Football League highlights to be shown on Channel 5 at 9pm from next season

Michael Duckworth in action against Carlisle United.
Michael Duckworth in action against Carlisle United.

HARTLEPOOL United fans will be able to watch highlights of their team in action every Saturday night at 9pm from August.

For the first time ever, highlights of Sky Bet Football League matches will be shown in a prime time Saturday night slot from the beginning of next season, after the League signed a new three-year agreement for its free-to-air highlights with Channel 5.

Match footage, including every single goal, from matches in all three divisions of the Sky Bet Football League will be broadcast in a new 90 minute show aired at 9pm every week.

Channel 5 will also broadcast highlights of the Capital One Cup and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

The Football League’s chief executive, Shaun Harvey, said: “This is an exceptional opportunity for The Football League to work with a broadcaster that will schedule our matches in a prime time slot.

“It will take our games to a wider, younger audience by giving us the chance to be first in front of fans on a Saturday night.”

The highlights had previously been shown on the Football League Show on BBC One, after Match of the Day, meaning Football League fans had to stay up late to watch highlights of their team in action.