Tag: FC United of Manchester

FC United’s FA Cup Dilemma

When the dust settled after a weekend of FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round matches that were watched by over 40,000 people, one tie from the First Round draw stood out from the rest: Rochdale vs FC United of Manchester. It could hardly more apposite that FCUM earned their first appearance in the competition proper of the FA Cup in this of all months. The name of Manchester United has been dragged through the mud by the Wayne Rooney transfer debacle – an event that may have woken many up to the colossal lack of soul at the heart of Premier League football. The protest, meanwhile, goes on at Gigg Lane but such success brings new debates to be had for a club that is a protest against much of what is wrong with modern football. It is hardly surprising that a cross-town derby featuring a club that is a story in itself should be attractive to television companies, and so it was that Rochdale vs FC United of Manchester was selected as the Friday night match to be shown live on ESPN at the end of next week. For many FCUM supporters, this created something of a dilemma. The concept of “3pm Saturdays” has become something of a rallying call for the club over the years, a protest against the sale of football’s soul to television companies. In December...

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Videos Of The Week: FA Fourth Qualifying Round Highlights

We’ve got something a little different for our Video Of The Week this week. Match Of The Eighties will be back later on in the week, but for now it seems like as good an idea as any to ease ourselves into Monday morning with some highlights from this weekend’s FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round matches from the weekend just passed. We’re starting off with FC United of Manchester, who were at home yesterday afternoon against Blue Square Premier side Barrow. With the draw for the First Round Proper already having been made, United already knew that their reward for winning this match would be a local derby against Rochdale if they could get past a team two divisions above them. The second match takes us off to The Camrose, where AFC Wimbledon were away to Blue Square South club Basingstoke Town. Wimbledon have made the First Round Proper of the competition for the last couple of years in a row, but haven’t managed to beat a Football League club once there yet. Basingstoke Town, meanwhile, did provide a surprise in the competition in the 2006/07 season, when they beat Chesterfield at Saltergate in the First Round. Wimbledon, for the purposes of clarity, are playing in white. Last but not least, we can stop off at Kingfield for the all-Blue Square South match between Woking and Eastleigh. Woking, of...

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FC United’s Ten Acres Love Story Comes Of Age

On Wednesday night, FC United of Manchester lost 4-1 to Bradford Park Avenue in the Northern Premier League. It was a bitterly disappointing result against a team with whom they have built up something of a rivalry over the last couple of years, but as most that support FC United are concerned it’s all about the long game and this is a game that they are still well-placed to win. A couple of years ago, Bradford’s owner Bob Blackburn announced ambitious (to the point of absurd) plans for his club to move from their distinctly unsatisfactory Horsfall Stadium to a new, 20,000 capacity stadium. Nothing ever came of those plans, but FC United have been getting on with the job of doing what Blackburn has been unable thus far to manage for his club – identifying a site for a new ground and getting the plans in place to actually build it. The plans were revealed to club members several weeks ago but were made public at the end of last week, and very impressive they are as well. The new ground will be built at Ten Acres Lane in Newton Heath, the original birthplace of Manchester United. The 5,000 capacity ground will be true to their commitment to their local community, and will also function as what the club hopes will be a “multi-function community space”. Mas que...

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Conflicting Season Ticket Stories At Old Trafford

A most curious little article appealed on the Daily Telegraph’s website on Thursday, stating that the Green & Gold protest against the Glazer family’s ownership of the club had failed because season ticket sales at Old Trafford for the coming season had topped 50,000. It was curious because it lacked any real detail behind the story at all and, after a banner headline and no less than two whole sentences, it trailed off into some guff about United’s match against Philapelphia Union before coming to an abrupt halt. You can see what there is of it here. Now, far be it from this humble website to cast aspersions upon the journalistic integrity of such an august institution as the Daily Telegraph, but this all felt most odd. If this was such a resounding victory against supporters groups, why were no comparisons made between this season’s sales projections and those of previous seasons. The number “50,000” is thrown out there with nothing to compare it to, and it is a big number. Is it, however, an impressive number? There is a subtle difference, after all. An answer of sorts came thanks to the BBC yesterday afternoon and, actually, it isn’t quite as grand as it might seem at first glance. Old Trafford currently seats 75,957 people, which means that the ground would be almost two-thirds full if all season ticket...

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FC United Coming Home?

Someone in FC United’s offices at Hope Mill in Manchester is very good at burying bad news. On Wednesday night the team suffered their heaviest ever defeat, 1-5, handed out by rivals, league leaders, and all round terrible bastards Bradford Park Avenue. Supporters could be forgiven for waking up Thursday morning and feeling a little bit glum.

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