Charity bike ride pilgrimage to Moston from Sweden

Hi everybody!

As you all probably know I’m a pretty devout FC follower and thus I have decided to set out on a pilgrimage to our new ground in Moston. I am going to start biking tomorrow from Uppsala, Sweden and will cover about 1600-1700 miles in the process. Hopefully I will reach Moston someday before the match on the 30th and then I will join you all at Stalybridge to cheer our boys to victory.

charity bike ride

I am going to blog about the trip on my way on a special heading (Charity bike ride) and I invite you all to read my story while I travel through Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France and finally England.

As a help along the way maybe you would like to donate a few pounds to “Doctors without borders (MSF)” which is a great organization helping people in the most horrible conditions. Here is a link to a secure charity web site I’ve set up. It’s got a little bit more information about the donation process as well. The donation will be in SEK (Swedish crowns; 100 SEK = 8.55 GBP), just click on “give a donation” to donate and the money will go straight to “Doctors without borders”.

You could of course also donate a few pounds to our club as well!

See you all in August!

Knock, knock, knocking on Heavens door!

Winterhur, Switzerland.

What a lovely visit. Here’s my tale!

I came into Switzerland from Havana after spending four months there with the purpose of developing my salsa and rumba. I was going to stay there until august but unfortunately I developed a plantar fasciitis injury and thus I decided that instead of doing more rehabiltation in Havana I would go to Switzerland to see my favourite team play.

And do i regret it? Not the slightest. It was an absolutely amazing weekend.

Friday the 23rd
I stayed in a hostel called Depot 195 and as I arrived already a few fellow FC:ers were turning in. I had hardly walked into the kitchen before I was offered a beer from a fellow red. Genuinely nice people, our crowd. The hostel had a very interesting mix of FC-supporters and cartoon characters ’cause apparently there was some kind of ”dress-yourself-up-as-a-japanese-cartoon”-festival in town. Well, I’ve always liked polarities.


After that first beer I was off to meet a good mate of mine and a fellow blogger, Erik Kunert. He lived at the Ibis with his father and his father’s girlfriend and as we departed from their hotel the player bus arrived. We were both amused and surprised by the fact that they were all staying in the Ibis Budget rather than the ordinary Ibis. No flash here, that’s for sure!


We had a quick bit to eat at an Irish Pub where we also met up with a few more of Erik’s german FC-friends. Also at the pub was Mark, another FC fan, whom I had chatted a bit with on the forum.  Good lad, nice to meet him. FC away – making new friends every day!


Off we were then to Widder’s bar which would be home to most of the FC fans throughout the weekend. It was a small but very nice establishment packed with reds. It was a great night with constant singing and some nice chats in between. Marginson and some of the players (if you were there, you know who) had a few pints and some had more than others. Walsh was also there along with other FC legends but really it never feels hierarchical – it feels like a family. Nobody is any grander than any other, as long as you paid your member fee, you have equal standing in the club, and that’s what I love so much about FC. I had a good chat with Swampy who had also recently been in Cuba (and many times before), talked with Margy about the possibility of a future interview and enjoyed the company of so many great new and old FC friends. I met some of the Yorkshire lads that I hade previosly shared beer jugs with in Babelsberg and we shared some stories and some more beer. As Mickey O’Farrell sat the athmosphere with his guitar-playing we all joined in singing making some of the locals stare and smile with great admiration of our family.


Saturday the 24th – Match day
The day after was even better. We all gathered early at The Widder’s and sang and enjoyed ourselves even more. I got adopted by some of my newfound Yorkshire friends (the ones with the horn who was constantly asked to f*** off). 🙂IMG_3869



Great athmosphere again as beer coasters where flying from everywhere every time the horn blew. I also had the opportunity to put a face to my online friend Jon Clegg whose videos we’ve often blogged about. It was a lovely bunch of lads who were especially fond of knocking at the table every time they saw a beautiful girl.  Anyway his videoclip of the weekend is one of the best ones I’ve seen so far. Check it out here:

The match was brilliant as well, even though the score didn’t go in our favour. Lots of cheering and a new brilliant song about a spaceman who’d come to see United play in Switzerland. Brilliant! Or did I say that already. In the end the whole team went towards us fans and starting a few songs for us and in the end we all sang together. The match also went to history as the first ever time a woman played in the FC United first team!


