One of the main disadvantages we have in Sydney, and the reason it is just so hard to get people to come out for games is the time difference. We have been fairly lucky so far that the draw has been favourable and kick-offs have been at an acceptable time. However, this is about to change.
It's almost that time of year where Daylight Savings Time kicks in, and kick-off now occur two hours later. Added to that though, the fixture list has conspired against us and we have a terrible patch of games on Sundays and Mondays, which makes coming out to Cheers nigh on impossible.
Over the next couple of months, we play the following games in the League:
Mon 28 Sep 8pm Manchester City v West Ham (5am Tuesday morning in Sydney)
Mon 05 Oct 8pm Aston Villa v Manchester City (6am Tuesday)
Sun 18 Oct 4pm Wigan Athletic v Manchester City (2am Monday)
Sun 25 Oct 3pm Manchester City v Fulham (2am Monday)
Sun 01 Nov 4pm Birmingham City v Manchester City (3am Monday)
Sat 07 Nov 3pm Manchester City v Burnley (2am Sunday)
Sat 21 Nov 12:45pm Liverpool v Manchester City (11:45pm Saturday night)
As you can see, we're not left with a lot of options... we may meet up for the Burnley match before it, but the next screening that we can lock in with any kind of confidence is the Liverpool match in two months time.
It looks like games at Cheers may be out of the question for a little while, so we may have to organise a trip to an A-League game or something to pass the time. For now, keep the faith, and be prepared to call in sick on Monday mornings...