FC United of Manchester: From Glue To Gambling


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. Nathan says:

    The Ryman Premier (where we qualified for three play-offs before winning our first final, something I hope FCUM will do too) was harder in many ways than Conference South (which we won first time).

    Presumably this was (still is?) due to the glass ceiling of only two promotion places from a well-funded feeder league (just like the Conference National jump to the League) and the amount of dead-wood that never gets relegated from level 6 (for a variety of bad reasons).

    I would expect FCUM to easily hold their own in Conference North. It’s just getting there that is the problem. Good luck!

  2. Nathan says:

    Forgot to say that Staines tried a similar thing on us but we just bought their home tickets instead (unlike Hednesford they have no fans):

    “Wednesday 30 April 2008
    club news
    Staines tickets nearly gone

    We are very sorry but, after reconsidering their situation, Staines have now decided that we can only have 1,000 tickets for the play off final. As a result, following an early morning rush for tickets, we are very nearly sold out.

    While this is very unfortunate, Staines were only required to give us 600 tickets and so we are getting nearly double that amount, which is generous of them.

    The credit card hotlines and office will stay open until we sell out.


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