The English Football League (EFL) announced earlier this week that a vote will take place to determine whether it should be mandatory for clubs to produce a programme for every home game. The vote will be held at the league’s AGM and if it is passed, clubs will not have to produce programmes for all matches from the start of next season.
The EFL said in a statement: “At its summer meeting in June 2018, the EFL will vote on a proposal that will determine whether or not it is an absolute requirement to produce a matchday programme from the start of the 2018/19 season onwards. A number of clubs have asked the EFL if the mandatory publication of a matchday programme can be addressed as a result of an overall decline in sales and the proliferation of digital and social media, which has the ability to deliver the same content in a more cost-effective manner. Irrespective of the outcome at June's AGM, the EFL will continue to produce a match programme for its five competition finals - the Carabao Cup, Checkatrade Trophy and Sky Bet Play-Offs."
Last summer, Brentford Football Club entered a three-year partnership with Curtis Sport. The experienced print and sports specialist is responsible for the sales and distribution of BEES and the Club will honour this partnership, guaranteeing the production of a programme until at least the end of the 2019/20 season.
The Club is very pleased with our matchday programme during the first year of our new partnership, but is always open to ideas and suggestions for ways we can freshen our content and keep it relevant to our readers. For any feedback on our programme, suggestions of what you’d like to see in 2018/19 or opinions on the EFL vote, email firstname.lastname@example.org.