The new season hasn't got off to the best of starts for YouTube sensations Hashtag United
With the football season kicking off once again in August, it also means a return to action for YouTube sensation and non-league football outfit Hashtag United.
After earning promotion last time out, Hashtag will be in for a much tougher test in the ninth tier of English football.
Their first match of the new season didn't go exactly as planned leaving the team searching for answers ahead of their upcoming second game of the season.
But just who are Hashtag United and who are their key personnel going into the club's second season in the English footballing pyramid?
Who are Hashtag United?
Hashtag United are a semi-professional football club who play in the non-league divisions of the English footballing pyramid.
As the 2019/20 season gets underway, Hashtag United find themselves competing in the Essex Senior League, in the ninth tier of English football, after earning promotion from the Eastern Counties League last season in their first campaign as a club.
The club itself - which plays its football in Tilbury, Essex - was founded in 2016 and began by playing in exhibition matches against a range of sides including professional football clubs.
The highlights of these matches were uploaded to YouTube, earning Hashtag United an ever-growing fanbase, with social media being a huge aspect in how the club is promoted. At the time of writing, Hashtag United's YouTube channel has earned itself a solid 460,000 subscribers.
As well as the non-league footballing side, Hashtag United also has its own esports team which competes in various FIFA tournaments as well as an academy team which plays 7-a-side and a more casual Sunday League team.
Hashtag United's key personnel?
Hashtag United was the brainchild of YouTuber Spencer Owen (aka. Spencer FC), who founded the team to initially play in the aforementioned exhibition matches such as the Wembley Cup which features sides made up of YouTube stars.
Despite initially playing for the team, Spencer has now taken a backseat role as the club's chairman and commentates on all of the team's games. He is also responsible for getting the team admitted into the English footballing pyramid by the FA.
The team, which is currently playing its football in the Essex Senior League, is managed by Jay Deveraux who joined the side ahead of the 2018/19 season. Deveraux, often referred to as 'Devs' left his role as assistant manager of East Thurrock United to take charge at Hashtag.
Leading the team out on the pitch is captain Jack Harrison who in his younger years had trials with West Ham, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
Last time out
Hashtag United's most recent match came against Southend Manor in their first game of the new season.
The YouTube sensations were dealt a tough blow as they sloppily allowed Southend Manor to roar into a 2-0 lead in the first half.
Unable to provide an answer to Southend Manor's two-goal lead, Hashtag mirrored their first result of last season as they fell to a disappointing defeat.
The loss leaves Hashtag United down in 16th place in the table, with only three teams below them in the 19-team league.
All involved will be hoping that the side's next match, against 18th place Tower Hamlets, can yield a more positive result.
Hashtag United's match against Tower Hamlets is set to kick-off at 19:45 on Wednesday, August 14th.
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