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The Trophy Cabinet So Far.....

NW Counties Div 2


Supporters Direct Trophy


NW Counties Reserve League


NW Counties Reserve Cup


NW Counties Div 1


NW Counties League Challenge Cup



The Northern Premier

Next season FC United will be playing at Step 4 of the non-league pyramid. Following restructuring of the non-league pyramid at this level The Northern Premier League now consists of 22 teams in the Premier Division and 18 teams in each of the First Divisions North and South. The clubs joining us in the Northern Premier League First Division North will be:

Bamber Bridge, Bradford Park Avenue, Bridlington, Chorley, Clitheroe, Curzon Ashton, Garforth Town, Harrogate RA, Lancaster City, Mossley, Newcastle Blue Star, Ossett Albion, Radcliffe Borough, Rossendale United, Skelmersdale United, Wakefield, Woodley Sports.

When the FA announced the details of the restructuring a number of clubs complained that a 34 game season was too short. To address this perceived shortfall the clubs decided to have an extra eight games; four to be played at home and four to be played away.

To facilitate these additional games each division will be split into two groups of nine clubs:

Group ‘A’ - Bamber Bridge, Chorley, Clitheroe, FC United of Manchester, Lancaster City, Radcliffe Borough, Rossendale United, Skelmersdale United, Woodley Sports.

When the fixtures are announced we will be playing the teams in Group A three times (four at home twice and once away plus four away twice and once at home)

(Further details on the restructruing can be found at www.tonykempster.co.uk)


A New Home Kit


The decision to have a new home kit was taken at the last AGM by all club owners, a contest was opened for designs, then after a selection process, a short list drawn up with the winning design voted for by club owners.

The decision for no shirt sponsor was taken a few AGMs back


The Great Season Ticket Challenge

Supporters may have seen the club has announced season ticket prices for next season and at the same time presented you, our supporters with a challenge.

The club has stated that if a thousand season tickets can be sold before the 16th July, matching last season’s sales, then the price will be frozen for the third season running at £6 per game for adults and just £1 per match for under 18s.

Also, in acknowledging that for some a months notice may prove too short, we have offered adults the option of paying a £50 deposit at first, with the remaining balance paid nearer the start of the season, with all deposits counting towards the ‘challenge’ total.

Full details and how to apply here http://fcumfiles.co.uk/story.php?story_id=1003

FC United General Manager Andy Walsh explains: “At a time of escalating prices throughout football we felt it important to continue to offer our supporters a cheap alternative. At six quid a game and only a pound for under 18s we believe we do that.

“Not only that, but by effectively offering an all-too-rare instalments option with the deposit scheme, we are addressing the common problem of supporters having to find the whole amount of their season ticket at one go.”

He continued: “It has been a frustrating few weeks whilst we awaited confirmation from the League of how many games we would play next season which has caused the delay in this announcement, but it’s all systems go now and everyone at the club can’t wait for the new season, a new league and a new challenge.”


First Team Friendly Fixtures So Far

14/07 - Studley FC Away (Jimmy Davies Memorial Cup)
21/07 - Kidderminster Harriers Away
31/07 - Trafford Away
04/08 - AFC Wimbledon Away


And The Start of The Season

Northern Premier (Unibond) Division One North - season starts on Saturday 18th August 2007.

The Cheshire Building Society Cheshire Association Football League - season starts on Saturday 11th August 2007.

North West Youth Alliance League - season starts on Sunday 19th August 2007

Fixtures will be available early July.
 

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Ah come on the real issue for here is

Where the FC United stadium should be configurated and where it should be placed.

Much talk from the community based club that any new ground should be a prtnership project including (my suggestions) schools, health and fitness centre, NHS walk ins centre, tie in with the Universities.

Some talk I have heard that a future ground would be be initially two stands with space to expand at the remaining side/end if necessary.

Sensible and not so sensible suggestions about the what and where of Stade de FC.
 

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im not a big football follower, partly because its being raped by big business but things like this restore some of my faith in it.
 

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From Official Site

Margy's reaction to FA Trophy draw

FC United of Manchester have been drawn away to Bradford Park Avenue in the Preliminary round of the FA Carlsberg Trophy with the match due to be played on Saturday 6th October 2007.

If United win they will progress to the First Qualifying Round where they will face Sheffield FC at home which is scheduled for Saturday 20th October 2007.

Manager Karl Marginson knows that the West Yorkshire club, who narrowly missed out on promotion to the Unibond Northern Premier Division last season after losing in a play off to Eastwood Town, will present a tricky task.

He said: “It’s a tough one. They’re throwing a lot of money into it this year so they should be a good side. It’s one we’ll look forward to though as always and I imagine, providing we do the business, they will be rivals for the title this season so it’ll be a good insight into where we stand.”

