The readies under the bed…
February 20, 2015 – 6:54 pm | No Comment | by:

Thanks to everyone who has contributed in any way. To those who have created and sold the publication, bought it at matches and to those who have bought magazines and T-shirts away from FC United via our stockists Cornerhouse, the National Football Museum, Working Class Movement Library and our online stall (home and away with Stu from the Bay).

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The readies under the bed… by:
February 20, 2015 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

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As announced by the club HERE A Fine Lung has this week given money we have raised over the past seven years to pay towards the goalposts at FC United’s Broadhurst Park ground. The breakdown is as follows: Main pitch posts – £1450. Practice posts (main pitch) – £650. Nine-a-side posts (astroturf pitch) – £1598. Refurbishment of grass pitch posts – £600. The remaining money, rounded up to £4,300, will be spent on nets for those posts and maybe a brew for those doing the work (JOKE ALERT).

The posts were an element of the project the board agreed was specifically fundable, in keeping with our attempts to pay for a specific thing at the new ground. One of our contributors picked up on a comment at an FC United members’ meeting that the club needed funding for the goals, so we stepped in. Admittedly, it is not ‘artistic’ in the greater sense, but the irony of our publication, which prides itself on placing the actual game of football pretty low down the list of importance in the larger culture of ‘football’ itself, was not lost on any of us.

This leaves us with £1,895 plus Whalley Range, with which we still intend to honour our longstanding promise to our contributors and readers to create something artistic and lovely at the ground. This previous statement HERE, including the links contained within, explains the history of those involved and the proposals we have tried to implement over the years (particularly the artwork detailed in issue eight). It serves as a good reminder for the forgetful, an education for the unaware and a nullification for the nefarious.

Discussions are on-going on what this artistic element will entail and several contributors and readers have made suggestions. Please feel free to contact us at content@afinelung.com if you would like to voice your opinion on this. Don’t expect a reply though, because we are bit mowed mowlam collectively.

Once we are in a position to make a further announcement, we intend to put the proposal to the FC United Broadhurst Park project management committee (who have been put in place by the board), as we have been previously advised this is the correct protocol by the board member dealing with this.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed in any way. To those who have created and sold the publication, bought it at matches and to those who have bought magazines and T-shirts away from FC United via our stockists Cornerhouse, the National Football Museum, Working Class Movement Library and our online stall (home and away with Stu from the Bay).

Thanks to the club board for helping secure this agreement and the work everyone involved has done to help fund and build our home.

And most of all, thanks everyone for your spirit, patience and gentleness during what has been a long and often difficult process.

AFLM:SPG

A hijacked legacy? Tony Wilson at 65
February 20, 2015 – 12:31 pm | No Comment | by:
A hijacked legacy? Tony Wilson at 65

I have an uneasy feeling that Manchester’s success has been somewhat hi-jacked and, it’s almost as if Tony Wilson has been written out of that history…

Moving the goalposts
February 19, 2015 – 3:13 pm | No Comment | by:
Moving the goalposts

From the official FC United website:
FC United fanzine A Fine Lung has contributed £4,300 to the Development Fund raised through sales of the fanzine and associated merchandise. The donation will contribute toward the costs of …

To Hough End in a Handcart
February 15, 2015 – 3:07 pm | No Comment | by:
To Hough End in a Handcart

Welcome to Brokebackadhurst Mountain
Finally the bombshell we’ve all been waiting for, but hoped would never drop, exploded this week with the news that there is to be a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender supporters branch …

Brit Flop
February 15, 2015 – 1:29 pm | No Comment | by:
Brit Flop

Not long now to the Brit Awards. Feb 25th is the date for your diaries. Excited? Noel Gallagher is. He’s getting himself giddy by saying he’d rather drink petrol straight from the nozzle than listen …

Shake Your Friends Maker
February 10, 2015 – 9:16 pm | No Comment | by:
Shake Your Friends Maker

FC may have gained a whole host of  admirers after their exploits on the south coast this weekend, but our new friends from Torquay aren’t  the only ones. At last season’s game against King’s Lynn, …

Love United Hate What?
January 2, 2015 – 12:20 pm | No Comment | by:
Love United Hate What?

