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 Post subject: Re: FC United of Manchester Thread
PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 7:03 pm 
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Looks like the interest is dying.


The crowds have steadily decreased, but that's only natural for a club that's been in the same league for over 5 years now, especially for one that's lodging at someone elses ground which is a dump, I rarely go to home games these days, it's boring and a lot of people can't be bothered trekking to Bury. Still usually in the top 5 of supported teams in non-league football.

Away from the football, there's over 3,100 members which is annually and £3m raised from fans alone to put towards the new ground. The interest is very much as good as it's ever been.

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I guess once the ground is built they'll look to push on from there as money talks in football even at that level teams that are well backed financially are generally the ones who go up.

The fact that it's still going after this long is pretty impressive will be interesting to see where they are in 10 years time.

The problem they might face is they are the club for fans who've given up on the modern game how do you attract the next generation of fans to go to the match?


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It will just have to branch out from the current fans who are going I guess, with their kids, and theirs kids kids etc. It's not just a bunch of old farts that go, the age range is quite vast.. along with keeping the appeal for people to go to FC I think they'd be ok. Prices will also continue to spiral out of control elsewhere (and I don't just mean United), so that, along with providing a good atmosphere/cheap football for anyone would be a great attraction also for new people.

Depends on what people are bred into, if people want success then this isn't the club for you. There's many many people who would be happy sticking in non-league, as long as the football is affordable and the owners (fans/members) get to say what goes, then that's all they are concerned about.

Obviously promotion / cup run etc would be nice, but that's just a bonus. If anything went against the clubs principles then a promotion for example would be refused. A lot of people seem to think that there is a desperate urge to reach the football league etc.. can't stress enough that that's simply not the case.

I think FC will go up sooner rather than later, the new ground will help with that as playing at Bury is wasting a load of money at the moment, there'd naturally be more money available towards players, but nothing silly.

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I guess once the ground is built they'll look to push on from there as money talks in football even at that level teams that are well backed financially are generally the ones who go up.

The fact that it's still going after this long is pretty impressive will be interesting to see where they are in 10 years time.

The problem they might face is they are the club for fans who've given up on the modern game how do you attract the next generation of fans to go to the match?


No doubt, I assume much of their income is probably tied up with paying rent & contribution to running costs etc. to share someone else's ground so that can go towards improving the team once FC move into their own ground.

Attracting the next generation is a question that the Premier League should be asking too, especially considering ( the last time I checked anyway) that the average age of the match going fan has been rising for years. Greed priced out much of the next generation of fans years ago, but I don't really see how you can increase attendances without showing the matches for free to draw people and the next generation of kids back in - but I won't hold my breath waiting for that one.

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The PL I think have finally started to see the flashing warning sings on this but really it's down to the clubs to sort it out from a ticketing point of view and make going to the match something more people do as not every ground sells out in the prem.

For FC I guess it's more passing on that feeling on feeling like you're part of something bigger rather than just a customer of a football club.


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 Post subject: Re: FC United of Manchester Thread
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Looking like the playoffs (realistically) again this season, but FC won the other night with a 93rd minute winner away at Chorley, who, before the game were in 1st place, 12 points ahead of FC.

Some similarities too. It was 18 years to the night that Cantona scored at St James' Park against Newcastle where United won also 1-0. Overhauling a 12pt gap by the end of the season. Another similarity is that Chorley's nickname is also The Magpies. Bit creepy.

It puts FC 9pts behind them with a game in hand. Still got to play them at home, it's a strange fixture this one.. the away team out of the two head to head have the better record.

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After a run of 12 straight wins and overhauling a 19 point gap, FC have been top recently but only on goal difference, that was until FC had a game postponed and on the same night Chorley won.. so the gap was 3pts with FC having a game in hand.

FC's goal difference was better, but that was until Chorley won at weekend 13-1 against bottom of the league. It was basically and extra point to them, completely ripped the goal difference advantage FC had apart.

FC played Chorley last night, at Gigg Lane in front of 4,152 which has almost doubled the record crowd of the season and the biggest home crowd since 2006, to be fair, Chorley brought 888 of their own fans along which is a great effort at this level.

It finished 2-2 ending FC's winning streak and giving Chorley the upper hand in the title race (FC have 5 games left, Chorley 4). They were 2-0 up with 8 mins left and then FC scored two within 4mins to bring it back level.

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Chorley have the much easier run in, FC have had some tough games in recent weeks. It's looking like we'll have to settle for a playoff place (again), but we'll see.. should go down to the last day.

