A regional daily has marked 10 years since its Saturday sports edition last went to print.
The final edition of the Argus went to print on the same day as the FA Cup final between Liverpool and West Ham, but was not able to carry the result due to the match going into extra time.
Liverpool eventually won the Cup on a penalty shootout after the match ended 3-3.
Wrote Mat: “The very last edition of the exactly Argus 10 years ago showed why the format had, regrettably, had its day.”
“Shrewd sub-editors that day, with the match hanging in the balance, nailed it with the non-committal headline ‘Nailbiter!’.
“Of course, Argus readers would have known the outcome, because by the time of that ‘Last-ever Saturday night edition’ there were numerous ways to check on the afternoon’s action. And therein lay the Pink’s problem.
“From over a century of being the West Midlands’ sporting public’s must-have, go-to guide, it now found itself out of date by the time it hit the shelves.”
Added Mat: “There was a theory that supporters were more likely to buy it, had their team won.
“Given the slim pickings of football success in this region in recent years, the lack of victories would no doubt have hit the circulation anyway, had the internet age not got there.”