Sunday, April 16, 2006


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April 1995: Independent Manchester United Supporters Association (IMUSA) is formed.

September 9, 1998: Rupert Murdoch signals intention to take over Manchester United. IMUSA and newly-formed Shareholders United against Murdoch (SUAM) co-ordinate opposition.

April 9, 1999: Monopolies and Mergers Commission rejects Murdoch bid.

Spring 2005: In response to Malcom Glazer's bid to take control of Manchester United, a steering group is formed. The idea of forming a new club, under the name of "FC UNITED" is floated.

May 2005
: Glazer buys the 28.7 per cent stake of Irish racing tycoons JP McManus and John Magnier.

June 2005: Announcement of club launch. 3,000 people become founder members by pledging money.

Founder members to vote on new club name after 'FC United' is rejected by the FA for being "too generic"

Karl Marginson appointed manager, while 900 people apply for club trial, of whom 200 are selected. Those are reduced at the trial to 17, to add to players signed from local Non-League scene.

Membership of North West Counties League announced.

July 5: First EGM of the new club at Manchester Central Methodist Hall. Official club title of "Football Club United of Manchester" announced.

Eleven board members elected, including IMUSA founder member and leading campaigner against Murdoch, Andy Walsh.

Home ground of Gigg Lane (Bury FC) announced.

July 16: First game, a 0-0 draw away to Leigh RMI.

August 13: First league fixture, 2,590 fans watching 5-2 win at Leek CSOB.

August 15: First home game - a 3-2 win over Padiham.

January 2, 2006: Biggest crown - 4,328 v Winsford.

April 9: Clinch historic promotion with 4-0 win at home to Chadderton.