'Allo 'Allo 'Allo, Wot's Going On 'Ere Then ??

'Allo 'Allo 'Allo, Wot's Going On 'Ere Then ??

Post by Timothy James Hatfie » Tue, 14 Dec 1993 20:10:25


I have a question regarding the English Premier League.

During the last 3 weeks, or to be more precise the last 3 "rounds" of fixtures,
the matches played at the very start of the season have been repeated. For
example, Newcastle v Tottenham was played on the opening day of the season and
was repeated again a week or so ago. Same for West Ham - Wimbledon, etc., etc.,
and this week among others we had Liverpool - Swindon, Man United - Newcastle,
Arsenal - Sheff Wednesday etc. In other words the last 3 rounds have been a
direct repeat of the first 3 but at the opposite grounds.

NOW, before you all flame me saying "That's what always happens during a league
season" my question is *THIS*: why is it happening NOW ? According to my
calculations each team must play 42 games meaning that the fixtures should start
"repeating" after they have each played 21. Yet, no team has played more than
20 games so far, meaning that the "repeat" has seemingly started several weeks
too early. WHY IS THIS SO ? Did the fixture computer***up again ? :-)

The thing that first brought this to light is that Liverpool haven't played
Man United yet and, because of the way the fixtures have already started
repeating, this means that this fixture will happen twice in the last half of
the season.

Can anyone shed any light on this matter ?

Thanks,

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'Allo 'Allo 'Allo, Wot's Going On 'Ere Then ??

Post by Dave du Vergi » Fri, 17 Dec 1993 03:58:48


|>
|> I have a question regarding the English Premier League.
|>
|> During the last 3 weeks, or to be more precise the last 3 "rounds" of fixtures,
|> the matches played at the very start of the season have been repeated. For
|> example, Newcastle v Tottenham was played on the opening day of the season and
|> was repeated again a week or so ago. Same for West Ham - Wimbledon, etc., etc.,
[ .. snip .. ]
|> NOW, before you all flame me saying "That's what always happens during a league
|> season" my question is *THIS*: why is it happening NOW ? According to my
|> calculations each team must play 42 games meaning that the fixtures should start
|> "repeating" after they have each played 21. Yet, no team has played more than
|> 20 games so far, meaning that the "repeat" has seemingly started several weeks
|> too early. WHY IS THIS SO ? Did the fixture computer***up again ? :-)
|>
[ .. snip .. ]

I'm not sure what your problem is here - why _should_ each team have to play
every other team exactly once before playing any return fixtures ? They've
never done so in the past, and in fact until sometime in the fifties (I
think) teams would play all their fixtures in pairs, so that for example
Wolves-Blackpool would be the Saturday following Blackpool-Wolves. Nowadays
pairs of fixtures are usually more spread out, although for some unknown reason
last year a pair in the Premier league was completed about a month into the
season, and in non-League football it's still common for local derbies to
take place on Boxing Day and the return on New Year's. Sorry I can't be more
help, but as I say I don't really understand the question !

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'Allo 'Allo 'Allo, Wot's Going On 'Ere Then ??

Post by Gerry Prewe » Sat, 18 Dec 1993 10:14:28


Quote:
>I'm not sure what your problem is here - why _should_ each team have to play
>every other team exactly once before playing any return fixtures ? They've
>never done so in the past, and in fact until sometime in the fifties (I
>think) teams would play all their fixtures in pairs, so that for example
>Wolves-Blackpool would be the Saturday following Blackpool-Wolves.

The last season that fixtures were played in "pairs" as a regular
arrangement was 1923-24, you must have a really long memory Dave. :--))).

Cheers,
Gerry