CYCM 20/07/19: Do You Remember The First Time?
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It was when the bus pulled into Leigh and we saw all the familiar faces milling about that we started to feel optimistic. 16 July 2005, a sunny day at the wrong end of the …

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Leigh bus station

Leigh bus station, © David Dixon

It was when the bus pulled into Leigh and we saw all the familiar faces milling about that we started to feel optimistic. 16 July 2005, a sunny day at the wrong end of the 586 route and FC United of Manchester was really happening. We know now how frantically others had been working behind the scenes to make it so, but for those of us who’d been along to the meetings, at first curious and then agog at the audacity of it all, this was the moment it suddenly felt real.

 

 

I can’t remember a worse time

12 May 2005, barely two months earlier, the club that had been slipping away from us for years felt as though it had been wrenched out of our hands. Most reds of our acquaintance were horrified, but we quickly came to realise we were in the minority. That really hit home on cup final day, when the planned protest barely materialised.

But you know that we’ve changed so much since then

Little did we anticipate that, fourteen years on, our pre-match build up would involve elongated email threads about how many bowls of tater ‘ash to order and who’s going to get up to the ground early to build the stage. Fan-owned football, eh?

On Saturday, Clwb Pêl-Droed Bangor 1876 join us in the fan-owned fold as we welcome them to Broadhurst Park for their inaugural match. Formed in response to growing disillusionment with the owners of Bangor City, CPD Bangor 1876’s aim is to ‘restore a sense of pride for football fans and the wider community’. And so say all of us. We wish them well. We can’t promise it will be plain sailing, but we can promise it will never be dull.

So what have we got for you on Saturday?

1.00: Doors open

No Vegan Ronay this week, but we’ll have the usual Westwells loveliness (served by a bloke from Colwyn Bay, no less). Get down early though as we’re expecting it to be busy. To wash down the tater ‘ash and cheese pies we’ll have our usual range of fine Holts’ ales along with a guest beer, Nakota, a hoppy session IPA from Llandudno’s Wild Horse Brewing Co.

Geneviève L. Walsh

Taking time out from touring to MC for us is the wonderful Geneviève L. Walsh. Her brand-new show is about growing up while the world dumbs down, and staying dark while the future looks nauseatingly orange. ‘A Place in the Shade’ tackles stereotypes, celebrates the power of music, searches murky corners of alternative spaces and seeks out love and acceptance in the shadiest places. That reads like a manifesto for the coming season at CYCM to us …

Y-Key Operators

Y-Key OperatorsTaking to the stage at 2.15 we have Y-Key Operators, a five-strong outfit from Failsworth. With a nod to Madchester, they’ll be taking synth-driven indie rock and putting a dance spin on it. They’ve been known to sample Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Great Dictator’. According to one reviewer, their debut album conveys ‘an underlying doubt and questioning of authority and the political system.’ They sound alright to us. Have a look and a listen here:

 

 

 

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/4L9bo9Bxe1fP84rVsHDuRw?si=qbV1-653SzKZNhT2gx6hrw

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/YKeyOperators/

Twitter – @ykeyoperators

You can catch their full set at Jimmy’s in Newton Street in town on 29 November.

 

Just so you know: if you come looking for us in the St. Mary’s Road End, then, well, you’re in the right place, because that’s our permanent gaff. Just head to the turnstiles and make your way about two-thirds down the SMRE. You can’t really miss us as we have a big, dock off stage for a start, plus a flag with a massive caravan drawn on it. And as always: entrance to CYCM is completely freemans, with the usual rules applying: no divviness, nuclear weapons or anyone who isn’t convinced that Norris would do a better job than Boris. Refugees welcome.

CYCM 13/04/2019: Zangwills ‘n’ Thrills But No Bellyaches
April 10, 2019 – 8:41 am | No Comment | by:
CYCM 13/04/2019: Zangwills ‘n’ Thrills But No Bellyaches

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines force of will as ‘the ability to continue trying despite difficulties’, and when you see it carried out in all its proud, straining glory, it’d take the most awkwardest of gets to …

CYCM 30/03/19: Fine Young Decibels
March 28, 2019 – 6:14 pm | No Comment | by:
CYCM 30/03/19: Fine Young Decibels

It seems every man, woman and their dog has an opinion when it comes to youth. Oscar Wilde, for example, displayed his through his commentary on aestheticism in The Picture of Dorian Gray, which saw the …

CYCM 16/03/19: Synth You’ve Been Gone
March 13, 2019 – 2:56 pm | No Comment | by:
CYCM 16/03/19: Synth You’ve Been Gone

It may come as something of a surprise to you all, but we’re no fans of the Daily Express here at CYCM Towers (we say ‘towers’; a dilapidated shed with a faded Percy Thrower poster …

CYCM 02/03/19: Only girls and football break your heart
February 28, 2019 – 2:02 pm | No Comment | by:
CYCM 02/03/19: Only girls and football break your heart

We’ve got some proper culinary treats lined up for you this week. Vegan Ronay is preparing Veg Mex, or vegan tacos, while for the traditionalists among you Stu will be serving up Westwell’s legendary tater …

CYCM 16/02/19: East meets Westwell’s
February 13, 2019 – 6:11 pm | No Comment | by:
CYCM 16/02/19: East meets Westwell’s

First things first, a big thank you to everyone who came along to CYCM last week. We were a bit nervous, to be honest: we know none of you really tiptoed through the Kippax in …

CYCM 09/02/19: Maitland Season Begins in Earnest
February 6, 2019 – 1:57 pm | No Comment | by:
CYCM 09/02/19: Maitland Season Begins in Earnest

Spring: what a time of year to be human. You get to kiss goodbye to the long johns, the melancholy that envelopes you as the sun dips before tea time disappears, and your olfactory nerves …

Munich, Jimmy Murphy and the Suez Crisis
February 6, 2019 – 1:10 am | No Comment | by:
Munich, Jimmy Murphy and the Suez Crisis

On arrival at the ground Murphy thought briefly how quiet the place seemed compared to normal and headed to his office. It was only when there that the dreadful news was relayed to him by Alma George, his secretary.

