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Old May 22nd, 2006, 10:12 AM   #41
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Since when has football been a charity?
So Ill-Informed.

They could have been running for a few causes which FC have taken up this year.

The Bhupol Medical Appeal are the clubs main sponsors, money has been raised for them all season, or it could have been for Jamie Turner, the United fan who was left to die by a bunch of Southampton hooligans last year. Or it could have been for the Alex Appeal, a son of a FC supporter who desparately needed a new wheelchair. Oh and then theres Chris McGuirck, the Salford lad whose been parrallysed from the neck down.

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http://www.chrismcguirk.net/
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Old May 22nd, 2006, 10:16 AM   #42
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Will you stop slagging my team?!
Didnt hear any anti United chants there did you??? Just reminding Fergie that daft comments can come back on you.

He took it in good spirits and shook people's hands. You shouldnt be so easily offended.
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Old May 22nd, 2006, 11:02 AM   #43
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Since when has football been a charity?
Football was never a charity as such, but is was always supposed to be run for the 'good of the game' rather than for excess profit. This is a longstanding principle of the game that has recently been abaondoned in the name of profit.

The original rules of the game included 'rule 34' concerning dividends. Attached is an extract setting out the background to the rule and how clubs subsequently got around it through stockmarket floatations (with the connivance of a supine FA). The way this principle was allowed to be abandoned to enrich the few at the expense of ordinary supporters is one of the great football scandals of recent times.

"The first of these is the stock market flotation of a number of clubs and the circumvention of the Football Association’s Rule 34. As football became popular towards the end of the 19th century the Football Association foresaw the potential conflict between, on the one hand, the desire of the owners of clubs to extract profit and, on the other hand, the wider community’s interest in the club’s sporting and cultural activities (Conn, 1997). To preserve the sporting and cultural dimension of football, the FA introduced Rule 34 which prevented owners from extracting significant profit from the game by restricting the payment of dividends to five per cent (subsequently increased to fifteen per cent in 1981) of the face value of shares and preventing the payment of directors (Conn, 1997, p. 35). This was designed to ensure that clubs were run as ‘clubs’ rather than businesses. The rule remained an important part of the system of corporate governance of football until 1983 when the FA allowed the rule to be circumvented in the stock market flotation of Tottenham Hotspur.

Rule 34 represented a stumbling block to the stock market flotation of clubs because ownership of shares in a company whose dividend payments would be restricted was an unattractive proposition. If the flotation of Tottenham was to be a success, the club needed to find a way to distribute the club’s profits to shareholders without limit. The football club became a subsidiary of a new holding company which was expressly not subject to the FA’s rules, and which was then floated on the Stock Exchange. The effect was to bypass Rule 34: with the football club a subsidiary of the holding company, the profits of the football club could be transferred to the holding company and then paid out in the form of dividends, without limit. Instead of enforcing Rule 34 and preventing this circumvention, the FA allowed its own rules to be violated. After a number of clubs had floated in this way, the FA abandoned Rule 34 altogether (Brown, 2000)."
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Old May 23rd, 2006, 10:22 PM   #44
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FC United are happy to announce that Stuart Rudd has agreed to sign a one year contract with the club. Stuart, 29, comes from Skelmersdale United, who have just been promoted to the Unibond Division One from the Moore & Co Construction Solicitors First Division. He holds the record as their highest ever goalscorer, and scored 47 goals last season.

Margy is delighted to have secured his signature, "Stuart is a goal machine and we’re delighted to have him on board."
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Old May 25th, 2006, 11:25 PM   #45
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From The Oldham Chronical

League Feels Effect of United Front

ALAN Farnworth, vice-chairman of The Moore and Co. Construction Solicitors League, has described as a “godsend” the financial impact FC United have made on local non-league football.

Statistics released by the league demonstrate the pulling power of the team formed by disgruntled Manchester United fans.

Their home league attendances totalled 55,053 at an average of 3,058. That’s superior to Coca-Cola League Two side Bury, whose ground they share.

And the figure of 55,053 is larger than the combined attendance for all 22 first division clubs, which stands at 46,958.

FC United’s impact in the second division is underlined by the fact that all 18 opponents recorded their best home attendance of the season against them.

And in the case of local clubs Chadderton and Oldham Town, they smashed their club records with crowds of 2,352 and 1,767 respectively.

