Sunday, September 30, 2007

Rebels' perfect riposte

Source: This is Lancashire

By Liam Chronnell

FC United provided the perfect response to last week's disappointment as they cruised to a 3-0 victory at Chorley.

Karl Marginson described the Rebels' 1-1 draw with Woodley Sports as the worst performance in the breakaway club's history.

But the Rebels hit back in style as top-scorer Rory Patterson grabbed a double and strike partner Stuart Rudd was also on target at Victory Park.

The win moves the Gigg Lane club up to seventh in the Division One North table.

Bumper crowd see Magpies outclassed

Published Date: 30 September 2007

Chorley FC 0 - 3 FC United of Manchester

By Sam Chadderton

Chorley's biggest crowd for 20 years watched the Magpies comfortably beaten 3-0 by FC United of Manchester on Saturday.

More than 1700 supporters came through the Victory Park turnstiles, generating a fantastic atmosphere. However, some of the home side's football failed to match the enthusiasm of the fans.

First half goals from FC United's classy front two, Stuart Rudd and Rory Patterson, plus Patterson's side-foot second-half finish, were a fair reflection of the play.

Chorley threatened mostly through lung-busting runs down the right from Phil Cooney, but couldn't put the finishing touch to some of their more creative moments.

Alongside the excellent Cooney, young forward Danny Nolan showed some nice touches and turns in the opening exchanges.

Debutant 'keeper Peter Collinge, replacing a dropped Phil Priestley, made several good stops to thwart FC United's attacks.

FC United went ahead in the 13th minute, with a scrappy goal from last season's top scorer Rudd.

Some good quick passing on the edge of the box was brought to an end with a block tackle, but the ball fell loose to the unmarked number nine, who poked it low past Collinge from eight yards.

The away side's second was more direct, along punt upfield flicked on by Rudd, into the path of Patterson, who had pulled of the shoulder of the last defender.

He waited for the ball to get out of his feet and calmly slotted it past Collinge for 2-0.

In the second half, with Chorley looking for fresh impetus, manager Gerry Luczka hauled of the front two, Nolan and Mayers on 55 minutes, replacing them with Neil Smith and Steve Burke.

But Chorley's only real threat continued to be Cooney attacking down the right and on the hour mark, FC United grabbed a third to end the contest.

Mullineux was robbed of possession close to his own touchline, and the speedy Jerome Wright burst into the penalty area.

He cut it back to Patterson six yards out, who stroked it home in front of the majority of the vociferous away support.

The 3-0 scoreline fairly reflected a game in which Chorley had their moments, but were outclassed by a strong FC United side.

Att: 1735

CHORLEY: Collinge, Clark (Eckersley 60), Cushion, Mullineux, Howson, German, Cooney, Holden, Nolan (Burke 55), Mayers (Smith 55), Shillito

For a full match report see Wednesday's Guardian

Friday, September 28, 2007

Chorley to hit a high

Source: The Chorley Citizen

By Citizen reporter

CHORLEY are expecting their biggest league crowd in almost 20 years as FC United of Manchester prepare to descend on Victory Park tomorrow.

Club officials are anticipating a gate of more than 2,000 and manager Gerry Luczka has urged his players to put their recent poor form behind them.

"It's a game we are really looking forward to," said the Magpies boss.

"It promises to be a great occasion and I just hope my players respond to it."

After a promising start to the season, the Magpies have struggled for form of late, and they were beaten again on Tuesday night - 2-1 away to Bamber Bridge - in the UniBond Challenge Cup.

Now Luczka, who snapped up goalkeeper Peter Collinge from Clitheroe earlier this week, is threatening to shake up his squad by making further changes after conceding he needs more height and physical presence.

"My team selection tomorrow is going to be very important," added Luczka.

"It will give the lads the chance to show me they are up for the challenge.

"I said to all the lads at the start of the season I'd give them 10 games to prove themselves.

"I've now made my assessment and I'm looking to make changes - hopefully in the next few days."

Thursday, September 27, 2007

‘Pat’ on the back

Published: 27th September 2007

RORY Patterson again proved his goal scoring prowess on Saturday – but FC United had to settle for a 1-1 draw with fellow mid-table side Woodley Sports.

Patterson’s eye for goal has saved FC on countless occasions since the rebel reds were formed in response to Malcolm Glazier’s takeover at Old Trafford.

So it was no surprise to see him equalise a Nick Robinson goal for Woodley on Saturday. But that was as good as it got for FC fans, who will be disappointed to see their side lying 10th in the UniBond League Division One North table.

