The Premier League (in their wisdom) have rescheduled Newcastle’s postponed games against Southampton and Everton, by ‘shoe-horning’ them in on two Thursday nights in March.
The new arrangements not only present a gruelling schedule for the club – with FOUR of March’s games now set to be played over just 10 days – but a nightmare for away fans’ travel plans, as the fixture list shows below:
- Brighton (H) – Saturday 5th March, 3pm
- Southampton (A) – Thursday 10th March, 7.30pm
- Chelsea (A) – Sunday 13th March, 2pm
- Everton (A) – Thursday, 17th March, 745pm
- Crystal Palace (H) – Saturday, 19th March – 3pm
Thanks to the EPL (who claim to put fans first), the travelling toon army now face a 12 hour, 640 mile round trip on a Thursday for the Southampton game (causing jeopardy for work commitments), followed by a 9 hour, 550 mile round trip to Chelsea, just three days later.
For the club, the schedule presents obvious concerns relating to potential fitness and injury worries; but we can take heart in the fact Eddie Howe has enhanced players’ fitness levels all round – not to mention the fact they have played like absolute ‘warriors’ in the last three games!
As for the travelling fans, well nothing will stop them seeing their beloved, rejuvenated team…isn’t that right any kind, caring employers reading this?!