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Off the pitch, the member total has exceeded last years, and hopefully with last night's game, and maybe some new refound interest, there'll be a decent crowd on Saturday too, with United not having a game. Could also play a part in adding more members.

Wee ground update in pictures:

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Those pics are what will be the main stand. The biggest stand in the ground will be behind one of the goals, it's actually already (sort of) built. It's from Northwich Victoria (who went out of business), and their stand was kept in storage, so FC bought it... that stand alone will be around 2,500. Flatpack stand if you will. :D

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Coming along very nicely good to see the club doing well might try and get myself up to a game next season just to see what it's like


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A week on Saturday we play at Stamford, which isn't far from Milton Keynes.. probably the closest you're gonna get to a game if the travelling puts you off. :wink:

Also play at Barwell which is next to Hinckley on the final day of the season.

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 Post subject: Re: FC United of Manchester Thread
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I will be going to Stamford, missed out on the cup game there last year.. apparently a really nice town, looking forward to it.. which should hopefully be another huge game, if FC win tomorrow and midweek. :)
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In other news, the General Meeting results are out (apart from the new ground's name)... one of the great things about FC is that if you're a member you can vote on prices/kits etc

Results: http://www.fc-utd.co.uk/m_story.php?story_id=5472

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Members Vote 1
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That the pay what you can afford season ticket scheme will continue for the 2014/15 season but with a minimum £100 price for adults and concessions.

For – 92.7%
Against – 7.3%


Members Vote 2
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That Membership will remain at £12 for an adult and £3 for under 16s for the 2014/15 season.

For – 98.9%
Against – 1.1%

Members Vote 3
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If the Club remains in the Northern Premier League for the 2014/15 season the Board asks the membership to vote on the following admission prices:-

A - The admission prices for FC United of Manchester 2014/15 will remain at £8.00 adults, £5 Concessions and £2 Under 18s.

B - The admission prices for FC United of Manchester 2014/15 will increase to £9.00 adults, £5 Concessions and £2 Under 18s.”

A – 50.2%
B – 49.8%


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Members Vote 4
If the club is promoted to the Conference North for the 2014/15 season the Board asks the membership to vote on the following admission prices:

A - The admission prices for FC United of Manchester 2014/15 will remain at £8.00 adults, £5 Concessions and £2 Under 18s.

B - The admission prices for FC United of Manchester 2014/15 will increase to £9.00 adults, £5 Concessions and £2 Under 18s.

C - The admission prices for FC United of Manchester 2014/15 will increase to £10.00 adults, £5 Concessions and £2 Under 18s.

A – 19.6%
B – 43.9%
C – 36.5%


Members Vote 5
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At the 2013 General Meeting members voted in favour of a resolution that states “If co-owners vote in favour of a new kit design at the AGM, the Board of FC United will then draw up a short list of FOUR kit designs.

The Board have selected four shirts that are to be voted on at this General Meeting along with one shirt added at the request of a group of 13 members.

The board recommend to the members that the voting system to be used at future General Meetings will be a simple ‘first past the post’ option meaning the shirt design with most votes will be used.

A – 19.9%
B – 27.5%
C – 31.6%
D – 8.2%
E – 11.7%


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Hopefully I'll be paying £9 next season!

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And just as I posted that, ground name was announced to be Broadhurst Park which was decided by member vote.

http://fc-utd.co.uk/m_story.php?story_id=5475

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FC United members have chosen Broadhurst Park as the name for our new football ground and community facility in Moston, north Manchester which is due for completion in September this year.

We are proud to have bucked the trend of clubs selling naming rights to their stadiums by asking our members, all of whom are co-owners of the club, to choose the name of the new ground from a shortlist of seven names which were also chosen by FC United members. The shortlist was whittled down from a long list of over 100 names made up of suggestions from the club’s supporters and members of the local community in Moston.

Voting on the new name took place at a general meeting of FC United members in Manchester on 10 April and Broadhurst Park topped the poll. The alternative vote system was used but Broadhurst Park was selected outright because it received more than 50% of the vote.

Naming the ground is something that is important, not just to our football club and our local partners Moston Juniors, but also to the people in the surrounding community who will use the facilities. At FC United, supporters are at the centre of everything that we do as a club. Our supporters have been instrumental in getting us to a point where we are building our own ground; they have helped to finance it and now they have given our new home a name. Supporters have had a real say all the way through and it shows how engaged our membership is in democratically shaping the direction of the club they own.