If the Reds are victorious they will enjoy the chance to renew acquaintances with the oldest football club in the world, Sheffield FC, who edged a 1-0 victory over Margy’s men in July 2006 at the Don Valley Stadium during a preseason friendly.
 

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Margy's reaction to FA Cup draw

FC United of Manchester have been drawn away against Trafford or Atherton Laburnum Rovers in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup with the match scheduled to take place on Saturday 1st September 2007.

If the Reds win they will progress to the First Qualifying Round where they will face Fleetwood Town away on Saturday 15th September 2007.

Manager Karl Marginson was pleased to be guaranteed to begin the club’s inaugural FA Cup campaign against a familiar team after competing against and beating both Trafford and Atherton LR last season en route to the North West Counties Division One title.

He said: “We know all about Trafford and LR so we’ll go into that one with plenty of confidence. With the up most respect we should be able to win that, but if we do it’ll be a tough one against Fleetwood as they’re in the division above and they’ve been pushing for promotion for the last couple of years.”

Margy is fully aware that a trip to Fleetwood and the Fylde coast would go down very well with the club’s army of travelling supporters who enjoyed a similar seaside excursion to Blackpool in the first season. He added: “Hopefully we’ll be able to do the business against Trafford or Atherton and everybody will be able to have a good knees up in Fleetwood.”
 

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Great to see FC in the same league at Chorley and Bamber Bridge, means two games near me. Also good to see them playing Lancaster City, will be some much needed funds for that club.
 

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Out of speculation perhaps

Where would people have the FC United ground.It could a major sporting arena, that could also offer some area regeneration as well as being an interesting architectural and engineering work.

It is obviously governed by a number of factors.

1. That FC United is not United Fc and doesnt have a huge amount of money. So I cant see it being build on where Boddingtons was and Granada is for the moment.

2. Even though a 70,000 seater stadium isnt the answer, any new ground will ahve to occupy a serious size piece of land. Where is that in Manchester?

3. It will ahve to be a prtnership with a council, its educatio dept, a university, NHS, etc. So it needs to be in an accessible and community centred space.

4. I would hope (unlike Salford RLFC) it is accessible by public transport and eco friendly.

Any suggestions.
 

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MANCAT and FC United of Manchester Announce Link

FC United of Manchester and MANCAT are to work together in developing local young football talent.

The new partnership will offer the young people of Greater Manchester an opportunity to develop both their footballing and educational abilities.

MANCAT is holding a Football Training Development Day on 9th July from 4.30-7pm to allow Year 11 pupils the opportunity to sample the college’s Sports Academy before the new academic year starts in September.

Those who attend the event will also have the chance to impress FC United scouts, as representatives from the club will be watching the session hoping to catch an early glimpse of the talented young players who plan to join MANCAT’s Sports Academy in September.

The Sports Academy is exclusively open to MANCAT’s sixth form students and provides them with expert football coaching and the opportunity to play in a successful college team whilst studying on a full-time course.

MANCAT’s link with FC United will give its highly talented Sports Academy students the chance of progressing into the FC United’s own youth team.

Any players interested in going to the Football Training Development Day at the Nicholls Community Football Centre of Excellence in Ardwick should call the MANCAT Schools Liaison Team now on 0161 953 2267 for an application form.

In welcoming the partnership FC United’s General Manager Andy Walsh said

‘Both FC United and MANCAT are committed to working across all the communities of Greater Manchester to improve the quality of sports coaching and education. Our coaches will be working with MANCAT staff to develop individual coaching development plans for both coaches and players.’

FC United will continue to compete in the North West Youth Alliance with the MANCAT/FC United team competing in the National Youth Conference Football League.

Plans to develop the relationship further in the longer term include a women’s team and opportunities volunteers to gain qualifications.
 

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Your club?

Have you renewed / applied to become a member of FC United of Manchester? Your club, your rules. Only by being a member can you seek to make those rules. Your membership, your vote, your club.

By being a member you can ensure you have your say in the big things and little things that make this club of ours what it is.

You elect the board, vote on policy, vote on the shirt and whether we change it. Ticket prices are set by you, you vote on whether or not the shirt stays sponsor free. These and other issues are what you as a member has the right to influence the outcome of.

Your vote, your voice.

These votes and the members’ participation in them determine how this club of ours develops. Members recently voted on the introduction of a new shirt. When did you last hear of a club asking the fans to design its new shirt for them? Member Ian Knott not only got to design the shirt but to fly out and see the first one being made.

By being a member you are an equal owner in this club. We will never again suffer seeing our club bought / taken away from us.

The work FC do in the community, People United Day, Youth United Day, and work we do with junior football clubs are projects that we can all be proud of and are made possible by the way the club is structured.

