England plays Andorra tonight in the World Cup qualifiers. Will I be watching? Will I buggery – it’s only on Setanta and there is no way I’m subscribing to a bloody sports channel just to watch one football match and I’ll tell you why …
Firstly, I don’t have that much interest in sport. I like to watch international football and rugby matches and on the very rare occasions that Shrewsbury Town are on telly, I watch that. I like to see the English-hater, Andy Murray, lose and of course I cheer on anyone but Scotland or Wales. Would I watch £13 worth of sport in a month? No.
Secondly, on principle I will not pay to watch England on TV. We fund our football team through our taxes and it costs us millions. It’s not unreasonable to expect to be able to watch your national team for free on the telly. You wouldn’t, after all, buy a season ticket for your team of choice and then expect to pay to watch them play, would you?
As a happy aside, the sweaty socks lost 1-0 to (don’t laugh) Macedonia.
If you want to watch the match you can watch it for free on Andorra TV over the internet. The feed quality is awful but it’s better than nothing. The commentary is in Spanish but I’ve just muted the ATV audio and I’m listening to the commentary from BBC Radio 5.