The remaining 18 clubs had total attendances for the season of 59,571. But take away the FC United factor, which accounted for 38,435 spectators, and only 21,136 fans watched non-FC United games in division two.

Mr Farnworth said: “I thought FC United should not have been elected to the league because they failed to meet various rules.

“They came in on a late ticket with no ground and manager, but clubs voted them in.

“But they have conducted themselves well, have been a welcome addition to the league and a financial godsend to clubs in division two.”

Mr Farnworth said the only problem had been for clubs to find grounds capable of hosting fixtures.

For example, over 4,000 spectators went to the Blackpool Mechanics game which was switched to Bloomfield Road.

He said: “I have heard people grumble that it is unfair as they have so much money, but that is part and parcel of football. Look at Chelsea in the Premiership.

“And it was not the walk-over many thought it would be as they only won the league by seven points.”
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Old May 27th, 2006, 03:23 PM   #46
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Reserve Team Refused

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FC United officials attended a meeting of the Mid Cheshire Football league last night, where a vote was taken amongst member clubs on acceptance of applicant teams for the league next season. 5 teams were up for election(Congleton Reserves, Fearnhead, FC United Reserves, Stalybridge Reserves and Tarporley Victoria) for 4 places in the Second Division.

The member clubs voted to accept Congleton Reserves, Fearnhead, Stalybridge Reserves and Tarporley Victoria; while we are naturally disappointed not to have been accepted, we will still run a reserve team next season and a decision will be taken in the next couple of days as to which league we will now apply to.
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Old May 27th, 2006, 06:34 PM   #47
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To The Faithful, Departed


The ridiculously named FC United of Manchester is officially one year old on July 5th. This time last year, discussions were well underway to form the club in the wake of the Glazer take-over. It has been more successful than anybody could have imagined, winning promotion at the first attempt and attracting crowds of over 4,000. While the reaction to FCUM has been mixed amongst fellow United fans, the North West Counties club's aims and ethos are to be lauded.

The club was formed by a steering committee of just a few fans. But the following built quickly, spreading to those not only those sickened by what had happened to Manchester United, but fans disaffected by the commercialisation of top flight football in general. Indeed, in terms of following they are already the 88th biggest club in the land and growing rapidly.

The attraction is simple - everything that the Premiership no longer represents; standing, camaraderie, sport for the sake of sport and certainly not big business. This ethos was reflected in the club's constitution from the start - FCUM is a fan owned democracy that takes no shirt sponsorship and offers reasonable tickets prices.

Yet some United fans are antagonistic towards their newly crated cousin. Anti-FCUM banners have been seen at MUFC matches, with many Reds seeing the side's fans as 'splitters' or 'traitors.' But that attitude misses the point. Even though FCUM is a new club, which this reporter is yet to attend, their supporters still consider themselves to be Manchester United fans who refuse to go to Old Trafford while it is in the hands of the Glazers. It's a sentiment that many Old Trafford regulars fully understand.

Yet, the trend for fan owned democracies is growing rapidly, as a counter-balance to the multi-billion pound contracts in the Premiership. FCUM followed AFC Wimbledon down the path of mass ownership, the South London side's fans having seen their club stolen by greedy businessmen then transplanted to Milton Keynes. Bournemouth, Lincoln, Chesterfield, Exeter, York, Brentford, Telford and Stockport all now apply the same model. Abroad Real Madrid and new European champions Barcelona are democracies too, proving that it's a model that can work at all levels.

Why does it work? Because the fans, who fund the club, have a real say in the running of the club. Yes, there are different levels of commercialisation, with Real Madrid all about the mighty dollar at the other end of the scale from FCUM, but the same principle is at the heart of each club.

Barcelona on the other hand has always refused to take shirt sponsorship, despite doubling their revenues in the four years that Joan Laporta has been president. They may well change that policy but not the club's democratic ethos. Ticket prices at many of these clubs are also extremely reasonable, with television rights effectively subsidising entry to the stadium. Run by the fans, for the fans.

Not that fans can expect to have a say in running Manchester United soon, even if the Glazers' business model fails. It may be a pipe dream, despite the excellent efforts of MUST to generate enough cash to bid for the club one day. If the Glazers fail to pay back the debt by the earmarked dates, the club will be asset striped by the banks, leaving just the Manchester United name and little else. In that scenario, of catastrophic failure, the fans could come to own the club name but none of the bricks, mortar or players.

