The FA Cup Moves From Saturday Night To Sunday Morning

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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7 Responses

  1. Damon says:

    The most noticeable two things, for us, though, is the fact that ITV revenues are generally up this year yet their coverage of the FA Cup has been slashed.

    Last year there were highlights of qualifying round games. This year, they didn’t even mention the Cup until the 1st Round draw.

  2. Clive. says:

    Chelsea,Arsenal,Leeds,Sunderland Liverpool West Ham Southampton Man Utd Ipswich Arsenal West Ham. That is every cup winner between 1970 to 80 off the top of my head and i could go on Spurs 81 and 82 Man united in 83. Last seasons final was played before the season had ended and i honestly can not remember the previous seasons winner.The point being the cup has lost it’s appeal, there are several reasons one of which is the big clubs don’t want it when it distracts from coming 4th in the Premiership.

  3. Gary says:

    To the best of my knowledge, and from speaking to friends and others who work in the industry, ITV informed the FA some time ago that if the FA Cup and England were on the same day, then they’d struggle to get enough staff together to edit a highlights package (which, having been close to that side of things, I know is a massive job at this stage of the competition) and fulfill their obligation for England coverage as well. Obviously, despite being meaningless, England highlights will always be more attractive to advertisers.

    Not absolving ITV of blame here, but if they’d made the FA aware a while ago, then could the FA have not moved the game to a Friday night instead?

  4. Jim says:

    Not to mention the issues with first round replays clashing with the Champions’ League (not a league, not for champions). Stourbridge’s heroics on Saturday at Home Park deserve an outing on live TV for the replay at the War Memorial Ground, but because of the endless tedium of the CL, they look destined to miss out.

  5. I was shocked to see there were no highlights on Saturday evening, which seemed a huge shame given there were no PL or Championship highlights to contend with.

    Despite being a member of englandfans, I chose to watch my team in the FA Cup instead of attending England v Spain. As I was travelling home at the time of the Wembley match, I was grateful that the England highlights were repeated so soon so I could see the game when I got home. I even managed to avoid the result, although ITV spoiled this by announcing it without warning on the late-running news broadcast that was on when I flicked over for the highlights.

    However to give an hour of airtime to one meaningless friendly and the same amount to 40 cup ties

  6. I was shocked to see there were no highlights on Saturday evening, which seemed a huge shame given there were no PL or Championship highlights to contend with.

    Despite being a member of englandfans, I chose to watch my team in the FA Cup instead of attending England v Spain. As I was travelling home at the time of the Wembley match, I was grateful that the England highlights were repeated so soon so I could see the game when I got home. I even managed to avoid the result, although ITV spoiled this by announcing it without warning on the late-running news broadcast that was on when I flicked over for the highlights.

    However to give an hour of airtime to one meaningless friendly and the same amount to 40 cup ties, relegated to just part of the build up to the live game is a real shame for the competition and football in this country.

  7. Adrian Stockwell says:

    Couldn’t get care less about England anymore. And I never cared about friendlies even back when I did follow England!

    The like of Cole, Terry, Rooney, and all their sworded escapades off the pitch over the years, have just completely turned me off our national side.

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