On Thursday night Kait, Lynsey and website editor Rich made their way to the National Football Museum in Manchester to attend the second annual Football Blogging Awards. Offside Rule Podcast was nominated for the award of Best Podcast along with several others as over 200+ bloggers swarmed into Manchester.
Over 30,000 votes were cast over the months leading up to the event hosted by Manchester’s own Natalie Pike with guests from Sky Sports, BBC, the MEN and SportLobster and ex-Manchester City player Mike Summerbee. Sponsors such as Campo, Copa90 and MatchChat presented the awards as the drink flowed and the buffet was devoured over the course of the four hour ceremony.
First up were the awards for Best Male & Female Blogs. ArsenalFanTV took the award home for the male side whilst Anna-Louise Adams won the best female blog award. The Best New Blog went to the impressive FourFourTweet who would later take home the big award of the best of all the winners put together.
The Width of a Post, the first of several successes for Bradford City won the Most Established Blog award and Fantasy Football Pundits took home the prize for Best FPL Blog. Offside Rule Podcast were beaten by the second win for Bradford City as the rather more established Bantams Banter went up to collect their award for Best Podcast before Redmen TV won the award for Best Video Blog.
Paddy Power’s bloggers did themselves proud winning the Best Gambling Blog award and LFC Fans Corner won the Best Club Blog. The final award of the night, sponsored by TEAMtalk.com went to Wenger Knows Best for the Best Comedy Blog as the nominees could relax, mingle and enjoy the late night quizzes, raffle and chit chat that followed.