Press obsession with the Premier League

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Some of the national dailies do give reasonable coverage of the EFL, both in news and match reports (of sorts). The Football League Paper is by far the best.

However, for my sins, I read the Telegraph. I felt a few weeks ago that I was duty bound to complain by Email when their Sports Section referred to a club called Colchester Town. In my Email I took the opportunity to also have a big moan that the DT appears to think there is no football worthy of the name outside of the PL. To be fair, there is generally one, normally Championship, EFL match from the weekend, on a Monday. Not often are there any reports on midweek games. Only very occasionally is there a decent article about anything outside the PL.

I got a reply of sorts saying it was "obviously" a technical error(!), and some patronising waffle about my "perceptions" of their coverage.

However, they did have a decent length (unattributed) report of yesterday's match. BUT it referred to Daniel Farke as the Home manager(!), and later on, (I quote), "...the visitors mIght have gone further ahead, with Jeanvier forcing Tim Krul to make an excellent save...".

Cue another Email today to the Editorial section complaining about the inaccuracies, and the lack of respect towards the EFL. I also pointed out that more fans attend EFL matches (in grounds) than do PL matches.

I'll probably get another condescending type reply, if any actually received. It may be the way of life for the majority, watching PL matches in pubs but not at grounds - probably too expensive for a lot. Perhaps this is another part of lazy reporting etc.
 
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The Times has a football supplement on Mondays. The content is almost exclusively PL with a short item from the EFL plus brief round ups of the 3 divisions. Not worth reading. On a normal day the report on one Pl match will have more coverage than the whole EFL.
 
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The Times has a football supplement on Mondays. The content is almost exclusively PL with a short item from the EFL plus brief round ups of the 3 divisions. Not worth reading. On a normal day the report on one Pl match will have more coverage than the whole EFL.
There's a (separate from the main paper) Sports Section every day with a 'football' enhanced section within, on Monday. Seems similar to The Times. These so called 'upmarket" papers don't obviously know about real life!
 

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There's a (separate from the main paper) Sports Section every day with a 'football' enhanced section within, on Monday. Seems similar to The Times. These so called 'upmarket" papers don't obviously know about real life!
Join the many Hatfield, with struggling circulation I would have thought that covering these games in some detail would aid sales. I for one would return to buying my paper of choice
 

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Some of the national dailies do give reasonable coverage of the EFL, both in news and match reports (of sorts). The Football League Paper is by far the best.

However, for my sins, I read the Telegraph. I felt a few weeks ago that I was duty bound to complain by Email when their Sports Section referred to a club called Colchester Town. In my Email I took the opportunity to also have a big moan that the DT appears to think there is no football worthy of the name outside of the PL. To be fair, there is generally one, normally Championship, EFL match from the weekend, on a Monday. Not often are there any reports on midweek games. Only very occasionally is there a decent article about anything outside the PL.

I got a reply of sorts saying it was "obviously" a technical error(!), and some patronising waffle about my "perceptions" of their coverage.

However, they did have a decent length (unattributed) report of yesterday's match. BUT it referred to Daniel Farke as the Home manager(!), and later on, (I quote), "...the visitors mIght have gone further ahead, with Jeanvier forcing Tim Krul to make an excellent save...".

Cue another Email today to the Editorial section complaining about the inaccuracies, and the lack of respect towards the EFL. I also pointed out that more fans attend EFL matches (in grounds) than do PL matches.

I'll probably get another condescending type reply, if any actually received. It may be the way of life for the majority, watching PL matches in pubs but not at grounds - probably too expensive for a lot. Perhaps this is another part of lazy reporting etc.
Some things don't change. I wrote to Paddy Barclay (then of The Independent) back in 1989 during our cup run when the paper virtually ignored our sensational win away at Blackburn in the Fifth Round. They gave us two lines to point out to their readers that our scorer Gary Blissett shared the same name as Luther who had missed an open goal at 1-1 that day for Bournemouth against Man Utd. In fairness, he wrote back and agreed that their report was feeble - but chose to ignore the rest of my long rant about the lack of coverage for teams outside the top division.
 

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I share your disappointment Hatfield. Having brought it to their attention, the best thing you can do is tell them you're not going to buy/subscribe any more. The reality is, most don't buy papers to read about footy coverage outside the PL. They're not going to pay more reporters to attend more games, as papers are cutting staff, not taking them on. Sadly, the quality of journalism has fallen greatly in the broadsheets in the past 20 years and will not get any better in an age where the internet is king and people don't buy papers any more. I remember when some of the reporters on the local rags were red hot, and many fleet street journos started their careers there. That doesn't happen either now. Wasn't it great, pre-internet, to read a detailed BFC write-up in the Middlesex Chronicle or Brentford & Chiswick Times?
 
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It’s simple market forces. Papers these days will not cover outside the premier league to any great length as it doesn’t sell extra copies. The inaccuracies are down to human error, lack of familiarity with the subject matter, and/or stupidity.
 
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I share your disappointment Hatfield. Having brought it to their attention, the best thing you can do is tell them you're not going to buy/subscribe any more. The reality is, most don't buy papers to read about footy coverage outside the PL. They're not going to pay more reporters to attend more games, as papers are cutting staff, not taking them on. Sadly, the quality of journalism has fallen greatly in the broadsheets in the past 20 years and will not get any better in an age where the internet is king and people don't buy papers any more. I remember when some of the reporters on the local rags were red hot, and many fleet street journos started their careers there. That doesn't happen either now. Wasn't it great, pre-internet, to read a detailed BFC write-up in the Middlesex Chronicle or Brentford & Chiswick Times?
In answer to your last question - yep!
 

