From Middleton to Rolling Stone and back…
April 16, 2014 – 4:18 pm | One Comment | by:

True to form for Factory Records, after the debut album was done, the label was dropped from the roster of London Records, who had funded it. Wilson was heart-broken. “He thought the deal was for the long haul but London had only signed Factory Too for three years and didn’t want to renew,” said McNevin-Duff.

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CYCM 21/04/14: You Are Now Entering Free Bury by:
April 17, 2014 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

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Harold Bishop on Neighbours. The last Marathon made before it became Snickers. Natural hair on Francis Lee’s head. Ryan Giggs’ legs. All things in life come to an end, some welcome, some not. For some things however, it’s not a case of coming to the end, but just going and doing it all at Moston instead. This Monday, Course You Can Malcolm makes its final ever appearance at Gigg Lane, Bury, Lancashire, and rather than sit around moping about it, we’re celebrating the fact we’re off to Broadhurst Park, Moston, Manchester, and we’re going out with a proper loud bang.

From the moment a mental Japanese rock band called My Way My Love had a collective on-stage fit at the first ever Malcolmses, we’ve striven to be a Red, Mancunian haven in Bury. A place where you could forget your backwards surroundings and be treated to music, poetry, theatre and anything else we’d written down on the back of a fag packet and thought was a good idea.

This Monday will be no different, with music from Richard McNevin-Duff, special gifts, prizes, a whole host of zany shenanigans and a few old faces making a welcome return.  This bank holiday bonanza of a day will play out as follows:

10:30 For the last time, the Oddies lug all the equipment from the Main Stand up to Starkies, then cry tears of relief at never EVER having to do it again

11:30 No tears from Mike Noodle though, because for a start he loves making his veggie pizzas and bringing the veggie hotdogs, and secondly he’s too professional to drip salty tears into the food

11:40 Dave Frilly turns up, but minus the Westwells food as they’re closed. ‘Fraid your stuck with our offerings. You’ll cope

12:00 Taking You Round The Corner- Would I lie to you? Yeah, frequently

12:20 Brewdog beer raffle- Ridic strong beer to be won. Go on, you know you want to

12:30 Some bloke who loves telling painfully bad jokes and wearing the same pair of jeans for weeks on end puts an appearance in

1:00 Factory Records Rarity Rumble- see below

2:00 Richard McNevin Duff acoustic Space Monkeys set- See below

2:45 This Team Is Sheet- Maurice Twomowers is back, and he’s got some important team news for you

3:00 It’s the end! Oh hang on, there’s still half time

3:45 Now it’s the end. At Bury, anyway….

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Now the eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed there was no time listed for the doors opening. That’s because there’s so much going on that we want to encourage everyone to get down as early as possible. If the fact you’ll miss out on all the entertainment isn’t enough, then we’ve got a rather special giveaway to tempt you in with. Richard McNevin-Duff, former lead singer of Space Monkeys, current lead singer of Giant Star and today’s turn, has kindly offered to give away a free Space Monkeys CD to everyone who attends. As you probably know, Space Monkeys were the last band signed to Factory, so this isn’t a gift to pass up on lightly. Now if that wasn’t enough for you, Richard also needs to make space in his shed for a new lawnmower and hedge trimmer, so he’s had a clear out and will be bringing all his clutter with him. For most people, shed clutter would be made up of old toys, magazines, tool boxes, videos of Ironside, nicked road signs and the like, but not Richard. Try a sh*t load of Factory rarities that you’re going to be able to get your hands on, instead. We’ve not decided  yet if we’re going to raffle them off or auction them off, but either way, if you’re a proper barmy Factory head, you can’t afford to miss out on getting your greasy mitts on a bit of Manchester music history.

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As for Richard, we’re just grateful to be getting a second chance at having him play for us. Southerners like to bang on about how all the rain ruined their homes and livelihoods this winter, but did they have Richard booked in to play for them, only for the weather to put paid to it? No, they didn’t, the moaning gets. We’re putting all that behind us now though and looking forward to him getting up and playing for us, and I think you’ll agree, it’s a fitting end to CYCM: The Bury Years. For more on the history of Space Monkeys and Giant Star, you can read this article written for AFL, or buy the mag from Stu From The Bay’s market stall for the full version.

So what else have we got on for you? Well for a start Taking You Round The Corner appears for the last time. We’re desperate to give away the Bayliss and Harding posh smelly set we’ve had since Christmas, so the winner’s going to be forced to take it. Don’t let that stop you playing though, as there will be other gifts on offer (including Red Jon Grinham’s big selection of big football shirts).

We also welcome Maurice Twomowers back to deliver the team news. He’ll be hard at work talking to the players and getting their opinions, so settle yourself in to hear what pearls of wisdom they’ll come out with. It’s been a fair old while since he graced the microphone, so this is not something to be missed, if you’re thinking of being a bit of a plum and leaving early to get a nice seat, or summat. There’s a strong possibility we may also have someone coming along to tell a couple of jokes. Can’t go into too much detail at this stage, but it’s not the first time he’s done this at CYCM. Please don’t take this as a guarantee he’s going to make you laugh, though.

So that, right there, is the last ever Course You Can Malcolm at Bury. Will we return at Moston? You can bet your flipping bottom dollar we will. We’re still talking with the club about it, and it won’t be every game in the first season at Moston, but rest assured you haven’t seen the last of our gormless faces just yet. But going back to the present, there’s nothing left but to say thank you. Thank you to Vicks Sinex, thank you to every turn who’s ever performed for us, thank you to Westwells the bakery, thank you to everyone who comes and is yet to come and watch us, thank you to those that have donated time, food and birdhouses, thank you to the barmy fans of teams around the world that have visited us down the years, and above all, thank you to Manchester, without which none of this would have been possible. Our little piece of Manchester at the wrong end of the tramline is on its way home.

