To give an idea of how important a website is, I remember a few years ago (maybe around 2002) reading an interview in The Guardian. It was with a senior manager from Yahoo - Head of Communications or similar I think. The first question put to him was "What is the first website you visit in the morning?". His answer?
"Swinton Lions RLFC. They're the club I grew up supporting, and I like to stay in touch with how they are doing."
The club, by my reckoning, has a huge untapped fanbase. Not just the stay-at-home fans in M27 and neighbouring districts, but those that have gone on to live and work elsewhere. Two distinct groups of course. How many fans refuse to go to games, for whatever reason (often justified IMO), but tune in to GMR, check Teletext etc. on a Sunday? For many of these the website is vital, and could be the difference between them coming to match or stopping at home.
Likewise for the exiled fans, many of whom, like the person whose name I cannot remember in the Guardian interview, are potentially influential. How many clubs at CC1 level can boats a cross section of fans that includes a recently retired MP, a national broadsheet editor, a senior European trades union official, a 5Live regular etc.
Not many. I'm sure many of these people, along with other exiled Lions, like LionsFanUSA, would appreciate a decent website or social network presence.
Thanks for that John! as you and any of my facebook friends will tell you I always post anything on Swinton Lions on my status.Takes the club to a whole new audience.