Watch this space…monkey…
April 6, 2017 – 12:57 pm | No Comment | by:

Ahead of their Manchester Band On The Wall gig on Saturday night (April 8), website Even The Stars caught up with Space Monkeys singer, AFL friend and regular FCUM attender Richard McNevin-Duff, for a chat about them reforming, the reaction they’ve received and their plans for a new album…

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April 6, 2017 – 1:06 pm | No Comment
Picture by Russ Hart

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From the FC United of Manchester website:

A famous Franco-Mancunian once observed that “nobody can deny that here, behind the windows of Manchester, there is an insane love of football, of celebration and of music”.

Well, FC United are delighted to announce that we will be channelling some of this Mancunian joi de vivre when we cross the channel to the northern French city of Lille to take part in a celebration of Manchester’s love of football, music and all things cultural on the weekend of Friday 9th to Sunday 11th June 2017. Furthermore we will be offering the opportunity, via a raffle, for one lucky supporter to win an all expenses paid place on this trip and the chance to wear the FC shirt in a futsal tournament.

Our first trip to France has come about as a result of an invitation by a non-profit organisation called L’Aeronef, formed in 1989 and based in Lille, who have been running a project in recent months showcasing Manchester’s artistic, musical and cultural heritage to a French audience.

Billed as a journey into the heart of Manchester’s burgeoning cultural scene it has taken the form of a series of concerts, conferences, exhibitions and film and documentary screenings all on a Mancunian theme and has included gigs by the likes of Peter Hook, A Certain Ratio and Mr Scruff. The project will draw to a close in June with a futsal tournament to which FC United have been invited to take part.

The weekend’s events will take place at the L’Aeronef concert hall, in the Euralille district of the city, a popular venue for many bands over the last two decades. L’Aéronef and FC United share similar values and a belief in a fairer society, so our French hosts have arranged for the finale of their Manchester project to feature FC United, as they consider our football club to be a wonderful example of Manchester’s reputation as a welcoming and open city, a football club that continues to engage with some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our city.

Our role as Mancunian footballing and cultural ambassadors will kick off on the evening of Friday 9th June with a short conference on the values of football including a talk by an FC United member and a question and answer session with manager Karl Marginson. In addition, two further speakers will provide a musical and cultural view of Manchester and its history. This will be followed by a vinyl night organised by the Belle Vue collaborative.

The futsal tournament will take place on Saturday 10th June culminating in a final which will kick off around 7 or 8pm. This will be a friendly tournament with players from the local community competing alongside an FC United team.

For those unsure of what futsal actually is; it’s a five-a-side game, played indoors (the term futsal is roughly translated from Spanish as “indoor football”) on a hard court smaller than a football pitch with hockey-sized goals and a smaller ball with a reduced bounce. As a small-sided game it places an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique and can make for a wonderfully exciting spectacle.

The final of the futsal competition will be followed by a gig by Manchester band the Space Monkeys who are, of course, no strangers to FC having played at Course You Can Malcolm before the match with SV Austria Salzburg only a few weeks ago.

There will be no futsal games on Sunday 11th June but the FC United players will probably spend some time coaching local children during the day.

L’Aeronef have very kindly offered to pay all travel, accommodation and food expenses for a party of ten guests from FC United (including eight players) to travel over to Lille for the weekend and will also make all the necessary travel and accommodation arrangements for this group. The FC United party will arrive on Friday 9th June, probably on an early flight via Charleroi airport in Belgium.

After arrival at a hotel in Lille there will be time to rest followed by a training session for the players. The FC United party will then attend part of Friday evening’s events, with an early return to the hotel in preparation for the tournament on Saturday. The party will return home either late on Sunday evening or on Monday.

Aside from the events organised by our hosts at L’Aeronef there is much to enjoy in Lille. The city grew as an industrial centre but after a period of decline is now better known for its handsome city centre and a thriving cultural scene boosted by the presence of a large student population. The attractive old town (Vieux Lille) with its cobbled streets and grand central square and the first rate art collection of the Palais des Beaux Arts are perhaps the star attractions but there is much more to see and do including plenty of ace bars and restaurants.

Lille has great transport links not only to the rest of France but to nearby Belgium and England; the Eurostar from London St Pancras takes about an hour and 25 minutes whilst Brussels is barely half an hour away. Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris is about an hour by train and a direct coach service connects central Lille and Charleroi airport in 90 minutes.

It promises to be a cracking weekend; a blend of football, music, culture and a beer or two in the finest traditions of FC United. And if you fancy making the trip for free with the official FC United party then raffle tickets priced at £5 each will be via the following ways.

(You will need to be over 18 and hold a valid passport for the period of travel.)

•By ringing the FC United office on 0161 769 2005 during normal opening hours and pay buy card

•Board Member Lawrence Gill will be selling raffle tickets at our away match at Bradford PA on Saturday 8th April.

•At the Brackley Town home match on Saturday 15th April, tickets can be bought at the membership stall prior to kick-off.

The draw for the lucky winner will take place at half-time at the Brackley game on Saturday 15th April.

So get yourself a raffle ticket or two and let’s show a French audience what Eric was on about all those years ago. Allez les rouges!