Our junior members, although not having a vote or ownership due to age constraints, have their voice heard through the junior member’s scheme. A board member has been allocated to work with the junior’s so their thoughts and concerns can be more directly heard.

An annual fee of £10 for adults and £3 for juniors is all it takes to have a direct influence on how your club progresses.

This year we have encouraged our members to receive the bulk of their member’s information via email so as to service this membership more efficiently and cost effectively. We hope this will result in freeing up more money to take this club where you want it going in achieving our dreams and aims.

You’re a member? Have you thought of the other members of your family who may not be? Every member has the same influence and voting rights. How about your wife, husband and children? All of them have the right to be members and make a contribution to your clubs future.

It’s easy to become a member and you can do it today using the online application process (see below), by e-mailing [email protected] or by sending a cheque payable to FC United or your debit/credit card details to: Membership, FC United of Manchester, 221 Ducie House, 37 Ducie St, Manchester, M1 2JW.

The online application process is really simple to use. If you haven’t yet registered, do so at http://www.fcapps.co.uk/Default.aspx?tabid=54&ctl=Register. Once registered (or if you’re already registered), login at http://www.fcapps.co.uk/Default.aspx?tabid=54&ctl=login.

There is more about membership here


Junior Membership

FCUM Juniors are about to enter a third season supporting FC United

What have we done so far?

? Set up our own merchandise stall
? Run a very successful fun bingo session
? Question and answer sessions with players
? Been the club’s ball boys/girls
? Raised funds for our group, the club, and charity
? Stewarding at People United Day
? Designed our own logo and flag
? Entertained children from Belarus on match day
? Designed banners for “Kick Racism Out”
? Voted for our player of the season


We’ve also contributed stories on our website
www.fcumjuniors.co.uk where you can find out more about FCUM Juniors!

What happens next?

FC Juniors will be organising and taking part in the following activities for season 2007-2008:

? A tenpin bowling tournament (open to all ages)
? A teddy bears picnic for ages 7 and under.
? Football skills/coaching sessions
? A visit to the players training session
? Question and answer sessions with players and manager
? Fantastic bingo fun day


Every FCUM Junior Member will receive a
membership card and:

? The chance to be club mascot for the day
? The opportunity to write reports on junior events for the match day programme
? Regular FCUM Juniors newsletters
? Be a ball boy/girl on matchdays
? An invite to the Christmas Party

It’s easy to become a member and you can do it today using the online application process (see below), by e-mailing [email protected] or by sending a cheque payable to FC United or your debit/credit card details to: Membership, FC United of Manchester, 221 Ducie House, 37 Ducie St, Manchester, M1 2JW.

The online application process is really simple to use. If you haven’t yet registered, do so at click here. Once registered (or if you’re already registered), login at http://www.fcapps.co.uk/Default.aspx?tabid=54&ctl=login.
 

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Reds clinch Jimmy Davis Memorial Cup

Two first half goals from FC United’s player of the 2006/07 season, Rory Patterson were enough to get the Reds’ pre-season campaign off to a winning 2-1 start against Studley FC and secure the Jimmy Davis Memorial Cup.

The match was played in a competitive but friendly manner as the main purpose of the day was to raise money for the memorial fund which helps young, up and coming footballers.

United had virtually two different teams in the first and second halves as manager Karl Marginson seems keen to give run outs to as many different players as possible before the start of the season.

Former Salford City midfielder Dale Whitehead and ex-Flixton striker and Bolton Wanderers trainee Anthony Hargreaves were both given debuts and a number of the club’s youngsters were given the chance to show what they can do in the first team.

Young forwards Lee Ellis and Gary Edwards both had opportunities to seal the game in the second half before Studley threatened to get back into things late on by converting a penalty. But it wasn’t enough and United saw out the game at 2-1 to lift the cup, rounding off a good work out for the players old and new and another good day out for United’s army of travelling supporters who enjoyed some rare July sunshine.
 

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From The Official Site

Exeter City director in key election

FC United are pleased to hear that the Vice Chairman and Sporting Director of Exeter City, Julian Tagg has been elected onto the Board of Blue Square Premier (formerly Conference) for the forthcoming season, becoming the first member of a supporters owned club to achieve this.

As many FC United fans will be aware, Exeter City Supporters’ Trust saved the Grecians from near extinction in 2003 when they took over the running of the club from chairman, John Russell and vice-chairman, Mike Lewis who had seen debts rise to around £3million and had both been arrested over concerns of financial irregularities.

Julian was one of three people who took over the day-to-day running of the Devonshire outfit four years ago but he has been at Exeter City since 1997 when he started out as a youth team coach.

