Football Supporters’ Federation chairman Malcolm Clarke says that television companies should consider limiting the number of live games in order to benefit fans who are actually travelling to the stadium. He has recalled that the 3 PM kick off time for matches is a tradition in English football, but it is slowly being taken away from the fans due to the increase of football on TV. The Premier League is one of the most popular leagues across the world. It has helped the Premier league generate an incredible amount of revenue through TV rights, which now contribute more money than the ticket sales.
The recently sold rights for the 2013-2016 season is worth just over £ 3 billion. This incredible amount of money is being paid by BT and BSkyB for broadcasting live matches on TV in the United Kingdom.
The Premier league also gets a huge chunk of money by selling the rights abroad. However, this also has resulted in television companies moving fixtures around in order to provide the maximum live coverage possible. This has resulted in an increase of early kick-off, late kick-off, and Monday night football. The prospect of playing games on Friday night has also been discussed. The Premier league will soon be starting bidding process for the 2016-19 season TV rights, which are expected to fetch an even bigger income.
“Most fans think we’ve probably reached television saturation point and it’s not in the game’s interests to increase the number even further.
A 3pm kick-off on Saturday is part of the tradition of English football. We’ve lost some of that with the number of games that are now being moved, which many fans are unhappy about.But if it goes a step further so that you have got live television games up against the normal 3pm kick-off, it could have a very adverse effect on gates lower down the leagues and we would be opposed to that,” said Clarke.
Febian Brandy is a 25 year old English player who is currently performing with the League One club Crewe Alexandra after he signed a loan deal with the club on September 17 and has turned into a regular player for the League One team which is currently being managed by Steve Davis.
The loan deal of Febian Brandy was initially planned to be only a one month deal but the manager of Crewe Alexandra decided that he wanted to extend the contract of Brandy for a prolonged period of time.
The contract of Brandy expired on October 17 of the ongoing year but it seems like the plan of Steve Davis turned out as he expected. A few days ago Davis revealed to the media his intentions of trying to negotiate a way for Brandy to continue playing at Crewe Alexandra for a longer time.
Davis said: “I will speak to Steve Evans today to see where we go with that. Obviously there’s whether Febian wants to stay, whether Steve wants him to and whether we can do that’’
“We will have some dialogue with Steve and see where we take him. He’s enjoying his time, he’s a local boy but we would have to have that conversation to see if he’s happy to continue playing football but at the end of the day it’s down to Steve and we respect that decision.”
Those were the statements released by Crewe Alexandra’s manager Steve Davis as he outlined his plans for Febian Brandy in the club and things have worked out in favor of the League One club as the English player has performed in some of the latest matches of Crewe Alexandra which have been recently played including Crewe Alexandra’s 1-0 victory over Walsall.
Crewe Alexandra travelled to the Bescot Stadium and locked horns with Walsall on Saturday 18 and came out with the surprising win and Febian Brandy was featured in this match.
Crewe Alexandra have made a poor start to the season, and the team are yet to take its first point of the campaign. The disappointments continued after a 3-2 defeat against Bolton Wanderers in the League Cup. As a result, Crewe Alexandra were knocked out of the competition, but this result did not appear to knock the confidence out of manager Steven Davis. He said after the encounter that the performance was the most important thing from the match and he is confident that Crewe Alexandra will go on to become the first points of the season in the upcoming matches.
The club have reasons to be confident since their next matches against Gillingham at home. Crewe Alexandra have been well against this opposition of late. Even though they have only one home victory since March, Davis says that the performance against Bolton suggests that the players are starting to gel and make a difference. Crewe Alexandra were not expected to progress at the expense of championship outfit Bolton, but they almost came close to creating a shock by taking the game to extra time.
Davies has also been given a major boost with the news that central defender George Ray will be available for the match against Gillingham. The 20-year-old appeared to suffer a serious injury against Bolton.
“The spirit is there. What we haven’t got yet is the results. But if we can keep working hard and playing like we did against Bolton, the results will come. After Bolton the players will have been thinking they’ve given everything and still not come out with a win, but that’s just how things are when you have had a run of games without a victory. The confidence can drain away, but the players have got their heads up,” said Davis.
