Thursday, December 04, 2014

Not quite top of the league

It was once again close but no cigar for The Two Unfortunates crew at this year's Football Supporters' Federation Awards. Nominated in the Independent Website Of The Year category, we lost out to WhoScored?.com, who stretched the meaning of "independent" to its limit by being backed by Opta and could also count on nearly 450,000 followers when it came to the public vote. No shame in losing, ultimately - getting shortlisted was triumph enough.

The swanky ceremony took place on Monday night in the sumptuous setting of the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel - an upgrade even on last year's venue, the Emirates - and saw us knocking back plenty of free booze and rubbing shoulders with (or at least attempting to do so) the likes of Sergio Aguero, Martin Tyler, James Richardson, assorted Guardian journalists and, er, Robbie Savage, as well as those behind very worthy fellow award nominees such as The Sound Of Football, The Inside Left, The Real FA Cup and Popular Stand.

At dinner, for half an hour I was under the impression I was sat next to the chief executive of Sports Direct, which, as a Newcastle fan, was somewhat uncomfortable - until we realised that he'd actually said "Supporters Direct". Let's just say this came as something of a relief...

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