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

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

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

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

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

Outside the green door: New bessie mates
February 13, 2014 – 10:53 am | No Comment
Outside the green door: New bessie mates

I can’t trust these fookers anymore. They’ve made us look like gullible clowns so I’ve got a new bessie mate called Margy.

CYCM 08/02/14: Mighty Morphin’ Stafford Rangers
February 4, 2014 – 9:03 pm | No Comment
CYCM 08/02/14: Mighty Morphin’ Stafford Rangers

Saturday afternoon. You’ve had your daily fix of Frasier and Everybody Loves Raymond (what, just me then?), you’ve gone to the effort of making your way to Bury, and now you’re on your way up …

Radio Rebelde – direct from the Sierra Maestra
January 28, 2014 – 8:47 am | No Comment
Radio Rebelde – direct from the Sierra Maestra

In November FCUM Radio’s Swampy and Roy from FCUMTV plus partners Estelle and Gail, joined a trip organised by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign to visit the island and to ‘follow in the revolutionary footsteps of Fidel Castro’ and his comrades.

CYCM 25/01/14: Blowing Down The Starkies
January 20, 2014 – 2:28 pm | No Comment
CYCM 25/01/14: Blowing Down The Starkies

 

As a kid, I was fascinated by those Sea-Monkey creatures you could buy in toy shops; brine shrimp crustaceans that undergo cryptobiosis and come almost instantly to life once you add water. After finding out …

FC2K it
January 19, 2014 – 6:26 pm | One Comment
FC2K it

FC United have launched a campaign to try and get 2,000 fans to each of their final home games at Gigg Lane, Bury.
The club will hopefully be in their new home at Moston next season, so the remaining 11 fixtures could see fans attending their temporary home for the final time.

“They look a bit dodgy, nick ‘em”
January 8, 2014 – 6:05 pm | No Comment
“They look a bit dodgy, nick ‘em”

The new injunctions and the new dispersal orders create a system in which the authorities can prevent anyone from doing more or less anything.

Predictable media target the poor again
January 8, 2014 – 5:42 pm | No Comment
Predictable media target the poor again

Where are the shows about the wealthy tax-dodgers who deprive the Exchequer of £25bn each year, even as millions have to both pay their taxes and be pounded by austerity?

batten down the hatches
January 5, 2014 – 8:41 pm | One Comment
batten down the hatches