Julian’s passion for the Grecians, the city and for the players he had coached over the years made him determined to help save the club. It’s that enthusiasm, resolve and experience he is hoping to bring to the Board which governs the Blue Square Premier as well as the North and South divisions.

He told FC United’s official website: “It’s the first time a director of a supporters owned club has been elected to the Board and hopefully it will be the first of many because I believe it’s the way forward.

“There’s so much boom and bust in football, lots of clubs are on a real rollercoaster ride. Many people feel that they own their football club but they don’t because anyone can come in and buy it. Supporters have always been too far away from the running of their football clubs and it’s not right.”

Julian hopes being on the Board will enable him to pass on the experiences he has had at Exeter City to other football clubs around the country. The Board should carry some clout too as one of the other directors for the forthcoming season is Mancunian peer and Labour Party politician Lord Richard Faulkner.

Julian said: “I’ll be able to bring the experience of where the club has come from and hopefully help other clubs avoid the same situation because that sort of thing doesn’t help the fans, the football clubs or the city.”

Julian agrees that Exeter benefited in the end from the club being on the brink because the supporters were able to gain control, but he doesn’t believe that would be a good way forward for other clubs. He added: “I’m not saying our way is the only way to do things, far from it, the key thing is that football clubs listen to their supporters and let them have a say.”
 

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Bearing in mind this is a skyscraper site and this thread is for a small football team, why not have a private blog, rather than a thread on a skyscraper site. Especially since, out of the 10 messages here, you are responsible for 7 of them.
 

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Isaac, it was only an idea, not a personal attack. I thought it might suit The Grand better to start a special blog which could be adapted to offer every possible detail of the club. Would be far more interesting.

I thought it would be better to keep the skyscraper forum just to what it says on the tin. If we all start putting our interests as threads on here, it would water the forum down and encourage people away from the site. But this is not an attack on The Grand, far from it.
 

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FC United should be treated as a new construction, they are a recent creation and will eventually build a small stadium.

However; perhaps comment should be restricted to their off field exploits.
 

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FC United should be treated as a new construction, they are a recent creation and will eventually build a small stadium.

However; perhaps comment should be restricted to their off field exploits.
It would still be so small as to be more of a shed than a stadium. It's hardly Arsenal and a £400 million huge stadium is it?? That was why i thought, unless there is a huge stadium going for planning, then this forum wouldn't really be ideal for this kind of thread.
 

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louder than bombs

Could we keep some relevance to these boards in relation

I will ignore the shed reference. Erm.

FC is a supporters run club and doesnt have the financial clout of the various sporting franchises/tax dodging/money laundering/assett stripping schemes sorry football clubs that exist elsewhere in manchester.

As its been said before a new FC ground would be an interesting community based development that might have some impact on other socially conscious and useful developments and how it should be financed and run.
 

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FC is a supporters run club and doesnt have the financial clout of the various sporting franchises/tax dodging/money laundering/assett stripping schemes sorry football clubs that exist elsewhere in manchester.
I think bets are being taken as we speak as to how much longer Leeds Utd can exist. I hope FC United never fall into that hole.
 

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I like this thread

FC United are the epitome of the anti-establishment spirit that makes this city great. You should treasure them as such even if you don't support them.

While the Scousers, Citeh and Chelski do **** all but spread their butt cheeks wide when the new foreign 'owners' arrive, SOME united fans have tried to provide an alternative which sees the fans in charge and not being ripped off and messed about by the likes of Sky. TheGrand's enviable passion for the cause is most admirable.

And has been said, it'll be interesting to see whether they find a new ground and whether their progress up the leagues carries on.

And lets be honest, only a minority of threads on here are about buildings, never mind tall ones!

Keep up the good work.
 

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This topic is now in its third year, Andy Simmo started the first one after his Big united one got hijacked, I started the second one, and this is the third one.

And in every one this subject has cropped up, basically you should look around this forum and have a look at the various threads which have no link with construction or skyscrapers whatsoever, but instead have a connection with Manchester in another way, and show Manchester off culturally instead.

And yes Im pretty much the only one posting, but look at the view count, it obviously interests people how this Manc experiment is doing and progressing.

You should also remember that if its not your cup of tea, you dont have to open up :)

FC United is quite unique and quite something else in football, this is basically 3,000 Mancs (with a few out of towners) coming at it in the good old Manc tradition of saying "nah that's bollocks, we should do it this way".

And of all the three threads created for this club/movement, this season is the one to watch. There will be news on the ground this year, there will be news on the training fascilities, and **** me, we could really make our mark this year with us entering the FA Cup (we could play Leeds in the first round :lol: ) Imagine that.

So in closing, blogs are shit, people read this, skyscraper forum but also a culture forum, this topic isnt new on here, and anyway, its weekend! :banana:
 
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