FC United – the journey home
June 8, 2015 – 9:38 am | No Comment | by:

By Jonathan Allsopp
I reckon Odysseus had it relatively easy. Okay it took the Greek ruler and hero of Homer’s Odyssey ten years to return to his Ithaca home following the Trojan war, battling various cannibals, …

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June 10, 2015 – 10:23 pm | No Comment

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This match in terms of football was an irrelevance. It was nice Benfica wanted to play us, it was nice some of their fans turned up (and delivered a decent pyro show), and it was nice their players seemed genuinely charmed by FC. But essentially the whole day was just a mixture of nostalgia over the last 10 years of our lives and the life of this club, and the feeling that everything is falling into place.

There are of course concerns. There is still no place for Course You Can Malcolms in the ground. Nothing ever lasts forever, but I always felt that the event set us apart from a normal matchday and a normal club. Likewise there was the scandalous decision to bump the price of the programme up by 50p for no other reason than profiteering. We have boycotted matches due to similar behaviour from other clubs with regards to ticket prices, so for me it stank of double standards. Yet whilst this left a bitter taste, there was plenty to feel cheerful about.

Before kick-off we carried a massive surfer flag in. The Giddys had been working on the thing for ages and due to its scale it was difficult finding a space to paint it. The sheer weight of it meant you needed several people just to cart it around. And when it was finally unfurled, you realised that however big it was, it covered only a fraction of the home terrace. In other words, we don’t just have a big new ground, where the attention to detail, right down to the shade of red (3020), is incredible, we also have a HUGE free standing terrace. No rail seats, no partly seated section, no crappy camber – just a massive terrace for us all to bounce around in.

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Round the ground, volunteers had hung up some of the older FC flags, some of which I hadn’t seen in a good couple of years. Old friends I used to drink with in a pub in Warrington before the match were working on the tea bar. It was a big trip down memory lane, through almost a third of my life, all in a big stadium that we own.

The Giddys have a nice section down the front, and after just two games it looked amazing, but it was all a bit overwhelming for me. I had to go up in the top left hand corner and share the moment with the friends who have accompanied me along the way, and just soak it all in.

There will be some bedding in still to be done. The bogs are hard to find, the bar was packed (and one inaccessible), the atmosphere was difficult to coordinate and my friends are scattered in a diagonal line from low down near the pitch in the Giddy section to right up in the top. Yet the potential is there and we’re in.

Afterwards, we wandered around to the Miners, and there you saw things slotting into place even more. Here is a left-wing, community driven centre that has been fighting against Moston’s decline for years, and now they’ve even painted it in United colours, and the inside is adorned with FC scarves. They had food, they had beer, they had a band on, and seemingly every single FC fan you’d ever want to have a drink with was there.

Pictures by Russ Hart

Pictures by Russ Hart

For all the foreign grounds you go to where the fans have some cool gaff round the corner from their ground which they organise events in, we now have one too. For all the 50p extra on the programme, cheap football is all we’re offering bores, there are thousands more at FC who refuse to let FC become just another club. All that fight, all the way back to the marches against Glazer, has come together in form of the new ground and the Miners to create something unique in British football, and its utterly brilliant and, above all, its ours.

FC United – the journey home
June 8, 2015 – 9:38 am | No Comment | by:
FC United – the journey home

By Jonathan Allsopp
I reckon Odysseus had it relatively easy. Okay it took the Greek ruler and hero of Homer’s Odyssey ten years to return to his Ithaca home following the Trojan war, battling various cannibals, …

Just another day at the football
May 11, 2015 – 3:44 pm | 2 Comments | by:
Just another day at the football

He agreed to pick me up and take me to an end of season party affair at Bradford City, who had gained promotion and were set to celebrate against Lincoln that afternoon, writes Fletchermoss.

A really shite post-election United metaphor
May 8, 2015 – 10:25 pm | No Comment | by:
A really shite post-election United metaphor

I was half way up the Holte End and heading towards the exit tunnel when a mate grabbed my arm and pulled me back a couple of steps, sending me off balance. “You’re not fucking going” said the lad stopping me from mardy arsing may way into the Birmingham night.

Once a blue…
May 8, 2015 – 9:51 pm | No Comment | by:
Once a blue…

By Jacamo Red
“Alright Sir? Voting Tory on Thursday? Good man! Take some posters and stick them in the staff room Sir!”
“Alright Miss? Voting Tory on Thursday? Why the hell not! Well have a poster anyway!”
That …

Merry Christmas turkeys
May 8, 2015 – 9:40 pm | No Comment | by:
Merry Christmas turkeys

No doubt we’ll get what we voted for – five more years of the same, with a little bit more thrown on top. So let’s just remind ourselves what that’s going to look like.

