Blurring the Lines
I’ve started tweeting in earnest over the past few days, and while I can’t deny that it has plenty of shortcomings, I have definitely come across some interesting things that would have otherwise passed me by.
I’ve learnt that Mark Kennedy won’t miss the smell of monster munch on the Cardiff team bus after he leaves South Wales and, perhaps more constructively, that European Football Weekends is an absolute cracker of a blog. Elsewhere, I’ve contributed to a round of tweets that resulted in a Championship South American XI on Mirko Bolesan, have started to air sometimes reader gerschenkron’s catalogue of comedy XIs and have picked up some useful contacts for our forthcoming divisional season previews.
I’ve also noticed that Brighton fans are partial to a bit of social networking. Having started to follow a few different Seagulls supporters, one particular tweet caught my full attention: that of Leon Knight squatting on their main messageboard, North Stand Chat, in the deliciously named thread “leon knight here im talked about too much on this site time to defend myself “. Now this is a player that I know about since an Albion pal of mine regularly brings him up in conversation, four years after he left the Withdean.
Apparently, Knight started the thread to set the record straight after his bust-up with Mark McGhee during the 2005-06 season. In amongst the predictable dogs abuse and tiresome protestations that he is, in fact, the real deal (which has been confirmed, apparently), are a couple of gems that some readers may be interested in. In no particular order: Steve Coppell is the manager who’s got the most out of Knight in his whole career; Knight once had a punch-up with Charlie Oatway on the training ground; something did once go on with Trevor Benjamin in a hotel room; Knight didn’t steal cars at Rushden and Diamonds; and, finally, Knight hated playing in Scotland because it was “rubbish long ball all day”.
Many will question why Knight has stuck his head above the parapet like he has, but his foray has nonetheless been a memorable diversion for plenty of supporters. Incredibly still only 27, Knight should have more than a few seasons left in him, yet given his recent CV I doubt that he’ll remain on most supporters’ radars. Which perhaps explains the motive behind Knight’s decision to log on to North Stand Chat in the first place.