the Southern League Division One Central game v Royston Town Saturday
Saturday 29th March 2014. We won 2-1 in front of 292
squeaky bum time. This is one of those seasons when you not only have
to be close to the toilets but also a mathematical genius, as a place
in the play-offs goes to the wire. Twitter goes into meltdown on
Tuesday and Thursday nights as Slough fans indulge in twit-athons
trying to work out all the different permutations as results from
other clubs come in. Well, a few of us saddos do anyway.
the majority of Twitter is just inane twaddle, its main reason for
being is for revolutions and non league football. In the not too
distant past BM (before mobiles) we would have to wait till Sunday or
the following week to find out the scores, now they spew forth in a
torrent of finger tapping rage.
least they should do.
In my last
bestseller, The Non League Manifesto, one of my key demands was
making twitter compulsory for all non league clubs. It doesn't take a
lot of effort and puts you in touch with people instantly. Of course
its not the answer to getting more bums through gates, but when the
weathers iffy its the quickest way to let people know if the game is
One of the
revelations of our new managers is their use of social media. When
there's a two way dialogue between fans, it creates trust and can
quickly clear up any issues that otherwise can get out of control and
set keyboard warriors off in a frothing frenzy.
supporters a voice is a good thing. I was involved in one of the
Slough Town fanzines ‘Rebels Without A Clue’ which was part of
the wave of independent football fanzines that started demanding a
right to be heard and culminated in the Supporters' Trust movement
and supporter run clubs.
fans being taken seriously still has some way to go, but I was
particularly impressed by Hull City's owner telling their fans to go
to hell if they didn't like the idea of being called Tigers.
also be wary of social media. Any idiot can put their thoughts out
there – just look at me. And where are the editors checking their
But i have
to take my Slough Town bobble hat off to Sam Gardiner, a 17 year
school boy who pretended he was a football scout because he wanted
more people to listen to his football views. Before he was rumbled,
he had 20,000 followers and was being private messaged by footballers
and journalists. "When I was 15, I created a Twitter account but
no one was taking me seriously. I had 300 followers. Adults don't
want to listen to 15-year-olds and I don't blame them, to be honest.
But I was getting really frustrated, because I love football, I love
talking about football and I just wanted to air my opinions to as
many people as possible."
The fact that he wants to be a
journalist or an MP gives an indication to his state of mind, but at
least his front is harmless compared to some of the bile and hate
sent to people in the limelight, or by people like ex-Slough Town
Dave 'The Doughnut' Deeney whose under police investigation for
threatening to stab Kettering Town fans.
really need is some computer geek to invent an app which can act as a
breathalyser; that can smell if you have had too much to drink and
stop your postings until the morning when you can reconsider them in
the cold, sober light of day.
those results and revolutions coming but remember to take the rest of
it with large pinch of smelling salts. And despite all this social
media business, the best way of communicating is still face to face
using your vocal chords.