I’d prefer Plymouth to Cape Town, thanks

PUBLISHED: 16:09 23 February 2008 | UPDATED: 15:25 10 September 2010

John Tilson, NCISA

In Thursday's The Chief article in the EDP, Neil Doncaster, pictured, said he was keeping an open mind with regard to Richard Scudamore's 39th-game plan for the Premier League.

In Thursday's The Chief article in the EDP, Neil Doncaster, pictured, said he was keeping an open mind with regard to Richard Scudamore's 39th-game plan for the Premier League.

So here is my open mind on the subject.

It is January 2011, and we have regained our Premier League status. The postman arrives with a bundle of letters at the Tilson house.

The first couple you open inform you of another price hike in gas and electricity prices.

The next is Norwich City Council letting you know that your council tax is increasing by 4pc from April 1.

The last letter you open is from Norwich City FC with your season ticket renewal.

It will be £650 if we retain our Premier League status, but there will be a £50 rebate if we are relegated.

Struggling to come to terms with the household cashflow, you turn on Sky Sports News to discover that we are going to play Tottenham Hotspur in Cape Town next month, with a kick-off time of 2.30am British time.

Overwhelmed with excitement, you contact the club to find that a package to travel to the game has been put together - including flights, two nights in a hotel and a match ticket - at a cost of £1,499.

That option not being on your financial radar, you contact Sky Sports and discover . . . guess what? It will be screened on a pay-per-view channel.

Come the game, a depleted squad is sent because a couple of players have returned injured from the African Cup of Nations.

Our leading scorer is suspended and we are engaged in a six-pointer relegation scrap the weekend we return home.

After the trip, however, the club informs everyone that the trip was a huge success, pocketing an “undisclosed fee” from Sky and telling us what a fantastic opportunity it was to display the new club badge on the forthcoming season's kit.

However, it was “unfortunate” that we picked up a couple of niggly injuries.

Sorry, Neil, but if that is the future of the Premier League, I fear greatly for the game.

Give me Home Park, Plymouth, on a cold November night anytime. Crikey - even give me Portman Road at noon on a Sunday.

NCISA will be holding a fans' forum with Glenn Roeder in the Business (in the Jarrold Stand) at Carrow Road on March 17 (7.30pm).

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