Last night I attended the Football Blogging Awards in Manchester, and out of nowhere, I won.
I don’t really how this has happened. For a blog that started as a personal crusade to annoy a selection of friends, to now have it acknowledged nationally – well that is something really special.
Clearly I wasn’t expecting it. There were nine other high class blogs I was up against in the Best Football Club Blog category, and while I believe in my content, stories about Steven Pressley looking angry while pushing a shopping trolley will only really resonate with a Sky Blue-coloured group of fans. I won the judges vote which in short means that a panel of writers and industry supporters gave the blog a look and deemed it to be the best out of the lot. Unbelievable stuff.
The moment itself was your classic awards ceremony blur. My name was read out, CCFC compatriots Joey Crone and Gavin Horsfall swivelled around in their seats in shock, before I let out a wonderfully poignant “fucking hell”.
Fortunately the potty mouth was left at the table, but I also left my coherence and the big speech consisted of a joke about Coventry City never winning anything, followed by a sub-joke which was essentially the first one all over again. Fortunately I got in the crucial “thank you”. It’s the highlight of my writing career to date and a moment I will treasure, however hazy the recollection.
The one problem with wilting under the lights of a stage is that you forget to thank people who deserve your recognition. Now I know this isn’t a Nobel prize, but in the context of my life it’s a huge deal and I’d like to place on record a few thanks for supporting and contributing to the success of the blog over the last five years:
- Joey Crone for his boundless support for the work I do and for allowing me to be a part of the Nii Lamptey Show, a project I’m sure is the main reason many of you are here.
- Paul Knowles for being a worthy adversary on the podcast. Big respect.
- Ed Wilson for his work (and anarchic wit) during the debut season of the podcast. We miss him.
- Gavin Horsfall for being my blogging inspiration in the early days of Twitter.
- Tom Furnival-Adams for offering his talents and crafting some stunning articles to help get the site into the public conscience.
- Additional columnists Jim Lee, Richard Montague, Mark Woods, Barney Pell and Shaun Clifton for some awesome contributions to the site over the years.
- Anthony Cooper and the rest of the guys behind the Football Blogging Awards. It’s grown beyond all recognition and gives something for every blogger to aim for.
- Everyone who has ever voted for me.
- My family for retweeting the flip out of everything I’ve ever done and doing their best to give me a Humpty Dumpty sized head.
- And last but absolutely not least, Laura. For endless patience with my impetuous blogging needs. Be that waking up at 6am to find me frantically outlining an epiphany about Adam Barton’s haircut, or the outrageously late nights drawing up niche photoshops that will never see the light of day.
Basically, thanks everyone. This is great.
Now let’s never speak of it again.
P.s. I will speak of it again.