Having been spoilt by back-to-back title wins, FC United fans are in unfamiliar territory at the moment.

New signing from Burscough Adam Carden made his FC debut on the right wing on Saturday.

Carden and fellow wing man Jerome Wright were the home side’s main threats, receiving plenty of the ball with FC looking comfortable in possession.

But Woodley were impressive on the counter attack with striker Mario Daniel a constant danger man.

United had an early goal disallowed and they were reeling when Robinson dispatched a header into an open goal. But Patterson soon hit back for FC, smashing the ball home following a defensive error.

After the break, United had large amounts of possession but they rarely threatened Woodley’s goal.

FC’s next game is at Chorley FC on Saturday, September 29, kick-off 3pm.

Dave Lawrenson

First published by the Prestwich Advertiser

Reds are primed

By Liam Chronnell

KARL Marginson is expecting a positive response after watching FC United's worst-ever performance.

The manager was far from impressed with his side's 1-1 draw against Woodley Sports.

And the Rebels boss expects Chorley to feel the backlash as the Gigg Lane tenants look to climb the UniBond Division One North table.

"It was rubbish and probably our worst performance since we were formed." admitted Marginson. "A lot of players had off days but we've had a chat about it and it won't happen again."

Two goals from defensive lapses epitomised a lacklustre derby clash at Gigg Lane on Saturday. Nick Robinson took advantage of some statuesque defending to head home on 32 minutes, but 10th-placed FC hit back when Rory Patterson dispossessed Woodley captain Nick Boothby, unaware of the striker coming back from an offside position, before slotting home his seventh goal of the season.

Marginson's men now face two away matches, with Saturday's trip to Victory Park followed by a visit to Skelmersdale United four days later.

"People think we've had a terrible start but we haven't," added the Reds chief. "If we win our two games in hand we can go second."

Captain Dave Chadwick will be available after recovering from an eye injury.

4:10pm Wednesday 26th September 2007

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

‘A great day out’

Source: Stockport Express

Simon Smedley

WOODLEY Sports returned home from their big day out at Gigg Lane on Saturday with a well-deserved point.

The Steelmen travelled to take on FC United at Bury’s ground, and in front of a bumper 2,283 crowd, secured a 1-1 draw.

Nick Robinson fired Woodley into the lead on 33 minutes, but Rory Patterson levelled matters for the Rebel Reds just before the interval.

The point means that Woodley remain well set in seventh place in the UniBond division one north table.

Boss Chris Willcock said: "It was a great day out, a great occasion for the management, players, and our fans, who tried their best to make themselves heard.

"We started the game brightly and when we took the lead, we looked well in control.

"But a mad moment from one of our defenders let Patterson in for the equaliser, and after the break both sides pretty much cancelled one another out.

"We gave a really good account of ourselves, and could even have gone on to win it late on, but we missed a really good chance."

Woodley are back in Cup mode now though. Last night [Tues] they travelled to Conference North neighbours Stalybridge Celtic for a Cheshire Senior Cup first round tie, then on Saturday Willcock’s men head to little-known Horden CW for an FA Cup second qualifying round tie, where £3,500 is up for grabs for the victors.

Willcock added: "We’re well capable of winning at Horden, but we will have to be careful.

"If we don’t apply ourselves properly there could be a potential banana skin there for us.

"We’ll show them some respect. They’ve not conceded many this season, but they’ve not scored many either so we’ll go there confident."

If Saturday’s FA Cup game is drawn, the replay will take place at Cheadle Town’s Park Road stadium next Tuesday, October 2.

Magpies gearing up for FC United fixture

Chorley Football Club is gearing up for its biggest crowd in nearly 20 years when FC United come to town on Saturday.

A bumper attendance of around 2,500 is expected at the Chorley Nissan Victory Park at the weekend when the division's best supported team heads to Chorley.

Chairman Ken Wright said it was likely to be the club's biggest crowd since the heady days of the Conference in 1989 when 2,600 watched the games against Darlington and Stafford Rangers.

A huge organisational effort is currently going on behind the scenes and Wright called on the people of Chorley to match the visitors' huge support.

"If FC United bring 1,800 fans it would be great if Chorley can attract 1,800 of our own supporters," he said.

"It will be an unforgettable atmosphere."

The club is licensed for a maximum crowd of 4,200 and the game will be the biggest money-spinner of the season.

However Wright revealed the massive logistical effort that has been going on.

There will be 30 stewards working on the day, instead of the normal eight, while there will also be triple the number of programme sellers.

Additional staff will be working behind the bar and extra catering is also being provided.

