The Football League launched its free Official Football League Clubs iPhone app at the end of August and is available to download for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
It covers all the teams that are covered by the Football League Interactive deal, which currently stands at 65 of the 72 npower Football League clubs. So if you follow Leeds United, Middlesbrough, Portsmouth, Accrington, Aldershot or Stevenage unfortunately you wont be able to get your clubs updates.
Check on the list of clubs when you have downloaded the app to make sure yours is there.
If you are one of the lucky ones you can get some great features including latest news, fixtures, stats and player profiles.
The app also connects users to their twitter and/or Facebook accounts so it even easier to share comments and views with friends.
“Fans live and breathe football and want to be kept up-to-date wherever they are in the world at a time that suits them,” said Ian Ritchie, Chairman of FLi.
“We designed the Official Football League Clubs’ iPhone app with this in mind, using innovative technology to deliver access to rich and interactive content, tailored to your club. Now you never need to be out of touch with your team.”
You can upgrade to the premium service (have to make some extra income somehow) by paying £4.99 for the season to access match video highlights 24 hours after the game and incorporates Google Mapping to make sure you don’t get lost on the way to the stadium (useful for away days?).
The Football League partnered up with Threepipe to help spread the message through social media and traditional media outlets to encourage fans of the teams to sign up.
Looking through Google, it appears to have worked with messages appearing on club websites and fan forums announcing the launch and providing download links.
Sadly if you have a Blackberry, Android or Nokia then you will have to sit by your Apple friends and catch their updates. Perhaps we will gain an update as to whether any other platforms will be catered for in the coming weeks.
Have you downloaded it? What are the pro’s and con’s of the service?