The ups and downs of LUFC: Hereford United jealousy, Alan Martin, Ridsdale's reform at Cardiff City TSS October 27, 2009 Leeds United 8 Comments Hereford jealous of poor internet stream Seems the fans of Hereford United are a little jealous of ourselves, Charlton and Norwich after arguably the biggest teams in the 1st round of the FA Cup were picked for live coverage. Whilst the Norwich and Charlton games will be shown live on Sky Sports, the FA have decided to follow the England streaming catastrophe by showing the Leeds game using the same technology – this time live from their own website. Anyone who was unfortunate enough to watch the England game being streamed live over the internet will have seen a poor game, shown by a poor service that constantly staggered throughout. As for Hereford, well you guys really need to see the bigger picture. There’d be very little interest in yourselves playing on Sky or via the net and the powers that be need viewing figures to sell advertising space so they can make a profit. Unfortunately, that’s the nature of the business and ourselves, Norwich and Charlton have far bigger fanbases which means far bigger revenues. It’s a dog eat dog world and until you start barking, no ones going to take any notice. Alan Martin recalled to Leeds Hardly a massive suprise that Scottish U21 goalkeeper, Alan Martin has been recalled from his loan to Accrington Stanley. Shane Higgs thigh problem continues to keep him sidelined and few are convinced by Casper Ankergren’s ability. The goal’s conceeded ratio has increased significantly since his return, which is hard to write off as a coincidence, although Naylor did little to impress either against Millwall. Peter Ridsdale turns over a new leaf The naive fans of Cardiff City really are becoming more delluded by the day. This extract from their vitalfootball author almost makes him out to be a shrewd operator with a good head for business! In the eyes of most Cardiff City fans, Peter Ridsdale has performed little short of a miracle in keeping the club going – and has been working tirelessly to attract funding, one potential investment in advanced negotiations from Malaysian mogul Dato Chan. Ridsdale has a savvy media head, and talks a good game – some doubts remain as to the clarity of our situation and of course, he has been handsomely paid for his efforts. Little short of miracle? Didn’t he initially blitz a load of money to put you in this mess to start with? If I remember rightly, he gambled on several big name players in an attempt to make the Premier League, and when that failed, your poor finances started to unravel. Almost left me with a feeling of de ja vu. At least the author has some sense when he accepts Ridsdale knows how to talk a good game and is clearly profiting nicely from his latest endeavour. Just me that’s wondering whether or not he has a new collection of fish yet? Dave Jones (Cardiff manager) also claims Liesdale is a changed man; ‘Peter may be on his own crusade to right what people think he did wrong at Leeds – and what he has done here is phenomenal – but I said to him the other night, “you gave your last managers at Leeds millions upon millions and you won’t give me two bob.” There’s two ways you could look at this. 1) (AKA. the incorrect way) Ridsdale is a changed man who has seen the error of his ways and simply wants to succeed at Cardiff to prove himself after the mess he made at Leeds. He’s found a new sensible approach to money and has been extra vigilant with the clubs funds. 2) (AKA. the correct way) No one is daft enough to lend him any money anymore. I suggest you go with option 2. At a time when lending across the country is tight anyway, no one in their right mind would lend a penny to Peter Ridsdale – or a Peter Ridsdale run club – after the mess he made at Leeds. When you declare yourself bankrupt, you don’t get people running in with hands held out offering you loans. Get real Cardiff. The mans an egotistical, attention craving crook. Grumpy Older Man On Hereford I think they have a point, Sutton are a lowly Non-league team with a giant killing tradition and their would be decent interest in seeing them in the first round against any L2 team never mind one itself associated with one of the great shocks. TSS Have to disagree mate. Would hold no interest to me, although in fairness I’ve watched “lesser” teams. I reckon that aside from your hardcore armchair fan that’d watch British Gas United take on Yorkshire Electricity Warriors, the viewing figures would be substanically lower than that of the other games mentioned. Trevor The powers that be want the internet viewing to be a success. The best way forward for the FA Cup 1st round has to be the Oldham Leeds tie- It’s a no brainer. With Leeds playing away from Elland Road, they are guaranteed the best viewing figures possible such is the quest and hunger for Leeds fans to see any game. If it fails it was always destined to fail. At least this way they give themselves the best chance for success. Big B Not sure if GOM is looking at things objectively!! The worldwide fan base of LUFC (not said in an arrogant way) will ensure the FA’s website has a significant audience. With Boundary Park only having a capacity of about 12,000 there will be 10,000’s of thousands LUFC fans tuned in to watch. Having looked at the draw, this game is by far the one that attacts the greatest committed interest. As Trevor said, the FA can hail this “experiement” as a great success. Romance went out of the game the moment the Prem was created! Now the majority only want to see the “big” games and the FA cup no longer enjoys the interest it once did. The big 4/5 Prem teams v Sutton would be televised but a L2 club v them would be a disaster for viewing figures!!! Bobo As the writer of the original article, I’ll dispute the ‘jealousy’ claim for a start. It’s not jealousy – Leeds have been on TV how many times this season? It’s boredom. The FA Cup gives the lesser sides a chance to shine, and the FA have deliberately done what they’ve bemoaned TV companies of doing and gone for ratings. Credit to ITV, they’ve picked two ‘classic FA Cup ties’ with bigger sides going to non-leaguers. Northwich, especially, are desperate for the money. Our (Hereford’s) game with Sutton was never going to be picked as the bigger side was the home team. The FA like to claim support for grass roots football, then cut the early round prize money and choose to show the bigger teams when given the chance. Oh, and the international fanbase probably won’t help as they can’t show it outside the UK unless they’ve suddenly won all those rights back as well! TSS Sky Sports selects their own fixtures from the draw, not the FA. The only one they’ll have been responsible for is the Leeds United one, which remains an obvious choice. They’re trying a new way of broadcasting games and need the biggest audience possible to get a reaction. None of the other games will achieve big viewing figures. It’s not that I don’t understand lower teams grievances, but until there’s an interest in your team, it simply wouldn’t be profitable to show you on Sky. Now, if you go on to win your fixture and the next, then make the third round and draw Liverpool, the spoils of the FA Cup will be yours. Bobo “None of the other games will achieve big viewing figures. ” Hereford-Wrexham FA Cup game in 2001, with Hereford a Conference side and Wrexham League Two, drew the BBC 3.8million on a Sunday afternoon in 2001 – which proves an interest in lower league football when people are given the choice. And Sky don’t have any FA Cup rights, so I’m not sure why you keep referencing them. TSS On a Saturday afternoon there’s absolutely nothing on TV, so those that aren’t at a game or doing something else will watch whatevers on. However, if a team like Leeds, Charlton or whoever is on, people will make sure they’re watching it. The fact of the matter remains that the “bigger” teams will always pull in better viewing figures. It doesn’t matter whose broadcasting whatever game, they’ll always choose the one with the biggest potential audience.