Chesterfield Moved To Monday Night

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 20 January 2014

Portsmouth's match at Chesterfield has been moved from Saturday, March 1st to Monday, March 3rd with a 7:45pm kick-off time so it can be televised by Sky Sports.

No doubt the regular travelling Pompey fans will be absolutely delighted with the news as they'll now have to book Monday (and probably Tuesday) off work (if they can) to watch their team play at the Proact Stadium for the first time.

Those considerate souls at Sky are quite happy to screw over every type of football fan who actually goes to watch games in person, whether they support a Premier League club or a basement division side. In an ideal world there should be a ban on Sky moving kick-offs to such ridiculous times but there's more chance of Southampton winning the Champions League than that.

It makes no sense at all. Who in their right mind would watch Chesterfield vs Portsmouth on a Monday night if they have no affiliation to either club. You wouldn't catch Pompey fans watching a fixture like Dagenham & Redbridge vs Rochdale on a Monday evening, or Friday night for that matter. What's the point?

The only real positive to come from this is that Pompey stand to make a bit of TV money out of the game but it's at the fans' expense and it's just another example of how Sky influences the game in the wrong way.

They are once again conveying that they don't care about those supporters who aren't sat in an armchair to support a team they have no connection to that happen to be based hundreds of miles away. Which genius thought it would be a good idea to televise a League Two match on a Monday night to pull in the ratings? 

Good luck to all those who make the trip up to Derbyshire that night. At least the whole world will get to see if it is worth it or not.

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