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MCYC 29/07/16: The Oddiesey
July 24, 2016 – 8:03 pm | No Comment
MCYC 29/07/16: The Oddiesey

In Homer’s epic ‘The Odyssey’, it takes enemy of Poseidon and all round faffer Odysseus ten years to make it home after the fall of Troy. While it’s not taken the Oddies quite that long …

Common Sense
July 12, 2016 – 7:17 am | One Comment
Common Sense

“Common sense will tell us, that the power which hath endeavoured to subdue us, is of all others, the most improper to defend us” Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776.
There’s been a deflating familiarity to the …

Banning of FC United founder was ‘flawed’ and ‘unfair’
June 15, 2016 – 4:20 pm | No Comment
Banning of FC United founder was ‘flawed’ and ‘unfair’

FC United bosses were wrong to ban the club’s founder and owe him an apology, according to an independent report into the blocking of his membership.

Mind the gap
May 28, 2016 – 4:21 pm | No Comment
Mind the gap

I sensed that some of those in attendance were possibly beginning to appreciate the extent of the damage wrought by the chumocracy that has been allowed to develop as an assortment of chancers, bluffers and worming careerists have brought the club to its knees; an affront to the decent egalitarian and democratic principles on which FC United was founded.

A home without a family is just a house
April 5, 2016 – 12:36 pm | One Comment
A home without a family is just a house

Sadly it now seems more and more likely to me that rather than serving as an inspiration for football fans who are fed up of feeling powerless in the corporate world of modern football, the legacy of this Mancunian adventure will be one of deeply disappointing yet wistfully avoidable failure.

FC United of Manchester: how the togetherness turned into disharmony
March 31, 2016 – 11:46 am | 2 Comments
FC United of Manchester: how the togetherness turned into disharmony

“There is a fundamental deficit in democracy, transparency and accountability between the club and its members…”

Under fire FC United boss to quit after fan unrest
March 23, 2016 – 11:04 am | No Comment
Under fire FC United boss to quit after fan unrest

Amidst growing supporter unrest, FC United’s chief executive has announced he will be leaving the club after this season.
Andy Walsh, who has led the club since its inception in 2005, has come under fire from …

Bath-time at FC United…
March 18, 2016 – 8:30 am | 2 Comments
Bath-time at FC United…

Jonathan Allsopp on the latest shameful episode at FC United, as the general manager and some board members plan to investigate the club’s owners (aka fans) for criticising the club…

Quo Vadis FC?
December 24, 2015 – 3:53 pm | One Comment
Quo Vadis FC?

Many are realising FC United is not all it’s cracked up to be. But what can be done about it?

Testing times for FC United
November 6, 2015 – 8:46 pm | No Comment
Testing times for FC United

As FC United have shot up the league pyramid over the last decade, and with the prospect of league football tantalisingly close, fans and even the odd board member, have become increasingly concerned about the direction in which the club is heading.

Poppies and football. What is that all about?
October 26, 2015 – 1:10 pm | No Comment
Poppies and football. What is that all about?

It’s that time of year again when football clubs across the country emblazon the red poppy on shirts, websites and merchandise, keen to be seen standing “shoulder to shoulder with those who serve”. But meanwhile turning a blind eye, with a few honourable exceptions, to local communities being hammered by cuts to spending on health, education and welfare. It’s “too political” apparently.

Imagination fires the revolution
October 6, 2015 – 12:25 am | No Comment
Imagination fires the revolution

If you’re not fortunate enough to live in Manchester you might well assume, from the media coverage, that all that’s going on here this week is a bunch of tories with an undemocratic mandate making …

Tories not welcome in Manchester – a week of events in protest
September 26, 2015 – 9:01 pm | No Comment
Tories not welcome in Manchester – a week of events in protest

Manchester is proud to host a week-long protest against the Conservative Party and their policies of division and deliberate degradation of the poorest in our society. Let them know they aren’t welcome and spread the …

Any Ipswich Way You Can
September 22, 2015 – 5:58 pm | No Comment
Any Ipswich Way You Can

Oh how we bounced around the living room of our council maisonette and slid on the slippy shiny black vinyl tiles that concealed the failed underfloor heating when Sammy Mc fired United into the F.A. Cup semi-final…

Manchester welcomes refugees
September 9, 2015 – 8:57 pm | One Comment
Manchester welcomes refugees

At FC United’s home game versus Corby Town on the 12th of September, a group of supporters have organised a visual display designed to support and publicise the plight of refugees across the world. A collection will be also be held and free tickets have been given to the charity Manchester Refugee Support Network.

Manchester: We are all immigrants
September 3, 2015 – 10:05 pm | No Comment
Manchester: We are all immigrants

Love is the only anything that means everything. Love always wins. At some time or at some point, in however you choose to keep it, love always wins. You reclaim it if you’ve dropped it, you fight for it if you’ve not got it and you brawl to keep it when you have it because it’s life precious and it’s everything you are.

Ten bob….
July 23, 2015 – 6:08 pm | No Comment
Ten bob….

By Jonathan Allsop
Squirrelled away in various boxes in our flat are, aside from books and music, some of my most treasured possessions. Football programmes. Hundreds of them. David Goldblatt in his excellent book The Game …

Debt, Democracy, Disillusion
July 10, 2015 – 10:29 pm | No Comment
Debt, Democracy, Disillusion

So the bloody lazy Greeks expect us hardworking northern Europeans to pay for their lavish lifestyles? Well let me tell you, a debt is a debt and that has to come first. There’s nothing more …

Have your say at supporters’ summit
July 2, 2015 – 12:41 pm | No Comment
Have your say at supporters’ summit

The Supporters Summit takes place in Manchester (Mercure Hotel, Piccadilly) on Saturday 18th July 2015 (10am-4.45pm), organised by the Football Supporters’ Federation and Supporters Direct.
The free event attracts fans from across the UK who …

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