Monday, April 09, 2007

Fans climb aboard to see side secure promotion

Source: Bolton Evening News
By Jane Lavender

IT was full steam ahead for fans of FC United of Manchester on Easter Saturday.

More than 300 fans boarded a steam train, dubbed the Rammy Rattler, to take them to the Riverside Ground in Ramsbottom for a crucial game against Ramsbottom United.

The special train was arranged by the Bury and District branch of the FC United supporters' club.

Their unusual transport proved a lucky charm as the North-west Counties League leaders beat their local rivals 2-1 on their own ground - and secured promotion to the Unibond Football League.

A total of 320 fans piled on to the Rammy Rattler at Heywood East Lancashire Railway Station at 11am on Saturday. The train arrived at Ramsbottom 45 minutes later.

Fans then packed into the Riverside Ground, which attracted a crowd of 1,653 supporters for the nail biting match.

FC United was formed in 2005 as a breakaway club by fans objecting to American businessman Malcolm Glazer's takeover of Manchester United.

FC United, who play home matches at Bury's Gigg Lane, are now seven promotions away from Manchester United in the Premiership