Thursday, December 27, 2007

FC fans urged to boycott game

Source: Bury Times

By Marc Higginson

FC United fans have been asked to boycott their game with Curzon Ashton tomorrow.

United's board are urging supporters not to attend after television company In Vision moved the kick-off time from 3pm to 12.45pm for it to be shown live on the internet.

FC, who were founded in 2005, after American businessman Malcolm Glazer took over Manchester United, oppose the idea of games being moved to suit television audiences at the inconvenience of spectators.

Jerome Wright and Adam Turner return to the United squad after suspension, but top scorer Rory Patterson is still out.

Striker Stuart Rudd has had a setback in his return from a knee injury, and is set to be sidelined for another month.

Skipper Dave Chadwick and Josh Howard should return within a fortnight.

Radcliffe Borough director of football Peter Coyne has some juggling to do with his squad before the home clash with Clitheroe.

Cammell Laird are discussing terms with goalkeeper Sean Lake, Glyn Barker has left the club to go travelling and influential midfielder Lee Connell could be out for up to six weeks with ankle ligament damage picked up in the draw at Bradford.

Lake and Barker have yet to be replaced, but there is plenty of new competition in midfield with 21-year-old Maine Road captain Neil Chappell signing permanently and Bradford Park Avenue's Mark Jones joining on loan for a month.

Accrington Stanley teenagers Andy Smith and Joseph Shelmedine have joined on work experience.