'The public is thirsty for info!': Take a look back at the first tweets of Blackpool Football Club's official account

Twitter first launched in 2006, so Blackpool Football Club were a little late in joining the party five years later.

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 5:47 pm
Updated Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 5:48 pm

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Nevertheless, the platform was still in its infancy and official accounts such as theirs were still figuring out how best to convey themselves.

Blackpool’s introduction to Twitter came at a poignant time in the club’s history, coming midway through the 2010/11 Premier League campaign.

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On the day of the club’s first tweet on February 15, 2011, the Seasiders lost 3-2 away to West Bromwich Albion, Pool’s goals coming from David Vaughan and Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

Despite the defeat, Ian Holloway’s men remained in the top half in 10th, 10 points adrift of Chelsea in fourth and seven points clear of Wolves and Aston Villa in the bottom three.

But Blackpool FC’s first tweet wasn’t even about the West Brom game, it referenced the reserve’s fixture the night before instead.

The club wrote: “Good morning and welcome to Blackpool FC's official twitter account, good win for the reserves last night and a goal for Sergei Kornilenko.”

The club's Twitter account has now been active for 10 years

The message received just one retweet and nine likes.

The game in question was Blackpool’s reserves’ 3-0 win against Blackburn Rovers, who were led by future Pool boss Gary Bowyer.

Sergey Kornilenko, James Beattie and Ludovic Sylvestre all got on the scoresheet at Leigh Sports Village.

In fact, this was Blackpool’s full line-up: Chris Kettings, Rob Edwards, Salaheddine Sbai, Danny Coid, Stephen Husband, Keith Southern, Andy Reid, Ludovic Sylvestre, Sergey Kornilenko, Brett Ormerod, James Beattie

Blackpool’s tweets struck a similar tone for a week or two, with the club remaining professional, plugging press conferences, interviews and season ticket renewals.

But when the admin discovered they could reply to other accounts, that’s when the fun really started.

On February 18, replying to former youth team player Adam Mitter, the club commented: “Twitter is my work, the public is thirsty for info!!”

If only the admin knew what was to come...

On February 21, the club used its official account to advise The Gazette’s Blackpool FC reporter Will Watt where the pre-match press conference for the Tottenham Hotspur game would be taking place.

“Morning Will,” the account wrote to Will.

“Today's press conference will be in the usual place rather than the sports bar.”

Text messages were a thing back then, right?

Following the game, which Blackpool won 3-1, with Brett Ormerod making history by becoming the first player to score in all four divisions, the official account decided to focus on the real pressing issue.

The club tweeted: “Did anybody sample 'the Seasider' bar last night? If so, you're (sic) feedback is welcome…”

The club would then tweet DJ Campbell, who also scored on that memorable night at Bloomfield Road.

They wrote: “@RealDJCampbell: The pre-match tuna and pasta must have worked a treat!”

Blackpool would then use its social media platform to track down celebrities such as Soccer AM presenter Tim Lovejoy, Piers Morgan and Chris Kamara for programme interviews ahead of the games against Chelsea, Arsenal and Stoke City respectively.

By March, the club seemed to have got the hang of things, with some admittedly dry but professional tweets.

On March 7, ahead of the game against Chelsea, the club tweeted: “Chelsea are the visitors to Bloomfield Road this evening, lets hope for another big performance from the Seasiders!”

Before adding: “Blackpool are a staggering 9/1 to defeat Chelsea this evening, visit club betting partner Coral to back the Tangerines.”

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