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John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Football clubs finding a voice their fans can relate to in social media gold rush

Southampton join the player reveal movement, Wayne Rooney hits a stunner in his Everton return and more in the Sweeper.
Transfers are being unveiled in a better fashion, Maradona receives a Russian hockey jersey and much more in The Sweeper.

Banter is positively flowing from football club social media accounts. This summer has seen a space race of clubs attempting to outdo each other with creative videos and memes. Social posts have been going viral to the point of epidemic.

Aston Villa's July 3 Twitter announcement of John Terry's signing through the medium of a WhatsApp conversation between club owner Dr. Tony Xia, manager Steve Bruce and a host of current and former players was retweeted almost 21,000 times and liked almost 29,000...

 By Chris Wright

Aston Villa fan gets John Terry's name tattooed on his backside

Aston Villa season ticket holder Guy Higgins was so certain that John Terry wouldn't sign for his beloved club that he made an outlandish wager on Twitter.

Indeed, Higgins vowed to get the ex-Chelsea captain's name tattooed on his buttocks should he put pen to paper at Villa Park.

Lo and behold, Terry agreed a one-year contract with Villa on Monday morning and by Monday afternoon, Higgins had held up his half of the deal -- posting the proof on Twitter for all to see.

 By Chris Wright

Villa announce the signing of John Terry using a WhatsApp-style tweet

Steve Nicol suggests Steve Bruce was a key factor in John Terry joining Championship side Aston Villa.

As unlikely as it may seem, John Terry has dropped down a division and signed for Aston Villa on a one-year contract.

The Championship side produced a clever little video to announce their big-name signing via the medium of a WhatsApp group chat between the players, manager Steve Bruce and the club chairman, Dr Tony Xia.

Some fans and social media naysayers have already derided the snippet as childish, but surely there's nothing wrong with Villa's PR department having a little bit of harmless fun?

We...

Transfer Rater: John Terry to Aston Villa, Marten de Roon to Man United

The latest transfer rumours from around the world.
The latest transfer rumours from around the world.

Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper.

Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip.

John Terry to Aston Villa

A transfer target for both Aston Villa and Birmingham City, Terry looks set to choose the former. According to the Daily...

 By Chris Wright

Aston Villa owner Dr Tony Xia's cryptic emoji equation - what does it mean?

As unlikely as it seems, Aston Villa have found themselves heavily linked with an audacious move for departing Chelsea captain John Terry.

As excitement began to swell among the Villa fan base, the club's owner Dr Tony Xia helped fuel the speculation by posting a cryptic tweet on Monday evening.

Indeed,...

Transfer Rater: John Terry to Aston Villa, Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea

Rumours
The latest transfer rumours from around the world.

Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper.

Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip.

Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea

Chelsea are edging closer to the signature of Tiemoue Bakayoko, who has been persistently linked to the club in recent...