MRE v Main Stand – abuse and banter

I have been asked on various occasions about a part of the fc matchday experience which is confusing to say the least for new visitors to Gigg Lane, which is our temporary home. FC United usually use two of Gigg Lane’s stands (one is called the Main Stand and the other is called MRE) and visitors can often hear the two stands abusing each other in a friendly fashion:

Main Stand v MRE

(During the last video the MRE was closed so the regular MRE-goers was also standing in the Main Stand)

There are probably two main reasons for this chanting between stands  -which can take any form from the simple and harmless “WE ARE THE MAIN STAND -WE’RE LOUDER THAN YOU” to the somewhat surprising and more threatening  chant which is a complete throwback to the 1970’s -“YOU’RE GONNA GET YOUR FUCKIN HEADS KICKED IN!”

The first and probably main reason is that a lot of the fans are of a similar age to myself and used to stand in the Stretford End in the 70’s and 80’s when the ground would fill up an hour or more before kick off and so to stop boredom the leftside, rightside or tunnel-(if you look at old photo’s of the Stretty you will see there was a large tunnel in the middle and above that was very small section of standing that used to be packed like sardines!) anyway we would all launch into “WE are the Tunnel” to get a response.

This also grew to include challenging other sections of the ground to sing such as the Scoreboard and Stretford Paddocks which were pretty large corners of the ground.

The Scoreboard in particular used to have a fair few nutters in there as they were next to the away fans and would give them at the very least plenty of abuse. Towards the middle and late 1980’s the United Road and k stand got a bit more lively as some guys grew out of the Stretford End mentality and wanted a bit more shall we say interaction with opposing fans.

So to bring things back to the present day we do sing at each other -but this is simply English humour, banter -if you look on people’s faces whilst we abuse our fellow fc’ers you will see at least a trace of a smile on our lips -we are ,making some noise and having a laugh -end of.

The second reason we do this -err- if you will pardon the expression -self abuse- is very few teams we play at our level bring any meaningful support i.e. ones we can hear sing -passion and naked territorrialism is one of the bedrocks on which football clubs have been built upon for 130 years – so until we get to a level where we can have banter and abuse with opposing fans -we shall probably carry on having fun and games shouting at ourselves.

One thing you will notice is there is much less of this at away games as we are once again truly -UNITED!

I look forward to bringing you some very exciting news regarding our new home in Moston later this week!!


Rochdale – FC United remembered (a story about emotions)

Numerous studies have shown that the most vivid memories we have tend to be of emotional events. For instance, I can hardly remember what I had for dinner a few days back or where I left my keys just moments ago, but I will always remember where I was when I heard that the Twin Towers had been attacked or when I heard that my uncle had become seriously ill in another country far, far away. It’s not only that we remember that the event occured – the events themselves are likely to be recalled more often and with more clarity and detail than neutral events. We remember not only where we were, but also lots of other small details. A strong emotional response thus heightens memory retention. Now why am I talking about emotions and memory on a blog about FC United?

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Bring your own ball – a new FCUM review show!

Fantastic news! A new FCUM review show has been launched by fcumtv!

Bring your own ball is the name of the show. In this first edition Andrew Lindsay hosts the show and he is joined by FCUM Radio’s Swampy and FCUM TV’s Roy Williamson to discus the opening month of the season and other club related issues.

This month’s edition featured:

  • Match highlights and reviews
  • Co-owner commentaries
  • Interview with Marginson about the start of the season and the new signings
  • News about the ground development
  • Discussion about the upcoming FA fixture against Chorley

Don’t forget to subscribe!

A remedy for the anxious ones

Tomorrow we start the new season away at Worksop. The excitement for the first match of the season is always a special kind of excitement. I would say it’s about the closest thing grown up men and women can come to reliving the experiences they had as children on christmas day – this time the unbearable feeling of anticipation combined with extreme giddiness can only get it’s release by a “Bring on United”-chant followed by our boys walking in on the turf.

So how do we cope until then? By watching some of the best goals of 2012/13 of course:

Italian Sloop John B. tribute

[English] This video was produced by a group of Italian fans celebrating our first game ever at Leek csob in 2005. This is why they have the inflatable dinghy which we had in the crowd at that first game. Some guys even came over for a game and we shared a memorable freezing day travelling over to Boston – the video was made in 2008

[Italiano] In un mondo del calcio sempre più indecente, i Media parlano solo delle solite squadre: ci vogliono far credere che ormai esistono solo quelle. A tutte le altre e’ ormai stato assegnato un ruolo di semplici e talvolta scomode comparse. Noi Granata siamo i primi a non dover cadere nel loro tranello; al tentativo di piegarci al loro sistema, bisogna reagire! Ci vogliono far credere che ha senso tifare per una squadra di calcio solo se in questa militano grandi e ultramilionari campioni… Vogliono così fiaccare la passione di chi non si può permettere un brasiliano da 20 goal a stagione in squadra. Vogliono che un domani i nostri figli siano seduti su una poltrona a tifare per le “solite”… Questo è il loro obbiettivo, non dobbiamo arrenderci! Abbiamo la fortuna di non far parte del loro carrozzone e la possibilità di vivere una passione vera per una squadra che ha un fascino, una leggenda e dei valori che i loro quattrini non potranno comprare MAI. Nonostante sul campo le cose vadano troppo spesso nel verso sbagliato… Abbiamo tanti altri motivi per cui gioire, godere e vivere forti emozioni… Ritroviamo quindi la forza e la convinzione per alzarci ogni domenica mattina e andare in giro per l’Italia con ogni mezzo urlando al cielo che il TORO non morirà MAI!

cheers guys -Rick/politico

ESPN Brazil on FCUM and the campaign against Glazer (2011)

[English] Here is a piece from ESPN Brazil about FC United and the protests against the Glazer’s.

[Portuguese] Em protesto contra os Glazers donos americanos do Manchester United, torcedores fundaram o clube FC United. Enquanto em Old Trafford, a torcida organizada MUST (Manchester United Supporters Trust) começou o protesto verde amarelo. O videorreporter Joao Castelo-Branco foi a Manchester contar esta história.