Friday, June 16, 2006

FC play world's oldest club

Source: Prestwich Advertiser
by Tony Howard

FC UNITED will take on the world’s oldest football club as part of their pre-season schedule.
The reds will cross the Pennines for a war of the roses battle with Sheffield FC who are 150 years old next year and are the only club in the world other than Real Madrid to have been awarded the FIFA Order of Merit.
The Yorkshire club were given the prestigious honour for their historical importance and their chairman attended a glittering ceremony alongside Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano.
In fact, Sheffield boast FIFA president Sepp Blatter among their famous members alongside England boss Sven Goran Eriksson and England cricket captain Michael Vaughan.
The match has been switched from Sheffield’s Coach and Horses ground to the nearby Don Valley Stadium to cope with what is expected to be a big crowd.
A Sheffield FC spokesman said: "We are expecting a crowd of up to 6,000 which will no doubt include a large contingent from Manchester.
"Therefore, it was thought wise to switch venue.
"Everyone at the club is looking forward to the match.
"We are the world’s oldest football club and FC United are one of the youngest. It should be an interesting encounter."
The game will take place on Saturday, July 29, kick-off 3pm and ticket details will be announced nearer the time.
FC will also play AFC Wimbledon at Gigg Lane on Saturday, July 22.
Reds fans will be expecting a sizeable travelling contingent for a home game for the first time as the Londoners average around 2,000 for their games.
The Dons were formed by fans of Wimbledon FC who were moved to Milton Keynes and renamed Milton Keynes Dons by the club’s Norwegian owners.
They and FC therefore have common ground and the blues were instrumental in helping to get FC United of Manchester off the ground in June 2005.
Meanwhile, tickets are being sold for the landlords versus tenants game at Gigg Lane on Wednesday, July 26. FC take on Bury with an 8pm kick-off.
Prices will be £7 for adults and £2 for juniors, senior citizens and disabled supporters.
Tickets can be purchased from the main reception at Gigg Lane during opening hours which are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
The reception will also be open on Saturday, July 8, from 10am to noon; Saturday, July 15, from 9am to 5pm; and late opening until 9.30pm on Tuesday, July 18.
Alternatively tickets can be purchased by post at: Bury Football Club, Gigg Lane, Bury, BL9 9HR or by phone on: 0161 764 4881.