<![CDATA[Match Minutes FC - Latest]]>Tue, 31 Oct 2017 17:07:20 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[An Appearance At Wembley!]]>Tue, 25 Mar 2014 01:00:01 GMThttp://matchminutesfc.com/latest/an-appearance-at-wembleyYesterday at Wembley, 2 in the crowd of 18120 tweeted live updates of the FA Trophy final with our app. This is exactly what we dreamed of when we made the app, and we’re so proud to be even a tiny part of a glorious day at The Home Of Football.

A huge thanks goes to @undertheleague and @drummerboyrob for making this possible and for taking us to new heights. You can read their match reports here, and here, respectively.

We look forward to many more fantastic adventures!
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<![CDATA[Teaming Up]]>Mon, 25 Nov 2013 18:11:26 GMThttp://matchminutesfc.com/latest/teaming-upSince releasing the update to the app, we've started looking to accelerate the growth of this project by making friends with other organizations beyond just the clubs that would use the app. 

1. Grassroot Media is a company that helps generate advertising revenue for amateur football and cricket clubs in the UK. They interviewed us for a piece in the next issue of the magazine they distribute to the clubs they're working with. You can reach them at @grassrootmedia.

2. 90 Minutes & More is a new magazine for football clubs in Scotland. We wrote a blog post for them, on the importance of Twitter for football clubs. They can be reached at @90minsmagazine.

3. Baltic Publications distributes several football magazines including @fcbusiness @shekicksdotnet and @nonleaguenews. They're helping us spread the word.

4. We've been in contact with @undertheleague again, who has been providing valuable feedback and great ideas for our next update, and who will be publishing an article about us on their site.

Here's to friends, old and new!
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<![CDATA[First App Update]]>Tue, 15 Oct 2013 15:40:45 GMThttp://matchminutesfc.com/latest/first-app-updateThis 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!
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<![CDATA[Women's Football, Under The League, The CSL and More]]>Mon, 07 Oct 2013 16:18:32 GMThttp://matchminutesfc.com/latest/womens-football-under-the-league-the-csl-and-moreOnce again, this past week took our app to exciting places.

1. Chichester City Ladies and Girls FC became the first women's club to tweet with our app.

2. James Bartaby of Under The League used our app to tweet an FA Trophy match between Egham Town FC and Ashford Town FC.

3. SC Waterloo of the Canadian Soccer League tweeted their final regular season match, which was a resounding 5-0 victory over title chasers York Region Shooters.

4. Osset Town AFC tweeted as they advanced again in the FA Cup.

5. Cleethorpes Town FC tweeted as they secured their 6th straight win.

As more clubs and supporters begin to use this app, it's becoming more difficult to keep track of how everyone's doing. Feel free to let us know when and where you're using our app. We can also add you to our Twitter list of users. Please continue spreading the word.

PS: We'll be submitting our first app update very soon now!
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<![CDATA[Development Update]]>Wed, 18 Sep 2013 15:37:52 GMThttp://matchminutesfc.com/latest/development-updateWe'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. ]]><![CDATA[The FA Cup, The Czech 4th Division, and the NCEL]]>Mon, 16 Sep 2013 16:38:37 GMThttp://matchminutesfc.com/latest/the-fa-cup-the-czech-4th-division-and-the-ncelThis 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.
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<![CDATA[Initial Success]]>Tue, 10 Sep 2013 22:14:43 GMThttp://matchminutesfc.com/latest/initial-successWhile 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!
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<![CDATA[Non-League Day]]>Mon, 02 Sep 2013 21:34:54 GMThttp://matchminutesfc.com/latest/non-league-dayWhile Match Minutes FC is for anyone who loves sharing football moments as they happen, it was born with the staff and supporters of smaller clubs in mind.

Football clubs need attention to survive. From an economic standpoint, attention leads to sponsorship and merchandise sales (hopefully enough cover operational costs). From an emotional standpoint, it's much easier for volunteers--who run grass roots clubs out of love for the game and the community--to persevere when they know that others care about the fruits of their efforts.

In the modern era, more and more attention is turning to televised broadcasts, and one must wonder if there will be any support left for local, grass roots clubs. Yet, many around the world still follow the big teams via live text commentary when they can't get to a television. Why can't they follow small clubs this way too? Well, for one thing, if a club is small enough, it might not have the resources and infrastructure in place to have a live feed running on its website and the means to update it from beside the pitch.

Thankfully, we now have Twitter. The above video shows how one passionate supporter got followers to tune into Torquay United matches from all over the world. Of course, if you try tweeting through a match yourself, you'll probably be doing it from your phone, and you'll quickly learn that it can be a challenge typing frequent updates on a small device while keeping your eyes on the action. That's why we built an app to make that easier. (It's available on iPhone for free, and will eventually be coming to other phones too.) 

Non-League Day is coming up on Saturday Sept 7th. This is a day where supporters throughout the UK attend local, non-professional matches to support grass roots football. These smaller clubs are an important part of football culture, and they need as much attention as we can give them. If you can attend a match, please do. If you can also share that experience with a wider audience over Twitter, even better. It would be great if we could get live Twitter feeds from supporters at grounds all over the UK, and if we could get followers listening in from all over the world.

Please spread the word, and try the app if you have an iPhone!

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<![CDATA[We're LIVE!]]>Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:54:32 GMThttp://matchminutesfc.com/latest/were-liveOur 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.]]><![CDATA[Still in review]]>Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:42:54 GMThttp://matchminutesfc.com/latest/still-in-reviewWe've encountered a problem in the App Store review process. We're currently working through it with Apple. Stay tuned.]]>