Such an early start! Winter break next?
SUNSHINE GAMES WILL AID ENGLAND PROGRESS
In my memory, Saturday August 3 was never a date associated with the beginning of the Football League season. It was always a pre-season friendly date, two or three weeks before the big kick off.
can’t really work out why things have started so early.
Sure, there is a World Cup next summer. But that doesn’t really affect too many Football League players.
Sure, Tuesday night crowds are lower than Saturday crowds; but will August Saturdays really produce bigger incomes for clubs than Tuesday nights? We will find out I guess.
And sure, Football League clubs will be able to generate cash flow a little sooner this way.
I get all of those reasons. But I cannot help feeling that the move is a tentative step towards a mid-season break. Recent winters have emphasised the difficulties of a cold snap. Although predicting a likely cold snap is not the simplest task.
My view has long been that our national team would benefit from more summertime football.
The South American and Spanish teams seem to benefit at international level from the familiarity they have with playing a patient, possession game with intermittent explosion which suits the World Cup climatic conditions.
By giving our players a taste of that climate in competitive games, we are moving the game towards a place where we will need to adapt the way we do things. That can only help the national team in the end.
FUN IN THE SUN: Stevenage’s Darius Charles puts Boro 1-0 up against Oldham, who later hit back to win 4-3PICTURE: