50 best football Twitter accounts to follow

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Now that the football season has ended and Chelsea have won the Premier League, how do you fill that football-shaped hole in your Twitter feed?

Yes, you could endlessly retweet the moment that the Blues knew they had sealed their sixth top-flight title. You could pine over captain John Terry leaving or the Black Cats’ 10-year stay in the Premier League coming to an end. Or, you could follow the 50 most influential people in UK football.

Now, you might assume that a list of this kind would simply feature players, managers, owners, referees and other corporate accounts. But, what about the other figures – the people that put pen to paper and report on the match reactions, tactical analysis, the manager dramas and the other behind-the-scenes goings-on of the clubs? There’s also the YouTube personalities, the radio hosts, the TV presenters and photographers.

In fact, with the Oxford Dictionary defining influence as “a person with the capacity to have an effect on someone or something”, then surely the reporters, commentators and creatives are potentially more influential than those with all the money and power? With that in mind, Coral have delved behind the obvious figures of football to find the most influential tweeters when it comes to the beautiful game.

Making the list of the most influential people in UK football is Full Time DEVILS who are YouTube’s largest football fan channel for Manchester United fans. They create videos on big match previews, post-match reviews, player debates and much more.

There’s also the likes of Phil Hay who covers Leeds United for the Yorkshire Evening Post as well as Brickstand who are aiming to build all 92 English league and Scottish Premiership grounds from Lego bricks (we know – these guys need to be on everyone’s Twitter feed asap!). City Square Live presenter and event host Natalie Pike is also included, while top sports writers and even a clothing brand have proven their high level of influence.

So, just how do you rank the most influential people? By popularity, power or money-earning potential? The list has been made by teaming up with Followerwonk and carefully assessing around 10bn tweets across more than 100m Twitter accounts. Each influencer has been given a Social Authority Score – a 1 to 100-point scale that measures and analyses a tweeter’s influential content (the closer to 100, the better).

These scores aren’t just given based on how many followers they have. The Social Authority score considers the retweet rate of their last few hundred tweets and how many years they’ve been on Twitter. Engagement rate and average number of tweets per week are also thrown into the mix to gauge just how influential someone is when it comes to the beautiful game.

So, who do you think is reigning supreme at the top of the table, and who do you think is lurking at the bottom?

Check out the full list of the most influential UK football tweeters here and click on that ‘Follow’ button, if you’re not following them already.

The 50 best football Twitter accounts to follow

#1 Nooruddean

@BeardedGenius

Supports Manchester United. Also writes for The Republik of Mancunia.

  • Followers – 78.4K
  • Time on Twitter – 6.74 years
  • Retweets – 5%

Social Authority Score – 86


#2 Adam Digby

@Adz77

Italian football writer @beINSPORTSUSA @FourFourTwo @Sport360 & author of ‘Juventus: A History in Black & White’.

  • Followers – 26.1K
  • Time on Twitter – 7.79 years
  • Retweets – 5%

Social Authority Score – 84


#3 Alex Shaw

@AlexShawESPN

General Editor, ESPN. Published author.

  • Followers – 34.8K
  • Time on Twitter – 3.53 years
  • Retweets – 0%

Social Authority Score – 82


#4 Oldfirmfacts

@Oldfirmfacts1

The tweets James Forrest has read to him at bedtime. Jokes in @Daily_Record. Columns for @Glasgow_Live every Monday and Friday.

  • Followers – 34K
  • Time on Twitter – 5.17 years
  • Retweets – 5%

Social Authority Score – 82


#5 Calfreezy

@Calfreezy

Rebel FC and Youtuber.

  • Followers – 1.08M
  • Time on Twitter – 6.98 years
  • Retweets – 5%

Social Authority Score – 82


#6 Alan Shearer

@alanshearer

260 Premier League goals @BBCMOTD analyst, @sunsport columnist, @coral ambassador.

  • Followers – 484K
  • Time on Twitter – 1.99 years
  • Retweets – 0%

Social Authority Score – 81


#7 Full Time DEVILS

@FullTimeDEVILS

YouTube’s biggest and best channel for Manchester United fans. 100% unofficial.

  • Followers – 148K
  • Time on Twitter – 4.32 years
  • Retweets – 5%

Social Authority Score – 81


#8 CLUB 1984.

@Club1984_

#LDN. Create one-off pieces of clothing inspired by the icons, moments, fans, stadiums and just about everything that makes the beautiful game.

  • Followers – 103K
  • Time on Twitter – 7.13 years
  • Retweets – 5%

Social Authority Score – 81


#9 talkSPORTDrive

@talksportdrive

Adrian Durham – official talkSPORT account

  • Followers – 299K
  • Time on Twitter – 6.68 years
  • Retweets – 0%

Social Authority Score – 81


#10 Samuel Luckhurst

@samuelluckhurst

@MENNewsdesk and @ManUtdMEN football writer.

