I often get sent tweets, newspaper articles and the like which relate to Lincoln City. I like the fact people don’t want me to miss anything and sometimes I get a good story or angle from such information.
However, I felt moved enough today to write about the type of news story I don’t like. Let me give you an example.
Southend United, Lincoln City and MK Dons are interested in signing Coventry City striker Jordy Hiwula this summer, with his contract set to expire. #sufc #lcfc #mkdons #ccfc #EFL_HUB pic.twitter.com/K5X8G5JWBy
— EFL HUB ⚽️ (@efl_hub) June 4, 2020
This is the sort of account that I urge you all to pay absolutely no attention to at all. They prey on your for likes and retweets, rehashing old news stories and making up completely new ones. They’re not journalists, they’re people sat in their bedroom making stuff up. It infuriates me, especially when I then see people debating their utter shit on social media. These accounts (and this one isn’t the only one) are already on the case, making up their rumours, and yet who is signing players right now? Nobody. I saw one the other day linking Neal Eardley with Scunthorpe, you know why? Not, I would imagine, because he is talking to Scunthorpe, but because he lives near here, has been released by us and they’ve put two and two together. It’s a scattergun approach to rumours, throw six or seven out there and concentrate on the ones you manage to get right.
In some instances, they take a rumour from elsewhere, usually somewhere reputable like Football Insider or HITC, then mix it in with their own and claim to be right again. It might seem harmless enough, but they’re talking about people’s lives. At least newspapers and reputable websites do have some contacts and certainly, with the likes of Pete O’Rourke, there is usually some truth in what they do. However, these sites tend to just go after a few likes on social media by throwing 50 tweets out a day and hoping one sticks. Where I ask you, does someone like ‘EFL Hub’ get such rich and varied information? Are they connected to the game, or writing for a top paper? Or are they just making stuff up?
— EFL Zone (@ZoneEfl) June 3, 2020
There are a couple that really get to me, but EFL Hub EFL Zone are the worst for it. EFL Zone does mix theirs in with a bit of news here and there, but when they were called out for copying a baseless rumour on the tweet above, they hid the reply!
I’ll give you a few more examples at the bottom of this page as to why you shouldn’t listen to them, but of the last 20 tweets they put out about the Imps, I couldn’t find one that wasn’t either already in the news or known. What I did find, were this collection of gems which I’ll leave you with.
Remember, don’t believe everything you read.
— EFL Zone (@ZoneEfl) January 3, 2020
Didn’t move, was never coming here.
— EFL HUB ⚽️ (@efl_hub) August 2, 2018
Moved to Salford
— EFL HUB ⚽️ (@efl_hub) August 9, 2018
— EFL HUB ⚽️ (@efl_hub) December 23, 2018
Really? Port Vale, a team in the same division at the time?
— EFL HUB ⚽️ (@efl_hub) May 6, 2019
Sunderland didn’t come calling but don’t worry, they have another rumour for our Tom
— EFL HUB ⚽️ (@efl_hub) May 15, 2019
Wait, what? I thought he was off to Port Vale?
— EFL Zone (@ZoneEfl) May 16, 2019
Sorry, you’re a day late with the made-up shit..
Lincoln City now lead the race to sign Colchester United striker Mikael Mandron, who is also a target for Grimsby Town, MK Dons and Forest Green Rovers. #lcfc #cufc #gtfc #mkdons #fgrfc pic.twitter.com/xjKUNGXeo5
— EFL HUB ⚽️ (@efl_hub) May 21, 2019
We’ve been linked with him since before time began. Modern-day Michael Bridges
— EFL HUB ⚽️ (@efl_hub) May 22, 2019
A host of league one clubs including Lincoln City and Ipswich Town are interested in signing former West Ham United striker Toni Martinez however the 21 year old may look to move back closer to home in Spain. #lcfc #itfc pic.twitter.com/CBOsxS1U7B
— EFL HUB ⚽️ (@efl_hub) May 29, 2019
He was never coming to League One, obviously
— EFL HUB ⚽️ (@efl_hub) May 29, 2019
‘Hand to face emoji’
— EFL Zone (@ZoneEfl) May 29, 2019
Where did you get that gem from lads?
— EFL HUB ⚽️ (@efl_hub) June 4, 2019
Surely, there is one they’ve got right, isn’t there?
— EFL HUB ⚽️ (@efl_hub) December 23, 2019
Nope, wrong again
— EFL HUB ⚽️ (@efl_hub) January 6, 2020
When he signed for Gillingham, they broke that exclusive news too
— EFL HUB ⚽️ (@efl_hub) January 16, 2020
Not if Sunderland have anything to do with it, right?
— EFL Zone (@ZoneEfl) December 24, 2019