About Erik Kunert

Passionated FC United supporter from Wittenberg, near Berlin and co-founder of this blog. He travels several times a season over to Manchester to watch FC and has already written an article in the official FC United match day programme (Why I love FC United) Furthermore he organises individual football trips to Great Britain for all interested people in Europe on Football Flight.

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: http://www.footballwebpages.co.uk/northprem

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!

Ballesterer Interview mit FC United Geschäftsführer Andy Walsh

„Unser Konzept ist nicht aufzuhalten“

Als die Glazer-Familie 2005 Manchester United übernahm, war das für viele Fans der letzte Tropfen, der das Fass zum Überlaufen brachte. Sie gründeten ihren eigenen Klub – nicht um Geld zu verdienen, sondern um Fußball zu spielen und soziale Projekte zu verwirklichen. Geschäftsführer Andy Walsh spricht im Interview über die Geschichte des FC United of Manchester.

Das ganze Interview gibt es unter: http://www.ballesterer.at/aktuell/unser-konzept-ist-nicht-aufzuhalten.html

The Guardian’s article about our FC

Manchester’s other United are happy living in a very different world

It is too easy to paint FC United as the Rebels. That was never a nickname they chose and it is a poor fit when the majority of their fans still have a strong affinity to the club they left behind.

(The Guardian 16th Nov, 13)

Read the full article on: http://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2013/nov/16/manchester-fc-united-different-world

Dynamo Dresden and their FDGB cup campaign

The German Football Association, the DFB has excluded Dynamo Dresden from this season’s DFB Pokal (German’s major cup competition) due to a repeated bad fan behavior in a cup match at Hanover 96 last season.

Dynamo Dresden responded to that exclusion ironically by having kicked off their own cup campaign last weekend.
English newly promoted Premier League side Hull City was the first opponent in the last sixteen round of the FDGB Pokal this Saturday.
The FDGB Pokal (Freier Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund Pokal or Free German Trade Union Federation Cup) was an annual cup competition in the former East Germany, last original version goes back to 1990. Dynamo has won it seven times.

Despite Dynamo lost the match in front of 6,428 fans due to a goal by Hull’s forward Sagbo after just 14 minutes, Dresden will proceed virtually in their competition into the quarter final because this cup is according their rules and not made by the German DFB. Even during the first league match day of the season Dynamo supporter chanting about European cup nights and enjoying themselves.

Besides the protest meaning of this fictive competition, the club wants to reduce the financial losses of not taking part in the DFB Pokal and wants to stay in the weekly match rhythm as well.

The next opponent in their quarter-final is not clear yet, but the match dates are already announced till their cup final: Quarter final (7th September), semi final (16th/17th November) and the final (1st/2nd February 2014).

Official Dynamo match report vs. Hull City