How was it for you? Part 1 – Keeping the Real FA Cup stuck together

Tom Snee, Press Officer of the Evostik League gives us his lowdown on his Non League season.

For me, the football season began when I heard the Evo-Stik League was advertising for a Press Officer. At the time, I was slogging back and forth on public transport every Saturday from my family home in Gainsborough to Howden via Retford – all for a few afternoons of unpaid work for the Press Association.

As soon as I got back home on the 2nd October (still remember the date), I fired off an application and before I knew it I had the job and was thrown in the deep end dealing with media enquiries regarding the glut of postponements in December and January, and the subsequent fixture pile-up it caused.

Newspaper and radio interview requests were the least of my worries, as I spent much of the early months dealing with everything from irate fans to club managers screaming down the phone at me (no names mentioned, of course).

One lesson the role has taught me is that you are never immune from contact as a press officer, because mobile phones, email and Twitter have made both the league and myself easily accessible 24 hours a day. Continue reading