Everton top of the league on social media

DAVID Moyes may have moved onwards and upwards to join champions Manchester United, but in social media terms his previous club Everton are top of the league.
New research from RadiumOne shows that while the Toffees may not have the biggest following, their fans engage the most with their posts – for example Aston Villa and Manchester City are working hard to keep their fans up-to-date (making 337 and 287 posts on Facebook in just 30 days respectively) their fans aren’t getting involved with the content, leaving them near the bottom of the table.
After Everton, Norwich City came second, followed by Manchester United, Southampton and Sunderland.
At the bottom of the table, Stoke City, Hull City Tigers and Swansea City would find themselves in the relegation positions as the least socially savvy teams in the league.
Abeed Janmohamed, Commercial Director at RadiumOne, said: “Despite Manchester United having an enormous following, our research goes to show that, in social at least, size isn’t everything.
“What this shows, I think, is that the clubs that have spent decades cultivating a strong community of real football fans are best placed to take advantage of social media, with passionate fans actively engaging with their clubs.”


Fans needed to tell their stories to FIFA and co.

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AN ACADEMIC is calling for football fans to have their say on the bodies that run the beautiful game.
Dr Borja GarcĂ­a, from Loughborough University School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, wants about 35 supporters from clubs all over the UK to keep audio/visual diaries this year.
He already has about 16 volunteers to use a specially designed smartphone app to record their thoughts, but he needs more from the Championship and lower leagues to create a more balanced sample, to find out if fans feel sidelined by the way the sport is managed, from club boards up to the FA, FIFA and UEFA.
Real Madrid and Nottingham Forest fan Dr Garcia said: “Sport, and football in particular, is an important part of our European identity.
“By understanding how supporters engage with existing governance structures, and what they think of them, we hope to develop a picture of the changing face of football in Europe.
“Supporters should be an asset for their clubs and they deserve to be listened to.”
Anyone interested in getting involved should visit www.supporters-direct.org/homepage/research/free-project/

Bilbao boo-boo as fans fly to soundalike city

A GROUP of 400 Athletic Bilbao fans missed their team’s Europa League final after flying to the wrong country.
While their team was playing out a 3-0 loss to Spanish rivals Athletico Madrid, courtesy of goals from Falcao (2) and Diego, the group of fans was desperately trying to make it to Romania from nearby Hungary.
The reason – they flew to Budapest instead of Bucharest, where the final was held.

St James’ Park signs to direct fans to Sports Direct Arena, say council

NEWCASTLE United may have renamed their stadium the Sports Direct Arena – but city chiefs have refused to replace signs directing fans to St James’ Park.
The controversial renaming of the historic stadium by owner Mike Ashley has upset a number of fans of the Premier League side – a feeling echoed by the city authority.
In a statement, city councillor Coun Henri Murison said: “The name of St James’ Park has been synonymous with Newcastle United football club and the city for more than 130 years.
“It is recognised around the world and the decision to change it, without consultation, will upset the overwhelming majority of fans who loyally support the team week in and week out.
“While I understand the commercial reasons for renaming sports venues when they relocate, this is not the case in this instance, and some things are beyond profit when they mean so much to people.
“The football club is part of the beating heart of the city, and while the council values its relationship with the club, it has no plans to change any existing wayfinding signs which bear the name St James’ Park.
“As far as the fans and Newcastle City Council are concerned, the home of Newcastle United will always be known as St James’ Park.”

Fans attack player over poor form

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FANS of Brazilian outfit Palmeiras attacked their own team’s players over their side’s losing streak.
The eight-times champions of Brazil are currently ninth in the league, and as a result fans turned on midfielder Joao Vitor after he decided to visit the stadium shop.
Police say he was punched and kicked outside the Palestra Italia stadium, sustaining minor injuries forcing him to visit hospital.

Arsenal to compensate fans after Manchester thrashing

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ARSENAL have offered to buy another away ticket for fans who travelled to Old Trafford to watch their team lose 8-2 to Manchester United on Sunday – the first time Arsenal have shipped eight since playing Loughborough FC in 1896.
Around 3,000 fans are thought to have made the 400-mile round trip to Manchester, only to see their team humiliated by the Red Devils.
Manager Arsene Wenger and his inexperienced, injury-hit team were widely criticised for their showing on the pitch, but the travelling support gained widespread praise for backing their team throughout.
A statement said: “Arsenal Football Club has announced it will be writing to fans who travelled to Old Trafford on Sunday with an offer to cover the cost of a match ticket at a future Barclays Premier League away game.
“Sunday’s result was obviously disappointing for everyone connected with the club. Our travelling fans were magnificent throughout and we want to recognise their fantastic support. We will be writing to them shortly with the details.”

‘Who let the dogs out?’ asks Chinese keeper

CHINESE international goalkeeper Wang Dalei has been suspended by the nation’s FA for branding his country;s supporters dogs and morons.
Dalei’s online outburst followed his countrys 3-0 defeat to Japan.
He said: “It would be flattery to call you fans. You’re just a bunch of dogs.
“You bunch of morons are the main reason why Chinese football can’t make progress.
“You throw in stones after a man has fallen into a well.”
It is not know how long the ban will last for, after he was suspended to allow to “meditate” on his actions.