Can you make a Twitter team? Ipswich Town fans can...
The growth of social media in sporting circles has generated plenty of bad publicity. Many promising young footballers have found themselves in hot water over errant tweets. But Twitter is generally a positive environment and, as Ipswich Town fan Dan Connors demonstrates, an increasing number of supporters are finding their heroes are available to follow.
Let’s face it, Twitter isn’t for everyone. But, love it or hate it, communicating in 140 characters is a growing trend. It’s taken a while for footballers to really take to Twitter although there have been exceptions – Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) and Darren Bent (@DBTT39) are both hugely popular and use the medium well.
As an avid tweeter and Ipswich fan, I’ve recently noticed an influx of current and former players on the #itfc timeline. In fact, I think we’ve got a first eleven that would give most teams a run for their money.
In goal we have Craig Forrest (@craigforrest1), who played for the club for 12 years between ’85 and ’97 making 263 appearances. A true stalwart of the club and Canadian international (no-one need mention he was in goal when we lost 9-0 to Man Utd).
At the back, there’s the up and coming Tom Eastman (@tomeastman1991) who has made 11 appearances to date during previous manager Roy Keane’s tenure. Accompanying him is our young Kiwi international Tommy Smith (@tommysmith1990) who played every minute of New Zealand’s 2010 World Cup campaign. Joining the youngsters at the back we have two defenders close to many Ipswich fan’s hearts in Jason De Vos (@jasondevos) and Fabian Wilnis (@fabwilnis), who racked up 453 appearances for Town between them.
First up in the middle, there’s genuine nice bloke and probably one of the most popular Ipswich players of all time – Matt Holland (@mattholland8). Alongside him, we have Canadian international Jaime Peters (@peters_87) and slightly out of position but pushing forward, wonderkid Connor Wickham (@connorwickham). At the minute I think we’re a tweeter short in the middle but I reckon most Ipswich tweeters would love to see @jimmybullard appear in their timeline.
Although young Connor is likely to end up playing lead striker at the minute, the Twitter line up wouldn’t be complete without England international and former Town player Darren Bent (@DBTT39). Playing alongside the Aston Villa forward are James Scowcroft (@scowy1975), who scored 55 goals in his 6 years at Portman Road, and current Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch (@deanbowditch10).
So the gauntlet has been laid down. Can fans of any other club match this Twitter XI? Over to you…