  • Followers – 40.6K
  • Time on Twitter – 6.63 years
  • Retweets – 9%

Social Authority Score – 80


#11 Andy Mitten

@AndyMitten

Works for FourFourTwo, ESPN, The National, M.E.N, @br_uk, GQ, Sunday Times, BBC, Daily Post et al.  Also author of 11 books.

  • Followers – 96.3K
  • Time on Twitter – 6.49 years
  • Retweets – 5%

Social Authority Score – 80


#12 Raphael Honigstein

@honigstein

Football and Fußball. All channels.

  • Followers – 413K
  • Time on Twitter – 7.11 years
  • Retweets – 18%

Social Authority Score – 80


#13 The True Geordie

@TrueGeordieNUFC

The King in the North.

  • Followers – 129K
  • Time on Twitter – 7.54 years
  • Retweets – 6%

Social Authority Score – 80


#14 Phil Hay

@PhilHayYEP

Yorkshire Evenings Post’s chief football writer, covering Leeds United.

  • Followers – 104K
  • Time on Twitter – 5.59 years
  • Retweets – 0%

Social Authority Score – 79


#15 Craig Norwood

@CraigNorwood

Freelance Press and Agency Photographer in Manchester, UK.

  • Followers – 133K
  • Time on Twitter – 8.15 years
  • Retweets – 50%

Social Authority Score – 79


#16 Matt Craig

@matthdgamer

YouTube video maker and FIFA video producer.

  • Followers – 696K
  • Time on Twitter – 8.15 years
  • Retweets – 70%

Social Authority Score – 78


#17 Sam

@samuelJayC

Arsenal. European football.

  • Followers – 67.8K
  • Time on Twitter – 7.79 years
  • Retweets – 26.0%

Social Authority Score – 78


#18 Adam Hurrey

@FootballCliches

Freelance football writer for @Telegraph, @ESPNFC and beyond.

  • Followers – 61.7K
  • Time on Twitter – 6.48 years
  • Retweets – 14.0%

Social Authority Score – 77


#19 Geoff Arsenal

@GeoffArsenal

Arsenal.

  • Followers – 149K
  • Time on Twitter – 5.64 years
  • Retweets – 21.0%

Social Authority Score – 77


#20 John Cross

@johncrossmirror

Daily Mirror Chief Football writer and author.

  • Followers – 259K
  • Time on Twitter – 8.01 years
  • Retweets – 0%

Social Authority Score – 85


#21 Ian Darke

@IanDarke

Football commentator for BT Sport in UK and for USA international games on ESPN in America.

  • Followers – 133K
  • Time on Twitter – 6.34 years
  • Retweets – 11.5%

Social Authority Score – 77


#22 Amy Lawrence

@amylawrence71

Football writer for The Guardian and Observer.

  • Followers – 71.4K
  • Time on Twitter – 4.39 years
  • Retweets – 4.0%

Social Authority Score – 77


#23 Daniel Storey

@danielstorey85

Football365’s deputy editor. One quarter of @FtblFivesPod.

  • Followers – 25.4K
  • Time on Twitter – 6.30 years
  • Retweets – 4.0%

Social Authority Score – 77


#24 Scott Patterson

@R_o_M

Editor/writer for Republik of Mancunia. Writes about Manchester United for @ESPNFC and @FourFourTwo.

  • Followers – 72.4K
  • Time on Twitter – 8.18 years
  • Retweets – 22.0%

Social Authority Score – 76


#25 Tom Williams

@tomwfootball

London Sports Correspondent for @AFP, mainly reporting on English football.

  • Followers – 39.4K
  • Time on Twitter – 7.38 years
  • Retweets – 2.5%

Social Authority Score – 76


#26 Cartlon Cole

@_CarltonCole9

Darren Randolph fanboy. Kidnapped Savio Nsereko in Thailand once. Featured on the Wikipedia page for Carlton Cole under “controversies”.

  • Followers – 29.3K
  • Time on Twitter – 4.82 years
  • Retweets – 10.0%

Social Authority Score – 76


#27 Ian Abrahams (Moose)

@BroadcastMoose

Sports Report & Commentator for 25 years.

  • Followers – 209K
  • Time on Twitter – 7.10 years
  • Retweets – 12.5%

Social Authority Score – 76


#28 West Ham Central

@WestHam_Central

Scott Parker enthusiast.

  • Followers – 33.9K
  • Time on Twitter – 3.41 years
  • Retweets – 28.6%

Social Authority Score – 75


#29 Andy Ha

@_AndyHa

Social Media Editor for football.london

  • Followers – 8,160
  • Time on Twitter – 8.25 years
  • Retweets – 17.0%

Social Authority Score – 75


#30 Lee Ryder

@lee_ryder

The Chronicle’s Chief Sports Writer and NUFC multimedia journo.

  • Followers – 87.7K
  • Time on Twitter – 8.19 years
  • Retweets – 6.0%

Social Authority Score – 74


#31 Iain Macintosh

@iainmacintosh

@ESPNFC football writer and author.

