They say football isn’t played on paper, but they never said it couldn’t be played on Twitter. Simon Throssell checks the stats when it comes to the Premier League’s top Tweeters during the latest mid-week fixtures.
By tallying up the number of official club tweets from kick-off to full time, the stories from this week’s mid-week Premier League encounters would be #completelydifferent.
The biggest result from this week was Arsenal’s emphatic 5-0 victory over lowly Huddersfield Town. The result at the Emirates was one of joy and happiness for the Gunners but over on Twitter, the team suffered a crushing 53-22 defeat.
It would be reasonable to argue that a team who is losing would tweet less because who wants negativity on the TL? Yet @htafcdotcom proved to be an exception to that rule.
The team’s regular updates on an almost minute-by-minute basis topped the Arsenal’s fancy goal GIFs, putting The Terriers into a high-flying 3rd place in our Twitter table.
In the contest between football and Twitter, Twitter score with a magnificent ‘top bins’ volley. Football 0 – 1 Twitter
The poorest tweeters on Tuesday and Wednesday night were Tottenham and Swansea (17 tweets), West Ham (15) and West Brom (12).
The Spurs stat is reflective of the team’s performance; an unlucky 2-1 defeat to 9th placed Leicester City. Up north at Goodison Park, even the West Ham Twitter account conceded that there was not much to report during Moyes’ crushing 4-0 loss to his old club Everton; a Rooney hat-trick including a goal from his own half rubbing salt into the Hammers’ wounds.
Both football and Twitter receive two points for a correct result on the pitch and on social media.
Football 2 – 3 Twitter
On the other end of the spectrum, Huddersfield and Chelsea both tweeted a whopping 53 times. Chelsea’s 140-character messages, during their 1-0 narrow win over Swansea, puts them second place in our Twitter table, with a total T/D (Twitter difference = Tweets for – Tweets against) of 36, pipping Huddersfield’s 31 by a mere 700 characters.
Another point for football and Twitter, as we head into the dying minutes of the footballing action.
Football 3 – 4 Twitter
To finish our Top of the Pops-esque countdown of this week’s mid-week top tweets we have Newcastle United, with an outstanding 63 tweets tweeted to their 1.1 million followers during Tuesday night’s clash against West Brom. Across the thrilling 90-minute game where the Toon came back from 2 nil down to draw 2-2 at The Hawthorns, Newcastle averaged 1.4 tweets a minute.
Conceding only 12 goals on Twitter and finishing with a T/D of 51, the Geordies climbed the Twitter table, pushing Chelsea and Huddersfield out of the way and having the Champions Crown firmly placed on the head of @NUFC.
“We are the Geordies, the Geordie Boot Boys. And we are mental, and we are mad, and we are the loyalist football supporters, Twitter has ever had”.
FT: Football 3 – 5 Twitter