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CYCM 11/05/18: Revenge is a Dish Best Served Callow

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CYCM returns to the function room at Broadhurst Park on the evening of Friday 11 May with something old, something new, something borrowed and … something blue.

One of our favourite turns from our Gigg Lane days, Revenge of the Psychotronic Man, got in touch to tell us they’re splitting up. That’s the bad news. The good news is that before they go their separate ways only to all end up in the same retirement home for ageing punks (a.k.a. Buxton), they’re determined to play one last time for FC United. We’re looking forward to welcoming them back, especially as Friday just so happens to be the day their new album is released. They’ll have copies of That Was Just A Noise with them, along with tickets for their last ever gig at Rebellion Bar on 8th December, so remember to bring your spends with you. If for some ridiculous and/or demented reason you’re not coming on Friday though, you can order the LP here.


At the same time, we’ve got something new for you as well: Callow Youth. (The irony’s not lost on us, either…). Four lads from North East Manchester who look that young they might well be on FC’s bench as you’re reading this, their recent recording session was fuelled by jam butties supplied by the drummer’s mam (hence the catchy title of their new single, ‘Into the Sunblest’). To get a flavour of what they’re about, you could do worse than have a ganders at their Facebook page. While Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man will be playing one of their last gigs, this’ll only be Callow Youth’s second, so make sure you get yourselves down to witness the start of something that’s shaping up to be special….Both bands will also have a bit of merch for sale on the evening, so if you like what you see you’ll be able to let the world know where your musical loyalties lie.


And finally, In the blue corner, we’ll have our friend Ameen Hadi, stalwart of Save Our Salford Nurseries, talking about football and anti-racism, amongst other things. A proud socialist and trade union activist, Ameen is right up our street, and no doubt yours too. He’s not to be missed…

As if all this wasn’t enough, we’re working on even more turns, with details to follow via the usual anti-social media channels. As usual, there’ll be a raffle, quiz, Westwell’s tater ‘ash, homemade vegan food lovingly prepared by one of our volunteers, and other devious devices to part you from your hard-earned as we all seek to do our bit to mitigate the May’s-a-devil-of-a-month-for-the-cashflow quandary that the club always faces at this time of year.


Little did we know, thirteen years ago, what was about to befall us when we turned in for the night on May the 11th. This running your own football club business is testing us to our limits right now. But to steal a line from Eric: behind the function room windows at FC United of Manchester, as we gaze out over the twinkling lights of Oldham, there will be an insane love of football, of celebration and of music. Doors open at 7. Get yourselves to that football ground.

Just so you know: if you come looking for us in the SMRE, then you’ll be barking up the wrong terrace-shaped tree. For one night only, we’re back in our old home, better known as the Main Stand bar. Complete with proper seats, actual toilets and even a lift, it isn’t quite as badger’s arse as the St. Mary’s Road End, but it still has its rustic charms. Entrance to CYCM is free; just head to the Main Stand entrance and you’ll be on your way. Usual rules apply: no divviness, nuclear weapons or worrying about Liverpool winning the European Cup. Just stick your fingers in your ears, close your eyes and shout “la, la, la, la, la” really loudly, and everything will be just fine. Refugees welcome.

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