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Derby day kick-off time changed.

September 30th, 2010 | 37 Comments |

Kick-off moved to prevent trouble.
Kick-off moved to prevent trouble.
The kick-off time for the game against Sunderland on October 31st has been moved forward at the requst of Northumbria police.

The only real surprise about the move is that it wasn’t made sooner. The return leg at Sunderland was moved forward pretty much as soon as the fixture list was released, yet the game at St James’ Park remained untouched.

So why did the bizzies wait until after the tickets have started to be sold before making the decision to apply to the Premier League for permission to move the game to an earlier 1:30pm kick-off? I, and many others, suggested that it may want to be moved to an earlier time, so why has it taken the authorities so long to cotton on to the same fact? (more…)