Capital Punishment for early bird Mackems heading to West Ham

West Ham Manager Sam Allardyce
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce returns to Upton Park this Saturday.                                   Picture by: Adam Davy / EMPICS Sport


With Saturday’s West Ham v Sunderland match brought forward to 12:45pm for live coverage on BT Sport, we asked fans what they thought about early kick-offs.

There is guaranteed to be a loyal away support making the 600-mile round trip, with legions of coaches heading towards the capital in the early hours.

We asked football fans on Twitter whether their early alarm call was an inconvenience, or all part of the adventure that makes a memorable away day.

  • Sunderland have had one early trip to London for a 12:45 kick off this season, losing 4-1 to Tottenham Hotspur.
  • The other early start saw the Black Cats defeat Manchester United 2-1 at home. Newcastle United, knowing the result, later lost 5-1 to Chelsea.
  • Their only Monday Night Football appearance was also a long haul to London, but worth it as the Wearsiders ran out 1-0 winners at Crystal Palace.

We also asked fans whether the earlier start may affect the travelling away side. A comprehensive 60% said that Sunderland would snatch all three points, with only 27% backing the Hammers.

Is football losing some of its magic as more games are re-arranged from 3 o’clock on Saturday? Or are more games on television simply reaching a larger audience who cannot travel?

Let us know your thoughts. Tweet us @SRNewsNow

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