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

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.

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

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 common with campaigners in the past.  You’re invited to a series of three free talks, plus time to read and debate, in one of the most unusual libraries in the world. The Working Class Movement Library exists to tell the story of people’s fight for a better world. This is not dreary politics, grey men in grey suits telling half truths. It’s a place of ideas, of questions and of demands. The collection covers everything from working life to political life, to union life, to sporting life. It’s full of stuff to inspire you to investigate, and to spur you on to participate.
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15 Oct – Mike Luft, long-term activist in many causes including Oldham United Against Racism, reflects on the Library’s anti-fascist holdings, from the 1930s struggle against the British Union of Fascists to the 1970s fight against the National Front, and their application to today’s anti-racist and anti-fascist campaigns

22 Oct – Kevin Morgan, Manchester University history professor, features firebrands like Thomas Paine from the late 1700s and Alf Purcell, ‘the Arthur Scargill of the 1920s’, to consider the power of internationalist and anti-war arguments across the last 200 years and their relevance still today

29 Oct – Jen Morgan, adviser on historical context to last year’s Masque of Anarchy performed by Maxine Peake, debates Percy Shelley and the British Left. Shelley’s poetry has been linked to leftist movements from Peterloo and the Chartists to Occupy. Can this continue now that he is a resource for the right too?

Here’s what some recent visitors have said about the Library -

The collection is outstanding, the people are really special, and the atmosphere is wonderful.

It is a wonderful resource to have in our area. An excellent reminder of where most of us came from.

Hope + action. I’m in

Sign up for the series at enquiries@wcml.org.uk – there are only 12 places so book yourself one today. It’s free, including a brew.

Working Class Movement Library, 51 The Crescent, Salford M5 4WX  (easy to get to from town by bus or train)  0161 736 3601  www.wcml.org.uk   @wcmlibrary

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.

Fit and proper…
August 29, 2014 – 7:55 am | No Comment | by:
Fit and proper…

I much preferred it thirty years ago when the middle classes looked at you as some kind of social leper if you spent your Saturday afternoons on the terraces. Now we are saturated with it and everyone has to have their say…writes Andrew Rhodes

Looking after your bottom ends…
August 26, 2014 – 12:39 pm | No Comment | by:
Looking after your bottom ends…

“No one likes us, we don’t care” – I always thought that Millwall’s favourite song was better suited to Manchester United, particularly in the late ‘90s when every away game in a small provincial town …

Cartoon lions and millionaire footballers
August 25, 2014 – 10:56 pm | No Comment | by:
Cartoon lions and millionaire footballers

Has the Class of ’92 got involved `to put something back into the community’ or to ultimately make money?

Glazers thrive despite on-pitch failures
August 20, 2014 – 6:32 pm | No Comment | by:
Glazers thrive despite on-pitch failures

An excellent piece from The Guardian‘s David Conn:
Amid the reams of corporate boasting in the Glazer family’s pitch to make $200m from selling a small slice of Manchester United plc shares, a section trumpets to …

Spirit, patience, gentleness
August 16, 2014 – 8:24 am | One Comment | by:
Spirit, patience, gentleness

‘Spirit, Patience, Gentleness,
All that can adorn and bless
Art thou – let deeds, not words, express
Thine exceeding loveliness.

The Great War – myths and realities
August 4, 2014 – 11:25 am | No Comment | by:
The Great War – myths and realities

The Working Class Movement Library‘s exhibition, The Great War: myths and realities, opens on Wednesday 6 August.  It explores topics such as Salford’s response to the outbreak of war, the strength of the anti-war movement …

Future heads…
August 1, 2014 – 1:13 am | No Comment | by:
Future heads…

FC United has, since its inception, prided itself on “doing things differently”. I think we can all agree that Course You Can Malcolm is something which is very different indeed.

The fiery particle (vote Ellen)
July 31, 2014 – 10:41 am | No Comment | by:
The fiery particle (vote Ellen)

One of those being touted as a deserving recipient of this civic award is Ellen Wilkinson. Ellen featured on the cover of issue eight of A Fine Lung, and in issue 11 Elsie wrote a lovely piece about her.

CYCM: Think about the future…
July 28, 2014 – 9:35 am | No Comment | by:
CYCM: Think about the future…

Anyone who knows anything about football knows that football is not about football. Anyone who does not know that knows nothing about football

Derby della capitale
July 21, 2014 – 3:36 pm | No Comment | by:
Derby della capitale

The Drunken Ship in Campo Dè Fiori has not been too welcoming to English football fans in recent years with supporters of Middlesbrough and Tottenham stabbed by Ultras when their clubs visited the city.

The Sun lied? Never…
July 21, 2014 – 3:19 pm | One Comment | by:
The Sun lied? Never…

Following the news that the Tulisa Contostavlos trial collapsed after the judge said he had ‘strong grounds to believe’ Sun reporter Mazher Mahmood lied at the hearing, we thought it worth looking back on this ace piece from our site a while back…

Salford Tories, the gift that keeps on giving
July 11, 2014 – 2:11 pm | No Comment | by:
Salford Tories, the gift that keeps on giving

We reported in May the bizarre tale of Salford Tories’ attack on the Working Class Movement Library, the amazing collection which they are lucky enough to have on their patch.  News – and indeed incredulity …