Meanwhile, FCUM will begin next season in the North West Counties Division One, nine rungs on the football ladder below MUFC. They now have the right to enter the FA Trophy, and with restructuring of the football pyramid ongoing, the club could find themselves in the professional leagues earlier than predicted. Interestingly, entry into the FA Cup will be possible in 2007/8 so a meeting between the two sides might come sooner than anybody expects.

It seems likely that FCUM will continue to grow, while the club's big brother across town is haemorrhaging fans who can no longer afford the sharply rising ticket prices. Indeed, the FCUM phenomenon ought to worry the suits at Old Trafford; they failed to sell all 4,000 new season tickets on offer for next season, ironically around the same number of people who are regularly attending FCUM matches.

It is to be hoped that one day both clubs and fans can be re-United, when Glazer and his cronies have left. Until that day most FC United fans still consider themselves to be a branch of MUFC. Here's to the faithful, temporarily departed.
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The ridiculously named FC United of Manchester is officially ... Here's to the faithful, temporarily departed.
Interesting article. Where's it from? I haven't heard about the 4,000 unsold season tickets at OT. If true, that must really have some alarm bells ringing in Tampa Bay.
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The stuff about the season tickets is aload of cock and balls. I know people who applied for Season tickets and didnt get them. Lucky I got one.
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From The Official Site

Manager Karl Marginson is looking forward to getting some fresh local talent into the club when trials for the new Reserve and Youth Teams take place at the end of June, particular because it means the club is keeping its promise.

Margy knows that the two extra teams will see our fledgling club go from strength to strength, but he is particular pleased that FC United are setting about achieving point five of its constitution.

He said: “The trials are the best way of offering local lads the opportunity to get involved. Over the past year we’ve had to concentrate on the first team due to how quickly the club was formed, but now we can get the Reserve and Youth Teams up and running, showing that we’ve been true to our word.”

Tony Cullen will be taking charge of some of the new recruits as Reserve Team manager but all the management team will be present at the trials. Margy said: “Tony will be there along with Phil (Power), Darren (Lyons) and me and they’ll all have their say, but ultimately it will be my decision which lads we take on.”

And Margy explained that the influx of new players would not necessarily mean any familiar faces leaving the club. He said: “Everyone’s going to be back for pre-season training and everyone who’s playing well will get a shirt. It’s as simple as that, there’s no preconceptions.”

Margy also confirmed that a Youth Team manager will be appointed very soon.

The trials will take place on the weekend of June 24th and 25th at a location in South Manchester: Saturday June 24th will see trials for the youth team and Sunday June 25th will be for the reserve team.

Due to geographical and travel issues, all players must live within the Greater Manchester and surrounding areas. The Youth Team trials are for players aged between 16-18 (as of 1st August 2006), and the Reserve Team trials are for players aged between 19-23 (as of 1st August 2006).

We expect to be over-subscribed for this event and not every applicant will get a chance to try out. If you wish to apply, please enter your details by clicking on http://fc-utd.co.uk/trials and we will contact you in due course.

The deadline for all applications is Friday 2nd June.
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From Prestwich Advertiser

Reidy Chases shadows again - but this time it's for charity

FC United 11
All Stars 7



Peter Reid, half of Coronation Street and what looked like wrestler Giant Haystacks in goal for FC United, all put on a show in aid of injured rugby player Chris McGuirk, writes Tony Howard.

FC Played an 'All Star' team lead by 'Reidy' and featuring some household names from the soap worldin a charity game to raise money to build a house for Chris, who suffered a broken neck during a game at Salford's De La Salle club last year.

This time 20 years ago Peter Reid was chasing a lost cause called Diego Maradona, who beat him three times to score one of the greatest ever goals for Argentina as they sent England crashing out of the 1986 World Cup.

This weekend he was playing for a good cause and chasing shadows round a field in Salford with much the same result.

United's assistant manager Phil Power took it seriously on his local stomping ground and quickly banged in a hat-trick.

Poor Reidy and 'celebrity' mates including Coronation Street stars Andy Whyment (Kirk), Alan Halsall (Tyrone), Richard Fleeshman (Craig Harris), Sam Robertson (Adam Baldwin), DJ Mike Sweeney and Rhodri Giggs - brother of United winger Ryan - struggled to keep up.

