Mansfield Town kick off early to save on floodlight bill [Telegraph]

r00fie1

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* Couldnt see this posted previously. Apologies if it has.


Mansfield Town kick off early to save on floodlight bill

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Telegraph Sport understands the prospect of the EFL bringing afternoon kick-off times forward - to around 1pm - has been discussed

By Tom Morgan 22 September 2022 • 3:38pm

Mansfield Town are the first Football League club to bring forward kick off times to reduce their floodlight usage in the cost-of-living crisis.
The club's League Two encounter at home to Walsall on Oct 15 will begin at 1pm rather than the scheduled 3pm.

"The club is endeavouring to mitigate the forthcoming, considerable increase in energy bills," a statement from the club says. "As part of these efforts, the earlier kick-off time will enable the club to discern whether significant savings can be made on floodlight usage and other energy costs."

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Mansfield Town’s Sky Bet League Two encounter at home to Walsall on Saturday 15 October will now kick-off at the earlier time of 1pm.
The match was originally scheduled to get underway at 3pm.
The club is endeavouring to mitigate the forthcoming, considerable increase in energy bills.
As part of these efforts, the earlier kick-off time will enable the club to discern whether significant savings can be made on floodlight usage and other energy costs.
Moreover, following the trial of this change in kick-off time, the club will be able to better determine whether an earlier kick-off on a Saturday would have an affect on prospective attendances.

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Telegraph Sport disclosed earlier this week how floodlight usage had been raised by the EFL's board and will be discussed again by all clubs next week. Mansfield are understood to have made a special application to the league, with advice from safety advisory groups.

Research from the Fair Game claims that almost two thirds of lower league clubs would consider earlier kick-offs as winter bills surge.

The group, which is campaigning for improved governance of the game, said its research is based on "one club in the Championship, five in League One, six in League Two, nine in the National League, seven in National League North, six in National League South, and five further down the pyramid".

"Nearly all the clubs surveyed were either concerned or very concerned about the cost-of-living crisis," the campaign group said. "On average, out of 10, the clubs’ level of concern was a massive 7.15 – a figure that peaked amongst clubs in League Two (8.20)."

There is hope that caps on energy bills will help clubs get through the winter, but the situation adds to pressure on the Premier League to finalise its so-called "New Deal for Football".

The league has been reviewing its distribution models for at least two years, having come under pressure amid the furores sparked by Project Big Picture and the European Super League.

A key part of the new system of redistribution will be based on ensuring some of the cheques handed out to clubs will be spent on infrastructure, such as training grounds, rather than wages.

There will also be a renewed focus on merit in a bid to contain wage overspending at Championship level, with payments on a sliding scale based on position throughout the pyramid.

Other competitions in non-league have already approved plans to bring forward kick-off times. Club insiders told Telegraph Sport the move was an experiment to see how much costs could be saved.

The Football Association has given permission for several non-League competitions to move kick-off times earlier. In response to the survey, a spokesperson for the FA said: "The FA and County FAs are not-for-profit organisations that reinvest all of the money made back into football. Our priority over the past few seasons, including through the worst of the pandemic, is evidence of this approach as we worked to support grassroots clubs and the volunteers running them to survive the period and get back on their feet."


* It will be interesting if clubs higher up the leagues move for this. Sky will have a strong say, but clubs wont be able to afford huge energy price bills for floodlights - like the Rotherham match - unless Sky pay the additional electricity costs?
Has to be the way very soon. Boro need to get that blummin wind turbine built!
Be interesting to know what it costs the Boro for the floodlights to be on?
 

1finny

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Selfish club…….

Kick off much later then the fans can benefit
By going to the game well wrapped up, being out of the house and turning the heating down when it would be full on 😊
 

JM14

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Selfish club…….

Kick off much later then the fans can benefit
By going to the game well wrapped up, being out of the house and turning the heating down when it would be full on 😊
Might be the only way to stop clubs at that level going under
 

Rofesleg

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Yep I predicted this and was called an idiot for suggesting it could become a reality 👍
Can't see anyone calling you an idiot on that particular thread, ya big attention seeking drama queen. Also, you didn't predict it, you were told it by your 'contacts'.
 

r00fie1

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Aren't Mansfield scabs?
No.

That`s not entirely accurate nor true.

Most of the striking Nottinghamshire Miners stayed out for the duration of the strike - facing intimidation, physical and verbal threats and violence, not just from working miners, but from the Police. Being in the minority, they and their families faced threats and intimidation from working miners to break picket lines. There is a myth that all Nottinghamshire miners supported the bosses Union of Democratic Mineworkers during the strike - they didnt. It was formed after the strike.

The ex - [striking] miners in Nottinghamshire have a pop-up-museum and it is extremely interesting listening to former Striking Miners and their experiences. Whole familes, whole streets and pits were divided. "Mates" who once played for the local football team together suddenly became "enemies". The police battered and arrested striking miners in Nottinghamshire on trumped up charges - many of which were dropped through lack of evidence [being a pack of lies and fabrication]. The consequences for mining communities wasnt as straight forward as "Strikers" and "Scabs".

The rancid taste of bitterness remains in those who were involved, but the experience of the strike has been woven into the social fabric of former mining communities. Its disingenuous to paint the Nottinghamshire miners with one brush. In fact those who stuck it out against insurmountable odds deserve credit and recognition. Lets not forget, the forces of the State were mobilised against the Miners - with the whole political class and establishment determined to destroy the NUM - who were the spearhead of the British Trades Union Movement.

Sheffield and Nottingham are separated by 32 miles: whenever they meet - be it Football, Cricket or Ice Hockey - the resentment, bitterness and fall out from the Miners Strike is reignited. Its not going away anytime soon.

This was a rally of Nottinghamshire Striking Miners in May 1984 - in Mansfield.
The town stood still whilst thousands attended in solidarity to support the strike.

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The following books make interesting reading and I would recommend anyone interested to obtain copies - even though some were published over ten years ago. I obtained copies from Five Leaves and Abe books, but they are also available elsewhere for a reasonable price.

Five Leaves Books in Nottingham is an independent bookshop which may be able to obtain copies.: https://fiveleavesbookshop.co.uk/

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