Premature Tweet Causes Embarassment

February 16, 2014

UTL Archive

After thirty two games in which your team haven’t won, and you have seen only two draws, you could be forgiven for getting excited as that elusive three points edges ever nearer. However, for Droylsden FC, that excitement bubbled over into an embarassing twitter mishap.

Winning 2-1 at Barwell in the Northern Premier League Premier Division deep into stoppage time, the official twitter declared the full time result as a 2-1 win, which sparked mass celebrations among their followers. Dozens of retweets on the club’s account show just how much the result meant to supporters. Except for one rather important fact:

The game hadn’t finished!

Indeed, Barwell went on to ruin Droylsden’s day by scoring in the fourth minute of stoppage time to cause acute embarassment to the twitterer who had declared full time. In fairness, the person responsible (who is probably glad that they are anonymous right now!) wasn’t at the game, and was relaying match events on twitter that they were receiving via text message, including the incorrect final score.

The tweets showing Droylsden had won...

The tweets showing Droylsden had won…

And it wasn’t only the club that tweeted the mistaken win. FC United of Manchester, along with their FCUM Radio account, and The NPL Group all sent out messages relaying the result, leading to the awful realisation that the late equaliser had been scored, and an embarassing climbdown:

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IMG_4908In terms of the result, it will be a heartbreaking one for the team. Leading 2-0 until the final seven minutes, a penalty and that stoppage time leveller mean that it is now thriry three games since Droylsden last won, a run that stretches back to April 2013 and a victory at Colwyn Bay.

On a slightly happier note, Droylsden received many messages of support from fans of all clubs, and even gained lots of new followers.

Here’s hoping that next time they tweet that they’ve won, they actually have!

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About James Bartaby

Hey, I'm James and I'm relatively new to non-league football, having only taken in my first match in September 2011. Despite it being a 0-4 defeat for Hampton & Richmond Borough, I became a huge fan of the club and NL in general. So much so that they are now the first club that I mention when talking about which team I support! I just got massively disillusioned with top flight football in this country and the attitudes of the lawmakers and top clubs in general, and I wanted to start taking my son to see decent football. I am now the club's Deputy Press Officer, and loving every minute!

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