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Saturday sports title relaunched as weekly supplement

A regional daily’s Saturday sports title has been relaunched as a weekly supplement more than 10 years after it was last published.

The Aberdeen Evening Express has brought back its Green Final, which is now an insert inside each Monday’s edition of the paper.

The Green Final was initially launched in 1928 but ceased publication as a standalone title in 2002 and two part-time reporters have now been recruited for its relaunch, to cover amateur and youth football across the patch.

There are few standalone Saturday sports titles still being published but earlier this month The News in Portsmouth brought back its Sports Mail title – nine months after scrapping it.

Evening Express sports editor Charlie Allan said: “The new Green Final will add value for readers and give them something they can’t get anywhere elsewhere – comprehensive coverage of grassroots sport across the north east of Scotland.

“There’s a lot of affection for the brand among readers so we have aimed to retain the best features of the paper while making it relevant in an age when people are being bombarded with sports news across multiple platforms.”

He added that there had been a positive response to the relaunch of the title, which has also brought in extra advertising revenue.

The Green Final pull-out, which is currently eight pages, includes coverage of five-a-side leagues which were not previously covered by the Evening Express and includes weekend results from grassroots sports, including a full page dedicated to local golf.

Last month, the Sheffield Star’s Green ‘Un sports edition ceased print publication but has been given a digital relaunch.