I love football programmes; the hard copy that is a physical entity. Trowbridge are fortunate in being (I believe) the only club in the Wiltshire League that issue what ground-hoppers call 'paper'. But what is the future? I noticed yesterday that Chipping Sodbury in the FA Cup only issued an online programme ... for free. And this is becoming more and more the norm at non-league level .... even up to the likes of Barnet. They argue that they lose money on a physical programme but, with thousands of online hits with their 'free' programme can charge advertisers so much more. I hope that Trowbridge don't go down this road because we have a decent physical product thanks to AM .... and my good friend Browner who collects and compiles programmes in a systematic manner using punched pockets would be devastated. I think his collection goes back to Noah and the Ark versus Moses FC.
Agree it’ll be a crying shame if tangible ‘paper to cuddle’ is ever done away with. Happy to see TTFC continue to buck the trend along with Purton I believe, in the Wilts League. Nought better IMHO than flicking through a prog before a match or at half time over a brew, to find out the latest. Always liked pen pics on away clubs too, although I’m well aware if you scan online you can usually find most of the same.
I guess for me, buying a prog at every match I attend is tradition, as I’ve always done it since attending my first ever game (many moons ago!). As long as clubs continue to issue, I will buy one as I believe if they’re done well / cost effective, they can still make a few bob for a club. Here’s hoping ‘touchy feely’ real programmes continue for as long as folk want them.