This guest post is a bit of a cracker. Written by a chap named Jon, he is – with the exception of Han – the only guestposter I have met so far as as a mate of my best mate, we occassionally run into each other drunkenly in Llandudno. With a passion for technology, sport (and – if I have been told correctly) the coolest Nintendo Wii setup available, this is first guest post and first blog post in nearly 5 years so bear with him!
My 1st year’s membership of MyFootballClub is coming to an end soon and the question is, do I renew?
A lot has happened in the first year of membership. The purchase of Ebbsfleet United Football Club was completed making around 20,000 people from around the world part owners in the club. We watched our club finish a respectable 11th in the Blue Square Premier (otherwise known as the Conference) and to finish off the season, watched our club win the FA Trophy final at Wembley!
Every fan must dream of one day being involved in the running of a football club and MyFootballClub gave me that opportunity. I’ll have to wait until I’ve made my millions on the Internet before I get to be involved in the running of my club – Everton!
I thought the idea of MyFootballClub was fantastic when I originally read about it, fans can have a say in what happens each week rather than just arguing about it over a pint (or two) in the pub! The promises of being involved in all the decisions about the club and even getting to pick the team sounded like a dream come true to me. While not all of these promises have been fullfilled yet I totally understand the reasons why (some technical and some legal). Having said that I voted in favour of letting the coach keep control of picking the team as I don’t see how the free for all of 20,000 people picking a different team & formation can possibly work.
So what’s my overall view? It’s not captured as much of my attention as I thought it would. I’ve not felt in control of much so far either. I suppose it’s the same feeling you get when you vote in the elections, you know that your one vote isn’t going to make much of a difference in the scheme of things but you know you should vote. I’d be fooling myself if I didn’t say the club being so far away didn’t have something to do with my overall view, maybe I’d feel different if I’d been to a couple of games throughout the season.
I’ll probably give it another year, a full season of football to see what happens, it’s only £35 a year. I’ll be able to watch every game over the Internet, maybe this will make up for not going to the games. Who knows maybe we’ll get promoted into the football league next season!