FA Cup kick-off time moved – as BBC come to Mariners Park
South Shields’ Emirates FA Cup preliminary round tie with Bridlington Town on Saturday has been selected for live coverage by the BBC.
The decision of the broadcaster to stream the game live across its digital platforms means that it will kick-off at the earlier time of 12.30pm at Mariners Park.
Supporters unable to make it to the match will be able to watch it on their PC, mobile or connected TV, as well as on demand on BBC iPlayer, while it will be featured across the corporation’s social media channels.
South Shields joint manager Graham Fenton said: “It will be great to have the BBC here live streaming the game.
“It will hopefully further improve the profile of the club and give people the opportunity to watch it who might not have the chance to be here, especially those in different parts of the world.”
For the first time, the BBC is broadcasting one game from every round of the FA Cup this season.
The first tie shown was in the extra-preliminary round between minnows Litherland REMYCA and AFC Liverpool.
Saturday will be the first time the Mariners have had a full match featured by the BBC.
Fenton added: “We’re really looking forward to the tie against Bridlington.
“It’s our first Saturday home game of the season, and with it being in the FA Cup and the BBC being here, it’s even more special.
“We’re hoping for a bumper crowd, because it’s a huge day for us.
“We’ve already done our homework on Bridlington, as I’m sure they have done on us, and we’re hoping for a good performance and positive result.”
David Newton, the FA’s head of competitions, said ahead of the season: “We’re delighted that the BBC is widening the competition’s reach by allowing fans the opportunity to follow the drama live, right from the very start through to the showpiece final at Wembley Stadium next May.”
Steve Rudge, BBC Sport’s head of football, said: “We are delighted that audiences are able to share in the passion of the FA Cup from the opening stage of the competition for the very first time.
“To highlight the tournament from first kick to last will showcase the desire for success in the famous cup throughout the football pyramid.”