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CYCM 26/11/16: Nuneaton Mess
November 22, 2016 – 7:37 pm | One Comment
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
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.

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

CYCM 08/10/16: Triggering Article Nifty
October 4, 2016 – 10:19 pm | No Comment
CYCM 08/10/16: Triggering Article Nifty

If you’ve seen the news this week, you’ll have noticed something a bit odd and disconcerting peering out of your TV screens: sour looking human/goblin hybrids, clad in the greyest of grey suits matched only …

Spirit, patience, gentleness
August 16, 2016 – 7:20 am | One Comment
Spirit, patience, gentleness

‘Spirit, Patience, Gentleness,
All that can adorn and bless
Art thou – let deeds, not words, express
Thine exceeding loveliness.

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.