The Matchday programme is just one of many traditions associated with football in England but there is talk afoot that they could become a thing of the past.
Many clubs in the EFL want to scrap programmes due cost and effort that is required to produce them.
The English Football League plan to vote at their AGM in June and should the vote to scrap them come out on top then they could be abolished in time for the new season.
The modern football supporter will no doubt have access to the internet and any information available in matchday programmes can tend to be found online but you will have the traditionalists who will struggle to let go of a tradition. Some supporters already believe that the game ‘is gone’ and that supporters no longer matter.
In a statement, the EFL said: “At its summer meeting in June 2018, the EFL will vote on a proposal that will determine whether or not it is an absolute requirement to produce a matchday programme from the start of the 2018/19 season onwards.
“A number of clubs have asked the EFL if the mandatory publication of a matchday programme can be addressed as a result of an overall decline in sales and the proliferation of digital and social media, which has the ability to deliver the same content in a more cost-effective manner.
“Irrespective of the outcome at June’s AGM, the EFL will continue to produce a match programme for its five competition finals – the Carabao Cup, Checkatrade Trophy and Sky Bet Play-Offs.”
This is a funny scenario for me. I don’t like change. If I want to buy a programme before a game then I would like that option but therein lies the problem. The last matchday programme I personally purchased was at the League Cup final in 2010.
I used to collect programmes quite religiously. In fact, I have boxes of them in my loft that I haven’t looked at in years but can’t bring myself to throw them away and I am sure I am now alone in that.
I first stopped buying programmes as I got the taste of alcohol and chose to have an extra beer over buying and carrying a programme around with me all day come out on top. Although finances are a lot different to when I was younger I have never really started to purchase them again.
I know of people who subscribe to programmes being sent directly to their house and still collect them but I wouldn’t know how many clubs offer this service or how many fans take up this service.
Where do you stand on the debate? Do you collect them or do you agree that it is time to move on?