Nearly 30,000 spectators have come through the gates to watch the new club this campaign and every side that hosts them eagerly awaits a bonanza gate"
FC United of Manchester, the breakaway team formed by Old Trafford supporter,s smashed the North-West Counties League attendance record on Monday. 4,328 turned up at Gigg Lane for the game against Winsford United, who are their nearest rivals in Division Two. The crowd went home happy after FC saw off the challenge to take a firm grip on the division.
Most teams in this division struggle to pull in 200 paying spectators. On the same day, the League Two games at Boston, Chester and Rushden all failed to even pass the 3,000 mark and the figure is bigger than any home gate for hosts Bury this season. FC are now 14 points clear at the top and are the biggest certainties for promotion in the country.
It’s anybody’s guess what figure the club could entertain when the team move towards the seemingly inevitable title win. 5,000 plus isn’t out of the question and it’s just a shame that the club were formed too late to enter the national non-league knockout competitions.
Nearly 30,000 spectators have come through the gates to watch the new club this campaign and every side that hosts them eagerly awaits a bonanza gate. It’s a remarkable story and this is could be just the beginning.
3 January 2006