It is almost as though broadcasters, football clubs, governing bodies, and anybody else who has a say, doesn’t care about the supporters.
By close of play on Sunday 11 February, Newcastle United will have played 30 matches (all competitions) so far this season, with exactly half of them having been selected for live TV.
Of the 15 shown on live TV, 10 will have been away from home and five at St James Park.
Only four of 14 away games won’t have been moved for live TV and those four were a Tuesday night at West Brom, New Year’s Day at Stoke (Newcastle fans pictured above), plus games in London on the two Saturdays right before Christmas.
The latest of these live away games to be confirmed for broadcasting is the fourth round of the FA Cup, at 1.30pm on Sunday 28 January, it will be kick-off for Newcastle at either Chelsea or Norwich.
If Norwich win the replay, the first train Newcastle fans would be able to get on that Sunday would get them to Carrow Road for around about half-time.
However, with the game moved to a Sunday, even if it is in the capital at Stamford Bridge, Newcastle fans will still find it very difficult to make it on the train from Tyneside, with engineering work making it tricky.
Why can’t the TV companies work together and try to give the best possible kick-off times to games where away fans are making the longest/most difficult journeys?
It would also be interesting to know exactly what Newcastle United are doing, if anything, when…