. It was a bit scrappy at times, but entertaining nonetheless.
    It was good to see that the attendance was good in spite of the TV coverage. Maybe nobody realised it was on?

  5. Lloyd
    February 23, 2010

    Matt: as soon as I put the finishing touches to our Weatherfield Rovers special. Stay tuned.

    Definitely good to have the game on, Columbine. They're making surprising game choices though. Perhaps Sky get first picks. Or maybe they just don't know.

  6. Lanterne Rouge
    February 28, 2010

    The only one of the BBC games I have seen all the way through was Newcastle's win over Middlesbrough. I think the varied kick off times of the games they have shown haven't helped. If we knew that every couple of months we'd be treated to a sunday lunchtime Championship fest, I for one would be more prepared.


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