Tweets are sweet when I can't hear the cheers
Being an exiled Bath City fan, I can't always get to games which makes the modern means of following the action from afar a godsend.
Both the Chronicle (@bathsport) and the club (@bath_city) provide Twitter updates, which is how I kept up to date with Saturday's thrilling 4-4 draw at Leatherhead.
Most fan debate after the game centred around defensive frailties but it has to be said that Leatherhead played really well. Thankfully they didn't reproduce that form in the replay.
What is exciting is that City have reliable goalscorers in Sean Canham (two at Leatherhead), Charlie Griffin and Chris Allen, who has to be an early contender for player of the season. Aaron Brown's spectacular 25-yard effort also confirmed him as City's best from distance.
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On Tuesday, I relied on Andrew Kerslake's entertaining matchat service (www. kerslakesport.co.uk) for updates on the replay.
Younger fans are more used to instant communication but for us older followers, these current services are a massive improvement from the time I started watching City in the late 1960s.
The crowds were much larger back then and you could hear the roar across the city and especially at the top of Lansdown, where I played on a Saturday afternoon. You could work out how many City scored from that alone.
The main source of information was the Chronicle's Saturday 'Pink Un', which would arrive at the local paper shop at around 6pm. City always had the front page in those days. Failing that, it was up at the crack of dawn to get the Sunday paper and check the results.
In extremis I would call the ground, home or away, from a public telephone box to try and get the score. For a home game, a happy "we won" was good enough for me. It was always difficult phoning an away ground where "we won" was a dagger to the heart!
In the early 1990s, the club really modernised by providing a telephone hotline. You could get the half-time latest and then anxiously phone post-match to get the score and a brief summary of the game.
So we have never had it so good, although I would love the live Andrew Kerslake radio commentary to return. We'll have to get promoted for that to happen, I suppose.
But, of course, nothing substitutes for being there!