  • Followers – 93.7K
  • Time on Twitter – 7.43 years
  • Retweets – 20.5%

Social Authority Score – 73


#32 Tim Payton

@timpayton

Sports communications for work. Also tweets own views on Arsenal’s ownership, finances & governance; custodianship matters:

  • Followers – 51.1K
  • Time on Twitter – 8.07 years
  • Retweets – 13.0%

Social Authority Score – 73


#33 Alan Brazil

@SportsBreakfast

Listen on @talkSPORT weekdays from 6am.

  • Followers – 170K
  • Time on Twitter – 7.30 years
  • Retweets – 11.5%

Social Authority Score – 72


#34 Michael Gooner

@MickTheGooner

100% Arsenal Game of opinions.

  • Followers – 81K
  • Time on Twitter – 7.67 years
  • Retweets – 10.0%

Social Authority Score – 72


#35 Julien Laurens

@LaurensJulien

French football expert and consultant based in London.

  • Followers – 51K
  • Time on Twitter – 6.27 years
  • Retweets – 7.0%

Social Authority Score – 72


#36 George Caulkin

@CaulkinTheTimes

Chronicler of Misery for The Times (North East football, mainly) and a Patron of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

  • Followers – 63.2K
  • Time on Twitter – 7.49 years
  • Retweets – 6%

Social Authority Score – 71


#37 Jim Boardman

@JimBoardman

Football writer, mainly #LFC, for @MirrorFootball@AnfieldRoad@5TimesCo & elsewhere.

  • Followers – 71.8K
  • Time on Twitter – 8.11 years
  • Retweets – 22.0%

Social Authority Score – 70


#38 George Riley

@georgeyboy

Broadcaster @footballon5  @bbc5liveambassador @StevePrescott1 @josephsgoal

  • Followers – 44.4K
  • Time on Twitter – 8.18 years
  • Retweets 19.0%

Social Authority Score – 70


#39 Stuart Brennan

@StuBrennanMEN

Manchester City reporter at the Manchester Evening News.

  • Followers – 28.8K
  • Time on Twitter – 8.18 years
  • Retweets – 8.5%

Social Authority Score – 69


#40 Owen Gibson

@owen_g

Guardian head of sport.

  • Followers – 49.1K
  • Time on Twitter – 9.31 years
  • Retweets – 38.0%

Social Authority Score – 69


#41 Jim White

@JimWhite

Sports broadcaster @SkySportsNewsHQ @talkSPORT

  • Followers – 320K
  • Time on Twitter – 3.43 years
  • Retweets – 21.5%

#42 Michael Bridge

@MichaelBridge_

Sky Sports News HQ journalist and writer of the Official Tottenham Hotspur Annuals

  • Followers – 23.3K
  • Time on Twitter – 6.30 years
  • Retweets – 2.0%

Social Authority Score – 68


#43 David

@TekkaBooSon

Chelsea FC Torres and JMac.

  • Followers – 16.4K
  • Time on Twitter – 4.92 years
  • Retweets – 27.1%

Social Authority Score – 67


#44 Andy Brassell

@andybrassell

European football writer/ talker for the likes of the BBC, Guardian, BT Sport and @brfootball. Also co-host of European Football Show on @talkSPORT2.

  • Followers – 49.3K
  • Time on Twitter – 7.62 years
  • Retweets – 29.5%

Social Authority Score – 66


#45 Natalie Pike

@MissNataliePike

@citysquarelive presenter, Event host, fundraiser, @xsmanchester Football Social host, talking football on YouTube.

  • Followers – 30.8K
  • Time on Twitter – 8.49 years
  • Retweets – 10.0%

Social Authority Score – 64


#46 Michael Graham

@Capt_Fishpaste

Sunderland AFC fan, football writer. @TEAMtalk@FoxSoccer@FoxSportsAsia@RokerReport.

  • Followers – 9.7K
  • Time on Twitter – 7.79 years
  • Retweets – 27.5%

Social Authority Score – 62


#47 Matt ‘Smiv’ Smith

@smivadee

Football fanatic. All things @PalmersFC

  • Followers – 19.4K
  • Time on Twitter – 8.65 years
  • Retweets – 7.0%

Social Authority Score – 61


#48 Tom Adams

@tomEurosport

Deputy managing editor at http://Eurosport.co.uk  Formerly ESPN, Setanta, Sky Sports. Have written for The Blizzard and others too.

  • Followers – 18.8K
  • Time on Twitter – 8.12 years
  • Retweets – 19%

Social Authority Score – 60


#49 Scott Wilson

@Scottwilsonecho

Chief Sports Writer, The Northern Echo

  • Followers – 21.1K
  • Time on Twitter – 7.49 years
  • Retweets – 1.0%

Social Authority Score – 59


#50 Brickstand

@brickstand

A project to build all 92 English league and Scottish Premier League grounds from Lego bricks.

  • Followers – 10.5K
  • Time on Twitter – 3.20 years
  • Retweets – 23.5%

Social Authority Score – 58

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