"We are going to have somewhere in the region of 65 people working on behalf of the club on the day compared to the normal number of around 12-15," said the chairman.

The organisation has been made tougher by the fact that the game would have been postponed if either side had progressed to the next round of the FA Cup meaning it was difficult to prepare for in advance.

FC United was established by Manchester United fans unhappy at the club's takeover by the American Glazer family.

Victory Park has hosted two of their home games before but Saturday's game is certain to be biggest crowd of the three matches.

Wright said the club would have to make a contribution towards the extra policing and urged fans to turn up early.

"We've appealed to FC Utd to try and get their fans to arrive at the ground in plenty of time," he explained.

"We've got extra turnstiles to try and avoid congestion and we've also laid on extra facilities in the bar."

Last Updated: 26 September 2007 1:48 PM

Bumper crowd expected for United ‘rebel team’ visit

By Mike Dawber

A bumper crowd is expected at the Chorley Nissan Victory Park Stadium on Saturday for the visit of rebel' team FC United of Manchester.

Newly promoted FC United regularly attract attendances in excess of 2,000 for home fixtures and are likely to bring a sizeable travelling support for the match against the Magpies.

It has been a mixed start to the season for United who lost their first league two matches of the season but won their next two.

They then were defeated 2-1 at Fleetwood in the FA Cup and could only draw away at Woodley Sports last week.

Chorley are desperate to pick up points after last week's heavy defeat at Newcastle Blue Star which has left team fourth from bottom in the UniBond Division One North table having managed just one win in their first seven league matches.

Following police advice, there will be segregation in place for Saturday's game with FC United.

Travelling fans will be using the Duke Street stand and Ashby Street banking, while home supporters will be located in the Main Stand and Pilling Lane end.

There will some light segregation in place that will be maintained and managed by stewards throughout the game.

Chorley fans must access these area by walking behind the Duke Street.

In addition to the main turnstiles at the front gate, the Pilling Lane/Rangletts turnstiles will also be open from approximately 1.15pm.

If anyone wishes to help out on the day please contact Phil Haslam by mobile on 07779 281339 or at the club office on 01257 263406

9:21am today

Monday, September 24, 2007

FC United 1 Woodley Sports 1

24/ 9/2007

RORY Patterson's seventh goal of the season salvaged a point for stuttering FC United as Woodley Sports left Gigg Lane with a deserved draw.

Patterson, the UniBond first division north's top scorer, seized on Woodley skipper Nick Boothby's misdirected back-pass to lash in a 44th minute equaliser after the Steelmen's Nick Robinson had struck on the half-hour to stun the home fans in a crowd of 2,283.

Stuart Rudd, fresh back from suspension, wasted two second-half chances for the misfiring Rebels, leaving goalkeeper Sam Ashton to save them from a shock defeat when he foiled Russ Headley with a smart stop late on.

FC boss Karl Marginson, who faces having to strengthen his squad if the Rebels are to achieve a third successive promotion, said: "We might have nicked it, but all credit to Woodley for making it very difficult for us."

United held to a draw in local derby

By Liam Chronnell

FC United 1 Woodley Sports 1

TWO goals from defensive lapses epitomised a lacklustre derby clash as FC United were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw against Stockport-based Woodley Sports at Gigg Lane.

Nick Robinson took advantage of some statuesque defending to head the Stockport-based club into the lead on 32 minutes of the UniBond League Division One North clash, that left the rebel reds in 10th place in the table.

But the Rebels hit back when top-scorer Rory Patterson cheekily dispossessed Woodley captain Nick Boothby, unaware of the striker coming back from an offside position, before slotting home a minute before the break.

And, in a game of few chances, that was how it stayed to the disappointment of the 2,283 crowd.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

‘Mindless Idiots' To Be Banned


FLEETWOOD TOWN chairman Andy Pilley has vowed to hand out lifetime bans to the "mindless idiots" who attacked FC United keeper Sam Ashton in last week's FA Cup clash at the Highbury Stadium, writes DANIEL SCHOFIELD.

A record 3,112 packed into the ground to see Fleetwood win 2-1, but before the match kicked off Ashton was hit by full plas­tic bottles and coins.

Club officials are now going through CCTV footage to find the culprits and Pilley insists justice will be swift.

He said: "People like that have no place in the Non-League game. I would urge anyone who knows who was responsible to come forward and tell who these people are. As soon as they are identified they will be banned.

"Ninety-nine per cent of our supporters behave impecca­bly, but there's just a couple of mindless idiots who spoil it for everyone.

"We have offered a full apology to FC United and they have been fantastic over the whole incident."