But after an impromptu auction at half time four FC fans won the right to get a run out in the scond half and that's when Giant Haystacks entered proceedings.

The mysterious figure known as 'Zeus' filled the goal but couldn't prevent the All Stars getting back into the game.

A couple of cracking goals from the Adam Baldwin actor left the final score at a respectable 11-7

Afterwards FC boss Margy said "Its been a great day. It was a bit of a farce in the first half but we evened it up with the fans getting a game."
"The celebs did alright. I was quite impressed with Mike Baldwin's lad - he scored a nice chip."
"Seriously though, we were happy to help out with a good cause."

When Reidy caught his breath he added "FC United are great for getting involved and their supporters are fantastic - they never stopped singing.
"The team play to a very high standard and 20 years ago I might have been able to get near them but today I couldn't!"

Before Haystacks took to the sticks FC played James Hazledyne in goal.

The north east based shot-stopper could feature in the squad next season alongside two new additions from Skelmersdale - Stuart Rudd and Tony Hallam.
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Red Rebels target next season boom

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FOOTBALL may stop over the summer at most clubs, but not at FC United of Manchester.

The North West Counties Division Two champions have just come back from their debut European' game in Germany and already have one eye on next season.

The Red Rebels drew 4-4 against fellow fans club, Leipzig, earlier this month in a match that was a welcome respite from the rigours of a long, but equally successful season.
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"The trip to Germany was good for team spirit and helped the lads to bond, away from the pressures of the league," said United assistant manager Phil Power.

"We have a little break now before pre-season training starts at the beginning of June, but the lads are already itching to get going again next season."

And, Power admits that he is looking forward to helping to build a side that can challenge for honours once again.

"We have identified the areas we need to strengthen for next season, and we are looking to bring in some good players," said the 39-year-old former Macclesfield Town striker. We are looking for a centre-half and a couple of strikers. We don't want to name names before we have signed anyone, but the players we have ear-marked are genuine quality."

United have also put into place plans for a reserve and youth team next season. Potential players have been invited to apply through the club's website, and Power is excited about the potential of the club's new set-up.

"There are always players that slip through the net of the bigger clubs, and it would be great if we could find one or two of them and bring them through," he said.
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From the Warrington Guardian

CANTILEVER Park will welcome FC United and their travelling army for Warrington Town's first home pre-season friendly.
The North West Counties League Division One club, which was set up last year by disenchanted Manchester United fans and attracted a gate in excess of 6,000 for their final home match of the season, travel to take on Town on August 2.
By that time Town will have already played five away matches, with a friendly against Greenalls on July 20 the pick.
The Yellows, who will again play in the UniBond First Division next season, have also arranged trips to Heswall on July 15, Congleton on July 22, Ashton Town on July 25 and Mossley on July 29.
After the FC United match, Town travel to Ashton United on August 5 before home friendlies against Prescot Cables on August 8 and Marine on August 12.
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6,000 crowd as Sheff get 'real'

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SHEFFIELD FC are to play the controversial club that describes itself as the real Manchester United - and the clash could attract a bumper 6,000 crowd.

The oldest football club in the world has arranged to play FC United, the Red Devils' breakaway team, at Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield, on July 29.

FC United were formed by disillusioned United fans last summer after the acrimonious takeover of the club by American tycoon Malcolm Glazer.

Many of the club's fans believe that the takeover signalled the end of fan power and tradition in the English game. They decided to effectively go on strike out and start a new club at grassroots level.

They played in the North West Counties League and next year will play in Division One after achieving promotion in their first season.

They'll be bringing a familiar face with them as well in the shape of former Blades defender Robert Nugent.

Sheffield say they hope a crowd of up to 6,000, with a large following from Manchester expected.

That attendance would be larger than the average home attendances of both Rotherham and Chesterfield.

To kick off the pre-season games, Sheffield will take part in a unique "home nations" tournament on July 22 and 23 at their Bright Finance stadium.

The club will play Newi Cefn Druids and Cliftonville, the oldest clubs from Wales and Northern Ireland, plus a select side from the Isle of Man.

