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AFLM:SPG 8 – Leaving earth’s confines with Lucifer, identity-stealing capitalists and Paul McGrath

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Barring disasters A Fine Lung Manchester: Spirit, Patience, Gentleness issue eight will be available to purchase from Saturday (April 7). It will be sold at FC United matches until the end of the season and can be purchased from Cornerhouse, Manchester city centre and the Working Class Movement Library on The Crescent, Salford.

It carries an interview with Wu Lyf, who went from performing at FC United’s Course You Can Malcolm pre-match cultural event to appearing on the Letterman show in America. Singer Ellery and most of his bandmates are reds (there is the token blue in there for comedy value) and he reveals that FC inspired the co-operative values the band is based on and much more.

Yuri Gagarin wrote to the people of Manchester to thank them for their support after he became the first man in space. The Russian foundry worker proved that working people can achieve anything when he made history all those years ago. He found comradeship in Mancunian factory workers and we have the letter he wrote.

McDonalds stole a man’s identity and put him on billboards across the country during Euro 96. Eric Northey describes the hell that was dodging the paps while unwittingly advertising baps.

Legendary Manchester music chronicler Mick Middles delivers his latest Punk Diaries, which include run-ins with The Fall and Buzzcocks.

Our north African correspondent puts a few questions to Alia Elrayany, an activist and independent journalist who has been right at the heart of the protests in Egypt. In a fascinating interview she talks about what happens next in her country and answers questions about the role football fans played in the protest.

There is much opinion about any thoughts those in charge of FC United may have regarding raising beer prices on matchdays. We will leave it to the 40-odd people who contacted AFL to voice their opinion on this matter to have their say and will not add to it here. Buy the magazine and you can judge for yourselves.

Mike Duff chips in with an excerpt from the Ballard of Bobby Doyle. Our lovely in-house proof-reader has sleepless nights at the thought of proofing Mike’s stuff. That is as good a compliment as a writer could ever receive.

There is plenty more from Angry Bear, who may have gone ‘soft’ with his latest venture, music from Midjmo Matt, plenty of politics, beer with Blaine and Scott Taylor’s ode to Paul McGrath.

And, in keeping with FC United’s event highlighting the role women play in football, we have a fitting cover star for us all to admire. In a non-sexist way, obviously.

All this for £2 towards something lovely in FC United’s new home.

Spirit, patience, gentlenessly yours

AFLM:SPG

- Back issues are still available. Click on ‘Buy issues of A Fine Lung’ in the menu bar near the top of the page to find out how to get them.

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