Friday, August 12, 2005

MEN: Rebels begin road to the top

Rebels begin road to the top
Friday, 12th August 2005

Source: Manchester Evening News

THEY start life nine rungs below the Barclays Premiership but FC United are nothing if not ambitious.

The club was formed by Manchester United supporters disenchanted by the imminent arrival of the Glazers at Old Trafford.

Tomorrow they have their first competitive game when they face Leek CSOB in Division Two of the Moore and Co Construction Solicitors League.

The fans may be fed up with the way Manchester United are going but according to manager Karl Marginson some Old Trafford traditions will remain.

"We want to play in the right manner and we will," he said.

"It is very important. That is what I grew up with and what I would like to see if I was a fan.

"We will get the ball down and knock it wide - we have some decent wingers. By doing that we will create chances and please our supporters."

FC United have already created a stir in non-league circles by the size of their fan base.

Staffordshire police have taken note and imposed a 3,000 all-ticket capacity at Leek's neat Harrison Park ground.

FC United's opponents normally print 50 programmes. For this match alone 2,000 will be on sale.

Marginson is quietly confident his side can climb the non-league pyramid.

He said: "I have brought in players who can play at a higher level and in front of good crowds.

"Hopefully we will get a good level of support home and away.

"I could see in our pre-season games the fans seemed to enjoy their day out.

"They would go down the pub before the game then stand with their mates on the terraces.

"What I noticed was the way the supporters sing for 90 minutes. It was brilliant."