Sheffield will also face Hartlepool United on August 2, while Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday have agreed to send sides to the Bright Finance Stadium on July 31 and August 1 respectively.
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FC United’s flying start delights Chadwick

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FC United captain Dave Chadwick admits it's finally starting to sink in' after a monumental inaugural season was capped by the skipper lifting the league championship in April.

"Now we have all had time to reflect, we are all very proud of our achievements," said Chadwick.

"To be so successful in our first season was fantastic and I can't wait for next season to start now.
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"With a couple of new signings, we can do well again."

Most semi-pro footballers might be planning a rest in the summer months, but Chadwick is about to enlist the help of a personal trainer to ensure he is at optimum fitness when the kick-off to the new campaign gets under way.

"One of our new signings Stuart Rudd knows a personal fitness trainer and we are both going down to meet him this week and he is going to give us a programme to follow right up to pre-season," explained Chadwick.

"I didn't have much of a pre-season this year because I was carrying some niggling injuries, so I am hoping to get a good one in this time.

"We have got some exciting pre-season friendlies lined up and I just can't wait to get going again."

Chadwick was also bowled over by the success of the club's post-season friendly with fellow fans club Lokomotiv Leipzig.

"It was brilliant to see 7,500 fans making the trip to Germany and it felt like we were playing in a proper European game with all the flares going off and the foreign chanting," said the central defender.

"It was one of the best experiences of my life and was just reward for all the lads."

Meanwhile, United manager Karl Marginson has added Abbey Hey striker Steve Moore to his squad ahead of next season, and he will join Rudd in the battle for a striking berth next season.

Rudd scored 47 goals for Skelmersdale last season, while Moore bagged 26. The hot-shots will battle it out with fans favourites Rory Patterson and Steve Torpey for a place in the starting line-up.

"Stuart will prove to be a good signing for us," added Chadwick. "He is proven quality."
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Sorry. Couldn't be arsed looking for the Glazer thread.

Glazers look for United finances

MANCHESTER United's owners, the Glazer family, are looking to refinance the club's debt pile, sources in the City confirmed today.

The controversial £790m swoop by the Florida-based Glazers, was financed by more than £500m of borrowings, including £275m of high interest Payment in Kind (PIK) shares with US hedge funds.

As a result of an improved financial position at the club in the form of the new shirt sponsorship deal with insurer AIG, more revenue from the expanded stadium and the new improved TV deal, the Glazers are confident they can get a better deal in the debt market.

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A source told the M.E.N: "They will start with the PIKs, it's at an early stage but they are confident they can do a deal in the light of the improved financial position.

"Another factor to remember is that it is more expensive to borrow money when there is a degree of uncertainty around, as it was when the initial financing was arranged. There is no uncertainty now."

It is estimated that the improved TV deal and shirt sponsorship cash are jointly worth £19m more than the Glazers anticipated.

City giants JP Morgan and NM Rothschild are expected to lead the refinancing.
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From The Official Site

We are delighted to announce that the Non-League Paper (NLP) has awarded FC United ’Club of the Year’ and Rory Patterson ’Player of the Year’ for Step 6 in its annual awards.

The Club of the Year title is a national award for the whole of non-league football so there were a whole host of worthy candidates this year, which makes winning the accolade extra special.

A number of club officials and playing staff were delighted to receive the awards at a brief presentation at Gigg Lane on Wednesday night and were equally thankful to Sammy McIllroy for taking time to come and present them.

Board member Jules Spencer said: "We are made up to receive the NLP’s top award and thank them for honouring us with it, particularly as there are countless of other non-league clubs with a longer history than ours that could lay claim to the title.

“Teams such as Accrington Stanley who returned to the Football League, or clubs such as Tamworth, Northwich Victoria, Nuneaton Borough and Burton Albion who all reached the third round of the FA Cup. Nonetheless the award caps our own amazing season."

Photos of the presentation and more detail from the paper itself will appear here later and will be covered in depth in this weekend’s Non-League Paper.
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Sammy is the Latest FC Fan.....

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SAMMY McIlroy believes FC United can “go all the way’’ to the Football League on the back of their phenomenal crowd-pulling power.

The Manchester United legend, who guided Macclesfield Town out of the non-league pyramid and is now bidding to do the same with Morecambe, says that the rebel club have the support base to become a roaring success.

FC United were recently named as non-league football’s Club of the Year after averaging home gates of over 3,000 in their inaugural season, and McIlroy was on hand to present the award to manager Karl Marginson, who played under him during the glory years at Moss Rose.

