Matt Williams got his promotion board to position of Ulster coach and the Ulster rugby messageboard was ignominiously demoted or fired should I say. The latter was a surprise to some and no surprise to others whilst some remained resolutely unmoved.
To sum up, something’s lost when I read this statement released by UR about the demise of their unloved and largely unmoderated messageboard.
“The large amount of incorrect information, rumour and innuendo on the forum emanating from a small number of posters does nothing to enhance the reputation of the club to prospective players, supporters or sponsors.”
We have been here before with the UR board. It has lost its right to live twice before in the last 8 years. In past times schoolboys have blitzed it as if they were a squadron of Stukas minus any kind of aiming device. On this occasion I fear there is not the same scenario.
The demise of the UR board awakened much ‘life of Brian’ type bathos over on the UAFC board with the metaphorical sound of nails pinning barbed wire to posts for what posters there appeared to believe to be the arrival of truck loads of highly undesirable Vietnamese boat people. There was much talk of refugees, quarantine, immigration checks, all embroidered with the chuckle of self satisfaction that ‘our wee board was an oasis of sense and sensibility’. It had all the internationalesque crisis proportions of a flood in a Cullybackey culvert.
The only reason the UAFC board has survived this long is down to some rigorous and justified moderation by the site owners. Indeed some posters from the UAFC board lost no time or conscience in stirring the bilge on the UR forum. If some of the smug gits who frequent that board had assisted the posters on the UR forum by posting about rugby then there would have been less chance of being swamped by some of the rubbish, UAFC posters whine on about.