It’s been around 18 months since I last took stock of the Twitter accounts of clubs across the Wessex League. In the intervening period there have been a few changes with several clubs departing and others arriving; Among the departures were Salisbury who by quite some margin had been top of the Wessex League Twitter pile in June 2015 with 6,248 followers. Their promotion to the Southern League South & West division however, means that a new Wessex Twitter Champion can now be crowned….
3.) AFC Portchester 2,102 Followers
Porchy have climbed up from 5th place in 2015, benefiting from both a growth in followers of 841 – the biggest increase in the league, and the fall of the clubs who last year occupied 3rd and 4th. Brockenhurst who were 3rd in 2015 launched a new official Twitter account in July 2016 (the rules being that the Twitter League is based on the counts of official Twitter accounts where these are present), whilst Team Solent, who occupied 3rd spot, switched to a new football specific Twitter account in December (previously football had come under the main team Solent account which was used by sports clubs across Solent University.)
2.) Sholing FC 3,037 Followers
Runners-up for the third time in the Wessex League Twitter league Sholing have once again demonstrated an admirable level of fan engagement. By far the most prolific Tweeters the @SholingFC account has now managed 16,500 tweets, over double that of second most prolific club Fareham Town who managed 7,168. This engagement has been rewarded by an additional 730 followers – the fourth highest increase in the Wessex League. This though was not enough to secure top spot which goes to….
1.) Hamble Club FC 4,879 Followers
Wessex League newcomers Hamble Club FC have proved the surprise package in this year’s Twitter League. Hamble have made waves equally on the pitch and on social media. Currently sitting astride division one, following their promotion from the Hampshire Premier League Hamble’s official Twitter account boasts a formidable 4,879 followers. Considering there was only one Division One club in the top 10 in 2015 it really is a massive achievement.
|Blackfield & Langley||@bandlfc||1632|
|Hythe & Dibden||@hythedibdenfc||1236|
|New Milton Town||@nmtfc2016||1095|
|Baffins Milton Rovers||@bmrfc||1006|
|Bemerton Heath Harlequins||@bemertonheathfc||888|
|United Services Portsmouth||@usportsmouthfc||865|
|Totton & eling||@tottonelingfc||844|
|Laverstock & Ford||@lavvyfc||756|
|East Cowes Victoria||@ecvafc||740|
|Andover New Street||@andnewstreetfc||405|