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

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

Edward Bulwer-Lytton probably thought of himself as a right old smarty pants, and not just because of the double-barrelled surname. The novelist, playwright and all round clever clogs first coined the phrase ‘The pen is mightier than the sword’ in 1863, an expression quoted smugly down the years by many a pacifistic wordsmith. No doubt pleased with himself for coming up with such a profound statement, it would have counted for nish if someone had come at Eddie BL with a proper, flesh-obliterating blade, especially if all he had was a half-chewed biro held up feebly in defence. Of course, here at CYCM we dream of a trouble-free world where children can frolic freely in the meadows, and clearly don’t condone such wanton violence. However, we’re not against a bit of aggro when the weaponry is at least on a level playing field. Paintbrush-based aggro to be precise, as this Saturday we’ll be having four brush-wielding artists fighting it out (in a non-violent manner, obv), courtesy of the hugely popular art event, Art Battle Manchester.

Cardinal Richelieu

Not content with just one act for the day though, we’re mixing things up like Jackson Pollock scrambled colours, by combining the afore-mentioned paint-off with live music courtesy of indie band Stillia, and guest speakers talking to us about all things St. Pauli.

Hopefully that’s enough for you to have painted a mental image of the day and get you interested, but if all you can picture are little stick figures standing around doing nothing, read on to get a rich, natural, Pre-Raphaelite-esque image fixed squarely in your head…..

11:00 The Oddies arrive, ready to fill the blank canvas that is Broadhurst Park’s function room

11:30 The first touches are applied as the flags and banners go up, with bold reds juxtaposed next to stark whites and jet blacks

12:00 Doors open, and creative juices flow as our muse; you, dear reader (honest), arrives

12:45 St. Pauli talk – Our Sankt Pauli supporting guests discuss all things Boys in Brown related (not to be confused with Mrs. Brown’s Boys. Which is a completely different, and much worse, thing)

1:20 Art Battle – Four artists, four paintings, one winner

2:20 Stillia – Johnny Vegas’ fave band

3:00 The finishing touches are applied and the work of art that is a Saturday at Broadhurst Park is complete. Will it be a bit Edvard Munch or more Leonid Afremov? Well, hopefully the latter….

Art Fisticuffs

If you’re not familiar with Art Battle, then as you’ll find out, the premise is quite frankly, ace. It’s essentially live competitive painting, with ten artists painting while crowds of up to four hundred people circulate the action, watching as the paintings evolve over thirty minutes. The crowd then vote on the best painting, with the victorious winner taking the spoils. It’s energetic, it’s raucous, and to be honest, it’s a privilege to have them put on a special, FC-related version for us this Saturday. Obviously we can’t fit ten artists and a crowd of four hundred in (just look at how attempts to put a general meeting on last April turned out), so we’ll be having four artists instead. The winning painting will then be put up for auction, with half the proceeds going to the winning artist and the other half going to the Development Fund. The winning painting will then go up permanently in the ground, with the names of the winning artist and the winner of the auction proudly listed next to it.

Art Battle

Art Battle organiser John has this to say about the four artists in question:

Tony Husband Cartoonist. Tony is a high profile cartoonist with his work being featured in many publications from Private Eye to Playboy to The Times. He also did a regular slot in Red Issue towards the end of its existence. He has also illustrated a couple of emotional books about his dad having dementia and his son having drug addiction. Here’s some more info

Nathan Sassen Street Artist – Nathan is one of Manchester’s most active underground street artists

Lee Hartley Painter/Street Artist – Lee is from Withington and won Art Battle Mcr 9 recently at Gorilla

Beany Simner Tattooist – Beany is an incredible tattooist from North Manchester. She is great on canvas and on skin!

To keep you ticking over until Saturday, and if you want more information on Art Battle Manchester, including details of the upcoming Art Battle X due to take place under the Mancunian Way, have a shufty here

St. Helens Class

Now, it’s probably slightly (and for slightly, read ‘very’) unfair of me, but when I think of St. Helens and music, I just can’t get that jingle from the St. Helens Glass advert out of my head. St. Helens Glass (clap, clap) may have the class* when it comes to A rated uPVC, but most definitely not when it comes to music. A commercial ditty that burrows deep into the dark recesses of your mind, and refuses to leave? Nah, that’s just not music, Geoff. Luckily, there’s musically a lot more to the Lancashire/Merseyside town than a pithy TV refrain, and we have living, breathing proof in the form of the rather marvellous Stillia.

