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In 2005, a band of disillusioned Manchester United fans formed their own club - FC United of Manchester - and it is clearly no passing fad.

Plans are in place to build their own stadium in Newton Heath, the area where 'big' United started out back in the 19th century. It's hoped a "community share" scheme will raise £1.5m of the £3.5m they need.

More details of that here: www.fc-utd.co.uk/communitysh...

On the pitch, things have not always gone according to plan... but the Evo-Stik League Premier Division side have definitely made their mark in this season's FA Cup, where they have reached the first round proper for the first time.

FC will have a worldwide audience on Friday night when their tie with Rochdale is screened on ESPN, and there will be more than 3,000 FC fans watching at Spotland.

I spoke to an FC fan about what the last five years have been like, and you can read his story here: news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/foo...

I admire the principles behind FC, and I'm sure some of you share
the concerns of the fans that set the new club up. It wasn't just the arrival of the Glazers at Old Trafford - just as much to do with the direction modern top-level football has taken.

So, let me know your thoughts on FC's story, and also whether you think fan-owned clubs could (or should) work at a higher level.

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posted Nov 5, 2010

Try as I might, I simply can't take FC United of Manchester seriously. I view them much more as a nice side-hobby and a plaything for man U fans until the Glazers sell the club rather than a genuine serious football club. Whatever else they do, they've broken the one fundamental rule of supporting a football club - stick with your team through thick and thin.

Comparisons with AFC Wimbledon are laughable at best - Wimbledon fans had their club ripped away from them and were literally left with no-one to support. FC United of Manchester fans are Man U fans who just choose not to go.

I've seen them once and can honestly say the average supporter of that club are self-important pretentious upstarts who think that non-league football owes them a favour. "Put non-league football on the map" was the phrase I heard from more than one of them. Sorry to break it to you, but the non-league game was here before them, and will be when they've got bored and all gone back to Old Trafford.

By the way, how hilariously ironic would it be if they got all the way to the Premier League and then got taken over by a rich American?

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posted Nov 5, 2010


Did FC United really get a grant of 800 grand?

And if so..... why?

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posted Nov 5, 2010

Corzellian --apparently or alleged which ever way you wish to view it a local councillor im Manchester representing the Newton Heath area of Manchester and may I add a staunch United fan Lobbied a motion applying for FC United to recieve this grant on the grounds that this Man United breakaway group forming FC United wished for a stadium to be built in the area MUFC were originally founded that area being Newton Heath.
The Councillor Mike Salmsbury I'm led to believe argued that it would bring improvement and possible prosperity on the area should FC United be housed in the area plus it would be good for the people of Newton Heath etc etc etc
Five years this club have been going formed out of a divine righteous thought that whatever these people want they think they are entitled to and as usual using the powerful name of MUFC,having such investment awarded to them will possibly make someone very rich within the breakaway movement but when their bubble will burst they will simply go back to supporting the official club MUFC,in essence a lot of tax payers money will go to waste affectively.
As I have previously stated tyhere are numerous other local clubs who are semi Pro and struggling to survive many of them have long histories one is actually a founder member of the football league,one or two are months away from liquidation their stadiums are in a state of disrepair etc
Surely it is these clubs who deserve such grants from their council not these upstarts who are cashing in on the name?
I find it disgusting that some of these clubs have voiced their complaints but were told that they couldn't do anything about FC United getting this grant as oppoposed to the money being shared equally and fairly.Frankly it is APPALLING...

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posted Nov 5, 2010



So what did they actually spend their ill gotten gains on?

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posted Nov 5, 2010

"There really is only one true football club in Manchester, and itís not Manchester City

VIVA Mancunia
MUFC & FC United
2 Unitedís One SoulÖ"

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great post about City, but this bit at the end gets murky

firstly, there's only one club in Manchester, presumably United?

secondly FC fans may claim there's one soul, but not all FC fans were ever United match-goers anyway. and those that were/are only make up a very small minority of the United support, most of which doesn't give a flying fig about FC.

just feel it's important to make sure the distinction between FCers and non FCers amongst United's support remains clear, and that the correct perspective of the respective numbers involved on both sides is maintained.

good luck to FC tonight. could be an important step towards the building of the club's own genuine identity, something that was always likely to be a long drawn out process.

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comment by MGUK82 (U4314603)

posted Nov 5, 2010

Wow - thought you guys were 7th tier? Other than how you conceded the Rochdale goals you certainly didn't look it! Great work and good luck in round 2!

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posted Nov 6, 2010

Good luck to FC United, they are keeping it real.

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comment by gilrob (U1853818)

posted Nov 26, 2010

comment by AndyB_ER (U14674273)
posted 3 Weeks Ago

Try as I might, I simply can't take FC United of Manchester seriously. I view them much more as a nice side-hobby and a plaything for man U fans until the Glazers sell the club rather than a genuine serious football club. Whatever else they do, they've broken the one fundamental rule of supporting a football club - stick with your team through thick and thin.

Comparisons with AFC Wimbledon are laughable at best - Wimbledon fans had their club ripped away from them and were literally left with no-one to support. FC United of Manchester fans are Man U fans who just choose not to go.

I've seen them once and can honestly say the average supporter of that club are self-important pretentious upstarts who think that non-league football owes them a favour. "Put non-league football on the map" was the phrase I heard from more than one of them. Sorry to break it to you, but the non-league game was here before them, and will be when they've got bored and all gone back to Old Trafford.

By the way, how hilariously ironic would it be if they got all the way to the Premier League and then got taken over by a rich American?

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It is plainly obvious that you do not understand what FC United of Manchester is about.
I will 'lay money' that you have never read The Club Manifesto in order to enhance your comprehension.

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comment by gilrob (U1853818)

posted Jan 18, 2011

Very sad news.
Richard Battersby's fiancee Jenna passed away on Monday 17/01/11 from Cervical Cancer.

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