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!

Remembering why we’re here.

With the sale of Manchester United to the Glazers, many United fans felt they’d been shut out in the cold and were no longer part of the club we all felt was ours, even though it hadn’t really been “ours” at any stage since its conception. Yes, it is our club in one sense, that we’re the people responsible for its life, but we’re not really – and never have been – the ones who reap any sort of financial reward. That’s always been the guys with the money and we all know much makes more. Louis Edwards made money from United, his son did the same afterwards and the little shareholders after him made a quid or two here and there while the mega shareholders made a lot. I know that as a shareholder myself I wasn’t ever arsed about getting a dividend, I wanted whatever money was made to be ploughed back into the club and I’d rather have seen the best players in the world at the club than people making money off the back of my team’s success.
When McManus and Magnier sold their shares to Glazer, it made no difference to you or me. Not one jot, other than what was going on in your or my head at the time. I honestly don’t care if the Glazers are making a shed load of money from the club as long as the team is successful and let’s face it, it has been pretty successful since the Glazers took over. For me though, the best thing to come out of it was the formation of FC United of Manchester; a real football team run by real fans who provide a real atmosphere at the games.
My first match was FC’s second competitive game and it was at some shed of a ground that I can’t even remember where (someone will put me straight), and it was fantastic. There were real fans who sang for the whole game! Real fans who stayed right to the very end of the match (unlike the part timers at Old Trafford) and real fans who wanted nothing more than the chance to support their own team that they truly felt part of. Now they are a real determining factor in that team and it is brilliant.
There were many knockers from United, and although I’ve never seen or heard the remark from him personally. Fergie was alleged to have said, “Go and support Chelsea,”. If he did he was way wide of the mark.
It wasn’t about supporting another team, it was about having control of your own team, the team you love, it was about being in charge of your own team’s decisions and nothing more than that. I hadn’t felt like I was a real part of United for quite a while before the Glazer takeover and prior to that, the whole Rock of Gibraltar thing with Fergie and the two Irish guys detracted from the game and I felt United had either lost or were losing their way a little. What FC United of Manchester did for me was give that little something back. It gave me a sense of purpose with my team. I truly felt part of it and even though I haven’t been for a while ( I now live and work in Saudi Arabia), I still feel part of it. The atmosphere at Gigg Lane knocks the crap out of the Old Trafford crowd who, as previously stated, are more like zombies than proper fans these days. FC has injected life back to football in Manchester and it’s right down there at the bottom, real grass roots football (although some would argue it’s even further down than that), where it counts. As a fan, I don’t think you can go much lower down the league and have that same passion that you can with a team like FC and they demonstrate that with the right will and determination, you can have your own club; you just need the right circumstances and timing to do it.
If you’ve never been to an FC game, go. If I’m wrong about the atmosphere and passion, if it isn’t one hundred times better than at Old Trafford, I’ll even give you your money back. Now I can’t say fairer than that, can I? Football is big business and it has been a growing business since Edwards’ days too and if we’re being completely honest here – and we didn’t want “our” club sold – then we fans shouldn’t have sold our shares should we? I know loads of fans who sold out way before Malcolm Glazer took control, so tough luck. I’m just as guilty as anyone when I say we should have acted sooner and bought more shares but as I say, we’re not in a crap position anyway. I don’t think it’s a bad thing that the Glazers are here and it keeps up the “us v them” idea going and that’s always a good thing. It keeps “them” on their toes. And let’s face it, without them, there would be no FC United of Manchester, now would there?

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

Everything I want the world to be

Here’s a great article that went up on Supporters not customers’ homepage yesterday. It’s about the match between Trafford FC and FC United of Manchester and about how a non-league day out could give more joy than a visit to a giant showdown such as Manchester United – Chelsea. It also sums up a lot of the great things that FC brings to life.

Here are some highlights:

“watching FC is roughly 10 million times more fun than joining the iPad wielding tourists at Old Trafford.”

“Trafford FC vs. FCUM may not be the biggest Manchester derby of the season, but you’d have struggled to have a better football experience even if the likes of Robin Van Persie, Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and Wayne Rooney had been on show. I’ve watched Bayern Munich, Galatasaray, AC Milan and Manchester City already this season, but this was unquestionably the most enjoyable 90 minutes of 2013/14 so far.”

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