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Signed to Manchester label Beautiful Noise, the four piece indie-rock band have been making waves and then some, with Radio 2 DJ Janice Long describing their forthcoming debut album as “the best debut I’ve heard since the La’s”. If you’re not content with just taking Janice’s word though, bear in mind the video for their latest single ‘Let Me In’ has been directed by St. Helens’ most famous son, Johnny Vegas, who describes the lads as “the hardest working band in St. Helens”. And we’re not going to argue with Johnny. Are you?

To hear the song and see the video in question, here it is. Enjoy.

Moston ist Braun-weiß

Anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-homophobic, anti-fascist: Hamburg based St. Pauli are a club of proud values; one which shares a similar ethos with a certain Moston-based outfit. So much so, back in 2010, and as part of their centenary celebrations, they invited FC to join in the party by playing an All Star XI at their Millerntor-Stadion. With the links between the clubs clearly stretching back some way, it’s nice to have a couple of St. Pauli supporters come down and talk for us. Broadhurst Park may be no Reeperbahn (we try), but anyone of a skull and crossbones persuasion are always guaranteed a warm welcome when they come down, with this Saturday being no different.

St. Pauli Mask

And Finally….

We’ve been painfully aware of the difficulties people have trying to hear the turns and that dashingly handsome MC, when they’re stood at the back of the room. Unfortunately, most of the Oddies are pure rhubarb when it comes to sorting anything of a technical nature, and we’ve not been able to do anything about it between us. Fortunately, however, Kitman George is helping us out massively by getting his technical knowhow on the case, so come Saturday the sound should be much, much better, and we’ll all owe George a pint. Cheers George!

So this Saturday: expect art battles, live music, St. Pauli, and if you’re lucky, CYCM Stalwart Stu From The Bay could even be wearing his magic Cosmic Jeans. And if that doesn’t tempt you to come down, frankly, nothing will. For those who give themselves over to temptation though: see you there.

*Oh, and by the way St. Helens Glass, boasting you’ve got class is a fairly classless thing in itself to do, so perhaps you should keep schtum and wait for others to shower you with plaudits if you think you deserve it? I know you’re reading this. Thanks.

Just so you know: CYCM’s new home is in the Main Stand bar. We’ll have two thirds of the room, but if you’ve just read all this and think it sounds bobbins, then one end of the room will be partitioned off so you can enjoy a pint in peace. Once you’re in the ground, entrance to CYCM is free, just head to the Main Stand (through the turnstiles if you come after 1), but try and get there as early as possible (come in through the main entrance and up the stairs if you arrive before the turnstiles open), as we’re anticipating it’s going to get busy. So busy in fact, we’ll have hand stamps allowing you to get in and out as you please. We don’t want you not getting back in if you’ve popped out, as that’d just be cruel. And we don’t want that.

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!’

Mister Mombastic something, something fantastic, someth…oh, ok… nevermind
February 21, 2017 – 8:24 am | No Comment | by:
Mister Mombastic something, something fantastic, someth…oh, ok… nevermind

By Tanya Raven
On 31st March 2017, I will be getting on a plane and heading off for one of the scariest, yet most exciting journeys of my life, to Mombasa in Kenya, to spend 4 …

The OFs – better than quinoa
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.

Klar Könnt Ihr Malcolm Und Dietrich 04/02/17: 1993 -1994: Wing When You’re Sinning
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

Ever since humans evolved to the stage they could feel envy, they’ve looked up at birds with a sickly-green tinge to their faces. Not only can these feathery little chaps strut around on terra firma, …

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

FC United play host to the violet and whites in a friendly match on Saturday 4th February that will also kick-off at 5pm and will aim to raise funds for both clubs with all matchday revenue being shared.

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

If you’ve ever lost a ridiculously daft amount of your life to following a football team, you should know by now that seasons normally fall into three categories:
1. Those that leave a lasting mark on …

CYCM: An electronic love letter to loveliness sent as the last leaf falls…
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.

If there are no spots on a sugar cube, I’ve just put dice in my tea
October 31, 2016 – 11:33 pm | No Comment | by:
If there are no spots on a sugar cube, I’ve just put dice in my tea

After 150 years of sugar farming, this autumn sees the last sugar cane harvest on the Hawaiian island of Maui.   It’s no longer ‘economic’ – American products use cheaper corn syrup now, rather than sugar.  …

Dragging us down…
October 27, 2016 – 7:23 am | No Comment | by:
Dragging us down…

On a day when supporters of Charlton Athletic and Coventry City marched together and briefly stopped their match by chucking hundreds of plastic pigs onto the pitch in protest at despised owners bleeding their clubs dry, it was a pity that some FC United supporters felt unable to show some comradely solidarity with a fellow supporter-owned club in difficulties.