Liverpool have been forced to lay on extra coaches after the BBC opted to change our FA Cup game against Exeter to Friday night, with a kick-off time that’s scheduled for 90 minutes after the last train service back to Merseyside leaves the city.
The game has been moved to a 7:55pm kick-off on Friday 8th January, despite the last train leaving at 6:25pm.
The Telegraph report that fans were furious. Until we provided traditional transport the ‘Travelling Kop’ faced either a 10-hour round trip on the roads, or a costly overnight stay.
Jay McKenna, the chairman of the Spirit of Shankly supporters group, told the paper that it was “utterly absurd” and “showed the contempt in which they hold football supporters”.
“They talk about the romance of the FA Cup and this being a David-versus-Goliath match and they ignore the supporter role in that”, he said. “No consideration has been given for any supporter who finishes a week at work – Liverpool supporters will have to take time off – to go to a football match.”
There is now a groundswell of opinion that either the club, or more preferably the Beeb, should subsidise the cost of the coaches. McKenna has promised that he will raise the issue with the club.
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