We were less pleased, however, to learn that the match will kick-off at 8pm on a Friday, particularly after our third round home tie against Burnley had also been selected for the Friday night broadcast slot.
Evidence from our annual surveys has repeatedly shown that Monday and Friday nights are supporters’ least favoured broadcast slots. They cause travel headaches for the many Spurs fans who do not live in or near London. And they make it difficult or impossible for young children to attend, negating the positive impact of the cut-price junior tickets.
We feel for Manchester City’s travelling support, who will be unable to travel home by train after the match. We also sympathise with the away supporters of Newcastle United who once again find themselves in a similar position.
We understand that Tottenham versus Manchester City is an attractive match for broadcasters and are pleased that non-match attending fans will have the opportunity to watch the game on terrestrial television. However, we urge the FA and broadcasters to re-think their approach to television scheduling, and start to consider the needs of match-going fans and families.
We have submitted the statement above with the Football Supporters’ Association to feed into its discussions with the FA.
12 January, 2024