Election 2015… Arsed?
May 4, 2015 – 3:52 pm | One Comment | by:
Election 2015… Arsed?

by Divinio
 
 
Five years ago, the 2010 general election saw the constituency of Manchester Central yield the lowest voter turnout in the whole country. With such a diverse range of peoples living within its borders, this …

Leave your politics at the turnstiles
April 28, 2015 – 10:09 am | No Comment | by:
Leave your politics at the turnstiles

Football-wise, supporter owned FC United of Manchester continue to lead the way in demonstrating that football has the power to reach out beyond the pitch and change people’s lives whether it’s unemployed youngsters, kids struggling at school, elderly people living on their own or destitute asylum seekers.

You just haven’t earned it yet baby…
March 17, 2015 – 8:39 pm | No Comment | by:
You just haven’t earned it yet baby…

Twenty three years ago I stood on several away terraces and sung “we’re gonna win the league” with Manchester United seemingly poised to win their first league title in a quarter of a century…

The readies under the bed…
February 20, 2015 – 6:54 pm | No Comment | by:
The readies under the bed…

Thanks to everyone who has contributed in any way. To those who have created and sold the publication, bought it at matches and to those who have bought magazines and T-shirts away from FC United via our stockists Cornerhouse, the National Football Museum, Working Class Movement Library and our online stall (home and away with Stu from the Bay).

A hijacked legacy? Tony Wilson at 65
February 20, 2015 – 12:31 pm | No Comment | by:
A hijacked legacy? Tony Wilson at 65

I have an uneasy feeling that Manchester’s success has been somewhat hi-jacked and, it’s almost as if Tony Wilson has been written out of that history…

Moving the goalposts
February 19, 2015 – 3:13 pm | No Comment | by:
Moving the goalposts

From the official FC United website:
FC United fanzine A Fine Lung has contributed £4,300 to the Development Fund raised through sales of the fanzine and associated merchandise. The donation will contribute toward the costs of …

To Hough End in a Handcart
February 15, 2015 – 3:07 pm | No Comment | by:
To Hough End in a Handcart

Welcome to Brokebackadhurst Mountain
Finally the bombshell we’ve all been waiting for, but hoped would never drop, exploded this week with the news that there is to be a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender supporters branch …

Brit Flop
February 15, 2015 – 1:29 pm | No Comment | by:
Brit Flop

Not long now to the Brit Awards. Feb 25th is the date for your diaries. Excited? Noel Gallagher is. He’s getting himself giddy by saying he’d rather drink petrol straight from the nozzle than listen …

Shake Your Friends Maker
February 10, 2015 – 9:16 pm | No Comment | by:
Shake Your Friends Maker

FC may have gained a whole host of  admirers after their exploits on the south coast this weekend, but our new friends from Torquay aren’t  the only ones. At last season’s game against King’s Lynn, …

Love United Hate What?
January 2, 2015 – 12:20 pm | No Comment | by:
Love United Hate What?

Some things to bear in mind before publicly announcing you think politics have no place in football, courtesy of the excellent Llandudno Jet Set:
The parts of the internet that have held my recent attention have …

A Methodist in the Madness
December 5, 2014 – 11:42 pm | No Comment | by:
A Methodist in the Madness

One of FC United of Manchester’s Course You Can Malcolm collective has sent us the following for publication on their behalf:
‘Twenty-two is a number that found its spiritual home at Course You Can Malcolm.
Whereas bingo …

Potteries Climbdown
December 1, 2014 – 10:01 pm | No Comment | by:
Potteries Climbdown

The N40 are in town on Tuesday so there’s bound to be mayhem and carnage. With that in mind, here’s our own hooliologist Angry Bear’s dissing of Staffordshire’s most feared firm, which originally appeared in …

It’s raining goals at Highbury…
November 24, 2014 – 11:02 am | No Comment | by:

At some point towards half time I blacked out and came round to find myself in Arsenal’s first aid room. “What’s the score?” I asked one of the medics. “3-0 to you lot”. “You’re joking”. Unbelievably he wasn’t.

Good news about AFL fundraising
November 16, 2014 – 10:59 pm | One Comment | by:
Good news about AFL fundraising

We are pleased to announce that due to positive dialogue between AFL and FC United’s board, great progress has been made on this and just this past week we have come to an initial, possible agreement on what the money may be spent on.

Seven shades of red
November 11, 2014 – 10:00 pm | No Comment | by:

While passing the line of teenagers like ourselves we couldn’t but help notice that some of them were wearing black bin liners. We stood and stared. “What ya looking at?” “Why the bin liners?” “‘Cause …