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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.
Some level of justice was finally delivered last week to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster; victims that included those who lost their lives at a football match 27 years ago and those who still …
These questions are aimed at getting to the heart of the corruption of FC United’s founding principles. Most of them have been legitimately asked of FC United Board members in recent months on the club’s official forum set up for that very purpose. However, most Board members refuse to answer…
To bring the issues forward for more discussion in the lead up to the general meeting on April 24th, The Pamphlet was created and distributed at Saturday’s game by a concerned group of people, including four of the original FC United of Manchester steering group plus writers from the fan publications Under the Boardwalk (the original FCUM fanzine) and A Fine Lung.
When it comes to Walsh’s stepping down, I’m left feeling a bit like when someone’s leaving card comes round at work and you’re not sure what to write as you used to think they were sound but recently you suspect that they might be the one nicking your milk from the fridge and there was that time when they were a right dick at the Christmas party.
An FC United statement has been released today saying:
“Around the time of November’s AGM personnel connected to the Board and staff of FC United of Manchester inadvertently and without intent caused the mistaken impression …
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.
Following the news that FC United bosses want to investigate their own fans for criticising the club’s hierarchy, several big names are now also considering action against football supporters.
“There is a fundamental deficit in democracy, transparency and accountability between the club and its members…”
FC United’s intention is to provide United fans with the community they’ve always enjoyed, but one untainted by the commercialism and authoritarianism we currently suffer… (Red Issue, February 2005)
The general way this farce was left to fester and then handled by the board and general manager is, in my opinion, embarrassing, furthering the splits and divides already prevalent after our “Summer of discontent”.
If the 50p on the Benfica programme was the key to Pandora’s Box, then the board or general manager certainly didn’t take heed as the lid was about to be blown right off.
That month leading up to the AGM was among the worst four weeks supporting FC, when a fair portion of co-owners were made to feel like the enemy from within.
In the first of a three or four-parter (depends when we can be arsed) we are publishing a very long letter written by long-serving red Stu from the Bay, which was sent to FC United’s rulers. It was written in a genuine attempt to list all the things SFTB (and many others) believe the club have got wrong over the years, leading up to the discourse of the past nine months or so. It was done in the hope that the general manager and his board would give their collective heads a shake…
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 …
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…
From the ever excellent Two Hundred Per Cent:
Recently, the redoubtable website A Fine Lung posted a lengthy article about the ongoing situation at FC United of Manchester which may have come as something of a …
Many are realising FC United is not all it’s cracked up to be. But what can be done about it?
Since ball 56 was matched with ball 12, fans have been deliberating the move. Everything from attending as normal to a full boycott has been suggested. The only protest that has been backed en masse is boycotting the first 45minutes.
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.