Some things to bear in mind before publicly announcing you think politics have no place in football, courtesy of the excellent Llandudno Jet Set:
The parts of the internet that have held my recent attention have …

A Methodist in the Madness
December 5, 2014 – 11:42 pm | No Comment | by:
A Methodist in the Madness

One of FC United of Manchester’s Course You Can Malcolm collective has sent us the following for publication on their behalf:
‘Twenty-two is a number that found its spiritual home at Course You Can Malcolm.
Whereas bingo …

Potteries Climbdown
December 1, 2014 – 10:01 pm | No Comment | by:
Potteries Climbdown

The N40 are in town on Tuesday so there’s bound to be mayhem and carnage. With that in mind, here’s our own hooliologist Angry Bear’s dissing of Staffordshire’s most feared firm, which originally appeared in …

It’s raining goals at Highbury…
November 24, 2014 – 11:02 am | No Comment | by:

At some point towards half time I blacked out and came round to find myself in Arsenal’s first aid room. “What’s the score?” I asked one of the medics. “3-0 to you lot”. “You’re joking”. Unbelievably he wasn’t.

Good news about AFL fundraising
November 16, 2014 – 10:59 pm | One Comment | by:
Good news about AFL fundraising

We are pleased to announce that due to positive dialogue between AFL and FC United’s board, great progress has been made on this and just this past week we have come to an initial, possible agreement on what the money may be spent on.

Seven shades of red
November 11, 2014 – 10:00 pm | No Comment | by:

While passing the line of teenagers like ourselves we couldn’t but help notice that some of them were wearing black bin liners. We stood and stared. “What ya looking at?” “Why the bin liners?” “‘Cause …

Explore the past, change the future – get up close to historic activist material at the Working Class Movement Library
October 7, 2014 – 9:42 am | No Comment | by:
Explore the past, change the future – get up close to historic activist material at the Working Class Movement Library

Here’s a message for activists and campaigners from our friends at Salford’s Working Class Movement Library:
Fighting for a better world?
Wednesdays 15, 22, 29  October, 6.30-8pm
Come along and spend three evenings exploring what you’ve got in …

Standing in the shadows of the miners’ strike…
October 1, 2014 – 2:15 pm | No Comment | by:
Standing in the shadows of the miners’ strike…

The much anticipated Manchester screening of ‘Still the enemy within’, the crowd-funded film about the 1984-1985 Great Miners’ Strike, takes place this coming Monday, 6th October, at Cornerhouse.

If you know your history…
September 30, 2014 – 8:51 am | One Comment | by:
If you know your history…

A brief history of how FC United of Manchester’s first board came to be… Well worth a read for those new to the club, or those with short memories.

Kick it all out
September 29, 2014 – 8:59 am | No Comment | by:
Kick it all out

Probably no set of fans in English football flies the anti-discrimination flag better than FC United of Manchester. We’re not perfect, but we must be doing something right…

Don’t call my dog a ‘bitch’…
September 26, 2014 – 11:36 am | No Comment | by:
Don’t call my dog a ‘bitch’…

G was one of a group of us acting as the ‘RAC front desk’, a name that suggested more status than we actually had. We didn’t have desks and the only thing we were at the front of was the queue for abuse.

Football fans versus homophobia
September 23, 2014 – 8:23 am | No Comment | by:
Football fans versus homophobia

FC United fans have recently recreated a banner that is famous across Europe as part of the campaign to counter homophobia at football matches.

Our NHS
September 10, 2014 – 8:28 pm | No Comment | by:
Our NHS

A reminder from Lung contributor Jonathan Allsopp that we’re in danger of losing the NHS unless we don’t fight back:
Ellen Wilkinson is a name that’s probably unfamiliar to many outside of Manchester or the north …

Mule of Oi
August 31, 2014 – 11:04 pm | No Comment | by:
Mule of Oi

It’s come to our attention that religious extremists are conspiring to take control and run our real ale pubs, oil and oatcakes. Men have been seen, wearing great bushy beards, unkempt straggly hair, wearing strange …

Scholes slams blues for lack of support
August 29, 2014 – 8:00 am | No Comment | by:
Scholes slams blues for lack of support

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes hit out at the club’s blue rivals, for the poor atmosphere they create at European home games.