|How to write a Match Report|
|published Tuesday, 19-Oct-2004 (5039 HITS)|
Remember you have a potential 120 million readers !! ;-))
If using a generic Team account, eg. 'Vets1 Correspondent', put the author's name at the top, eg. Reporter: Sven-Goran Eriksson
List the Team line-up - if you can remember it
Don't put 6 paragraphs at the start describing the weather, scenery, the morning after the night before etc. - it's BORING to anyone but your team. Who cares if you 'stayed in' on Friday and ironed your jockstrap ? in other words - STICK TO THE FOOTBALL (exceptions allowed for very funny incidents).
Not everyone can remember the 50s 60s 70s - due to not being born! - so either qualify the ancient reference or think of something else.
DO NOT use first names / nicknames UNLESS previously qualified with their family/last name - nobody knows who 'Ziggy' or 'Big Stew' is except your team mates (exceptions allowed eg. MOLLAMUSTAFAOGLU = "Berkay", MAZURKIEWICZ = " Steve Mazza" etc.)
NO obscenities unless obfuscated eg. "f&*%ing arbitre" - else it will be DELETED.
Use PARAGRAPHS !!
USE A SPELL-CHECKER !!! beforehand if possible
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