If you thought that the Plymouth and Fulham fans were hard done by at the weekend because of the early kick-offs at Liverpool and Cardiff respectively, spare a thought for the supporters of Dover Athletic on the final day of the season in the National League.

All matches kick off at 12.15pm on that day to fit in with one television slot on BT Sport.

The teams themselves will travel on the previous day and stay overnight in a nearby hotel.

But look at the following fixtures and the corresponding time and miles associated with each game.

All matches will be played on April 29th and all will kick off at 12.15pm.

  1. Barrow v Dover Athletic. 384 miles. Six hours 17 minutes
  2. Chester v Borehamwood. 180 miles. Three hours 28 minutes
  3. Eastleigh v Wrexham. 204 miles. Three hours 38 minutes.
  4. Gateshead v Bromley. 298 miles. Five hours and seven minutes.
  5. Guiseley v Solihull Motors. 131 miles. Two hours 30 minutes.
  6. Macclesfield Town v Sutton United. 207 miles. Three hours and 34 minutes.
  7. Maidstone United v Tranmere Rovers 272 miles. Four hours and 20 minutes.
  8. Southport v Lincoln City. 145 miles. Three hours.
  9. Torquay United v North Ferriby United 310 miles. Five hours
  10.  York City v Forest Green Rovers. 206 miles. Three hours and 37 minutes.

Does this seem fair to you?

Look hard if you are a follower of Dover Athletic or Bromley or North Ferriby.

Who comes first: fans or television?

Well in the above cases I would say that supporters with that amount of travelling time for a 12.15pm kick come in a very poor second.

Surely it’s not too late to revert to 3pm kick-offs on the last day of the season?

Peter Hayward

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