This article originally appeared in MEHSTG Vol. 2. Issue 31 (February 2003)
Tottenham Hotspur and actor John Voight have in common ??
They both have Spurs and don’t get seen
until midnight !!
Have you noticed how often Spurs are the
last game to be featured on ‘Match of The Day’ … oh, sorry … I
mean ‘The Premiership’ ? Almost
every bloody week when we have a game on a Saturday (not very often I
grant you), you have to sit through every other match that has taken
place to see brief highlights of our latest action.
And it’s even worse when we have played on a Sunday or Monday
and ITV deigns to show a package of highlights at some God-forsaken hour
of the night.
So why is this ?
Apart from having a good record against Brighton and Hove Albion,
which might upset Des Lynam, I can’t think of a suitable reason for
Could it be that on examination of a
survey of fan’s attitudes to televised football, Spurs fans were the
largest contingent who watch the show and therefore, if they stick our
team on at the end of proceedings, they will guarantee high viewing
figures throughout the show ? Meaning
we have to sit through so much dross that you might actually give up the
will to live before you get to see your heroes take the screen.
Could it be that there are evil forces at
work where some pact with the Devil has been struck relegating Tottenham
action until the witching hour ? But
then what do we gain from it ? Nothing
that I have seen so far.
Would the trade-off be that we have been
featured on live televised matches so often of late that we have to take
a back seat in any highlights programme, as the same effect seems to
happen on Sky TV’s football coverage as well ?
With televised football getting to an
overkill level, perhaps we should be glad to be tucked away just before
the Epilogue, but when you are trying to capture a new legion of fans,
it is not the best slot to have. Come
on ITV, spread us around … some of us want to get to bed you know !!
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