Tag: FC United of Manchester

Match Of The Week: Chester 2-1 FC United Of Manchester

July, some say, is a little too early for the football season to start. The new season lumbers to life each year in the manner of a bear awakening from hibernation. We don’t merely leap to life, ready to jump into another year of those twin false gods of hope and despair, though. We have to be spoonfed our addiction, as if on a drip and we have to be cajoled back into action. This afternoon was the sporting equivalent of hearing the alarm sound and realising that, yes, it’s time to rise from the slumbersome pleasures of the close season. No more Saturday afternoon barbecues or the pretence of having a plethora of different interests for you, dear football supporter! It’s that time of year again. This afternoon at The Deva Stadium, however, we were shaken to life with rather more of a jolt than we may have been anticipating. The Supporters Direct Cup may be a match borne from an organisation fostering togetherness and sense of solidarity amongst those of different persuasions, but no-one seemed to have passed this particular version of the script to the players of Chester FC and FC United of Manchester. Indeed, in a more competitive environment this match would likely have produced a rash of cards from the referee, including more than one of the scarlet variety. This was a feisty match,...

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A Matter Of Trust: Some Supporter-Owned Highlights From 2011

It is the end, then, of another long, hard season, and perhaps now is an appropriate time to be looking at how those clubs that are owned and run by their supporters trusts this season managed to fair. As AFC Wimbledon paraded the trophy that confirmed their accession into the Football League nine years after their formation, the words of the FA’s committee, that a new club in the borough would be, “not in the wider interests of football”, have never sounded more hollow. Wimbledon, however, are just one of nineteen clubs in England, Scotland and Wales that are owned by supporters trusts, and they are not the only one of these to have had some degree of success this season. It is worth, then, taking a moment to reflect upon some of the other Supporters Trust-owned clubs that have had cause for celebration this season. Gretna FC 2008: Gretna FC were a prime example of how the sugar daddy model of football club ownership can fail. Funded by Brooks Mileson, the club rose swiftly through the ranks of Scottish football, played in the UEFA Cup and competed in the 2006 Scottish Cup final, where they only lost on penalties to Heart of Midlothian. However, promotion to the Scottish Premier League meant that the club had to abandon its home, Raydale Park, and play its home matches at Motherwell....

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The Twohundredpercent Play-Off Jamboree: Colwyn Bay 1-0 FC United of Manchester

There was, perhaps, something inevitable that it would all come down to a ninety minute shoot-out. That FC United of Manchester is in itself an extraordinary part of our football culture is without doubt, but even the most optimistic of their supporters could scarcely have guessed at the amount of drama that they have managed this season, from an FA Cup run that took in a last minute win at Rochdale and a last minute penalty save at Brighton to a league season that saw them end last year nearer to relegation than the play-off places, yet has ended up on the North Wales coast on a Bank Holiday Monday, with 2,000 people packed inside Llanelian Road and hundreds more perched atop a hill overlooking the ground. That most exquisitely unique of tortures, a play-off final, awaits them this afternoon. That Colwyn Bay FC will provide stiff opposition is a given. They finished in second place in the Evostik League Premier Division with a run of form that saw them lose just two of their last thirteen matches of the season. The two sides both beat each other at home in the league this season, and just three points separated them in the final league table. It feels too tight call, before the match. As an aside, Colwyn have a history of protest themselves, in their own way. They...

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The Twohundredpercent Play-Off Jamboree: Bradford Park Avenue 0-2 FC United of Manchester

The Southern League play-offs weren’t the only matches being played last night. Play-off semi-finals were also being played in the Northern Premier League and we were lucky enough to have Andrew Gibney offer to write up the match between Bradford Park Avenue and FC United of Manchester for us. The month of April began with Bradford Park Avenue sitting unspectacularly in mid-table. Home wins again Burscough and Kendal Town sparked a wonderful run of eight games unbeaten. The twenty three days that had passed saw 23 goals scored and only four conceded and Avenue had climbed from tenth place in the Evostik League Premier Division to third. Promotion was now a realistic possibility. Opponents FC United of Manchester had enjoyed an imperious run themselves; only two defeats in nineteen games had made the play-offs a certainty, defeat against Kendal Town on the last day of the season meant they finished fourth and not second, setting up a “War of the Roses” at Horsfall Stadium. A crowd of just over 500 had enjoyed the last home game of the season against Woksop Town, the highest gate since Halifax Town had been the visitors back in January. Tonight would be something much different. Bus upon bus of FC United’s faithful arrived in the sleepy suburb of Bradford; impeccably behaved the fans were only there to cheer on their team. Expectations were...

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Midweek Highlights: FC United of Manchester vs Marine

FC United of Manchester travel to Matlock Town for an Evostik League Premier Division match this afternoon in second place in the table, but during the week they played Marine at Stalybridge Celtic’s Bower Fold. As Marine is a club from Liverpool, there is always a little needle in the air when the two clubs meet, and we are pleased to be able to bring you highlights from this match.  FC United v Marine Highlights NPL 20/04/11 from FCUM TV on Vimeo. (Vimeo seem to be having a few problems this afternoon – refresh the page if you get an error message) Follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter...

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