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Bury
Club Site

Bury FC
Bury's main club website, powered by the EFL's main platform. Navigation really difficult across the site, given that menu options seem to differ from page to page, whilst there's no visible disabled section. The first time visitor page is handy though.
[MB 30/07/2018]

Bury Mad
Bury's footy.mad site as it stands is a waste of internet resources. What's the point?
[JM 20/05/2005]

Local Media

Bury Times
Dedicated section from the Bury Times covering the Shakers.
[MB 30/07/2018]

Manchester Evening News
Online section from the Manchester Evening News. Updated only very occasionally - perhaps the city of Manchester has one or two other clubs their local media concentrate more on?
[MB 30/07/2018]

Message Boards

GiggLane.Com
Bulletin board style message board that seems to be moderately busy. You can view posts without registering.
[MB 30/07/2018]

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Cambridge United
Club Site

Cambridge Fans United
This is Cambridge's Supporters Trust website. They've been operational for over a decade, which is just as well for some of the financial issues their club has been through.
[MB 17/03/2016]

Cambridge United Official Website
Cambridge's main club website. Over the years this has been one of the better updated examples, even if the PTV template inevitably ties one hand behind its back.
[MB 17/03/2016]

Local Media

Cambridge News
Cambridge News ... bringing you news from Cambridge! With a dedicated section for the football club.
[MB 17/03/2016]

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Carlisle United
Club Site

3 Games In Hand
Not updated for years, which is a shame as this was a decent site at one time.
[HG 20/05/2010]

Carlisle United Official
PTV site, registration required.
[JM 20/05/2005]

CUFC Online
Footy.mad site, but regulary updated with news, views and opinion. Includes a busy message board called Cumbrian Crack. MAD sites are mostly dismal, but this one shows they don't have to be if some work is put in.
[HG 13/03/2010]

CUOSC
Online presence of the official CUFC Supporters Club.
[JM 20/05/2005]

Vital Carlisle United
Vital franchise - except no one seems to be bothering.
[HG 13/03/2010]

Local Media

Cumbria News & Star
[HG 14/03/2010]

Mailing Lists

Carlisle United Mailing List
You can join the Carlisle United Mailing List by sending a blank e-mail to carlisle-subscribe@topica.com and following the instructions in the reply. Unsubscribe by sending a blank e-mail to carlisle-unsubscribe@topica.com - though at 47 subscribers and an average of less than one message per week will you even notice if you've been successful either way?
[HG 14/03/2010]

Message Boards

Cumbrian Crack
Unofficial forum provided by the MAD franchise. Well used. Open to read but requires registration to post.
[HG 14/03/2010]

Vital Carlisle United Forum
Not used.
[HG 13/03/2010]

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Cheltenham Town
Club Site

Cheltenham Town Mad
What is the point of Footy Mad sites? Does anyone ever visit them? Unmanned by anyone with any emotional connection with the given club, you're getting cut and pasted stuff you can easily read elsewhere. This one is more of the same.
[MB 16/02/2017]

Cheltenham Town Official
PTV site.
[HG 06/04/2009]

Vital Cheltenham Town
Standard Vital franchise site.
[HG 06/04/2009]

Local Media

Gloucester Echo
Gloucester Echo under a 'Gloucestershire Live' format. Has its own dedicated Cheltenham Town section.
[MB 15/02/2017]

Message Boards

Robins Nest Forum
Independent message board, registration required to post.
[HG 06/04/2009]

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Colchester United
Club Site

Colchester United Official
PTV site, registration required to view.
[JM 12/05/2005]

Colchester United Supporters Association
Neat and tidy site detailing the benefits in joining and the activities the above organisation.
[JM 12/05/2005]

The U'sual
This site has now switched to the Fans Network chain.
[MB 04/12/2010]

Vital Colchester United
Franchise site. Doesn't appear to be manned.
[MB 04/12/2010]

Local Media

East Anglian Daily Times
Under the Green 'Un 24 banner, this is the dedicated Colchester United section for the East Anglian Daily Times, which is updated most days.
[MB 04/12/2010]

Gazette
Daily serving Colchester and north Essex. This is their dedicated Colchester United section, updated most days.
[MB 04/12/2010]

Message Boards

Colchester United Official Message Board
A rarity in that it's an official club message board. However, you've got to register to even read the content on the forum.
[MB 04/12/2010]

