Tag: FC United of Manchester

Mission Accomplished: FC United Of Manchester’s Great Leap Forward

In amongst all of the filth and fury of this week, one simple truism has remained unchallenged: it has to be like this. Although modern fashion likes to talk of football supporters as if we are “valued customers” or even – God forbid – “stake-holders”, the truth of the matter is that, by and large, we’re not. Customers wouldn’t put up with being treated in the way that football supporters are as a matter of routine. They’d take their business elsewhere. Stake-holders wouldn’t tolerate perpetual hyper-inflation and the implication that, somehow, we owe those that deliver the game to us a debt of gratitude rather than the other way around. As such, the relationship between a football club and a supporter of a football club might be be more akin to the relationship between a drug dealer and a junkie. They feed our addiction. They charge what they can get away with – and we don’t even know what the upper limit of that pricing policy might be yet – and we grumble, but we still turn out in our millions. If we complain too loudly, there is a reasonable chance that we will simply be cast asunder, in the full knowledge that there are plenty of others that will take our place. We are divided and conquered, beaten into submission. We are treated with such suspicion by the...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: 19/02/2012

After a couple of weeks off, we can finally get back to some matches from this weekend’s football and we have a variety of competitions for you today. First up, we have a match from this weekend’s FA Vase between Whitley Bay, who have won the tournament for the last three years in a row, and West Auckland. Next up, we have the match between Wrexham, who are chasing the title in the Blue Square Bet Premier, and Hayes & Yeading United, who are fighting to keep their heads above water at the other end of the table. After this is a match from the Premier Division of the Evostik Northern Premier League between FC United of Manchester and Frickley Athletic, and finally we have a match from the Premier Division of the Ryman League, between Bury Town, who are chasing a play-off place, and another team struggling to avoid relegation, Harrow Borough. Our thanks go to all of those that record, edit and upload these videos. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Match Of The Week: Durham City 1-1 FC United of Manchester

The FA Trophy continued this weekend with Durham City entertaining FC United of Manchester at New Ferens Park, after a brush with serious financial difficulties which threatened the very future of the club. FC United of Manchester, meanwhile, are still celebrating the planning permission granted for their new ground. Andy Hudson was there to see it. Durham City 1 FC United of Manchester 1. Saturday 5 November 2011. FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round. New Ferens Park. Attendance: 533. Fireworks greeted the final whistle of this FA Trophy clash and, as a spirited Durham City side came from behind to level the match against a pedestrian FC United, they weren’t the only things to be explosive during this bonfire afternoon in the north-east. Durham City are only now getting back on an almost secure footing after their rapid rise to the upper echelons of the Evostik Premier League ended hastily with the news that their third generation artificial turf pitch was unsuitable for the Blue Square North, despite the same surface being suitable for a Champions League Final in Moscow. Financial backing was withdrawn and after a tortuous relegation season, where almost every game saw the team line up with local youngsters almost exclusively on the receiving end of a thrashing (they won two games all season, including an away win against FCUM), and a consolidation year last season in...

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Second Time Lucky: A New Home For FC United Of Manchester, This Time?

This time. Perhaps this time. FC United of Manchester have been once bitten and can certainly be forgiven for being twice shy over their planning application for a new ground of their own, to be built in the Moston area of the city. Their previous attempt to do exactly this in Newton Heath ended in failure after government cuts slashed their hopes, but this time there should be no such concerns. This afternoon, Manchester City Council approved their planning application for the new ground, which will also house a community centre and training facilities, and the well of hope amongst their support base, which had been tempered by their previous disappointment, can begin to hope again. In the attempt to build a football ground near a residential area, the club ran into vocal opposition, which was represented at this afternoon’s meeting. Attempts to reach out to this group failed and it was rumoured that the “no” group had been using tactics to secure signatures for a petition which may have been considered underhand. If true, this was probably a mistake on the part of the campaigners to adopt this tactic. It certainly gave the impression of a group willing to descend to whatever level they could in order to win this debate on points rather than relying of depending on the merits of their case. As things turned out,...

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Why Chorley Supporters Will Be Home Alone On Saturday

We have noted on here before that non-league football can be a hand to mouth existence for many clubs, all of which makes the recent behaviour of Northern Premier League club Chorley FC in relation to the ticketing and policing arrangements for their match against FC United of Manchester on Saturday even more perplexing than they might otherwise be. Chorley are due to be playing FC United in the league on Saturday, but there will be only one set of supporters present for the match, following the decision of the FC United board not to take up their allocation of just five hundred and thirty tickets for the match – a decision which, it should be added, has been almost unanimously approved by the supporters of the club itself. The root to this story, somewhat ironically, is to be found in a match played at Chorley earlier this year against Chester FC in Division One North of the Northern Premier League. With both teams near the top of the table, a large crowd turned out at Chorley’s Victory Park, but inadequate arrangements on the day meant that there was considerable disturbance both inside and outside the ground. Anecdotal evidence at the time suggested that a sizeable proportion of the trouble on the day was caused by supporters of other clubs that had decided to “adopt” Chorley for the day,...

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