The party then went on together with the overly nice Winterthur crowd and as the night beckoned the police came and forced the party to stop. The people at Winterthur were great and so very welcoming and I was really feeling a sense of comradery at the end.


For me it turned into a long, long night which I won’t go into details with. But I didn’t go to sleep before 8.30 am after being shown by a young suiss couple to a brilliant viewing point over Winterthur .



Sunday the 25th & Monday the 26th
The next day lots of people went to Widder’s bar once more, I slept the whole day. The last day I went with Jon and his friends to have some last pints at the 24 hour bar. A great group of lads full of banter and humour. We ended up sitting there knocking at the table (for obvious reasons) and asking people where the train station were. It was right in front of us.


Looking forward to next year! And a big thumps up to FC Winterthur!

top of the league-build footage -and kit it out!

Well things are going rather well on the pitch -in fact as you may know 10 straight wins sees FC sitting pretty at the top of the Northern Premier league and we hope to see us continue with today’s visit of Matlock.

Off the pitch the build is on track with the latest footage of concrete and steel going up here–

to ensure we have all the facilities we need in our new home the club has launched

kit it out-

you can be part of this for as little as £5 or as much as you like all the details are here  then just click on the fc stadium image

Exciting times as ever with this club -YOU and I OWN!!






I’m on the top of the world!

In early February not even the very optimistic FC supporters expect a finish higher than reaching a play-off spot like the last three seasons, which would been fantastic, too.
After 28 games, FC were 10th of the Northern Premier Division with 47 points and a couple of games in hand to some of the other clubs. But Chorley had one game in hand comparing to FC as well as 13 points more and a better goal difference of 15.

During the last three seasons FC were well known for their good run-in at the of the season. But nobody would have expected that after 10 games and 10 wins, FC United are level on points and goal difference with Chorley and even top of the league by scoring more goals:

FC United top of the leagueImage source:

Fairly saying, Chorley has a game in hand and with at least a draw in tonights match, they move to the top again. Nevertheless if Margy’s boys keep playing that good in the last eight matches, the dream of direct promotion to the Conference could become true.

What an achievement so far this season as I cannot remember that FC United were on top of the league in mid-season or even at a end of the season stage since they are playing in the 7th tier of English Football. In addition with the community achievement by building their own ground, this season is already a remarkable milestone of FC’s club history!

looking good…………..


I last posted on the 5th March and I’m delighted to say we have now won 8 consecutive matches-putting us in 3rd position and actually in with a slim chance of automatic promotion.

Our game last night was another action packed affair with two cracking goals to seal it. We had the usual fantastic vocal support with the addition of several fans of Athletic Bilbao who are currently working in Manchester who joined in enthusiastically and even added a chant to our immense song book!!

Work on the stadium still moves on and the steel for the mainstand is 2/3 complete!

More updates over the coming weeks of what has turned out to be a momentous 9th season for FC.





An exciting week for FC

So this week the whole atmosphere around the club seems to of been supercharged by events both on and off the field.

About 10 mins in to the latest FCUM.TV production is the latest on the ground developments with the South Stand now starting to take shape

And then we had the home match against Droylesden which was attended by a number of our German friends including Jens Lindahl -and we won 4-1

Then last night between 7-800 FC fans including myself made the 50km journey north to top of the league Chorley.

It was a very tough encounter and both teams had chances -but our players grit and determination alongside our new found formation of 3-5-2 -paid handsome dividends with a tremendous injury time goal by Tom Greaves.

All hell broke loose for a minute or so with what we Mancunians like to call first class “Goonage” or wild celebrations. The result means a play off place is firmly in our grasp if we can maintain of 5 match winning streak a few games further.

Clip courtesy of Neilboo -there is poor quality singing and fruity language -be warned!

So we look forward once again to an exciting end of the season -but no predictions from me -it’s bad luck!