The U'sual
Small amount of activity on this independent forum on the U'sual site.
[MB 04/12/2010]

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Crawley Town
Club Site

Crawley Town Mad
We're not sure why you would want to visit an unmanned MAD franchise site when Crawley have got a decent independent website as an alternative. In fact, we think you'd be a bid 'mad' if you did.
[MB 19/11/2012]

Crawley Town Official Website
Crawley's official website. Despite being one of the league's newer clubs, they've already fallen under the PTV chain that all other league clubs operate under. Hence the usual navigation-hell problems are all there.
[MB 12/12/2016]

Crawley Town Supporters Alliance
Website for the Crawley Town Supporters Alliance - their main supporters club and a registered Supporters Trust.
[MB 19/11/2012]

CTFC.Net
Hurrah! It's not that often that we see this amongst Football League clubs, but this is a fans-run website that is not bound by one of the Vital/Mad-style chains. In fact it appears to be on its own independent platform, which means that adverts are more minimal and unobtrusive. Running since the start of 2007, this looks like a well-presented and easy to navigate site.
[MB 19/11/2012]

GH Coaches
Despite the name of the website, upon clicking the link you'll find that this is 'Crawley Town Supporters Travel Group'. In fact, the site itself is a little bit more than just a travel club, but breaks out into fixtures, stats and match reports.
[MB 19/11/2012]

Local Media

Crawley News
Dedicated online section from the Crawley News, hosted under the 'ThisIsSussex' banner.
[MB 19/11/2012]

Crawley Observer
Dedicated online section for Crawley Town from the Crawley and Horley Observer. Not the best of site navigation when it comes to looking for older articles as the display only seems to give you the last four or five, so you'll probably need the Search box if you're looking for older content.
[MB 19/11/2012]

Message Boards

CTFC.Net Forum
A set of forums associated with the independent CTFC.Net website. Note that with the exception of the Help and the Announcements forums you'll need to register to be able to read the main forum sections.
[MB 19/11/2012]

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Crewe Alexandra
Club Site

Crewe Alexandra Official Site
There are worse PTV sites.
[HG 29/12/2006]

Crewe Alexandra Supporters' initiative
On-line presence of the title description.
[HG 29/12/2006]

Crewe Mad
What one expects from the Mad franchise.
[HG 29/12/2006]

Vital Alex
Site from the Vital franchise. Has improved since we last looked at it a few years ago.
[HG 01/02/2009]

Local Media

Crewe Chronicle
Weekly coverage.
[HG 29/12/2006]

Crewe Guardian
[HG 29/12/2006]

The Sentinel
Fullest on-line newspaper coverage of the Railwaymen.
[HG 29/12/2006]

Message Boards

ASi
To say nobody posts would be an exaggeration - just.
[HG 01/02/2009]

Crewe Mad - Unofficial Alex
Platform 12 - Mad messageboard.
[HG 01/02/2009]

VitalFootball - Crewe Alexandra
Quietest of the three different franchise hosted message boards.
[HG 01/02/2009]

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Exeter City
Club Site

Exeter City Official Site
Exeter's main club website, part of the Football League's chain of sites. Usual navigation problems with this format, although the Grecians seem to have put in a bit more thought to what fans actually want out of a website, rather than just corporate blandness.
[MB 11/03/2018]

Exeter City Supporters Trust
Very formal, and does exactly what it says on the tin. Probably excellent if you are a member. If you're not, you're not going to find anything of interest here.
[HG 12/08/2009]

Exeter City Unofficial Grecians
Mad franchise site. With a few exceptions that are excellent, I've never understood how the Mad franchise has kept going so long. Does anyone use them? With, for example, a 'Club History' that has managed to stretch to four sentences since 2001 this is not one of the exceptions.
[HG 12/08/2009]

Vital Exeter City
Advertising for an editor when reviewed, so just contains centrally generated Vital franchise material. No need to waste your time here.
[HG 12/08/2009]

Local Media

Exeter Express & Echo
Provides daily coverage of the club.
[HG 12/08/2009]

Message Boards

Exe Web
Busy forum structured into ten categories of discussion. If you wish to see what Exeter fans are talking about this is the place to go.
[HG 12/08/2009]

Vital Exeter City Forum
Everyone uses Exe Web.
[HG 12/08/2009]