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And to think I remember staying up to watch the sport at the end of the news at ten to find out a Friday night Workington v BEES result.

But on the other hand with every report you want on the internet I'm surprised anyone wants any newspaper reports to read?
 

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And to think I remember staying up to watch the sport at the end of the news at ten to find out a Friday night Workington v BEES result.

But on the other hand with every report you want on the internet I'm surprised anyone wants any newspaper reports to read?
How did we get on?
 

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Won 3-0 if I remember correctly.

EDIT, it was Barrow and a Monday night, we actually player Workington the following Saturday and yes lost 3-0(did the team stay up there?), but it didn't matter as we were already promoted from Division 4.
 
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And to think I remember staying up to watch the sport at the end of the news at ten to find out a Friday night Workington v BEES result.
Good to see that even then they had an 'and finally' ending to the bulletin, a daily attempt to finish the news with a light-hearted, amusing story.
 

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Have national newspapers ever taken any notice of lower league football? Genuine question.
 

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Have national newspapers ever taken any notice of lower league football? Genuine question.
Very many years ago, I can remember avidly reading the reports on all lower league Saturday matches, including Brentford, on a Monday. I got quite good at forecasting results, as I knew who was playing well and who wasn't.
 

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It’s simple market forces. Papers these days will not cover outside the premier league to any great length as it doesn’t sell extra copies.
Correct. Quite frankly, they'd cover Pro-Celebrity Underwater Motor Cycling if they thought it would sell copy.

The inaccuracies are down to human error, lack of familiarity with the subject matter, and/or stupidity.
I suspect that newspapers are also cutting back on proofreaders/relying on spellcheck etc. The Sunday Times Sports section has gone notably downhill in this respect over the last 2 or 3 years.

P.S. Brentford get a (relatively) surprising amount of coverage in the ST, I suspect because Brian Glanville, who's 112, must live somewhere reasonably close. (He also covers QPR and Fulham games)
 
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Have national newspapers ever taken any notice of lower league football? Genuine question.
There used to be a least a page on each division after a Saturday fixture list (more for the top division) with every game covered with at least a short summary and with one or two of the main games in each division highlighted in detail.
 

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Well done Hatfield. I also emailed the DT recently about their football coverage. I’ve posted this on the the ‘things that annoy you’ thread.
Yep I am a sexist pig before anything asks/accuses.
Half a page including picture of a ladies football match attended by 800 people. Championship coverage attended by approximately 250,000...... a couple of column inches.
Get the message DT no one, relatively no one, cares!
Box ticking and stupid PC demands both covered.
At least you got a response. I dared them to give me a sensible reason as to the ridiculous imbalance in coverage. No reply.
 

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Given the front pages are full of ridiculous made-up nonsense trying to tell their readers what to think, it’s no surprise the back pages are similar. I don’t think I’ve read a newspaper for 10 years!
 

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I can’t believe that people still buy newspapers
I think the only time I do, is when I'm going on a long train journey (as the phone signal is often so patchy it's just a bit easier / less annoying to browse a physical paper - if you get a table seat anyway).
 

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I just buy the football league paper every sunday, perfect coverage for the FL.
 

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It's not just the Premiership get priority. My paper features the other divisions after a full programme. However mighty Leeds and Villa get half a page each with pictures. The rest get a couple of lines.
 

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The Telegraph has also reduced its cricket coverage. It used to have at least two pages covering matches; now it's usually about three paras unless England are playing. I believe that a number of reports are just built on the available scorecards. In part I believe it's because a lot of the news is now generated from press releases: maybe we should improve that area a bit further.
 
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Everything is available online and it’s often more insightful/current that the printed press. I haven’t bought a paper for about ten years.
Some of us of a certain vintage don't trust doing EVERYTHING on line! Nothing like physically seeing and feeling what you are wishing to buy in a shop, rather than seeing a pretty picture of it on a computer. Same with papers. Old habits die hard, especially as you get older. Creatures of habit, and all that. I choose carefully what I do online, and that also means risk management!
 

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Some of us of a certain vintage don't trust doing EVERYTHING on line! Nothing like physically seeing and feeling what you are wishing to buy in a shop, rather than seeing a pretty picture of it on a computer. Same with papers. Old habits die hard, especially as you get older. Creatures of habit, and all that. I choose carefully what I do online, and that also means risk management!
It’s weird because I don’t trust something more because it’s written in a paper (as opposed to online). I’m naturally wary that any information may not be true or heavily opinionated. I think my generation probably question the validity of everything, needing evidence to back up claims/theories/opinions.

Generally I’ve found that articles in the printed press are more biased than information online as something written online can get called out/disproved very quickly and easily.
 

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Clearly have to be lazy to be a journo.

BBC build up to Woking v Watford:-

The potential absence of Kretzschmar is a big blow to a team that are second in the National League South - the sixth tier of English football.

The 25-year-old former Southampton youth player is Working's top scorer with 12 goals in all competitions this season.

Lazy fecking idiots can't even spell Woking correctly.:rolleyes:
 

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