Giving the ground a name is another staging post along the road to us finally opening the facility later this year. We still have much to do and funds to raise to make our dream a reality, but being able to finally talk about Broadhurst Park makes that reality a step closer. The full address of the new ground will be FC United of Manchester, Broadhurst Park, Lightbowne Road, Manchester, with the postcode yet to be allocated.

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So after the draw against Chorley, FC slipped up and lost at home against Buxton. Buxton's record, despite being a usual mid-table team at Gigg Lane is ridiculous. W5 D1 L0.. proper bogey team.

Thankfully Chorley drew at weekend, and FC won.. we go into the final game at Barwell (next Saturday) 1pt behind Chorley, who play away at Buxton.

Today's match was quite eventful. :ohmy:

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The recent impressive attendances have brought the average for the season to over 1,950.

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I think I heard your hole squeaking all the way down here tonight. Good luck for the weekend, what's Buxton's recent home from been like? Chorley likely to get a battle there? Is it going to end like the 94-95 season?

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I think I heard your hole squeaking all the way down here tonight. Good luck for the weekend, what's Buxton's recent home from been like? Chorley likely to get a battle there? Is it going to end like the 94-95 season?


Cheers.

Buxton's home record isn't great.. W8 D6 L8. But they've not lost there for a few games now.

Barwell's current form is one of the best in the league, typically.

Anything could happen, just hope that it goes FC's way, some luck for once would be nice. Could do with scoring early, taking the pressure off, and mounting it on Chorley.

Chorley were 2-0 up today, whilst FC were 2-0 down.. they were in cruise mode, almost celebrating. If it was FC that got off to a good early start for once, the pressure could get to them if they find out the score.

The league is pretty mental, anyone can get a result anywhere.

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Lost their Semi Final play off game tonight. Unlucky but at least the stadium is on it's way and due to be ready to open next season.

I heard rumours of a friendly between the two clubs. Any truth or complete sh!t?

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Complete sh*t I imagine.

Why would Man Utd want to lend a hand to a club setup as a break away from the current owners and why would the guys who walked away from a club many had followed home and away for decades want to play Utd.

Might see a friendly or something with that club the class of 92 lads bought a few weeks back Salford FC


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Nature of the playoffs, I think FC have some kind of Benfica-like curse with regards to getting out of this league.

Last 17 matches: W15 D1 L1 & then lose to 5th place.. which I have no issue with, since FC have been to 3 finals being a lower team.

FC players looked knackered last night, seemed to be a player down every 5mins. Ashton were safe in 5th place last weekend, they couldn't finish higher or lower so they rested their whole team and got battered against a lower league team at home 4-1. Meanwhile FC had to win to be in with a shot of being champions, so fielded strongest side. Finally caught up with them last night. In hindsight maybe we should've done the same but you can't turn down a chance at the title.

The two main strikers were brought off, the latter of the two in the 88th minute ish, FC leading 1-0. Ashton equalised in 3rd min of injury time and it was pretty much game over after that. FC wouldn't have scored again if the match was a week long.

The ground is perfect timing because another season at Gigg in this league would've drove me nuts.

Gutted about last night, had the best chance yet and they shit themselves. Just need Chelsea to win the CL and Liverpool to win Prem to top off the worse season of my lifetime. :D

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There's a friendly with Maidstone United (MUFC) in Kent during preseason, maybe the rumours have come about because of that.

A friendly with United would never happen. I wouldn't even expect a game in a cup competition between them both (if drawn together) to go ahead either. Unless there was consequences like a ban or big fine.



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idontfeardeath wrote: Nevermind. It's not like he's going to make the Juve starting 11. :lol:
Spawny wrote: Tata Paul. Enjoy Juve's reserve team, but at least the weather will be nicer.

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The ground is running a bit behind schedule, probably looking at a minimum of an extra two months wait, nothing ever seems to be built on time these days. :lol:

The weather played a part in the delay, it was first in the plans to grow our own pitch from seeding etc, but because of the weather (too dry would you believe it) it wasn't possible. So instead they're bringing turf in from elsewhere.

There's also been a problem with the final stand which is in storage from Northwich Vics old stadium, the company who had it went into liquidation a while back, thankfully apart from a 4 week delay, FC aren't going to lose out on it.. it's basically just gonna come like a giant flatpack that just needs erecting.. oo eer.

The other three stands are mostly up, just need the final touches.. and the final one will be put up in no time once it arrives.

Decent collection of photos here: http://richardsearle.smugmug.com/Moston ... urst-Park/

In other news, currently 1,260 season tickets have been sold, and 2,341 memberships. Both much higher than totals at this time last year.

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