Lights and Bushels
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.