Cherished football tradition set to continue at Sheffield United

Sheffield United’s matchday programmes will continue for the ‘foreseeable future’ despite an EFL vote.

The English Football League announced on Monday it was going to vote at its AGM in June over whether to keep the requirement for all clubs to produce a matchday programme from the start of the 2018/19 season.

Kevin Cookson, Senior Press Officer for Sheffield United, said: “Sheffield United’s programme is a well-read publication and we will be continuing to produce it for the foreseeable future.”

At the moment it is mandatory for all football league clubs to produce a matchday programme.

Standing on the Gallowgate as a kid with my shiny plastic smelling programme was amazing. It’s horrific that they’re even contemplating losing this great part of a matchday.

A statement from the EFL said: “A number of clubs have asked the EFL if the mandatory publication of a match 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.”

Collecting matchday programmes has been a tradition for many fans and, many years later, fans have reaped the rewards of their collection.

To further support how important the matchday programme is, I will giving a glimpse into what I have dubbed my “prog box.” I have some gems in here and the 2 pictures I show of singular progs are important. My most valuable and my 1st I ever owned.

In 2013, a programme from the 1882 FA Cup final between Blackburn Rovers and Old Etonians was sold at an auction for £35,250 and created a new world record.

Another programme from the 1909 FA Cup final was sold for £23,500 in November 2012.

Sonia Twigg

MA Journalism, Sheffield University @sonia_255