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It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to thank you, the readers, for remaining loyal to EPL Talk all these years. Some of you may have found us more recently. Others may have been with us since our launch in November, 2005.

The reason for the note of thanks is two-fold. First, EPL Talk just surpassed 3,000 posts (who would have thought there would be so many opportunities to dissect the beautiful game we love?). Second, the past month has been the most successful in the history of EPL Talk. In the past 30 days, we’ve had more than 190,000 visits from more than 150,000 unique visitors. Twenty seven percent of you were from the United States, while 73 percent were from the rest of the world (41% of you were from the United Kingdom).

See the graph below (from Google Analytics) to view the rise in number of visits from early 2006 to April, 2009:


We owe a large part of our success to your contributions too in the form of comments (more than 17,000 of them), e-mails, news tips, photos and you spreading the word about EPL Talk to the soccer community at large.

Many of you also subscribe to EPL Talk’s RSS feed, which has been steadily increasing (see graph below from Feedburner) and is now at 941 subscribers worldwide (Feedburner has been very unreliable recently, with the number fluctuating greatly, but the 941 number is valid):


Thanks must also go to my trusted team of hard working writers who keep on bringing you interesting articles to read on an ongoing basis. These guys include Tyler Duffy, Brian Louie, Chris Rivers, Chris Walker, Dave Warner, Ethan Armstrong, Jason Davis, Matt Semisch, Michael Timbury, Nathan Low, Paul Bestall, Randy Capps, Richard Whittall, Scott Bennett and many more — including EPL Talk Podcast host Kartik Krishnaiyer.

Again, thanks for your patronage and thanks for continuing to read EPL Talk. We have lots of surprises in store over the coming weeks. In the meantime, we’d love to hear from you. Click the comments link below or contact us, and have a wonderful holiday weekend.

The Gaffer

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  1. The Gaffer

    April 20, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Thanks Chris for the kind words, and thanks to you — and all of the readers — for your intelligent comments.

    Yep, the babies and the health are a handful, but I’m doing better than ever and I still love writing and running this site after 3.5 years. Sometimes it’s hard to come up with new unique story ideas each day, but I try my best. Plus I have many other writers helping me out these days.

    Thanks for the support (you too Lonnie).

    The Gaffer

  2. LS

    April 20, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Congrats on the continued success of this site !

  3. cftv

    April 10, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Keep up the good work, Chris. I love your coverage of the Soccer Media and how the different rights packages will shake out over the next few weeks. I have been a loyal reader and have made a few comments over the time that I hope has made the site that much more entertaining for the reader.

    Thank you again for all of your hard work and effort as I know it hasn’t been easy with births of babies and sickness that you have dealt with since you started the site. Your work is appreciated by me and a lot of people that aren’t as vocal as myself.

    Looking forward to 3k more posts and even more than that!

  4. The Gaffer

    April 10, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Thanks Lou for the kind words and support.

    The Gaffer

  5. TT

    April 10, 2009 at 8:03 am

    As Cohen said, they did ‘well’ to last that long…..

  6. Bishopville Red

    April 9, 2009 at 7:07 pm


    Can you find *anything* over there these days?

  7. Todd

    April 9, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Kartik Krishnaiyer hosts the EPL Talk podcast?

    Good for him but no wonder we cannot find him over at CSRN. 🙁

  8. eplnfl

    April 9, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Well done Chris. Just lasting this long is a testiment to your efforts and perservsance in the days of the everybody can have a soccer blog thats lasts for 3 months. Keeping the quality up is also remarkable in this day and age and you are attracting better writers all the time.

    Your podcasts have been educational, fun, informative and groundbreaking within the industry. I look forward to the next one. Most of all on a personal level I have been able to meet either on the web and in person some great people and you and your team have made me a much better soccer fan. Sorry that in large part you have helped me appreciate American soccer and my hometown Chicago Fire more and so I have a little less time to spend on the EPL, but you deserve my thanks. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has gained.

    Looking forward to 3,000 more and that new Arsenal shirt!

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