CYCM 26/01/19: Two Beers Resolution
January 22, 2019 – 3:49 pm | No Comment | by:
CYCM 26/01/19: Two Beers Resolution

A new year. A fresh opportunity. The chance to tear it all up and start again. You’re gonna start going to the gym aren’t you? Always fancied a six pack. You’re gonna be more organised …

NEW YEAR’S EVE IS SHITE! – THE STARTLING TRUTH
December 31, 2018 – 11:58 am | 2 Comments | by:
NEW YEAR’S EVE IS SHITE! – THE STARTLING TRUTH

A new survey has revealed shocking evidence that could put an end to the world’s biggest party and make millions of revellers look completely stupid.
Professor Solomon Shellac of Manchester University has finally published the results …

Anthropocene
December 30, 2018 – 10:43 am | No Comment | by:
Anthropocene

The Anthropocene, what is it? Where is it? And can you eat it? These burning questions lay heavy on the minds of the population. In the long tradition of this journal’s love of strange and …

CHRISTMAS IS SHITE – IT’S OFFICIAL
December 24, 2018 – 3:36 pm | No Comment | by:
CHRISTMAS IS SHITE – IT’S OFFICIAL

A new study by a leading Manchester University professor and his team has proved what all Christians feared – that Christmas is shite. Dr. Solomon Shellac of UMIST made the startling discovery after researching all …

CYCM 15-12-18: 1512 Overture
December 12, 2018 – 6:21 pm | No Comment | by:
CYCM 15-12-18: 1512 Overture

Christmas tunes are mostly bobbins aren’t they. Wham, Cliff Richard, Mariah Carey, Shakin’ bloody Stevens, to name but a few, played on a seemingly never ending loop in shops, pubs and on the wireless from …

KYKM 08/12/18: Kris Kringle All The Way
December 4, 2018 – 6:19 pm | No Comment | by:
KYKM 08/12/18: Kris Kringle All The Way

Here’s a fun game for you all: name a person more famous than Father Christmas. Go on, I’ll just nip to the kitchen, make a brew and check if that slightly pongy pack of ham …

On the 12th year of Christmas my non-blue love said to me….
November 20, 2018 – 3:13 pm | No Comment | by:
On the 12th year of Christmas my non-blue love said to me….

Twelve years after the publication of the first, and still to this day, best of all FC United-related books, An Undividable Glow, we recently received this review from a reader:
‘A brilliant book and a must …

CYCM 17/11/18: Red Bed Redemption
November 13, 2018 – 10:12 am | No Comment | by:
CYCM 17/11/18: Red Bed Redemption

Mid-November: awkward time of the year, innit? Caught in a dark, drizzly limbo between Bonfire Night and the oncoming madness of Christmas, it’s tempting to sack it all off, get your Hygge on, and just …

CYCM 13/10/18: The Darlington Buds of Malcs
October 10, 2018 – 4:12 pm | No Comment | by:
CYCM 13/10/18: The Darlington Buds of Malcs

Eggs. Wind. News. Arsenal’s unbeaten record in 2004. All things that are, we think you’ll agree, much better when they are broken. And what with us being a breakaway football club we tend to have …

In seventy seven it was Docherty, in twenty eighteen it’s the SMRE…
September 4, 2018 – 2:39 pm | No Comment | by:
In seventy seven it was Docherty, in twenty eighteen it’s the SMRE…

Unless you’ve been holed up in a darkened room avoiding the Mancunian heat this summer it surely can’t have escaped your notice that changes have been afoot under the St Mary’s Road End terrace as …

Making friends, not millionaires
August 17, 2018 – 7:49 pm | No Comment | by:
Making friends, not millionaires

A piece from a recent edition of FC United of Manchester’s matchday programme on the club’s work in developing participation in sporting and other activities in the local community during 2017-18…
Some supporters may be unaware …

Slow Readers, ace musicians (yes we have used a very similar headline before, so what?)
May 10, 2018 – 12:18 pm | No Comment | by:
Slow Readers, ace musicians (yes we have used a very similar headline before, so what?)

The Slow Readers Club have this week released their third album and are finally getting a bit of ‘attention’ from people other than music fans in Manchester.
Course You Can Malcolm, the club night in the …

CYCM 11/05/18: Revenge is a Dish Best Served Callow
May 7, 2018 – 5:18 pm | No Comment | by:
CYCM 11/05/18: Revenge is a Dish Best Served Callow

CYCM returns to the function room at Broadhurst Park on the evening of Friday 11 May with something old, something new, something borrowed and … something blue.
One of our favourite turns from our Gigg …