Laws Of Diminishing Returns

The casual observer might have thought that the world was at their feet. A not unimpressive mid-table finish and a Wembley win against Torquay United in the FA Trophy coupled with the deep pockets of Eurostar and the worldwide interest of MyFootballClub should, in theory at least, have set Ebbsfleet United up for an improved and profitable new season in the Blue Square Premier, but the truth of the matter is that the already dwindling interest in the internet Championship Manager fad might yet cause a downturn in their fortunes. Yesterday’s edition of “The Non-League Paper” had much to say on the subject. Their much talked about “team selector” went live last week but, according to reports, just 1,855 out of over 30,000 members voted on whether they should pick the team for their recent high profile against Charlton Athletic, and that number dropped to just 1,124 for the match against Torpoint Athletic, of the South West Peninsular Premier League. Even the organisation’s founder, Will Brooks, couldn’t put a positive spin on this news, stating that, “I doubt that we’ll ever get 30,000 people picking the team”. Now, as long term readers will be aware, we’ve done Ebbsfleet on here before. Several times over, in fact. We’ve taken a long at their unusual set-up, questioned the moral argument over whether it is right to take over a club that...

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