From Middleton to Rolling Stone and back…
April 16, 2014 – 4:18 pm | One Comment | by:
From Middleton to Rolling Stone and back…

True to form for Factory Records, after the debut album was done, the label was dropped from the roster of London Records, who had funded it. Wilson was heart-broken. “He thought the deal was for the long haul but London had only signed Factory Too for three years and didn’t want to renew,” said McNevin-Duff.

CYCM 12/04/14: The End is Pie
April 9, 2014 – 8:11 pm | No Comment | by:
CYCM 12/04/14: The End is Pie

Bury’s a fun place, isn’t it? There’s always loads going on. Take this Saturday, for example, where a quick peruse of Bury council’s website will show exactly what I’m on about. Fancy an afternoon roller …

Easy Money (Cheltenham 1992)… part four (the end)
April 5, 2014 – 8:05 am | No Comment | by:
Easy Money (Cheltenham 1992)… part four (the end)

part four of a short story…

Easy Money (Cheltenham 1992)… part three
April 4, 2014 – 8:57 am | No Comment | by:
Easy Money (Cheltenham 1992)… part three

part three of a short story…

Easy Money (Cheltenham 1992)… part two
April 3, 2014 – 8:49 am | No Comment | by:
Easy Money (Cheltenham 1992)… part two

Part two of a short story…

Easy Money (Cheltenham 1992)… part one
April 2, 2014 – 2:47 pm | No Comment | by:
Easy Money (Cheltenham 1992)… part one

Here is the first part of a four-part short story… We will be publishing the story in its entirety over the next four days.

The Old Firm
April 2, 2014 – 2:21 pm | No Comment | by:
The Old Firm

The latest book by Andy Davies, original AFL contributor and FC United founder member, has been released on paperback. ‘City of Gangs’ is about Glasgow and how it earned a reputation as Britain’s Chicago. Here is an excerpt, which featured in AFL issue 11…

CYCM 29/03/14: Bath Night in the Afternoon
March 26, 2014 – 6:19 pm | No Comment | by:
CYCM 29/03/14: Bath Night in the Afternoon

Alright, bathing fans, the moment you’ve been dreaming of for so long has arrived: we’re finally going to talk bath tubs. Now before you start getting carried away wondering “Will there be a mention of …

From Orgreave to Moston, we make our own history
March 26, 2014 – 4:01 pm | No Comment | by:
From Orgreave to Moston, we make our own history

We own a football club, we fell in love, and we’re building a stadium because not only were we taught to dream, we also have an unwavering belief that we can make our own history.

Aziz turns 50
March 21, 2014 – 4:25 pm | No Comment | by:
Aziz turns 50

Aziz who also played for Simply Red and Paul Weller said: “I’ve never really had a birthday party so I thought I’d invite a few mates along.”

The Last of the Real Labour?
March 14, 2014 – 3:01 pm | No Comment | by:
The Last of the Real Labour?

Following the death of the great Tony Benn, The Guardian’s Leo Panitch looks back at the life of a man who represented what Labour should really be about:

 
There are two things you need to know …

Viva Bob Crow
March 14, 2014 – 9:20 am | No Comment | by:
Viva Bob Crow

It reminds me of one of them sardine-packed post-match buses back into town from Old Trafford but without a beered-up “he’s here, he’s there, he’s every-fookin-where, Brian McClair” sing song.

CYCM 15/03/14: Submarine Homesick Reds
March 12, 2014 – 5:29 pm | No Comment | by:
CYCM 15/03/14: Submarine Homesick Reds

Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve always been wary of submarines. Just think about it for a minute: humankind has neither gills nor flippers, yet they enable people to essentially travel and live underwater; an …

Bob Crow – gone too soon
March 11, 2014 – 12:16 pm | No Comment | by:
Bob Crow – gone too soon

Industrial action is the last resort and you don’t take it lightly – but when you start you don’t finish until you have won

Yonners in hilarious, mad, wacky mix up…
March 4, 2014 – 10:36 am | No Comment | by:
Yonners in hilarious, mad, wacky mix up…

It is probably not true, but you never know with the backwards…

Mirror, Mirror on the (newspaper) stall
February 28, 2014 – 11:05 am | No Comment | by:
Mirror, Mirror on the (newspaper) stall

“The aim was to create a sustainable club for the long term. One that was owned and democratically run by its members and that all the communities of Manchester could participate in.”

Important survey on future of FCUM…
February 26, 2014 – 7:39 pm | No Comment | by:
Important survey on future of FCUM…

The feedback from the survey will be invaluable to the club as it develops its activities and plans for the future, especially as it gears up for the move to a new ground and community facility in Moston.

CYCM 01/03/14: Closer Each Day, Hulme and Away
February 25, 2014 – 8:17 pm | No Comment | by:
CYCM 01/03/14: Closer Each Day, Hulme and Away

If there’s one thing in life you can’t argue with, it’s facts. Well actually you can try, but you’ll never win. Facts, by their very nature are indisputable. They don’t deal in ‘maybes’ or ‘possiblys’ …

CYCM 22/02/14: Head-sticking it to The Man
February 18, 2014 – 11:27 pm | No Comment | by:
CYCM 22/02/14: Head-sticking it to The Man

Breadsticks are ace. I mean, really, really, life affirmingly ace. Firstly, they’re a tasty snack that can elevate a buffet from a soggy quiche horror show to a bread-based tour-de-force. Secondly (and more importantly), they …

Waste of a good walk…
February 17, 2014 – 12:37 pm | No Comment | by:
Waste of a good walk…

I went to a meeting just before Christmas in a church community centre in Beswick. A local group are setting up a cooperative to transform a piece of waste ground into a community garden.