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50 Football Folk To Follow On Twitter

27/04/2012 11:58 BST | Updated 26/08/2012 16:23 BST

Football and Twitter is a concoction as lethal as Bart shaking Homer's can of Duff beer on April Fools' Day.

Players have gotten into trouble for homophobic comments and threatening fans. One tweeter was sentenced to jail for racially insulting Fabrice Muamba shortly after his collapse, and others have recently been exposed as Ched Evans sympathisers after he was imprisoned for raping a 19-year-old woman.

Away from the darker side of the Twittersphere, there is an acerbic streak of supporters who, although separated by success, are united by their idealism in football returning to a better place.

So here is a list of 50 must-follow footballing folk on Twitter and some of their finest 140 character-max efforts...

@GNev2

@The_Paris_Angel

Witty Manchester City match-goer who likes Gary Neville. As a pundit.

@andresred

Football finance expert. An essential follow in the current climate.

@honigstein

A funny, yet erudite, German. Wunderbar!

@TheBig_Sam

@KayLMurray

Teesside lass done good bringing you all the info on Real Madrid.

@andybrassell

European football expert informing you of what you won't have seen.

@georgina_turner

Passionate and knowledgeable writer with a hankering for nostalgia.

@david_conn

Renowned investigative journalist in football.

@barcastuff

Incessant updates on all things Blaugrana.

@LaureJames

French-speaking Norn Iron football queen.

@JPBIndy

One of the best young emerging journalists.

@RAWK_Meltdown

@TheFCF

Football anarchists spawned from the fanzine culture.

@acjimbo

Football Italia god.

@MiguelDelaney

Spanish-Irish expert on many things more than Spanish and Irish football.

@DTGuardian

@James_Dart

YouTube guru. If you need it, he will find it.

@TheSquareBall

Looking on the bright side of life as a Leeds fan.

@MarinaHyde

A sane voice amidst the knee-jerkers of 21st century football.

@amhrichardson

@JamesDallESPN

Assertive writer and football idealist.

@RedIssue

Cutting satirists.

@SlideShowsSteve

Long-suffering Evertonian who is fed up of David Moyes.

@Jay_in_Essex

@sportingintel

Exposing football's murky side.

@BeardedGenius

Photoshopping genius.

@herzogschild

Loquacious Dylan-lover who loathes Michael Owen.

@thommohawk24

@sidlowe

One of the finest Spanish football writers.

@TonyEvansTimes

Championing football's simpler times of the past.

@DoronSalomon

Youth football authority extraordinaire.

@OntheRoadajtas

@Yids

Influential Spurs blogger with a wry view on all things Lilywhite.

@DarrenArsenal1

Honest Arsenal follower with his finger on the pulse.

@wengerknowsbest

If Le Prof was on Twitter.

@iainmcintosh

@steve_mcfc

Think Steve Fleming from The Thick of It, only on a madder scale.

@OliverKayTimes

Brilliant broadsheet scribe.

@lee_ryder

A northern soul on the Tyne.

@TJPoynton

@tomEurosport

Self-deprecating Arsenal fan.

@SamWallaceIndy

Scourge of Clive Allen and his handshake fascination.

@RorySmithTimes

@BeyondthePitch

Excellent football podcast from the US.

@TheMilanGuy

Committed Rossonera and expert on Italian football.

LaLigaLoca

Englishman in Spain on La Liga beat.

@WSC_magazine

Still going strong, still essential.

@DannyLast

Responsible for the superb European Football Weekends blog.