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🇦🇹 #IroninAustria: Media blog #4

18 July 2017

It may have been a matchday, but there was no let up in the intensity, with the Iron having the longest day yet in Obertraun

Beginning with the usual early start for a bike ride - this time a longer ride, which encorporated an incline up towards the five fingers cable car - the day still included a morning grass session, despite the encounter with SK Strobl.

No rest for the wicked (again!)...

I remember using the phrase earlier in the week, but with reference to the players. This time I use the reference on myself.

With the early morning bike ride covered and the training session covered there were a total of four-and-a-half hours between the end of the session and the start of the match coverage, I could have been forgiven to thinking an hour enjoying the weather was in order.

Thus, a combination of things halted that idea - although the prospect of a fourth incoming was an exciting one.

Another clean sheet and six goalscorers...

Scunthorpe hit six in a pre-season friendly for the second time in three warm-up games and had the luxury of using 20 players and six different goalscorers. 

Cameron Burgess got his second goal of pre-season, as did Hakeeb Adelakun. Meanwhile, Sam Mantom, Josh Morris, Paddy Madden and Kevin van Veen all netted for the first time as United were convincing.

Almost déjà vu...

After three days of blistering heat and Tuesday's morning session peaking at 29 degrees - the hottest of the week so far - it was somewhat of a shock when the sun faded almost with an instant as kick-off approached.

When I say shock, it shouldn't be, with the exact same thing happening 12 months ago against Union Unis Gschwandt. The darkness deceded, the rain came, the thunder pounded and the lightening forked and thoughts were circling that it could be a repeat of the abandonement in Bad Goisern.

Thankfully, the game finished and it even cleared up towards the end!

Welcome Funso Ojo...

With Funso arriving into Austria in mid-afternoon on Tuesday, just hours before the game, the day became a whirlwind. 

Finalising training coverage in terms of videos and interviews took a back burner, with the new arrival requiring media attention ahead of the announcement later that evening.

After a welcome, it was soon time for his to watch his new teammates to record victory.

Announced via Facebook live...

Since I personally started working for the club, I've seen and covered a number of transfers and interviewed a number of players.

Taking Facebook live as a feature, I've also had experience using it in bringing you live footage of training and other events, but announcing a signing on there... in Austria... was something different altogether!

Looking at the figures as I write this blog at 01.40am (Austria time), I've just flicked back to the video and it's now had a total reach of 36,088 with around 3,500 views which is a big amount to what we are used to seeing.

I'll take that as a success; and certainly something different from the norm for us.

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