ELF Could Scrap Match-day Programmes As Soon As Next Season
The English Football League will have a vote at a meeting in June to determine whether to scrap the policy which makes matchday programmes an 'absolute requirement'.
The Associated Press Journalist Rob Harris has reported that the meeting could see the mandatory requirement for matchday programmes scrapped as soon as next season.
NEW: The @EFL clubs to vote at a June meeting whether to scrap the "absolute requirement to produce a match programme" from next season
- Rob Harris (@RobHarris) April 30, 2018
But this has concerned some match-goers who buy programmes as a memento or collectable.
Some see matchday programmes as a part of the deep and prestigious tradition in football. They have attics full, each one holding a precious memory. It's possible removal from the game would be just another historic aspect of football ripped away by the league. Change is coming too fast for some.
There could be many reasons why the EFL has decided to bring this meeting forth at such an early date.
A possibility could be the amount of paper used by football clubs who're required to print programmes for every match. Removing this requirement would give clubs the option to go online with their programme and become more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
But it's mostly down to the reduced sales of the programmes.
However, some have voiced concerns that the ELF isn't focusing on the burning issues in the sport, and instead looking at the most trivial matters first. The issue of matches being changed to unsociable times and dates to accommodate TV companies is one.
Either way, some supporters are furious with the up-coming meeting.
As a collector (I have one from every game I've attended) I'm in favour of keeping the matchday programme. The size & content could be reduced to make it cost effective for club & fans but let's never lose this traditional physical reminder @EFL @TheGillsFC https://t.co/0XlcjH04B1
- David Annand (@DavidAnnand) April 29, 2018
What a joke! All the problems in the game and this is an issue?
- Gary Jordan (@Gazjor1) April 30, 2018
Getting a programme is part of my match day routine and having a chat with the lady that sells it. I have loads at home some even make a picture with the spines
- Nicky (@Namish2010) April 30, 2018
Real shame part of the game's traditions. Many clubs have conspired in this by using same articles on their website and poor editing and checking.
- Mr Beechief Sir (@FergusBeechief) April 30, 2018