Marginson shared the accolades for FC United’s remarkable season with assistants Phil Power and Darren Lyons, also former Silkmen who played under McIlroy.

McIlroy, who cut his managerial teeth by guiding Ashton United out of the North West Counties League – which is FC United’s challenge next season after promotion from the second division – says the new club have a great chance.

“For me working at that level was a great learning curve, because you are still handling players and still have the hassle of sorting things out when someone rings you on a Thursday to tell you they can’t play on Saturday because they have to work a late shift,” said the 51-year-old, who went on to manage Northern Ireland and Stockport County before returning to Conference management with Morecambe last season.

“Managing in non-league presents different challenges. I had a chat with the lads when I presented them with the awards and they told me that they got over 6,000 for the last game of the season, which is unbelievable.

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“That has to be a great advantage, and a fantastic atmosphere for the players, but there is the other side, in that it also gets the opposition players going as well.

“And Karl and the lads will know they have to have players who can handle that kind of atmosphere.

“But when you have support like that, players will want to play for you, and if they can keep bringing in players who are that little bit better as they move up the leagues, they can go all the way.”

Power, who still dons his boots for FC, was a star for McIlroy’s Macclesfield, helping them into the League and then scoring the goal that secured promotion to the old second division in their historic first season in 1998.

And both Lyons, who also still plays, and Marginson, turned out for the Silkmen.

“That is one of the reasons I agreed to present the awards,” says McIlroy. “They are all good lads and played their part in the great success we had at Macc.

“I bumped into them when Macc had a fund-raising game against a World XI in February, and since then I have looked out for their results, and it’s good to see lads like that still in the game.

“To be honest I never really saw them as management types when they were playing for me. Darren was very, very quiet, just did his own thing, while Phil was a character in the dressing room and Karl had a great, dry sense of humour, a bit of a comedian.”

McIlroy himself almost made history last season by taking Morecambe to the Conference play-offs where they narrowly lost out to Hereford. He would have been the first manager to take two different clubs into the League.

FC UNITED have been given a bye in the first round of the League Challenge Cup, but face the toughest test possible in the second round - a trip to FA Vase holders Nantwich Town. The game will take place on November 11.
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Self-respect is the goal for Elsio the striker

From the Oldham Chronical

BEING in England has been a rollercoaster ride for Elsio Pereira Tavares who has gone from being homeless and jobless to representing his adopted country at football.

Inspired by watching English soccer on television, the talented young player decided to try and make in the Premiership.

But the language barrier meant he struggled to find a job. And he became homeless when he could no longer stay at his sister’s house.

Beginning to despair, Elsio (22) and best friend Ricardo Brandao, who travelled with him, discovered a Prince’s Trust course and their luck changed.

At the end, Elsio’s English had improved, he found work with an agency, moved in with a friend and now has a trial lined up with newly-promoted North-West Counties League first division club FC United.

He spotted an advertisement for the Homeless World Cup and course leader Lee Pownall helped him get involved.

Elsio said: “When I came I was not working and it did not feel right. I felt sad. I was always pressed to look for work but with my language it was hard to find a job.

“For three months I was alone. Now things have changed. I have made friendships and found work.

“All my friends know about the trials and they think I’m going to be a star. It’s nice. I can work and I have money to buy something. I feel proud.

“I knew it would be difficult but you must believe and not give it up.”

Elsio, a striker, has already played for a homeless England football team, which easily won a Home Nations tournament in Ireland.

The Portuguese players are so passionate about their adopted country they proudly clutched the three lions badge while singing the national anthem.

After the tournament the Prince’s Trust workers were touched when the players gave them their trophies.

They are now delighted the two footballers have seen their lives transformed.

Lindsey Craig said: “It’s really nice that Elsio and Ricardo managed to get their dream started.”
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FC United are delighted to announce that John Thomason has begun work as FC United’s new Club and Community Development officer; he will be responsible for the implementation of the club’s community strategy and developing our outreach work.

Having previously worked at ‘Barrow AFC Football in the Community Programme’ he has impressive experience of grant fund raising and developing an extensive programme for a range of different communities. John will be meeting with the club, supporters and our local partners over the next few weeks and we will announce initiatives as soon as they are confirmed.
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