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Tony Glennon (Manchester Evening News)
FC UNITED are planning to turn the final home game of their triumphant debut campaign into a family celebration after clinching the Moore and Co Solicitors League second division title without kicking a ball.
The rebels were crowned champions while winning 1-0 in a friendly at uniBond League Clitheroe due to the failure of rivals Flixton and Nelson to secure the victories they needed to prolong the title race for another 48 hours.
Flixton were surprisiongly held to a goalless draw by lowly Holker, while Nelson were sunk by two James Curley goals at Oldham Town.
Those results were enough to leave Karl marginson's men once again reaching for the bubbly just three days after they'd toasted promotion following a 4-0 rout of Chadderton.
FC United fans get the first chance to salute their championship-winning heroes when the rebels meet Chadderton in the return game at Boundary Park on Wednesday night.
But club bosses are reserving the biggest celebrations for Saturday's Gigg Lane clash with Great Harwood when they'll receive the title siverware from league chairman Dave Tomlinson.
FC United press officer Jules Spencer said: "We want to make Saturday into a real family occasion and so, not for the first time this season, we're offering free admission to all under-18s.
"This is our way of enabling as many local families as possible to share in celebrating what we've acheived and, at the same time, allowing us to say thank-you to all our supporters for the trememdous backing they've givven us since our lauch last summer."
With the championship and promotion now in the bag, FC United bosses can savely look ahead to next term, when they face the prospect of a considerably stiffer challenge in division one.
Spencer added: "Karl has already stated he's been planning for next season for the last couple of months.
"We're not going to develop a big boys' attitude because we know life in the first division will be much tougher, but Kar's confident we can hold our own."