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First-ever Football Blogging Awards to kick-off in Stockport following social media success

By Ben Burrows

The first ever Football Blogging Awards will take place this Saturday at the Stockport Masonic Guild Hall.

The awards, the brainchild of Anthony Cooper and Richard Green, are voted for entirely by the public and salute the best in the burgeoning football blogging community.

After polling over 10,000 votes on their website and via their Twitter and Facebook pages Anthony believes the event can only go from strength to strength.

“We hope after reaching our target of 10,000 this year that we can go and double or even treble our votes next year.

“We’d like to form a network of people involved and get newspapers and football clubs on board or even try and get Sky and the BBC involved.”

Anthony is a lifelong Manchester City fan and a blogger himself but saw other football blogging awards and felt they didn’t fully represent the public view.

He came up with the idea of the FBAs which are the only awards for football blogs or football bloggers that are decided entirely by the public.

“I’ve always done it (blogging) but decided that I wanted to make my own website instead of just posting or commenting.

“I saw other events like the ‘not 100% awards’ and thought I could do better than that!”

In recent years – alongside the success of Twitter and Facebook etc – there has been a huge rise in writers and aspiring journalists posting online, the majority of whom work unpaid purely for the love of the game.

“Blogging is certainly part of the future but the problem with social media like Twitter is the quantity over quality element.

“Newspapers will still be there to do their job – there are lots of outstanding blogs but there are still too many out there who spout trash.”

The event will be broadcast live on the internet with a minimum expectancy of 1,000 viewers with video highlights available afterwards through YouTube.

Doors open at 7pm on Saturday July 14 with the ceremony itself beginning at 8pm. For tickets and more information visit www.footballbloggingawards.co.uk

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