Welcome to the new Back Page Football

by Kevin Coleman

Welcome to the new and improved Back Page Football!

Since the blog launched in August 2009, we’ve been online for nearly a year and a half and as we rolled into 2011 we felt a change of scenery was due. Ollie Kavanagh, a top notch web designer who built the original plans from scratch, returned to do an even better job of Version 2 – as I’m sure you’ll all agree.

So much credit must go to Ollie for his hard work on both occasions, and if it wasn’t for his fantastic work and support there would be no BPF today.

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes lately and with the fantastic new design, we hope to mark the fresh look with a better quality and more comprehensive coverage of the world game.

What’s New

There have been a number of improvements to the blog with the new design, none bigger than the main page. The articles available on the first page have tripled from ten to thirty, which includes five featured articles in the nifty scrolling section at the top, ten posts on the main index and fifteen more along the side.

The footer and sidebar have also changed, and accessing information on the blog is now much easier. You can see some of the newest comments on the blog, as well as some of the more popular posts over the last few weeks, with a list of helpful links at the bottom of each page.

Within articles, you can now see much more information on our writers – with a profile image of themselves, a quick bio and clear links to their blogs and Twitter accounts so readers can interact and learn more about the BPF contributors. There are similar features on each writer’s profile page, so they are worth checking out.

Contributors & Content

If you have followed our Twitter account recently, you will be aware that we have been on the lookout for new contributors to help improve the quality and comprehensiveness of writing on the blog.

We have had an excellent response to our shout-outs, and over the next few week’s you will be seeing some new faces come in the door, with new and revived columns and features – including more tactics, some fantasy football coverage, a return of our ‘In the Blog’ and ‘Talking Points’ columns, plus more opinion and coverage of the ever expanding world of football.

Over the coming weeks, we will also be introducing a big feature – and what could be bigger than the Top 50 players in the world? Over the last month we have been working behind the scenes with bloggers, fans and writers to gain their opinions on who exactly deserves to make the list. No such Ballon D’or controversies will be welcome, and in just a few short weeks you will find out who really is the best player in the world – along with 49 other players who had the best twelve months of football.

If you would like to get involved and start contributing to Back Page Football, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d love to hear from everyone who is interested, and we’re more than happy to lend a hand in promoting writers’ own work, as well as giving young journalists and aspiring writers a platform to work on.

Welcome, and enjoy.

5 Responses

  1. Robbie Deighan says:

    The new design is looking great!

  2. Varun says:

    Wow!
    This is looking great, the quote at the top right is just fabulous.
    Although Micheal Cox is British as well, is he not? :)

    Is your photo gallery updated on a sec to sec basis, quick Australian semis update i am seeing.

    Also i hope you guys focus more on the podcast as well, it was hardly visible earlier.

    1. Thanks for the feedback Varun.

      He’s the Xavi of football blogs: more tactically aware, but always second best ;)

      The podcast has been on hiatus for a while. Have you not noticed?

  3. Varun says:

    Haha at Cox.
    So who’s Iniesta to complete the Trinity.

    I thought there was a new podcast out (i need to check more carefully i guess),
    I was earlier aware that podcasts haven’t been updated in a while but seeing the new layout and podcasts listing up on the home page on the right, felt that there was progress on it.

    Please do followup on them if you can, weekly or bi-weekly anything will do, you guys have the people as well.

    The Ramble and Guardian teams need some competition :)

    1. Well, stay tuned… you might just get your wish.

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