Pubs used to close at 11 and night clubs at 2 (with a 3 hour mid afternoon close on Sundays). Things change, lots of them.
Tradition for traditions sake is pointless.
The issue getting home isn't really about the K.O time but about rail works that I guess would not have been planned at the time the change was made. I wonder how many people genuinely travel down on the train on average anyway?
I believe the rail works were announced 18 months ago, not that the FA would have been the least bit interested anyway. Too busy money-grubbing to worry about the fan's transport problems.
The changes to the opening times benefited people selling beer to already inebriated people, I can't really see how it is a benefit to be able to drink until 6 in the morning, and it certainly does not appear to have helped society.
They also benefitted ordinary, sensible people, like you and me, who wanted to go home in their own time. I'm not sure why I should be thrown out of a pub at 11pm because of a few f*ckwits who can't hold their ale.
So change for changes sake is wrong but in this case the reason seem to be to make it more profitable.
When I was a lad league football was played at 3PM on a Saturday. Now more and more is played at other times, the reason being to suit TV, i.e. for money. Can't help but wonder why it is ok to change kick off times and days for hundreds of matches each season, happens without a peep, but not OK for this one game?
But it hasn't happened without a peep, fans have complained about it since they began altering KO times to suit Sky. I can remember many of our fans, when we were promoted, saying one thing they weren't looking forward to was the ludicrous KO times they'd have to put up with. There's nothing can be done about it now so the complaints have died down, doesn't mean fans are happy about it or it happened without a peep though. That's not the case.