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Spirit, patience, gentleness
August 16, 2017 – 6:20 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.

Light in the wheat fields…
July 22, 2017 – 9:19 am | No Comment
Light in the wheat fields…

“Fuck off you fucking pervs”, the skinny peeing girl screamed at us. “You having a shit?” someone said. Standing up and rearranging her attire, she replied, “No, I’m not fucking having a shit, you fucking pervs, I was fucking pissing”. She was a lovely girl as it turned out, from Blackley. She guided us to the field.

Bevan knows I’m miserable now
July 7, 2017 – 10:01 am | No Comment
Bevan knows I’m miserable now

I still have debts from a decade ago when my wife’s mother had to undergo treatment for cancer in a country that doesn’t have free-to-access health care. My wife spent most of the first two years of our marriage over there nursing her, while my part-time wage, credit cards and personal loans were stretched to pay for treatment.

STP me if you think you’ve heard this one before
July 6, 2017 – 7:30 am | No Comment
STP me if you think you’ve heard this one before

We’d had enough of the relentless “private sector good, public sector bad” market-based twaddle that had infused health policy for more than two decades – it was time to stand up and be counted

TaterhashtagMakeJuly5NHSday…
June 30, 2017 – 7:27 am | No Comment
TaterhashtagMakeJuly5NHSday…

She’ll be 70 next year. The fact that 70 is still considered very young has got to be smashingly symbolic of cradle to the grave-ism if we manage to get a movement going in the next twelve months that culminates in a Manchester party in 2018.

Time to take a chance
June 7, 2017 – 11:30 pm | No Comment
Time to take a chance

Author Selina Todd, who wrote critically acclaimed The People: The Rise and Fall of The Working Class, tells AFL why she’s voting Labour…

Fear, love and hope will rage…
June 7, 2017 – 8:32 pm | No Comment
Fear, love and hope will rage…

For the first time since the first time, I will be voting for a manifesto I actually believe in. Since Jeremy Corbyn won the first leadership election, he has galvanised many on the left. And he has done it with basic social democratic ideas and policies that aren’t even ‘radical’ in the grander scheme of things.

Making America Grate Again (lessons to be learned)
June 7, 2017 – 12:48 pm | No Comment
Making America Grate Again (lessons to be learned)

It was now, with alarming ease, that people who’d never before mentioned race to us felt comfortable in the company of relative outsiders to spout their new-found, or more likely long-held but until now supressed views about the perceived danger they faced from Islam and the burden of paying the medical bills of lazy, unemployed African Americans and Latinos. Far from being the joke figure he was to us, Trump was being openly celebrated by many I met in Atlanta as a leader who would deal with these “problems”. These sorts of conversations were not difficult to get into on that visit. Foreign policy never came up though.

Thursday Night Fever
June 6, 2017 – 8:05 pm | No Comment
Thursday Night Fever

Sometimes I have imaginary arguments while walking to work in which I come up with amazing ripostes to win the argument in no uncertain terms. Occasionally this is muttered out loud instead of inside my head and I get caught unawares by someone silently overtaking me, and I have to hope they think I’m using one of those bluetooth earpieces, so rather than being a lunatic I’m just a twat.

Thick as mince
June 6, 2017 – 7:29 am | No Comment
Thick as mince

I’ve been genuinely excited by Labour’s general election campaign but, at the same time, as that Tory lead in the polls narrows I’m trying to resist the temptation to go full on 1992 “we’re gonna win the league” about it all. That’d be daft because you just know that by 10.01pm on Thursday night we could very well all be sad faced emoji again.

Corbyeaux, he’s dancing round the tories…
June 3, 2017 – 11:30 am | No Comment
Corbyeaux, he’s dancing round the tories…

We fought and were fighting. We were going to take the hardships for future generations and present to them our victories, no longer going unnamed, as a gift for them to keep unwrapping until their children came along and they carried on the unfurling.

Manchester: We are all immigrants
May 27, 2017 – 8:59 am | No Comment
Manchester: We are all immigrants

“Isn’t that nice…that of all the places in the world they could go…they choose us?” As she carried on looking at the pavement as she pottered along I said “It is Mam … it really is.” And I cried at the beauty of such simple goodness.

And John Terry cried…
May 22, 2017 – 7:23 am | No Comment
And John Terry cried…

“STAND HERE YOU BASTARD….STAND HERE YOU MARD BASTARD…YOU WANNA KNOW WHERE TEARDROPS FALL….HERE IS WHERE THEY FALL.”

Watch this space…monkey…
April 6, 2017 – 12:57 pm | No Comment
Watch this space…monkey…

Ahead of their Manchester Band On The Wall gig on Saturday night (April 8), website Even The Stars caught up with Space Monkeys singer, AFL friend and regular FCUM attender Richard McNevin-Duff, for a chat about them reforming, the reaction they’ve received and their plans for a new album…

Mikey Boy and the Time to Talk
February 23, 2017 – 9:19 am | No Comment
Mikey Boy and the Time to Talk

As I sat parked up, I had flash backs to when I entered his house in the days after his death. His closest friends, inseparable from childhood, were unable to re-enter after they had been the ones to find him upstairs. Unable to believe he was dead, his best friend had attempted to hold him, screaming at him to ‘wake up’. On the wall opposite, he had written in black marker pen ‘I’M SORRY!’

The OFs – better than quinoa
February 21, 2017 – 8:19 am | No Comment
The OFs – better than quinoa

The ‘baddies’ have gone and we can finally sing the chorus of Dirty Old Town and truly mean it, can’t we? Answering those questions won’t be easy, I suspect – digging in the grave of the conniving past, it seems this is all far from over and every month, the inquisitive inspecting shovel clangs onto and exhumes another devious relic buried deeper than the one before it.

We’ll carry on through it all…
February 6, 2017 – 8:35 am | No Comment
We’ll carry on through it all…

People being brought together through a shared love. Love of a football club, of Manchester, of music, of the NHS and of our fellow human beings regardless of which side of arbitrary borders they are born on.

Klar Könnt Ihr Malcolm Und Dietrich 04/02/17: 1993 -1994: Wing When You’re Sinning
February 1, 2017 – 8:33 pm | No Comment
Klar Könnt Ihr Malcolm Und Dietrich 04/02/17: 1993 -1994: Wing When You’re Sinning

Ever since humans evolved to the stage they could feel envy, they’ve looked up at birds with a sickly-green tinge to their faces. Not only can these feathery little chaps strut around on terra firma, …

Stop Mad Cow disease: FCUM to play SV Austria Salzburg on February 4th
January 30, 2017 – 3:56 pm | One Comment
Stop Mad Cow disease: FCUM to play SV Austria Salzburg on February 4th

FC United play host to the violet and whites in a friendly match on Saturday 4th February that will also kick-off at 5pm and will aim to raise funds for both clubs with all matchday revenue being shared.

CYCM 28/01/17: 1992-1993: The Perch Knocker Offerers
January 24, 2017 – 8:43 pm | No Comment
CYCM 28/01/17: 1992-1993: The Perch Knocker Offerers

If you’ve ever lost a ridiculously daft amount of your life to following a football team, you should know by now that seasons normally fall into three categories:
1. Those that leave a lasting mark on …