AFC Bournemouth’s Local Paper Banned – Chairman Edddie Is At It Again

The relationship between a local newspaper and its closest football club can be a mutually beneficial one. Football remains the one item on the news agenda that is more likely than anything else, and a sizeable proportion of its sales will come from those that want the daily drip of coverage that they might not get from elsewhere. The flip side to this is that local newspapers are usually the biggest cheerleaders for a local club.  They provide a depth and breadth of coverage that lower division clubs will never get anywhere else, and keep it firmly in the spotlight if a local populace that might well otherwise find something better to do with its Saturday afternoons. There is, however, a price to pay for clubs to for all of this free publicity. If publications are going to write independently about football clubs, then clubs should probably have to accept that not every single word written about them will be glowingly positive. The local football hack is often a fan as well, and has opinions that range far beyond merely being those that clubs would like to see made public. Even where that isn’t the case, a free press should be free to criticise rather than being little more than a mouthpiece for the club. If a football club wants no  more than for the sports pages if its...

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