And welcome to our live blog of the Premier League match between Wolves and Newcastle, it comes to you from Molineux and the kick off is at 4.30pm. We will have the team news about an hour beforehand, at 3.30pm, when we will find out which players Wolves manager Nuno Espírito Santo, and his beard, select to meet the challenge of visiting manager and enduing Bernard Cribbins-alike Steve Bruce and his men.
Wolves come into the fixture with nine points from five games, the Geordies have seven from the same number of fixtures. At time of writing that means it is 10th plays 14th, albeit that the Southampton and Everton fixture currently in progress means the league positions could change.
This match is on TV. Here is a cracking news story about Newcastle fans and PPV – they balked at paying 15 quid for that Sky match last weekend and donated 16 grand instead to a food bank.
Luke Edwards, our man in the North East reporting on that:
Newcastle supporters raised £16,000 by choosing to give to charity rather than
watching their team on pay-per-view at the weekend, a fans’ group has said.Premier League matches in October which have not been earmarked for regular televised coverage can only be watched live via Sky Sports or BT Sport box office services for a fee of £14.95.Many fans felt that was a step too far when they already pay regular subscriptions to broadcasters as well as for season tickets to watch their team in person, something the coronavirus pandemic currently prevents them from doing….
And thematically linked to that story, maybe, here is Big Steve Bruce taking aim at the top six clubs.
Steve Bruce has criticised the ‘Big Six’ for trying to take control of English football with their controversial Project Big Picture proposal but said the easiest way to save lower league clubs was for the Government to stop blocking the return of fans.
Bruce has argued for weeks that it is ridiculous supporters are not allowed into open air stadiums as long as they can socially distance inside but he cranked up those attacks after expressing his relief the ‘Big Six’ power grab had been blocked.