Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Setanta Sports going bust in the UK last year left a big hole in the schedule of your armchair football fan. ESPN and Sky may have filled in a lot of that hole, but one thing which sadly remained missing was live coverage and highlights packages of the Blue Square Premier.

Football in the Conference the last two seasons had been fantastic viewing. Not every game, but that's true for every league, whether it be the EPL or La Liga. At the end of each season, sponsors Blue Square put together a free dvd for their registered punters and I was lucky to get a copy the last two years and it was

Setanta's Blue Square review highlights programme wasn't a slickly, hi tech produced show, but it was regular weekly viewing in my house and I've missed catching up with all the action this season.

I've tried to follow the season unfolding via the official Blue Square Premier and Club websites, but it's not the same.

I was also lucky enough to take in Wimbledon dismantling Ebbsfleet when down in London in November (see Blog here), but it left me with a taste for seeing, more regular action.

Thankfully we're finally going to see some, well the final, action of the League on our screens this season. Last week Sky Sports announced that they would be showing the Blue Square Premier promotion play-off final from Wembley Stadium on Sunday May 16th.

Sadly it doesn't look like it's going to be featuring AFC Wimbledon (next season will see their glorious return to League football, mark my words!), but it does look likely to be featuring two of four ex-league sides looking to reclaim their place back in the Football League. It should be a cracker and is already expected to break attendance records for such a play-off final.

Let's just hope that it signals the start of Sky picking up full coverage of the Blue Square Premier for next season. If not, then I'll have to pencil in another trip to see the Wombles in London this November as well.

Having enjoyed it so much last year, I might just do that again anyway.

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