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Forest Green Rovers
Club Site

Forest Green Rovers FC
Forest Green's main club website. Built on an independent platform. A bit patchy in terms of information but this may be due to their recent rise into the Football League.
[MB 13/08/2017]

Local Media

Stroud News and Journal
Online sports section from the Stroud News and Journal. Unusually the coverage is shared with all other local sides, rather than getting a dedicated section.
[MB 13/08/2017]

Message Boards

FGR Forum
Multi-strand bulletin board. Anyone can view. Register to post.
[MB 13/08/2017]

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Grimsby Town
Club Site

Cod Almighty
A wholly independent fans website based on its own simple mainly text-based format, that has been running for oodles of years, and provides a mix of news coverage and occasionally sarcastic musings on their club. Hell, we could almost be country cousins! Why are there not more sites like Cod Almighty out there?
[MB 19/04/2017]

Grimsby Town Club Website
Grimsby Town's main club website under the PTV format.
[MB 19/04/2017]

Local Media

Grimsby Telegraph
Dedicated online section of the Grimsby Telegraph, covering daily Grimsby Town news. Part of the Trinity Mirror network of local newspapers, which means you'll suffer browser freezes and auto-play videos and adverts as you struggle to read the actual article you'd intended to get near.
[MB 19/04/2017]

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Lincoln City
Club Site

Lincoln City FC
Lincoln City's main club website, under the Football League's chain of sites. As usual navigation is all over the place, but they seem to have added more content than some clubs have done.
[MB 03/05/2018]

Local Media

Lincolnshire Echo
Online dedicated section via the Lincolnshire Echo, but under the badge of Lincolnshire Live, which has largely tended to dissolve the visible profile of local newspapers into clickbait-heavy article churning. Updated regularly.
[MB 03/05/2018]

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Macclesfield Town
Club Site

Macclesfield Mad
Even by the standard of the MAD Franchise set of sites, this is spectacularly bad. MAD sites are notorious for being ghost-written by article churners that have nothing to do with the hosting club. In this case even the ghost seems to have given up.
[MB 18/11/2018]

Macclesfield Town Club Website
Macclesfield's main club website, housed under the Football League's standard template for official sites.
[MB 18/11/2018]

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Mansfield Town
Mansfield Town Club Website
Mansfield Town's main club website, sitting under the PTV chain.
[MB 02/03/2016]

Stagsnet
One of the few of a dying breed - a genuine non-chain independent fans website that's run by actual fans.
[MB 03/03/2016]

Local Media

Mansfield Chad
We always thought a chad was one of those cartoon doodles of a man peering over a wall. It's also a newspaper in Mansfield, which has its own section for the club.
[MB 02/03/2016]

Nottingham Post
The Nottingham Post may cover (whisper it) two other clubs, but they also are home to Mansfield Town, with their own dedicated section.
[MB 02/03/2016]

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Milton Keynes Dons
Club Site

Milton Keynes Dons
MAD franchise. In more ways than one.
[HG 27/12/2005]

MK Dons Official
PTV site, register to look.
[JM 12/05/2005]

MK Dons Supporters Association
Website of the MK Dons Supporters Association. So that'll be thousands of members then ...
[JM 12/05/2005]

Vital Milton Keynes Dons
[HG 23/08/2008]

Local Media

Milton Keynes Citizen
[HG 27/12/2005]

Message Boards

Milton Keynes Dons Mad
[HG 27/12/2005]

The MooCamp
Name's worth a smile.
[HG 23/08/2008]

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Morecambe
Club Site

Globe Arena
Website for Morecambe's stadium, showing its facilities.
[MB 12/01/2016]

Morecambe FC
Morecambe's main club website. Part of the PTV network, although they seem to have made a better attempt at dealing with that framework's failings than many other clubs.
[MB 12/01/2016]

Morecambe FC Commercial
Morecambe's commercial department has its own stand alone website to promote their off the field activities.
[MB 12/01/2016]

Local Media

Morecambe Visitor
The Visitor is the main local paper covering Morecambe. They have a dedicated section for news on Morecambe FC, updated regularly.
[MB 14/01/2016]

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Newport County
Message Boards

We Are Exiles
Independent fans message board. Register to post on here, but everyone can view.
[MB 18/11/2015]

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Northampton Town
Local Media

