The Wessex League Twitter League 2016

30 Dec

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.

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Club Account Followers
Hamble Club @hambleclubfc 4879
Sholing @sholingfc 3037
AFC Portchester @afcportchester 2102
Horndean @horndean_fc 1794
Newport (IOW) @newport_iwfc 1752
Verwood Town @verwoodtownfc 1726
Blackfield & Langley @bandlfc 1632
Romsey Town @romseytownfc1 1509
Andover Town @andovertownfc 1453
Christchurch @christchurch_fc 1429
Alton @alton_fc 1348
Shaftesbury @SFC1888 1240
Hythe & Dibden @hythedibdenfc 1236
Fareham Town @farehamtownfc 1196
New Milton Town @nmtfc2016 1095
Tadley Calleva @tadleycallevafc 1028
Amesbury Town @amesburytown_fc 1018
Baffins Milton Rovers @bmrfc 1006
Cowes Sports @cowessports 1002
Moneyfields @upthemoneys 985
Fleet Spurs @fleetspurs 914
AFC Stoneham @a_stoneham 896
Ringwood Town @ringwoodtownfc 890
Bemerton Heath Harlequins @bemertonheathfc 888
United Services Portsmouth @usportsmouthfc 865
Downton @downtonfc 851
Totton & eling @tottonelingfc 844
Weymouth Res. @theterrasswl 840
Hamworthy United @hamworthyunited 837
Portland United @portlandunited 817
Lymington Town @lymingtontownfc 784
Alresford Town @alresfordtown 773
Laverstock & Ford @lavvyfc 756
East Cowes Victoria @ecvafc 740
Bashley @footballbashley 733
Fawley @fawleyafc 692
whitchurch @whitchurchutd 615
Pewsey Vale @pewseyvalefc 603
Andover New Street @andnewstreetfc 405
Brockenhurst @brock_fc 403
Folland Sports @follandsportsfc 130
Team Solent @teamsolentFC 78
Bournemouth no account na

 

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