Stockport County let Twitter fans decide on transfer targets via poll

In an utterly brilliant (and rather mad) move, Blue Square Bet Premier league side, Stockport County, have made a formal bid for Fleetwood Town striker, George Donnelly, after asking their Twitter fans to vote.

After fans had voted, club director Tony Evans posted onhis own personal Twitter page,

“The fans have spoken the poll is clear to see.”

“The club will now try and sign GD [George Donnelly].Might not happen but we have now made an enquiry. Let’s see what happens. Didi [manager Dietmar Hamann] wants him.”

In the initial story, first reported by the BBC, Evans stated that he believed fans to be “the most important thing at a club and listening to them is crucial”. Despite an official enquiry being made, Fleetwood felt that the offer did not meet their valuation of the player.

It appears that the manager was happy to sign Donnelly or the alternative choice Jamie Vardy, therefore he gave the OK to let the fans make the final decision.

In a week where football and social media has been heavily criticised in areas of the media and managers alike, it’s refreshing to see one club not take itself too seriously and have fun with social media. It is also important to remember that social media is open to clubs of all sizes, and you don’t necessarily need to have a huge budget in order to get involved. From this social media stunt, Stockport have won themselves some free publicity. Good on them.

Sean Walsh

Founder of and leading Football Social Media expert.

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