Nick Page

The great football league fixtures scandal

One of my favourite sites is Blind Stupid and Desperate — a site for fans of Watford FC, poor fools that we are. Normally, you’d expect it to have the fixtures up. But no, those fixtures are the copyright of the Football League, who have decreed, in their infinite wisdom, that no-one is allowed to publish fixture lists unless they pay a licence fee. Not only that, but the writers of BSAD can’t even put the date on their match preview of Watford v Leicester because then we’d know when it was. No wonder football’s in such a parlous state when decisions like this are infecting the game. Oh and by the way, Watford play Leicester this Saturday. That’s the 15th of October. 2005. So sue me.