Watch this space…monkey…
April 6, 2017 – 12:57 pm | No Comment | by:
Watch this space…monkey…

Ahead of their Manchester Band On The Wall gig on Saturday night (April 8), website Even The Stars caught up with Space Monkeys singer, AFL friend and regular FCUM attender Richard McNevin-Duff, for a chat about them reforming, the reaction they’ve received and their plans for a new album…

CYCM 25/03/17: Be Stillia, My Battling Art
March 21, 2017 – 10:33 pm | No Comment | by:
CYCM 25/03/17: Be Stillia, My Battling Art

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Mikey Boy and the Time to Talk
February 23, 2017 – 9:19 am | No Comment | by:
Mikey Boy and the Time to Talk

As I sat parked up, I had flash backs to when I entered his house in the days after his death. His closest friends, inseparable from childhood, were unable to re-enter after they had been the ones to find him upstairs. Unable to believe he was dead, his best friend had attempted to hold him, screaming at him to ‘wake up’. On the wall opposite, he had written in black marker pen ‘I’M SORRY!’

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February 21, 2017 – 8:19 am | No Comment | by:
The OFs – better than quinoa

The ‘baddies’ have gone and we can finally sing the chorus of Dirty Old Town and truly mean it, can’t we? Answering those questions won’t be easy, I suspect – digging in the grave of the conniving past, it seems this is all far from over and every month, the inquisitive inspecting shovel clangs onto and exhumes another devious relic buried deeper than the one before it.

The Fifth Stand
February 7, 2017 – 8:19 pm | No Comment | by:
The Fifth Stand

Really loved Saturday (yet again), not said that about our club for a very long time, but my highlight was something that happened outside the ground midway though the first half…

We’ll carry on through it all…
February 6, 2017 – 8:35 am | No Comment | by:
We’ll carry on through it all…

People being brought together through a shared love. Love of a football club, of Manchester, of music, of the NHS and of our fellow human beings regardless of which side of arbitrary borders they are born on.

A New Red
February 3, 2017 – 8:16 am | No Comment | by:
A New Red

He’ll be able to spend his Saturday afternoons with like-minded people. He will hopefully make new friends, and make memories in his teenage years that will be remembered forever. For someone who hasn’t had the best start in life, that is quite beautiful when you think about it.

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February 1, 2017 – 8:33 pm | No Comment | by:
Klar Könnt Ihr Malcolm Und Dietrich 04/02/17: 1993 -1994: Wing When You’re Sinning

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The day FC United got its mojo back
January 30, 2017 – 3:58 pm | No Comment | by:
The day FC United got its mojo back

After a turbulent few months, when all hands have been on pumps to save FC United from the financial mire the previous management and board had left it in, Saturday, January 28, was a special day.

Stop Mad Cow disease: FCUM to play SV Austria Salzburg on February 4th
January 30, 2017 – 3:56 pm | One Comment | by:
Stop Mad Cow disease: FCUM to play SV Austria Salzburg on February 4th

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CYCM 28/01/17: 1992-1993: The Perch Knocker Offerers
January 24, 2017 – 8:43 pm | No Comment | by:
CYCM 28/01/17: 1992-1993: The Perch Knocker Offerers

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1. Those that leave a lasting mark on …

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January 12, 2017 – 5:37 pm | No Comment | by:
CYCM: An electronic love letter to loveliness sent as the last leaf falls…

There is going to be a Course You Can Malcolm before the game on the 28th of January. Actually in a ’1993/94 double winning side’ way there is going to be another one on the 4th of February too but for the purposes of this article, we’re going to concentrate on the 28th.

On Wheels
January 3, 2017 – 8:29 pm | No Comment | by:
On Wheels

It’s funny how things, items, objects, have a pre-life of odd curiosity before they become an essential commodity.

The car, for example, was, in the black and white days, a plaything for the rich. As  documented …

Red Friday – the challenges facing FC United
December 14, 2016 – 8:37 am | One Comment | by:
Red Friday – the challenges facing FC United

Any remaining sense of respect that I may have had for Andy Walsh (and admittedly that wasn’t much) evaporated… He appears to have no sense of any responsibility for the mess that the club finds itself in and, as such, I’m not sure what he has left to offer the club any more beyond self-justification and cheap point scoring.

Big-hearted club to help those in need at Christmas
December 12, 2016 – 8:29 am | No Comment | by:
Big-hearted club to help those in need at Christmas

FC United’s Broadhurst Park football ground will open on Christmas Day to help provide some Christmas comforts to the homeless in Manchester.

FCUM members back new board to right wrongs of previous regime
December 12, 2016 – 8:29 am | No Comment | by:
FCUM members back new board to right wrongs of previous regime

The board recently wrote to members to detail the difficulties faced (following mismanagement by Walsh and the ex-directors), which has resulted in the club considering an overdraft to help ease financial pressure through to the New Year.

Peterloo – a new poem
December 7, 2016 – 1:59 pm | No Comment | by:
Peterloo – a new poem

People use the collections of the lovely Working Class Movement Library for all sorts of reasons. It’s freely open for everyone to visit. A poet called Oliver Lomax went in recently to read some of …

CYCM 26/11/16: Nuneaton Mess
November 22, 2016 – 7:37 pm | One Comment | by:
CYCM 26/11/16: Nuneaton Mess

Typical, innit? You wait months for a game against Nuneaton, and then two come along at once. Like buses, except the wait from last year’s game to the previous Saturday’s was eleven months, meaning if …

Football and poppies… AGAIN
November 3, 2016 – 8:00 am | No Comment | by:
Football and poppies… AGAIN

A group of United fans unfurled a banner at the Stretford End proclaiming them to be “24 Hour Peterloo Peace People”. Using only a number and four words the homemade banner beautifully encapsulated two centuries of Mancunian social, political and cultural history (the Peterloo massacre, Factory Records and the city’s peace movement) and, at the same time, aligned this particular corner of M16 with anti-war demonstrators across the globe.