This past weekend, version 1.1 of Match Minutes FC hit the App Store. We redesigned the look for iOS 7 (while still keeping the app compatible with iOS 6), and we made some improvements based on feedback from our early users (@OssettTownAFC @CleeTownFC @MFKVYSKOV @Retfordunitedfc).

One of the most important improvements was that we fixed a crash that could occur if one of the Team Sheets was empty. We also made it easier to add a new player to a Team Sheet (the player is now added to the bottom of the sheet and is automatically selected for editing), and we made it easier to replace the name of the team on a Team Sheet (it now automatically highlights the text when that field is selected).

In the Press Box we made minor improvements to the text field for filling in your thoughts on the match. The 'X' for clearing the text now appears only when the field is not selected instead of only when the field is selected. This makes it easier to move the insertion cursor back and forth through the text while editing, without the possibility of accidentally clearing what you've typed. It now also shows which insertion mode you're in (Text vs Home vs Away). 

We've also made it easier to unlock the Supporters tab and to share a tweet about the app (at the end of each match it will ask you once if you'd like to tweet a friendly message about how we've made your life easier). We've updated the content in the Supporters tab to be (a little) clearer about the goals of our project, why we need your support, and how you can continue to be involved (for most of you who'll read this, just keep on doing what you're doing! If you're not sure, follow the example set by @ChiCityLadiesFC!).

We've also had requests for a stopwatch in the app, and buttons to make it easier to tweet special events like cards and substitutions (thanks to @FuryForce @undertheleague @sweeter1984 and @ChiCityFC for the email correspondence). For our next update we'll be thinking about how best to fit these features into the limited amount of screen space we have. In the meantime we recommend using the stopwatch that comes with the iOS Clock app.

Cheers and keep on tweeting!
 
 
We've started work on our first update. The priority is making sure the app still works properly in iOS 7. Also, @CleeTownFC helped us identify an issue we'll be fixing, and there are some minor usability improvements we'd like to make. 
 
 
This weekend took us to exciting new places:
  1. Ossett Town A.F.C. gave us our first appearance in the FA Cup.
  2. Retford United F.C. and Cleethorpes Town F.C. tweeted with our app from the Northern Counties East League.
  3. MFK Vyškov of the Czech 4th Division were the first club to use our app in a language other than English.
 
 
While developing our iPhone app, we thought we were building something useful for football clubs all over the world. As the programming of our first version drew to a close, our app saw some initial success when we used it here in Canada. Though this was promising, until we had feedback from outside our sphere of personal contacts, all we had was a hypothesis. It was of particular interest to see if this would be embraced by clubs in the UK, the birthplace of association football.
Prior to the Non-League Day weekend, from across the Atlantic, over Twitter we reached out to clubs that were already in the habit of tweeting live match updates to see if we could get our first "real" user. When we asked about their experiences providing live updates, several clubs responded, and told us a bit about some of the difficulties they usually encounter.
@TheTallyVic (Tantallon Victoria from Glasgow) told us that our feature that allows player names to be inserted from a list could be helpful. @HeadinglyRover (Headingley Rovers FC) told us that our feature that prepends the match time to each tweet would help them compile match reports after the fact. Both of these clubs tweet from Android phones, so we weren't ready to help them just yet, but the feedback encouraged us.
Of the clubs that showed interest, one went ahead and tweeted their Non-League Day match with our app. @OssettTownAFC tweeted close to 30 live updates of their thrilling encounter with Burscough FC, which saw them come back from 2 goals down for a draw. After the match they told us that the app made things easier. And on the day of writing this, we received further validation: they used our app again, to tweet their match today.
Now we have much more confidence that we have indeed built something useful. The next step is to get it into the hands of the clubs that need it. Over the coming weeks, we'll be approaching more clubs, and helping them out, one at a time. Of course, we'd be happy to have assistance in spreading the word, so if you know a club that could use this, feel free to reach out!
 
 
Our FREE Match Minutes FC app has finally been approved for download from the iTunes App Store. Check it out! Try tweeting your own live match commentary.
 
 
We've encountered a problem in the App Store review process. We're currently working through it with Apple. Stay tuned.
 
 
Yesterday we submitted the first version of the Match Minutes FC iOS app to Apple for review. We'll provide a link as soon as it's been approved for download from the iTunes App Store.