By Jason McKeown
At the end of another busy season, now is an opportune moment to say a few thank yous to people who have contributed to Width of a Post or supported the site over the course of the season.
First of all, a huge thanks to Thomas Gadd who has very kindly allowed us to use his photos throughout the season. I’ve never met Thomas, but he comes across as one of the nicest people around and I feel it has made a big difference to have our words supported by his images. You’re a top man!
Within the WOAP writing team, I’d first like to thank Katie Whyatt and Alex Scott who have over the season firmly become the site’s senior writing staff. Katie even managed the site on her own for a fortnight at the start of the season, whilst I was away in the USA. Katie and Alex are very popular amongst readers and rightly so. May I publically wish Katie good luck in her exams over the next few weeks – you’ll nail them!
Other writers who I am especially indebted to include Gareth Walker, Damien Wilkinson, Nick Beanland, Mahesh Johal, Phil Abbott and Andrew Baxter – writers and pundits over the course of the season.
Kieran Wilkinson and Mark Danylczuk has been absolute heroes picking up away match reports and helping to ensure that we managed to cover all 58 league and cup matches (and pre-season friendlies). Mike Holdsworth’s photos have also gone down a treat.
I’m really proud that we have covered every single Bradford City game (league, cup and friendly) since 3 January 2012 – that’s 212 in a row! I have become a less frequent attender of away games (just eight this season), so I’m indebted to those who have put themselves forward to cover these games.
There are other writers who have contributed over the course of the season too – thanks to all of them. Let me just single out James Pieslak, who started contributing mid-season and has produced some amazing stuff. Keep them coming, James!
Behind the scenes, John Dewhirst has been an increasingly valuable support and a great person to run ideas and draft articles by. If you haven’t yet bought his Objects book do so over the summer – it’s brilliant.
Also behind the scenes, thanks to those people who provide us with gossip and inside info – you know who you are! Not everything we heard has made it into the public eye yet at least, but we do like to be in the know – so keep the goss coming!
Finally, and most importantly, thank you to you valued reader. WOAP’s popularity has continued to grow and we have had a brilliant five months for readership figures. We really appreciate everyone who takes the time to read our stuff. You may not always agree with us, but I’d like to think we provide constructive arguments at all times.
Once the Crewe game is done and dusted, we will countdown our top five players of the season and build up to the thirtieth anniversary of May 11, 1985. After this important event, I plan to update you on the future direction of WOAP.