Tag: FC United of Manchester

Non-League Videos Of The Week: Supporter-Owned Clubs Special

It’s a slightly different time for our non-league videos of the week, and this week we’re focussing on clubs that are owned by their supporters again. First up is the match from the Evostik League Premier Division between FC United of Manchester and Worksop Town. A couple of months ago, we could have been forgiven for thinking that FC United’s league season was grinding to a halt, but they have won seven of their last nine matches and now have an excellent chance of making the play-offs at the end of the season. Their opposition, Worksop Town, are in mid-table but with several games in hand on the teams above them will surely not have given up on their ambitions of making the play-offs either. In the Blue Square Premier, Wimbledon have come rather unstuck of late. They were at home against Kidderminster Harriers having won just one of their last four matches. They lost top place in the table to Crawley Town last week, but need to keep winning to sure up their chances of a play-off place. Kidderminster Harriers, meanwhile, found themselves deducted five points earlier in the season but still have ambitions of finishing in the play-off places themselves, although they have played more matches that the other clubs around them in the table. AFC Liverpool are in seventh place in the First Division of the...

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FC United’s Home Feels Another Step Closer

Ah, man, you read The Book of Exodus and you’d think Moses and the Israelites had it bad. They fled Egypt, which was wise given the current political turmoil over there, and mooched about the wilderness for forty years before God gave them a bit of land to call their own, and they all settled down to do whatever it is they did. Compared to us at FC United they had it easy. OK, they mooched about the wilderness for forty years, but did they have to get the tram all the way to Bury? Did they fuck. Bury! It’s past Besses o’th’ Barn for crying out loud. And when it was time to stay put, God gave them the Promised Land just like that. No planning permission applications, no community share issue, no pleading for grants and hand-outs. Nah, man, it clearly pays to have friends in high places. And I’m talking much higher than Richard Leese of Manchester City council. But shit, we’re doing it the hard way, and that’s fine. We’re a secular kind of club, and I’m not sure cashing in favours from Him would go down well with all of our membership. So planning applications, grant funding, and the development fund it is. And the way things are going we’ll be well inside Ten Acres Lane within forty years, showing Moses and Co exactly...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week, Part One

If you’re viewing this site from a mobile phone you would be best advised to click the link at the bottom of this page, which will take you to the desktop version of this site. We’ve got a two-part Non-League Videos Of The Week for this this week, with more to follow in a day or two. First up is the match between Wrexham and Gateshead for the Blue Square Premier. We’ll have more tomorrow on what has been going on at the club over the last few days and it is probably fair to say that what happened on the pitch at The Racecourse Ground on Saturday afternoon were always going to be overshadowed by events off the pitch, no matter how remarkable the game itself was. Wrexham held Crawley Town to a draw during the week and went into Saturday’s match in the play-off places, whilst mid-table Gateshead had the look of being too good to go down this season but not good enough to challenge for a play-off place. Or, at least, they had until Saturday. Our second match is the match between FC United of Manchester and Burscough from the Premier Division of the Evostik League. FCUM have won eight, drawn one and lost two of their eleven matches since losing to FC Halifax Town on New Year’s Day, a run that has propelled them...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week

This week’s non-league matches of the week come from a variety different competitions. As the weather started to return to something approaching normal, the a near-full schedule of matches was played, including matches in both the FA Trophy and postponed matches from the FA Vase. Our first match is the FA Trophy match between Wimbledon and Braintree Town. Wimbledon could be forgiven for considering the FA Trophy something of a distraction in comparison with what is looking like becoming a three-way tussle for the Blue Square Premier championship with Crawley Town and Luton Town, but the current Wimbledon club has only played at Wembley once before, to play what was effectively a friendly match there against Corinthian-Casuals in 2008. The FA Trophy, we might compose, would look rather nice in their trophy cabinet, come the end of the season. Their opponents are the Essex side Braintree Town, who are currently top of the Blue Square South and might fancy their chances against a team with other things on their mind. Our second match sees us at Gigg Lane for the Evostik League Premier Division between FC United of Manchester and FC Halifax Town. FC United’s FA Cup run came to an end during the week, and they have found themselves slipping into the relegation zone at the bottom of the league table, although they do still have games in...

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Match Of The Midweek: FC United of Manchester 0-4 Brighton & Hove Albion

It has already been the most improbable of cup runs. Every match in FC United’s run to within grabbing distance of the Third Round of this year’s FA Cup has been enveloped in the sort of drama that would not, in a quite literal sense, have looked out of place in a children’s comic from the 1970s. The last minute winner at Rochdale in the First Round, a goal that feels like years and years ago. The trip to Brighton, the delirium of snatching the lead, the agony of having it snatched away and the tumultuous disbelief of the last minute penalty save that saw them in the Third Round draw and playing off tonight for the right to play last year’s beaten finallists, Portsmouth. All of this has been done while building bridges and making friends at every turn, and this manifests itself this evening in the ticketing arrangements. In comparison with the first match, when reason seemed to be swamped by police advice so wide of the mark as to seem absurd, it’s pay on the gate this evening, with places available for just £8. With such a policy, the idea of FC United profiteering from this year’s competition – another idea pushed by some after they agreed to play their First Round match at Rochdale on a Friday night – is also blown from the water....

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