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villahopper
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Jan 13, 2010, 10:49 AM

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The Perfect Programme or Reply Privately

Reading the comments in where have you been people often mention the programme and comment on how good or bad it is. I am not really a paperchaser and although I usually buy a programme they often just go in the pocket and are left unread.

So my question really is, What do you regard as a perfect programme and who, in your opinion, comes close to that. What do you like to see in there and what do you feel isnt really required. What do you think a programme should cost and what price would a programme have to be before you thought you would not buy it


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Jan 13, 2010, 11:21 AM

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Re: [villahopper] The Perfect Programme or

I always buy a prog if there is one, my favourites are the home produced ones with 16 / 20 pages that sell for 1 or so. Everything you require of a football match can be contained in 4 or 5 sheets of A4.

The League and Conference programmes I have seen this season mostly around the 3 mark seem quite good value compared to some non league ones at 1.50 to 2, the League and Conference ones on average seem to have 80 pages and masses of reading, while some non league porgs at step 2 to 4 seem to contain little for 1.50 to 2 even 2.50 in some cases. I have paid 2 for a 8 page pog this season !..


WFCSteve
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Jan 13, 2010, 11:37 AM

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Re: [acmold] The Perfect Programme or Reply Privately

Birmingham's 32 pages for 1 is a winner with me. I do not need 100 plus pages for 3.50 I do buy a programme wherever I go, last night being a neutral a team sheet would have been a great help to me in recognising players.
Barrow was excellent for that pre season for 20p you could buy one in addition to the match day programme and was a better reminder of the game as I could see who played not a 30 man squad list you seem to get these days.
Some clubs like my beloved Walsall give team sheets free at reception which is excellent and most appreciated by the faithful few, travelling away it's tough to know where to get them from.
From a logistics side being a collector the smaller the better space is at a premium in Davies towers.
At non league games I am grateful for anything, having been a Programme Editor myself back in the days of typewriters I know the hard work that goes into even a basic issue.


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Re: [villahopper] The Perfect Programme or Reply Privately

Not a programme person myself, but I do buy one as force of habit when I go. Most conference teams tend to try too hard in my opinion, and overdo the professionalism. For me I would prefer the same as some I've seen on the continent, which is a free four pager with up to date stats and line-ups. Not that anyone will do that as it is essentially a loss maker straight away. Like WFC Steve I like to have team sheets when I go places, the problem as he says is if you don't know where to get them, it can be a bind. Storing them is a nightmare too, so I tend to consign all of mine to the recycle boxes, and the only ones I have in my house are my South Liverpool ones from when I was a kid. The wife though keeps threatening me with sending them to recycle heaven too, bitch. Unsure


Richard Rundle
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Jan 13, 2010, 6:14 PM

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Re: [T'Pau] The Perfect Programme or Reply Privately

I'd go along with most of the above, a 12-16 pager with all the essential information for a 1 would do me. And please, not on glossy paper!

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Re: [Richard Rundle] The Perfect Programme or Reply Privately

As a programme editor, i try to do a 36-40 page programme for all home matches (only 4 of adverts). I work on the premise that what I put together is something that when I go to a game elsewhere I would think that is a good read and value for money.



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Jan 14, 2010, 11:47 AM

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Re: [T'Pau] The Perfect Programme or Reply Privately

Storing them is a nightmare too, so I tend to consign all of mine to the recycle boxes

You do realise that with the above statement you will have caused serious mental and physical distress to a number of posters on this site.


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Jan 14, 2010, 12:09 PM

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Storing them is a nightmare too, so I tend to consign all of mine to the recycle boxes

You do realise that with the above statement you will have caused serious mental and physical distress to a number of posters on this site.

Sly I know a few people who may just be winging their way to Chester as we speak, pitch-forks and torches in hand. I understand what he means though. I have boxes and boxes of programmes from games I've been to, and every year I have a purge. They don't end up in my blue bin though, more likely as a gift to some programme shop somewhere.

For mine, I think that 1 for a 12 to 16 page effort, with an up to date table and stats page to know what the hell I'm watching, is ideal. Not fussed on what kind of paper it is though. So long as the ink sticks to it.



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T'Pau
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Re: [Jamesie] The Perfect Programme or Reply Privately

Just to set everyone's mind at rest - I also give them periodically to a friend who collects them as well.


WFCSteve
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Re: [T'Pau] The Perfect Programme or Reply Privately

phew!


Mishi
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Jan 14, 2010, 11:49 PM

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Re: [WFCSteve] The Perfect Programme or Reply Privately

The perfect programme is....

the one that doesn't sell out before I get to the ground!



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