Tuesday, April 11, 2006


Source: Sporting Life

By Simon Stone, PA Sport

Breakaway club FC United are ready to launch their promotion party at Gigg Lane on Wednesday night.

It is still mathematically possible that FC United could be pipped for the championship - if Nelson were to win all eight games in hand - but the title and a place in next season's North West Counties Football League First Division will be secured with a win over Chadderton.

Set up in the summer following Malcolm Glazer's takeover at Manchester United, FC United have taken the non-league scene and the NWCFL Second Division by storm, shattering a host of league records and attracting a staggering 4,328 for a home game against Winsford in January.

Karl Marginson's men have won 24 of their 32 games so far this season, scoring over 102 goals in the process, and currently top the table by a staggering 26 points.

However, while the celebrations will be in full swing if Chadderton are overcome, it appears Marginson will not be able to join the party.

"I was hoping to wangle the day off but one of the other lads is off, so it doesn't look like it will happen now," said Marginson, a grocery delivery driver, whose normal shift starts at 4am.

"Don't worry though. I can assure you I will make up for it."