Digital programmes are controversial for some people. But just like their paper counterparts, they can be both bad and good.
Here, with thanks and acknowledgement to the clubs concerned, we bring you a selection of the best free examples from recent seasons.
Some clubs charge for downloads, either a full of reduced price; some of the programmes featured here are also available in paper format, at cost. Others offer paper alternatives on matchday in the shape of teamsheets and “mini programmes”.
In our view anything providing diversity of choice can only be good. Equally, in a multi-media age there is no excuse for limiting those choices.
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Beware of Greeks bearing programmes – but here is the digital edition from AEK Athens. Available at www.aekfc.gr
A small club with a big history – it’s Alvechurch. See more at www.alvechurchfc.club
In Cyprus, Apoel Nicosia made the match programme commemorating their 90th anniversary available for download. You may have to take my word for this.
Aylesbury United here with their fully digital offering. Visit www.aylesburyunitedfc.co.uk
Ballymena United here in a Cup Final against Crusaders. More available at www.countyantrimfa.org
This season’s digital Barnet programme. Currently the most senior club to discontinue paper completely. Downloads at www.barnetfc.com
The tidy Beaconsfield Town offering is available at www.beaconsfieldtownfc.co.uk
Belper Town make their programme available electronically a few days after each game, at www.belpertownfc.co.uk
I can’t tell you much about the Athletic Bilbao e-programme because it’s in Spanish. More at www.athletic-club.eus
Boreham Wood have been offering reduced cost downloads for some time, in addition to a printed version. Free e-programmes are offered on occasion, like this one for a friendly match. Visit www.borehamwoodfootballclub.co.uk
Cheshunt have gone fully digital this season. Downloads at www.cheshuntfc.com .
A one-off here: the testimonial brochure for Chesterfield goalkeeper Tommy Lee, only available online and issued free as a thank-you to the fans.
Dorchester Town. In Dorset? Yes, it’s pretty good…. see www.dorchestertownfc.co.uk
George Best once turned out for Dunstable Town. Now they are leading a digital revolution. See more at www.dunstabletownfc.co.uk
Elgin City are a progressive club, and that extends to their programme. See www.elgincity.net
When Ebbsfleet sold out of the programme commemorating their captain Paul McCarthy, who died aged 45, they made it available to view online.
Fraserburgh offer their programme as a free download, but also sell paper copies. See www.fraserburghfc.scot
In another one-off, Fisher made the programme from their Easter game available online.
This is the Gibraltar FA Cup Final, via www.gibraltarfa.com
Another club going fully digital is Gosport – “initially free as a gift to the fans”. Downloads at www.gosportboroughfc.co.uk
Harrogate Town here offering what may or may not be a one-off download. If there are others, they will be found at www.harrogatetownafc.com
Another “after the event” publisher is Heybridge Swifts. Visit www.heybridgeswifts.co.uk
All Inverness Caledonian Thistle programmes are available free online. Downloads at www.ictfc.com
Leek Town make four programmes a season available online. Here is one of them. Go to www.pitchero.com/clubs/leektown
Lewes have been innovative programme issuers for some time, and they have now taken the bold step of moving to a full Web format as opposed to a pdf download, while still issuing teamsheets on a matchday. See their offering at www.lewesfc.com
A special edition here – the programme from the benefit game in honour of former Celtic and Manchester United player Liam Miller, obtained via the Irish Examiner.
Livingston now offer their “ROAR” magazine as a free download from the day before the match. Visit www.livingstonfc.co.uk
Manchester City occasionally offer some free downloads. Keep an eye on www.mancity.com
A promotional first issue of the season download from Margate, who don’t normally do this sort of thing. If it happens again www.margate-fc.co.uk is the place to look.
Like Barnet, Marlow have chosen to issue only a digital programme, which is free to download. Downloads at www.marlowfc.co.uk
In the US, it’s hit and miss whether a programme is produced for every game, or at all. Miami publish a periodical issue online at www.miamifc.com
A small programme from a small club to perfectly illustrate the versatility and quality that digital can bring. The colourful and simple Mousehole production can be found at www.mouseholeafc.co.uk
Prescot Cables make a pdf of their paper programme available to download following the game. Go to www.prescotcablesafc.com
I think the Queen’s Park issue is digital only. Free to download at www.queensparkfc.co.uk
The award-winning St Helens Town programme is produced in printed form, and also as a free download at www.sthelenstownafc.com
St Ives Town issue their full programme as a download, but make a “mini programme” available in paper format on matchday. Visit www.stivestownfc.co.uk
Salford City issued their first programme of the season as a one-off free download.
From Serie A, US Sassuolo issue all their programmes electronically at www.sassuolocalcio.it
Stevenage are producing free downloads for Checkatrade Trophy games. Available at www.stevenagefc.com
Tadcaster Albion upload their programmes after the game. Visit www.tadalbion.com
AFC Totton are keen digital advocates. Downloads at www.afctotton.com
The programme from the final stages of a UEFA youth tournament. From www.uefa.com
Digital only from Uxbridge. Go to www.uxbridgefc.com
For the “C” international v England in March, the FA of Wales made the programme available as a free download. Visit www.faw.cymru/en
Another FA of Wales free download here – the Womens’ World Cup qualifier v England. Again, see www.faw.cymru/en
Completing a FA of Wales hat-trick via www.faw.cymru/en is the Welsh FA Cup Final from last May.
After the event downloads from Wimborne Town are available at www.wimbornetownfc.co.uk