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Kevin Davies warns Bolton players off Twitter

Bob Levey

As fans, we (for the most part) love having the Bolton Wanderers players on Twitter. For us, it allows a previously unheard of insight into their daily lives, what makes them tick, and what makes them laugh. Unfortunately, there's a darker side to Twitter where people will abuse others simply for the sake of abusing them. It's an inherent risk with something so public.

Kevin Davies was an active member of Twitter just two seasons ago and amassed well over 150,000 followers in a very short time. A lot of us will remember Super Kev's toaster trouble incident where he could not figure out how to toast a pop tart and took to Twitter for a little crowdsourced help. Davies was ultimately forced off by Twitter by trolls targeting his account following Bolton's loss to Stoke City in the FA Cup Semifinal.

Marvin Sordell is going through that now with abuse on Twitter coming at him from all sides,

having only ramped up since saying he was racially abused by Millwall fans.

SKD presented the Conference Player of the Year award at the Northwest Football Awards earlier this week. He shared his feelings on Twitter right afterwards:

"If it was me, I would advise not to go on it.

"What are you gaining out of it as a 21/22-year-old? I don't know. When it gets to a point where you are getting abuse I think it can play on your mind and affect you.

"If you are not sleeping at night wondering what you are going to wake up to, I don't think you gain anything from being on there."

Yet, it wasn't an indictment on Twitter use as a whole, as there are a number of Bolton players that use the service positively. Samuel Ricketts and Stuart Holden are two prime examples of this, with both using their Twitter accounts to joke with other players, staff, and fans.

"I enjoyed my time because it gave you an opportunity to have conversation with fans. That side of it I absolutely loved. That was the reason I was on there.

"But even if it is only one per cent of 180,000 people who abuse you, that is still a lot of stick. You get family and friends dragged into it and I don't think you need that in your life.

"It got to a point where you are constantly checking whether you are getting stick.

"I felt a big weight had been lifted from my shoulder when I came off it. It became too much in the end."