OPINION: Should Friday night football be stopped in the Championship?

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Last Friday the QPR faithful were forced to make the 250 mile round trip to watch their side lose 1-0 to Derby County, after the game was changed to a Friday night kick off to suit TV rights.

Many fans were angry with this decision, claiming it showed that football had lost its purpose of pleasing the fans dedicated enough to watch them play. Whilst some fans agreed with this statement many felt the decision was good, as it meant they could watch the game from the comfort of their own home instead of having to make the long journey north to watch QPR play.

QPR themselves have another Friday night game this week, as they host promotion-hopefuls Brighton and Hove Albion at Loftus Road. Whilst this journey isn’t quite as long as the other one, at just 50 miles each way, some fans still feel it is a pain as it can ruin plans or other occasions.

Modern day football is forever changing the game and everyone has their own opinion to whether it is for better or for worst, however many travelling fans are in agreement that Friday Night football shows no consideration to them, and that it just takes away the traditional Saturday kick off that everyone loves and enjoys.

One final factor to consider is how it affects actual attendance to the games. Derbys last home fixture on a Saturday, against mid-table Barnsley, held over 2000 more spectators, meaning the atmosphere was surely better on the Saturday fixture.

Friday night fixtures is certainly something that splits opinion, but what do you think? Let us know in the comments below or get in touch via our Twitter @EFLChampBlog.

 

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