MyFootballClub: Mainstream media fails again

I’m one of those people who’ve signed up to MyFootball Club. This hit the news headlines last week after it was announced that Ebbsfleet United were the team that had been taken over by a bunch of web geeks who want to be desktop Abramoviches (having played too much Championship Manager).

At least, that’s what’s being reported. I actually joined the venture in August, and along with many of the 20,000 that had already signed up before last Monday, have been debating the issues surrounding the whole project at length and in depth. It’s incredibly annoying that most of the reports on the TV, Radio and in the papers aren’t even reading the basic FAQ’s on the home page. Even if there were still questions, it’s not too hard to look at some of the blogs out there, or even claim the £35 on expenses and see what’s actually on the forums.

It’s incredibly disappointing, because rather than report what’s happening and what the project is about, they’re trying to derail it. This is a controversial venture, we’re quite aware of that, thanks, but we think it could work and Ebbsfleet are in agreement.  There’s a lot of people who don’t like the way football has been taken away from its roots over the years, and that’s partly where this has come from.  We happen to think it could work and are putting our mouths and money where our belief is.   We’d just like to see both sides of the argument represented- are journalists no longer able to do that?

Here’s a good example of what they’re doing. Yesterday’s Observer has a particular twisted article, found here. “Cyber with Rosy? Fans Aren’t Sure”. Of course fans aren’t sure, you’re making MyFC out to be something it isn’t, just like you created panic at Northern Rock when there was none.

I’ll give you another angle to that same article – Jessica McQueen, of the supporters trust, was hassled by the Observer reporter to find someone who was anti-MyFC for a quote. She refused, and won’t give any more statements until the trust have met on Wednesday.

I never thought I’d hear myself saying it, but I much preferred the Daily Mail‘s attitude than the Observer’s. Here’s a nice quote from Manager/Head Coach Liam Daish:

‘Seriously, though, is it better to work for one tyrannical chairman, who acts on a whim, or 20,000 knowledgeable football fanatics?’

The 20,000+ decisions makers is another fundamental part of the concept that the press can’t seem to get their head round, and unable to read about it.

Even more fundamental than this is the fact that seems to be escaping almost everyone, including many of the new members: MyFootballClub have not bought Ebbsfleet United – they’re in due diligence phase of a 51% takeover. Members were certainly not logging on at half time during the Oxford game and making their selections – this is something which has been debated for months, a voting system which has never been seen before.

News used to be about the 6 W’s – Who, What, Where, When,Why and How.  Now it’s all about WOAH! (thanks to Charlie Brooker for that one)


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One response to “MyFootballClub: Mainstream media fails again”

  1. linksandanchors says :

    Interesting post. I noticed the negative coverage in the Guardian as well as the Observer. They seem to regard MyFC more as an experiment post-Thatcherite radical-capitalism than web-enabled lefty-communalism (which is how it feels).

    The articles in the Telegraph were much more thoughtful including the one in the business section.

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