Tag: FC United of Manchester

The Grass May Not Always Be Greener

Yesterday, the redoubtable website A Fine Lung posted a lengthy article about the ongoing situation at FC United of Manchester which may have come as something of a surprise to a lot of readers who aren’t overly familiar with recent machinations within this particular football club. When, having just secured promotion from the Premier Division of the Northern Premier League as the champions of that division, the club moved into its Broadhurst Park ground at the end of last season, the story surrounding it was celebrated as a one of the few feelgood stories in the second half of...

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FC United, Altrincham, Money & Principles

Somehow or other, it was always going to end up this way. If there is such a thing a cohesive protest movement within modern football, a considerable proportion of it surrounds FC United of Manchester, a club borne more than a decade ago of the weariness that some supporters have felt at the direction that the game has taken since broadcasters bought the game. This is a club that decided from inception that it would have principles that it would stick to. These principles were seldom likely to be challenged as the club rose from the North West Counties...

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From Manchester With Love: The Rebirth Of Football In Hereford

The middle of July is not usually a time of year to be associated with club matches of significance. Elsewhere, the women’s singles final was being played at Wimbledon, whilst the England cricket team were on their way to a comprehensive first test win against Australia in The Ashes. In one small corner of the West of England, however, these two sporting events were only at the back of many people’s minds, because yesterday afternoon saw saw the return of football to Hereford, with a match between Hereford FC and FC United of Manchester, a pre-season friendly of considerably...

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A Home Of Their Own For FC United Of Manchester

The comment assent to the news that FC United of Manchester finally to now have the green light to start building their brand new stadium in the Moston area of the city seems to have been something along the lines of, “And about time, too.” It was in March of 2010 that the club first announced its plans to build a ground of its own in Newton Heath, but after a volte face by the city council a year later brought about by a change in council funding the plans had to be redrawn and even these have proved to be fraught, with an attempt to undermine the new application by a section of local residents, which was approved by Manchester City Council in October 2011, and further lengthy delays before the green light to actually start building it was finally granted earlier this week. It might well be argued that this final great leap forward has come just in time for a club that was starting to feel the effects of not having a home of its own. At the time of writing, FC United are in eleventh place in the Premier Division of the Northern Premier League, seven places above the relegation places and five points from the play-off spots in what looks like being a tight division this season. The club’s ground-share at Bury’s Gigg Lane...

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