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User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 814 times:

I need some advice from the UK lads here who are soccer (sorry, I meant "football") fans. On my satellite service, one of the pay-per-view choices is UK football games (sorry, I meant "matches"). Yesterday the only match available was "Charlton (Heston?) v. Sunderland."

If I decide to watch one of these matches, what teams should I wait to see?
I have heard of teams like Arsenal and Manchester United. For what team does the guy who is married to the Spice Girl play? Will any match suffice to get a feel for the UK football experience?


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User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7378 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 811 times:
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Beckham plays for Manchester Utd.

The teams to look out for are Manchester Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool (those 3 are the best exponents of football at the moment in England) and Manchester City (if they are playing at home!).

Unfortunately, I don't have a list of the pay-per-view games with me at the moment but I'll go find one!

David




User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7378 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 808 times:
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Scheduled fixtures for the next 3 weeks, those with * are the ones that I consider to have most likely appeal for giving a flavour of the Premiership:

Sat Nov 09 2002
Man City v Man Utd 12:15 *
Arsenal v Newcastle United 15:00 *
Aston Villa v Fulham 15:00
Bolton Wanderers v West Bromwich Albion 15:00
Chelsea v Birmingham City 15:00
Everton v Charlton Athletic 15:00
Middlesbrough v Liverpool 15:00 *
Southampton v Blackburn Rovers 15:00

Sun Nov 10 2002
West Ham Utd v Leeds United 14:00 (Sky sports PPV match)
Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur 16:05

Sat Nov 16 2002
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur 15:00 *
Chelsea v Middlesbrough 15:00
Man City v Charlton Athletic 15:00
Newcastle United v Southampton 15:00
West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa 15:00

Sun Nov 17 2002
Liverpool v Sunderland 14:00 (Sky Sports PPV match)
Birmingham City v Fulham 15:00
Blackburn Rovers v Everton 15:00 *
Leeds United v Bolton Wanderers 15:00
West Ham Utd v Man Utd 16:05 *

Sat Nov 23 2002
Man Utd v Newcastle United 12:15 *
Aston Villa v West Ham Utd 15:00
Bolton Wanderers v Chelsea 15:00
Everton v West Bromwich Albion 15:00
Fulham v Liverpool 15:00 *
Middlesbrough v Man City 15:00
Southampton v Arsenal 15:00
Sunderland v Birmingham City 15:00

Sun Nov 24 2002
Tottenham Hotspur v Leeds United 14:00 * (Sky Sports PPV match)
Charlton Athletic v Blackburn Rovers 16:00

The Sky Sports matches are listed here and the fixtures are listed here.

David




User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 806 times:

Thanks David for athe information! By the way, can satellite views in the UK order up U.S. (NFL) football?


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User currently offlineSaintsman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 2065 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 803 times:

If you have Sky, then before you pay extra for a game I would watch the round ups of all the games. That way you get a feel for every team in the Premier League and you will soon see which are the most interesting teams to watch.

Also, it is not just about who can score the most goals (although it helps). You really want to watch a game with lots of skill and variation in play. Those attributes often lead to goals or close calls. Just because a team wins 3 - 0 does not mean it was a good game to watch, even if its Manchester United. Unfortunately you cannot guarantee you will watch a good game, though there are certain teams that are more likely to produce one and they do tend to be the teams who have spent the most money on players. The teams first mentioned by David have a history of spending big and being successful.


User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7378 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 803 times:
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I know that Sky Sports has coverage of NFL on their "ordinary" sports channels. However, I believe last night Channel 5 (on terrestrial TV) broadcast the New York Giants game live.

The 1990s saw Channel 4 have live game every week and a highlights show, but they only broadcast highlights for the last 2 years or so of their coverage. Subsequently, Sky Sports (through Fox TV & Rupert mortise) picked up the rights.

David


User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 799 times:

Thanks David and "Saintsman." In the U.S., my satellite porvider, DirecTV, offers the UK games. No need for me to bother with BBC or Sky.


Maggs swings, it's a drive deep to left! The Tigers are going to the World Series!!!
User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 797 times:

Thanks David and "Saintsman." In the U.S., my satellite provider, DirecTV, offers the UK games. No need for me to bother with BBC or Sky.


Maggs swings, it's a drive deep to left! The Tigers are going to the World Series!!!
User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7378 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 795 times:
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Hah, see what happens when you run "Rupert Murdoch" through the spellchecker! I must have hit "replace" and not "ignore" (if only we could do that in real life...allegedly)! The other options were "myriads" and "Mauritius".

David


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