Northampton Chronicle & Echo
[HG 06/08/2003]

Mailing Lists

WALOC Mailing List
The WALOC (What A Load Of Cobblers) Mailing List currently has 189 members and is a fairly low volume list - click the link for subscribing/unsubscribing information.
[HG 06/08/2003]

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Notts County
Club Site

Notts County Mad
Part of the Mad franchise, this one appeared to have its own County fan(s) editing the site up until the start of the 2010-11 season, but since the season has started it's just gone back to the franchised updates. Someone on holiday, or a more permanent suspension of business? We'll hopefully find out soon.
[MB 29/08/2010]

Notts County Official Site
Official site, under the PTV banner, suffering the franchise's usual strengths and weaknesses.
[MB 29/08/2010]

Local Media

Nottingham Post
Dedicated section for Notts County news from the Nottingham Evening Post.
[MB 02/06/2017]

Mailing Lists

Notts County Mailing List
Running since February 2001, this message board still had 320 members as of August 2010 and was running at anything between 600 and 1,200 messages a month. For a mailing list that's impressive.
[MB 29/08/2010]

Message Boards

Views From The Kop
The message board for the Notts County MAD site. Ridiculously busy board.
[MB 29/08/2010]

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Oldham Athletic
Club Site

Latics Mad
Oldham's footy.mad site. News coverage is good, er, that's it.
[JM 14/05/2005]

LSC Canada
As the name suggests, an independent site based in - you guessed it - Canada!
[JM 14/05/2005]

Oldham Official
PTV site, register to view.
[JM 14/05/2005]

Trust Oldham Online
Website of the Oldham Supporters Trust, appears to be regularly updated.
[JM 14/05/2005]

Vital Oldham Athletic
Vital franchise. Advertising for an editor when visited last season, but now has a couple so has picked up a bit - but not much.
[HG 09/08/2010]

Local Media

Manchester Evening News
[HG 04/08/2005]

Oldham Evening Chronicle
[HG 27/09/2009]

Message Boards

OWTB
OWTB (Oh When The Blues) is the busiest Oldham forum, but you have to register even to read it.
[HG 27/09/2009]

The Original OAFC Message Board
Reasonably busy forum. At least one can read it without registering.
[HG 27/09/2009]

Unofficial Latics
MAD, registration to post. Quiet forum.
[HG 27/09/2009]

Vital Oldham Athletic
Hardly used forum provided by Vital.
[HG 27/09/2009]

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Port Vale
Club Site

One Vale Fan
Quality independent fan site with all the features one could want or expect - it's been going for over ten years and still maintains a good standard. Sadly the proliferation of advert-heavy chain sites has swamped the proper fans websites that used to exist. This is a reminder of how things should be done.
RECOMMENDED
[MB 10/10/2014]

Port Vale Mad
The Mad franchise offering. Full of anonymous cut'n'pasted stuff that is derived from press association articles, and is easily available elsewhere. As with 99% of Mad franchise sites, don't bother.
[ 13/01/2006]

Port Vale Official
PTV, registration, sigh.
[JM 14/05/2005]

Port Vale Online
More a forum than anything else, but includes some wallpapers, photos, stats and the like.
[JM 14/05/2005]

Local Media

Staffordshire Sentinel
Dedicated section of the Stoke Sentinel for Port Vale fans.
[HG 13/01/2006]

Message Boards

One Vale Fan Forum
The most used forum by Vale fans.
[HG 13/01/2006]

Port Vale Mad
Mad board. Not much used.
[HG 13/01/2006]

Port Vale Online
Another popular forum.
[HG 13/01/2006]

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Stevenage Borough
Club Site

Boro Guide
Decent independent website that came into being just before we left the Conference in 2002. Good to see a site that isn't wrecked by ads and pop-ups. No news content, but plenty of 'static' information about Stevenage in its various guises, so is well worth a visit.
[MB 18/10/2011]

Stevenage Official Site
As a consequence of Stevenage (Borough)'s name change when they went into the Football League, they also changed the URL for their official site and discontinued the old domain, which makes for broken links a-plenty around the internet from sites that linked to them. They've also gone with PTV since joining the League. As a result, a lot of the content that used to be on their old site has disappeared entirely - they've built back up some of the static information over the years, but archive stuff is gone forever.
[MB 03/04/2016]

