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Tuesday, August 7, 2012
It’s something they can only dream of happening for real, but Ipswich Town fans who logged on to the club’s new website were shocked to see Norwich City’s star striker Grant Holt among this season’s playing staff roster.
But this was not an unexpected twist in the Canaries’ marksman’s transfer request saga, but a website blunder which left the Portman Road club red-faced.
Jonathon Ogle, the digital media editor at Ipswich Town, has been left embarrassed by the problems but said that the issue was down to the company who had created the website.
“It couldn’t get much worse really than having Norwich on there”, he said.
Mr Ogle explained how the new website was being rolled out across Football League clubs, adding that the dummy site was done on Norwich City.
He said he had worked very hard adding content to the new website, getting it in a position to go live, but over the weekend a lot of the content vanished and Norwich City content from the dummy site began popping up.
He said other Football League clubs had been affected in the same way.
Mr Ogle said: “It’s the provider’s fault and we have asked them to get it sorted. Obviously it doesn’t look good.
“We think most fans with common sense know we are not going to be stupid enough to put Norwich on the website.”
A spokesman for the Football League said: “This is a huge project, both in scale and in complexity and will see 86 brand new official club websites being launched within a matter of weeks.
“Many of the new sites have been well received and they will deliver a vastly-improved offering to the seven million supporters that use them on a regular basis.
“As with any project of this size it is inevitable that there will be some initial teething problems to overcome, both in terms of the technical issues faced and with the need to give additional training to club staff on the more advanced content management system that is being used.
“This work is already in hand and is deliberately being conducted during the close season and Olympics when the demands on club websites will be significantly reduced.
“We are very confident that supporters will begin to see an improved service in the near future and we’re grateful for their patience during the changeover period.”
Holt, who has netted 60 league goals for the Canaries, including a hat-trick against Ipswich Town, recently signed a new three-year contract at Carrow Road, ending speculation over his future after he submitted a transfer request in May.
• Make sure you get the Evening News and EDP tomorrow for reports on Norwich City’s pre-season fixture at Hull City.