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Thursday 30th of december 2010


In a New Year Evo-Stick League double header FC United take on Halifax Town away at the Shay on New Years Day, kick off 2.00 pm, followed two days later by the home game against Ashton United on Bank Holiday Monday at Gigg Lane, kick off 3.00 pm. Without a game for three weeks due the weather enforced lay offs FC are looking forward to getting back to winning ways and moving back up the league table. 

The weather has made training difficult but Margy and the players have continued to make good use of the facilities at the JJB to maintain fitness levels. All the squad are back to full fitness with only the suspended Scott McManus unavailable for selection. There is competition for places all over the park which means Margy has a good problem with selecting the team. 

“We have a good bunch of lads who have continued to train over the holiday period and I’ll have a few selection headaches this weekend. The competition we have down the left hand side gives me options. Lee Neville has been superb for us this season and was very unlucky to pick up his injury when he did. Ludo has fought his way back to fitness also, with a tremendous attitude and professionalism which saw him recently travel up in the middle of a week long engagement in London to attend training for 2 hours and then return back.” 

“Players are in competition for places all over the park now and once they gain that place they will be under pressure to deliver performances and stay in it.

Despite rumours we are not looking to sign anybody at the moment, but that can change if circumstances dictate. The League position is a worry but I’m still adamant that we are in a false position. It’s frustrating but whether its luck, judgement or whatever we have certainly been creating enough chances to win games. We’ve just got to start taking them, be more ruthless and make sure we keep them out at the other end. I can assure you we are determined and focussed to make this happen.” 

Asked about penalties Margy replied, “I’m taking them! After the latest miss by Jake against Brighton I’m confident there are sufficient strong minded players in the team to take responsibility and turn around the poor return from penalties this season. Again, it’s a source of frustration but it shows we are creating the chances to be awarded them in the first place.” 

“The Halifax game has become a back to back and we will be going there to continue the level of performance we put in against them at home. For long periods we had them under the cosh and if Carlos’ penalty shout had gone our way they would have had to change the way they played probably to our advantage.

Their supporters aren’t like ours and on Saturday we’ll try to make sure they don’t get a foothold in the game and get the home fans frustrated whilst we draw on the fantastic support from our own fans.”

Ludovic Quistin - back to fitness

“After Saturday we come straight up against Ashton on the Monday and we’ll be glad to be playing after what seems like a preseason build up with the league starting again. We know we’ll get the performances from both games this weekend and it’s up to us we make sure we get points from them also. We have played well at Gigg Lane this season and I expect that to continue against Ashton.” 

“My New Years Resolution? To win football games and reward all our fantastic supporters who follow us through thick and thin and give their total support to the players on the pitch no matter what the result.” 

Get yourself to that football ground. Halifax away on Saturday followed by Ashton United at Gigg Lane on Monday 3rd January, kick off 3.00 pm.


The usual Pound for the Ground draw will not take place on Monday as it will be replaced by our festive New Years Day Draw. You may already have bought a ticket but if not or if you simply fancy having another go to win one of the great prizes on offer then the draw ticket sellers will be around Gigg Lane in the usual places for the Ashton United game ready to help you out.

 The prizes are as follows:- 

  • A luxury hamper of Co-op Fairtrade food and drinks
  • A pamper package worth £99 at the Y Club, Castlefield
  • One month gym membership at Y Club, Castlefield - NEW
  • A fudge gift box
  • A leather handbag
  • Voucher for the Rose n Bowl carvery and pub near Rossendale
  • Concert tickets for Primal Scream at the Manchester Apollo
  • FC United club shop voucher £10
  • FC United club shop voucher £20
  • FC United club shop voucher £50
  • Travel with the FC United team to an away game
  • Match day experience with FCUM radio
  • VIP day at Gigg Lane for up to 2 adults and 2 children
  • Tickets to FC United for up to 6 people
  • FC United t-shirts x 2 

And finally, don’t forget the DF Barrels which will also be placed around Gigg Lane available to take donations of any size, from copper to notes, and not forgetting foreign currency left over from your recent trips overseas. 

The running total so far this season is a fantastic £6228 which all helps towards the goal of our own ground at Ten Acres Lane. Not a bad total from loose change.

An Ode To FC: by John Henshaw 

Check in your wardrobe and the back of your door

Have you got a BIG COAT you don’t need anymore? 

FC United will take it off your hands

And, if there’s gloves in the pockets, well that’d be grand. 

FC United - amidst all the recent excitement and forthcoming turmoil, still finding time to think of others. It makes me proud to be associated with them, and I am a BLUE!!

John Henshaw, actor 

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 called for support for FC United’s Big Coat Day, as have Johnny Vegas, Sue Cleaver who plays Eileen Grimshaw in TV’s Corrie and Maxine Peake. 

Bury South MP, Ivan Lewis, has also added his call to support the event: "At this time of the year we should be thinking about those who are vulnerable and lonely. FC United should be congratulated on this excellent initiative which is yet another example of the club’s commitment to our local communities." 

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. Hence 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 offices have been collecting. In Wythenshawe, staff at two Lloyds TSB branches are collecting and the local ASDA set up a collection point for shoppers to drop off spare clothes 

Last year we collected over 4 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. 

"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

Saturday 1st of January, Hallifax away, Kick off 2.00 PM;
Monday 3rd of January, Ashton United at Gigg Lane, kick off 3.00 pm.
ADULTS £8, UNDER 18s £2, OVER 60s £5

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