A Home Away From Home


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. Anonymous says:

    Don Valley Stadium is quite close to Rotherham. It’s near Meadowhall which is just on the border between the two cities. I suspect it being there won’t be too much of a pain for the fans because it’s not actually in the heart of Sheffield, nor is it in a particular supporters heartland either.

  2. Gervillian Swike says:

    Your point about Bury’s exploitation (in the business sense of the word) of FC United’s business is an interesting one. Of course, Bury is a club with huge financial difficulties of its own, and may not be in a position to reduce rent fees or other fundraising commercial activities that rely upon FC United’s continued patronage…and all they are doing is applying the capitalist and marketplace policies that they themselves have to live within. That’s all fine, but it doesn’t exactly generate any sympathy from me with regard to their position. They are perpetuating the same circumstances in another club that has caused themselves so much trouble. Any romantic notion of altruism goes out the window. It’s an acknowledgement really that football is purely a business, and one which they’re not very successful at.

  3. Gervillian Swike says:

    Given all that, and this might seem an incredibly naive question, but there must be many Bury fans wondering why there was actually a need for an FC United in the first instance…? Couldn’t those who decided to form FC United simply have channelled their energies into Bury, perhaps on the condition that they would support the political aspect of the defection from Manchester United? I presume that if things at MUFC returned to a pre-Glazer state, FC United wouldn’t simply disband now, so why expend all that time with two clubs, one of which can’t progress, the other of which has no home of its own, when a simple merger would forward the ambitions of both sets of fans? Like I say, probably naive, but not something I’ve ever heard discussed.

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