Football for free as Imps face Oldham

Courtesy Graham Burrell

The Imps have announced that this weekend’s game against Oldham Athletic will be streamed for free on the club’s YouTube channel.

The fourth pre-season friendly sees us travel to Boundary Park to face Harry Kewell’s side, kicking off at 1 pm. The game has been available for free because of the streaming issues suffered the other night by the club.

I understand that the problems have been addressed with the supplier, 42Live, who have offered refunds to many of those more severely affected by the issues. I struggled to get a feed for perhaps half of the game, something that I’m told around one in six viewers had. Those issues have now been addressed and they were through no fault of the club directly. However, the friendly against Oldham will now be shown free, which is a superb goodwill gesture and another opportunity to watch the new-look City side in action.

The club’s statement on the subject said:

“Throughout the day we have spoken to our live streaming provider 42Live in relation to the issues that some supporters experienced, unfortunately, there were issues at a data centre linked to the livestream used by 42Live which were the cause of the issue and we have now been reassured that those problems have now been resolved.

“As a result of those discussions, we are pleased to inform supporters that 42Live have agreed to sponsor and livestream this weekend’s pre-season friendly game behind closed doors against Oldham Athletic free of charge for all Imps’ supporters.”
The meeting with Oldham will be the first between the two clubs since the title-winning season, where we drew 1-1 at their place, despite them being down to ten men, The return game saw them once again reduced to ten men, this time the Imps running out comfortable winners in one of Paul Scholes’ few games in charge for the Latics.
Former Notts County boss Kewell is currently in charge at Boundary Park, although they have had four since we last met. After Scholes, Pete Wild took over for a second time before leaving. Laurent Banide then had an 11-game spell in charge before Dino Maamria took over last season. The Tunisian left in the summer to be replaced by Kewell. He is the tenth incumbent of the role since our 3-2 win against them in the FA Cup back in December 2016.


  1. Do we know who the commentary team will be? If so could someone mention to them that many/most viewers will need a dialogue that describes the names of players as the ball is passed around – in other words a description of what is happening on the pitch, perhaps with a little excitement transmitted when play becomes goal bound. Many players are new and the new numbers are no help in identification.
    This used to be what ‘commentary’ meant but it now seems to mean a chat about the teams in general and the world at large!

    • Very funny. We had no pictures for most of the second half and missed all the goals but MH did get his excited voice on when we nearly scored!

    • I don’t think it was easy for the commentary team. They weren’t given team sheets before kick-off due to Covid restrictions, there were a lot of new faces, squad numbers are different from last season (for example Grant was playing 10 rather than 18 as last season), plus there were no names on the shirts.

      • Perhaps research is needed!
        Own pen and paper ,go and ask somebody ! I believe most of the numbers used by several were the same as last year.Surely Alan Long,,Asst Manager,even MApp could help pre ko?Plus most of the new players have been interviewed on signing by MHortin?

  2. I’m still trying to find/work out who provided the sumptuous assist to Elbouzedi. Based on Montsma’s Video Ball summary I’m hoping it was him because it seems like a special of his. LincolnshireLive reported it as Elbouzedi racing onto a loose ball. Loose ball? What game were they watching? It was passed on a string.

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