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Thursday 16th November 2010


The final home Evo-Stik league clash of 2010 takes place this Sunday at Bower Fold, Stalybridge, kick off 3.00 pm, as FC United take on Marine FC hoping to get back to winning ways now that the cup exploits are well and truly over for another season. This is the last of FC’s scheduled visits to Stalybridge this season which have all provided some interesting talking points if not always the right results.

Last Saturday the largest Evo-Stik league crowd of the season saw FC narrowly defeated at home 1-0 by league leaders Halifax in a tight match that FC didn’t deserve to lose. Margy highlighted finishing as the main problem that the team must overcome.

“I thought we put in a decent performance on Saturday against Halifax in what was an entertaining game between two evenly matched sides. Apart from the result, obviously, everything else was fairly positive as they’re top of the league by quite a distance. What ended up costing us the points was our finishing but we’ve got players who can put the ball in the net and as soon as they click into gear again I’m sure the results will follow. Matty Wolfenden deserved a goal on Saturday – I thought he was quality and very unlucky with the effort that was cleared off the line. Until those little breaks start going for us we’ve just got to keep plugging away and working hard.” 

“Despite the current league position I’m not going to start panicking. We’ve got the likes of Norton who’s going to embark on a goalscoring run at some point because that’s what he does. And we’ve got goals in midfield with the likes of Platty, Jake and Jerome – there’s nothing to worry about on that front. A couple of wins would put us right back in the mix. We’ve got a couple of games in hand on the majority of teams above us and when we get those wins it’ll mean taking points off other teams so it’ll make the league even tighter.”

“We’ve got some tough games coming up but then they’re all pretty tough, we’ve seen that plenty of times. Going into this spell of league fixtures, we can take positives from the calibre of the teams we’ve already come up against and beaten. We’ve been unlucky at times but the players should keep faith in their ability and as long as the effort’s always there the rewards will come. There’s rarely any special formula to turning round a team’s form except belief and hard work. A season can turn on one deflected goal at the right time – we saw that to some extent in the FA Cup game when we equalised up at Norton and Stockton.

 Apart from against Colwyn Bay last month we’ve been performing pretty well, we just need to start changing those close games into wins.”


FC - No luck against Halifax

“This is never an easy time of year for semi-pro players. Whilst everyone else is partying, what with all the games coming up they’ve got to keep their discipline and prepare in their usual way. I’ve no worries about any of them on that front, after all they want to put some wins together just as much as the rest of us. The forecast for the next couple of weeks doesn’t look great but hopefully we’ll be able to get some games on. After the lack of free training facilities during the last cold snap things should be easier for us over Christmas and New Year with indoor pitches more readily available. That will allow us to have some decent sessions and maintain our sharpness – something that will hopefully be in evidence on the pitch and in our results to provide you all with some Christmas cheer.”

Get yourself to that football ground.

FC United V Marine FC, SUNDAY, 19th December, kick off 3.00 pm at Bower Fold, Stalybridge.


Scouse Santas! 

You will be forgiven if you think you had a couple of drinks too many when you look over to the away end this Sunday at the match against Marine.

The Marine Supporters Association are running the away trip as a Santas Dash with some of their supporters getting kitted out in full festive costume in order to raise money for the Cancer Wards at Clatterbridge Hospital on the Wirral.

Terrace wags, have your Christmas chants at the ready, but don’t forget it is the season of goodwill to all men.  

Stars of stage and screen back Big Coat Day

Big Coat Day January 3rd vs Ashton United

Justin Moorhouse, James Quinn and the cast of ’Zack’ which has just opened at Royal Exchange have lent their support to FC United’s Big Coat Day, as have Johnny Vegas, John Henshaw, Sue Cleaver who plays Eileen Grimshaw in TV’s Corrie, and Maxine Peake. 

With predictions of more cold winter snaps, the club’s decision to organise the Big Coat Day collection of warm winter clothing at its New Year fixture has been welcomed across the city. In a great gesture of footballing solidarity, our hosts, Bury FC, and our opponents on Big Coat Day, Ashton United, are also calling for their supporters to bring spare clothing for the event. Staff at Jobcentreplus are already collecting, as are staff at two Lloyds TSB branches in Wythenshawe.

Last year, we collected more than four tons of warm clothing and this year local charities for the homeless, Mustard Tree and Boaz Trust, will once again be on hand to collect the clothing at the ground and distribute it across Greater Manchester.

Our supporters can help us make a difference by actively supporting Big Coat Day 2011. If you can organise collections of warm winter clothing in your workplaces, streets or home and get them brought to Gigg Lane, between 12 noon and 3pm before the Ashton game, then we can help save lives. If you wish to help out with any of the promotion of the event please contact vinnythompson@fc-utd.co.uk 

The Big Issue is supporting Big Coat Day, along with our charity partners: Mustard Tree and Boaz Trust.

"Big Coat Day may have started in 2005 as a bit of fun to show we had reached our first Xmas, and it still is fun. But it is also an important statement showing that our supporters continue to care for all our community." 

Andy Walsh, FC General Manager


A very merry Christmas to all FC United supporters from The Pink and everyone at the Club wherever in the world you may be. Let’s hope we all get what we deserve and wish for this festive season…. a few league points would be a start!

Which brings to mind a Football Focus interview on the Saturday before Christmas in the early nineties with Dave (Harry) Bassett and Ron Atkinson who were then managers of Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday respectively. United were doing awful in the Premiership, adrift by a long way at the bottom and couldn’t buy a win whereas Wednesday were challenging for promotion at the top of the old First Division.

The interviewer (can’t remember who it was then) asked what they would both like for Christmas and Harry Bassett replied, “Please, please, just a win”. Ron Atkinson then answered, “Promotion to the Premiership, Champions, League Cup and FA Cup winners”.

“That’s a bit much isn’t it?” replied the interviewer to Ron who came straight back with, “Well he started it!” 

SUNDAY 19TH December KICK-OFF 3pm - ADULTS £8, UNDER 18s £2, OVER 60s £5

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