Huddersfield Town legend Andy Booth's column: Twitter, Lance Armstrong and Yorkshire's Twenty20 successes

PEOPLE keep asking me why I’m not on Twitter and, to be honest, I have to admit I’m 10 years behind everyone else when it comes to technology.

PEOPLE keep asking me why I’m not on Twitter and, to be honest, I have to admit I’m 10 years behind everyone else when it comes to technology.

I’m sure I will eventually find time to get organised and open a Twitter account because it is a great way to get information out to the public.

We use it at the club an awful lot and people are now getting very used to it as a source of information.

When it comes to individual players, though, I really do wish they would sometimes think twice before going on Twitter and making fools of themselves.

Some of the most high-profile football players in the country, like Ashley Cole (inset) and most recently, Ryan Bertram, have landed themselves in trouble by engaging their Twitter accounts before engaging their brains.

Most of the time, the issues they are embroiling themselves in would be best left alone.

Silence can honestly be golden at times.

Our own Jack Hunt is very big on Twitter and he seems to have a lot of followers.

It’s entertaining when it’s done properly and a great way for people to get an insight into the lives of the lads and what they are thinking. But I do believe it needs to be used in the right way and I’m not surprised the FA are bringing in a code of conduct.

Perhaps there have been too many grey areas in the past. If the governing body puts down some ground rules, then at least everyone knows where they stand.

For me, Twitter can wait a little longer – I’ll stick to my column in the Examiner for now!

I’M really sad about all the news on Lance Armstrong.

The guy was at the very top of his sport and a role model for so many young people.

Yet it looks like all his biggest achievements came as a result of cheating with drugs.

I don’t really understand what would possess someone to do such a thing but the evidence appears to be massive and undeniable.

No wonder he didn’t want to defend himself against the allegations.

For me, he should be stripped of everything he has won. And if he wants to keep some dignity, he should admit the charges.

I sincerely hope what he has done has no adverse effect on the brilliant efforts of the GB cycling teams.

I’M DELIGHTED for Andrew Gale and the Yorkshire lads that they are into this week’s group stages of the Twenty20 Champions League.

As most people will know, Galey is a massive Town fan and I’ve got to know him quite well over the last few years.

I talked to him about prospects for the tournament before they flew out to South Africa and he was saying they knew it would be a tough call but they were very much looking forward to it, to pitting their skills against the best T20 sides in the world.

The performances against UVA Next and Trinidad and Tobago last week were really good and now they’ll have to step up another gear to do well against the likes of Sydney Sixers, who they play tomorrow, Mumbai Indians (Thursday), Highveld Lions (Saturday) and the Chennai Super Kings a week tomorrow.

Whatever happens it will be a bonus for Yorkshire to be able to come up against some of the best players in the world.

We are unfortunate to have lost David Miller to his South African franchise but the rest of the squad seem to be in great spirits and will be looking to impress on the big stage.

I was particularly interested to read in the Examiner that Eddie Wilson, from Golcar, was in the squad as the back-up keeper – what a fantastic opportunity for him.

You never know he might still get a chance. Wicketkeepers are prone to injuries, so he could yet get a chance and must keep himself sharp and ready to step in if needed.

This summer, I was lucky enough to play in three testimonial matches for Gerard Brophy, and Gary Ballance played in all three of those.

I have been really impressed with him this season and he has been outstanding in the Twenty20 games so far.

His out-fielding has been tremendous, including some great catches, and his batting just seems to go from strength to strength.

He is technically very gifted and seems to be able to adapt his game to whatever the circumstances demand.

I am also keen to see how Joe Root performs this next week, especially as he is on tour with England to India this winter. He’s a real talent too, and it looks good for Yorkshire and Galey over the next few years.

 

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