Firstly thanks goes to the person running the Brockenhurst FC account for giving me the idea to re-visit the Wessex League Twitter League which I produced just over a year ago in April 2014. As I did back then I have tracked down every Wessex League club on Twitter and recorded the number of followers. All 39 current Wessex League clubs are now on Twitter including the one exception from last time, Lymington Town, whose Twitter account currently has 286 followers.
In addition to this I’ve also recorded the number of tweets made by each account in order to discover which clubs have been most active on the platform – although it needs to be borne in mind that some clubs have been on Twitter for much longer than others whilst a few may have changed from one account to another.
The one noticeable thing from last time around is that with a very small handful of exceptions the number of Twitter followers has increased across the board. This should be heartening and is, in a lot of cases I’m sure, a reflection of the work put in by those who run the accounts.
Anyway, the top three in reverse order are:
3.) Brockenhurst – 1,900 Followers
The former champions slide back in the rankings, although they do manage to retain a spot on the podium with 500 more followers than Team Solent in fourth position. Brockenhurst are also the 10th most prolific tweeters in the Wessex League having made 2,369 tweets to date.
2.) Sholing – 2,307 Followers
Of the clubs featured last year Sholing have added the most followers on Twitter with an additional 919 Twitter users receiving Sholing updates in their timeline. Since the last time I compiled the list Sholing have of course won the FA Vase at Wembley which undoubtedly provided a boost in the clubs profile, but there does need to be mention of the sheer hard work that the club appear to have put into engagement; They also top the table for most prolific tweeters having made upwards of 11,300 tweets since joining Twitter in April 2012
1.) Salisbury – 6,248 Followers
A club which has had a tumultuous few years. After being thrown out of the Conference Premier due to financial issues and effectively dissolving the re-formed club finds itself now, for the first time, in the Wessex League. Salisbury, with a population of around 40,000, has more than a handful of football fans and the kind of interest generated by the involvement of footballer-turned-pundit Steve Claridge and his long-time friend journalist Ian Ridley (40,400 and 10,400 followers respectively – with Claridge being one of the few Wessex League personalities to sport a prestigious blue tick on their profile) serves to give the club a high Twitter profile.
|7||Blackfield & Langley||1137|
|13||Hythe & Dibden||783|
|23||New Milton Town||523|
|28||Totton & Eling||425|
|29||Bemerton Heath Harlequins||403|
|32||East Cowes Vics||339|
|36||Andover New Street||295|
|37||Laverstock & Ford||291|