Max Clayton is yet to decide on whether to commit to the offer of a new three year extension with Crewe Alexandra.
The League One side has offered the teenage striker the chance to extend his stay at the club by a further three years but the England Under-19 striker is yet to make a decision regarding his future. The offer of a new contract has been on the table for the last eighteen months, but so far, the player has refused to sign on the dotted lines.
Steve Davis, the club manager has said that they haven’t given the teenage striker any deadline for signing the new contract, adding that if he stays at the club, it will be great for the club and the player and he will be a big part of the team.
Speaking to BBC, Davis said that the club has maintained that they have always wanted to develop him further, and that Crewe Alexandra would welcome the player being at the club for the next three years and that is what he has been offered by the club.
Clayton was in fine form for the Railwaymen during his time at the club and scored nine times in his first full team as a first team player in 2012/13, which included the all important winner against Southend United that clinched the Saint Johnstone’s Pain Trophy at Wembley.
However, he could only add two more goals in the last season as he broke his ankle during the first round FA Cup clash with Wycombe Wanderers that ruled him out of action for the next five months.
If the player does move on, however, Crewe Alexandra albeit will suffer a huge loss in terms of losing a great young talent, are entitled to a decent fee as the player is still under 24 years old.
Crewe Alexandra are involved in the process of extending their contracts of four young players, who have done exceedingly well up until now. This has been revealed by manager Steve Davis, who is fighting to keep the club in the League One. They are now part of the four teams that will be relegated to the League Two unless they find a few wins in the final few matches of the campaign. Crewe Alexandra are level on points with the likes of Tranmere Rovers and Carlisle United, but they have an inferior goal difference. This may prove to be crucial in the relegation dogfight.
Davies has done exceedingly well to close the gap towards the teams fighting to get out of the relegation zone. The 3-1 win over Gillingham has given them a huge boost, but they need to sustain this form in order to stay clear. The likes of Notts County have managed to pull themselves well clear of trouble – for the moment – after a run of three consecutive wins. Ollie Turton, Jon Guthrie, Liam Nolan, and Ben Garratt have been the four players who have been influential for Crewe Alexandra’s season so far. Davies has revealed his plans to keep them at the club with new contracts irrespective of the club’s future in the division.
“We give our young players the opportunity to come through and keep on improving. I’m sure there is more to come from them. Our young players are heading in the right direction and improving all the time. All I would say to those young players is to get their futures sorted out as quickly as possible and accept the terms,” said Davis. Crewe Alexandra have become a breeding ground for young players looking to become first-team regulars. The club has made a sizeable profit from its youth academy.
Crewe Alexandra were defeated 1-0 in the recent match against Stevenage. The result was a major disappointment for manager Steve Davis after he admitted that his team created a lot of opportunities without taking any of them. This is a situation where Crewe Alexandra must convert any of the half chances they get. This is because they already find themselves in the midst of a relegation battle and it could only get worse if results do not come in the near future. Crewe managed to go down to an early goal from Francois Zoko.
Even though they were able to mount a serious challenge on Stevenage’s defence, they were unable to get the crucial equaliser. As the time wore on, it looked like Stevenage would comfortably defend the lead and secure victory. Davis has acknowledged that the result was a serious setback for the team, but he is confident of getting the club back on track in terms of victories. He will have only a few matches to get Crewe back on form. After 34 matches having been played by the club, they have taken just 35 points and are currently occupying the final relegation spots.
However, they are in the drop zone only on the basis of goal difference.
“I’m amazed we didn’t get a goal to be honest. If you won a game on the number of chances created we’d have been laughing. I think they had one shot on target but we couldn’t get the breakthrough. We played well but come away with nothing. The performance was pleasing, the result wasn’t. We move on. We were sloppy for the goal but apart from that we defended well and we deserved something,” said Davis.
Crewe Alexandra take on Swindon Town in the next match and it will be followed by a clash against promotion chasing Peterborough United.