Television channels are having increasing influence over match scheduling nowadays, and it affects Newcastle fans more than most, simply due to our location and loyal away support.

Having a huge succession of Monday night games away from home underlines the total lack of consideration and respect for Toon fans, as they continually have to take time off work to follow their side.

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If that was not bad enough, the new deal with Amazon has taken the completely ridiculous scheduling to new heights.

They will, of course, be broadcasting every game live from their two slots of games – the first week in December and the traditional Boxing Day fixtures.

But for many fans, watching it on Amazon Prime, or even regular television, is not an option as they prefer to see their team live.

And as ever, Amazon could not do the sensible thing, by playing the games simultaneously over the usual Tuesday and Wednesday, for their first week of games.

Oh no, they must try to get as many people watching every game as possible, with the result being Newcastle now face a trip to Bramall Lane on a Thursday night, with a 7.30 kick-off.

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Granted it is one of the shorter journeys for fans, but for dad’s like me, it will mean a trek down the A1 for me and my son, after picking my son up from school, for a game that now has an earlier start.


But it gets ludicrous when to accommodate the television channels, Newcastle now have to rearrange the following weekend game to the Sunday, despite it not being broadcast, due to Amazon being allowed to force us to play on a Thursday.

Boxing Day has always been a tradition for football fans

Even Boxing Day is no longer a traditional football day. All games at one time were played at 3.00pm, and often created one of the best atmospheres of the season.

But no longer, with Sky and BT having already pushed the limits in previous years, Amazon have gone even further.

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Newcastle fans now face a trip to Manchester for a 5.30 kick-off, meaning they will not even get back in time to spend any time with the family on – what is for many – the last day of festive holiday.

It could even have been worse, as the decision to have Liverpool’s away game at Leicester set for an 8.00pm on Boxing Day is disgraceful.

Now that the precedent has been set, it is likely to remain this way, regardless of who wins the rights for festive fixtures in future years.

It makes no sense, and it is time something was done to make games fairer, and more accessible, to travelling fans, particularly those of us in the North East.

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