Football writers and sub-editors across Fleet Street were outraged last night as five goals in the last ten minutes of a Championship game caused pages of copy and layout work to be torn up.
Following a 56th minute goal for Wigan in their home match against Yeovil, a pedestrian 1-0 result looked on the cards, leading to several of the journalists submitting their reports and planning an early departure to beat the traffic. The flurry of goals that followed put pay to any plans they had, with the knock on effect to sports pages palpable.
“I had it all done.” Said Phil Pritchard, football writer for the Daily Express. “Blah blah blah, Wigan keep up their playoff chances, blah blah, Nick Powell header, blah blah, Yeovil in trouble. Then they go and score five between them. It’s a bloody disgrace, all that work down the pan and because I had to stay at the stadium to write it up, I missed my dinner reservation in Manchester.”
The effect of the flurry of action was felt away from the DW Stadium, with Sports sections in many of the daily papers hastily redesigned to give more prominence to the fixture and its topsy-turvy result.
An unnamed sub-editor at one paper was outraged at the outcome, leading to hours of work being scrapped. “The story had a by-line originally.” He said in a docklands bar. “It really didn’t hold that much interest, especially with the Chelsea game taking the back page. Then we get an excited phone call from the ground saying that it’s all gone crazy, which then cuts off when Yeovil score again. We had the edition in bed, then we had to get it up and wash its face again, a total nightmare.”
One journalist, assigned to tonight’s Champions League match at Old Trafford, said that he’s already taken action to prevent such a catastrophe happening for his assignment. “It’s a plum assignment. Whatever the result, Moyes is doomed – so all I’ve got is 500 words about his disastrous reign and a few sections just to put the scorers in. I’ll be in the pub by half-time; as will half the Man U fans.”
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