Stevenage Supporters Association
Does what it says on the tin - this is Stevenage's official supporters association.
[MB 18/10/2011]

Vital Stevenage
From the Vital network chain. Appears to be only manned by Vital staff rather than any Stevenage people, so largely pointless.
[MB 18/10/2011]

Local Media

Stevenage Comet
On-line dedicated section for their main local newspaper, The Comet.
[MB 18/10/2011]

Message Boards

Boro Chat Forum
Nice and simple message board. You can read without registering, but if you want to post you'll need to create an account.
[MB 03/04/2016]

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Swindon Town
Club Site

Swindon Town Official
Main club website and part of the chain of Football League sides. As usual suffers from poor navigation and inconsistent filing of information across the various club offerings, making it hard to find what you want.
[MB 01/03/2018]

Swindon Town Supporters Club
Basic site for members of the STSC. Not updated since July 2006, so probably only worthy for historical and fixed info.
[MB 12/01/2011]

SwindonTownFC.co.uk
Fans site with match reports, stats and other bits and pieces including a reasonably active message board. Nice to see a genuinely independent advert-free, chain-free, betting-free site. A lot of the articles linked from the front page make use of the message board structure meaning that the front page acts more as a portal into the message board, but there is plenty of content here.
[JM 16/05/2005]

TrustSTFC
Online presence of the Swindon Town Supporters Trust, includes a fairly active message board. Latest message (Jan 2011) says "Currently under construction, a new website is coming soon" so you won't find anything here just now.
[MB 12/01/2011]

Vital Swindon Town
Vital franchise.
[HG 21/12/2009]

Local Media

Swindon Evening Advertiser
[HG 28/06/2005]

Wiltshire Gazette and Herald
[HG 28/06/2005]

Mailing Lists

Swindon Town FC Mailing List
Roughly 240 members producing an output of about 140 messages a month, so not one of the busiests around. However, this is still the busier of the two around.
[MB 27/06/2006]

Swindon Town Results and News Service
c.120 members. Send a blank e-mail to subscribe.
[HG 28/06/2005]

Message Boards

Red Army Loud & Proud
Busy Swindon forum, divided into a multiplicity of sections. Registration required to post (and even to read some sections).
[HG 21/12/2009]

Swindon-Town-FC.co.uk
Requires registration.
[HG 28/06/2005]

Thetownend.com
Another busy forum, also divided into lots of sections.
[HG 21/12/2009]

Vital Swindon Forum
Forum provided by the aforementioned site.
[HG 21/12/2009]

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Tranmere Rovers
Club Site

Mark Bartley's Tranmere Memoirs
One fan's personal history of Tranmere Rovers from the 80's onwards.
[JM 19/05/2005]

The Cowsheds.co.uk
Expanded from an independent forum into a full site in August 2009. Had a brief lull when John Barnes was there, but has now made a full comeback to form. So a bit reflective of Tranmere all round then.
[MB 20/02/2011]

Total Tranmere
Part of the sports.network stable of sites, but none the worse for that. Plenty for the visitor to get their teeth into here and regularly updated.
[JM 19/05/2005]

Tranmere Mad
Tranmere's footy.mad site. If you like footy.mad sites then you'll know what to expect and if you don't like footy.mad sites you'll also know what to expect.
[JM 19/05/2005]

Tranmere Rovers Official
PTV site, registration required.
[JM 19/05/2005]

Vital Tranmere Rovers
Vital franchise site.
[HG 03/01/2010]

White Review
Some news/links/polls, but mainly a portal to a set of Tranmere-related forums. Not the busiest site in the world.
[JM 19/05/2005]

Local Media

Liverpool Daily Post
[HG 10/12/2005]

Wirral Globe
[HG 03/01/2010]

Message Boards

Rovers Rant
Little-used footy.mad forum*, register to post.

* Saying 'little used' of a Mad forum is pretty unnecessary; hard to think of one that isn't.
[HG 03/01/2010]

The Cowsheds.co.uk Forum
Registration required even to read.
[HG 03/01/2010]

Total Tranmere Forum
Moderately used forum.
[HG 03/01/2010]

Vital Tranmere Rovers Forum
At the time of review the last reply to any of the topics presumably started by the administration was seven weeks old. Hardly a 'discussion' forum.
[HG 03/01/2010]

White Review
Independent forum, register to post.
[HG 03/01/2010]

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