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The Magpies Tweeting At St.James’ Park

6 years ago

In today’s age of social media, where the world is constantly poking each other, tagging themselves in bars along Newcastle’s Diamond Strip, and gasping at Johnny changing his relationship status to ‘it’s complicated’, it’s no wonder sport has turned to the platforms to reach out to its community.

The likes of Twitter and Facebook have become essential tools for a football fan to find out about their club, whether that be rumours on who’s going to be the new number 5 at St James’, or what day season ticket renewals are being pushed out.

Of course it isn’t just club accounts us Geordies are following though. Some of the greatest sport stars on the planet are gracing the wonderful world of Twitter, so of course there are a few Magpies tweeting from the St James’ Park rooftop. Sometimes we even get a chance to look behind what is happening behind the scenes and anticipate what might happen before it does, much like we did with Debuchy.

Although you’d be surprised by how many followers they have compared to the rest of the sporting world. The top five players are certainly interesting…

After Tim Krul’s heroics during the summer, you’d expect him to be top, but it’s slightly surprising that out of the millions of fans across the globe the highest number of followers is just 250,000.

Especially when you compare that to sports stars across the globe. As you’d expect the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, LeBron James, and Rafael Nadal to be strokes ahead of those on the Toon but it’s surprising to see the likes of Mark Cavendish, Victoria Pendleton, and Daniel Negreadu, stars in less popular sports, surpassing the likes of Cisse and de Jong – and they aren’t in the limelight week in week out.

Take Negreadu, he’s far from a household name, yet the man who leads the world of poker both on social media and on the tables has not too far short of a million followers. Like Cavendish, he’s built up followers by engaging an audience – taking fans into a place they wouldn’t normally get to see. Like behind the scenes of Cav recovering after his crash in the opening stage of the Tour de France.

But why are Newcastle fans not really interested in their stars off the field?

Across in Sunderland, Mackems back their side on Twitter in numbers. Even Jozy Altidore has over 800,000 followers.

It seems the hardened Toon fan is only interested in one thing – football. Unlike Sunderland fans they don’t want to know what Altidore was wearing at the ESPY awards, or even want to know what the ESPY awards are. They want to know how the team do on the pitch. And that’s why 50,000 people log out of Twitter and stand on the terraces week in week out – and that’s no bad thing.




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