Rebel’s boss Karl Marginson was quick to praise 21-year-old Ashton for his cool response.

He showed great character to just get on with it”, he said. "Some people could have been really affected by that sort of thing but he just got on with the game.

"There is absolutely no bad blood between the clubs and we just hope these idiots get caught as quickly as possible."

Jamie Mulligan scored twice from the penalty spot to see the Cod Army though to a second qualifying round tie at Billingham Town.

The Non-League paper

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Friday, September 21, 2007

LA Pals for FC United set

Rob Allen

20/ 9/2007

MUSIC and football are natural bedfellows, with one culture inevitably feeding off the other and a new afternoon event arranged by FC United brings the two closer than ever.

Course You Can Malcolm is a pre-match entertainment spectacular laid on at Gigg Lane prior to home games at the club formed in response to the Glazer’s Manchester United takeover.

After a trial run with Chorlton’s Little Engine a few weeks ago the series continues with a visit by akoustik anarkhy’s latest discoveries LA Pals this Saturday prior to the fixture with Woodley Sports.

Each band selected will have only 22 minutes to impress what promises to be a packed crowd every week, that’s one minute for every player taking to the pitch.

Chief organiser Rob Brady said “After two seasons, and football issues sorting themselves out very nicely on the pitch, it’s time to sort out the other important matters. Your loved ones, friends, beer, music and football should always go together.

"We now have an opportunity to make it so.”

The first gig was raucously well-received with entry to the gigs being free to anyone paying into the ground for the game along with a club membership. Doors open at 1pm and if you don’t hold a membership you can obtain one on the day.

As rock and roll and sport collide, nobody is expecting the experience to be too healthy and there’s the promise of cheap food and a fully stocked bar to complete the experience of seeing some of Manchester’s brightest new talents on and off the pitch.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Fleetwood Town 2 FC United 1

By Paul Cambridge

SATURDAY September 15 2007 - FA Cup First Qualifying Round

Crowd 3112

Goals: FTFC: Jamie Milligan 2 (2 pens) FCUM: Rory Patterson

A record Highbury Stadium attendance of 3,112 witnessed a pulsating FA Cup tie; the home side earning a narrow victory thanks to a brace of penalties by man of the match, Jamie Milligan.

Town started the game the brighter; the fit again Andy Bell forcing a fine save from the FCUM keeper who tipped a fierce drive over the bar. Danny Hurst was in similarly superlative form at the other end; his triple save thwarting a despairing Rory Patterson. Fleetwood took the lead after 18 minutes; Milligan winning and then converting a penalty which he finished with customary aplomb. FCUM's reply was immediate and within 7 minutes Patterson scored a deserved equalizer; the talented front man bursting on to a through ball before beating Hurst with a clinically directed shot.

Bell made way for Steve Foster at half time; the substitute instantly making an impression with a fine effort from outside the box which was well saved. Overall, the second half was less dramatic but burst into life on the hour mark when Richard Allen was dismissed following an off the ball incident. Undaunted; the 10 men stuck to their task and with Phil Robinson on for Ciaran Donnelly to beef up the Town defence Fleetwood continued to look the more likely winners. And on 66 minutes, Milligan grabbed the winner; Foster winning a penalty after his burst into the penalty area ended with him being unceremoniously fouled. Milligan kept his cool and again sent the keeper the wrong way. The impressive Alex Taylor almost grabbed a third after replacing the hard working Phil Denney in the dying minutes but the final whistle signalled a 2-1 victory for the hosts and a place in the 2nd qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Fine displays by Milligan, Hurst and Denney in what was a sound team performance.

Fleetwood Town Team: Hurst, Walmsley, Fitzgerald, Moran, Mercer, Pond, Donnelly (Robinson), Milligan, Denney (Taylor), Bell (Foster), Allen. Subs Not Used: Hale, Gray.

Last Updated: 17 September 2007 10:08 PM

United FA Cup dream is beached

Published: 20th September 2007

Fleetwood Town 2FC United 1

THERE was controversy by the spade-full as FC United’s FA Cup trip to the seaside didn’t exactly follow a fairy tale script and the reds found themselves on a roller coaster ride out of the competition thanks to two penalties for hosts Fleetwood Town.

Before the game Fleetwood was brimming with United fans singing FA Cup ditties of yore. Some sang of 1977 when it was Docherty, while others remembered Atkinson making it ‘83.

But amidst the cup fever and joviality there was a match to play and as much as FC huffed and puffed they just couldn’t shift the Fleetwood Town deck chairs, despite the home side playing nearly a third of the game 20-handed.

It didn’t bode well when kick-off was delayed due to a few Fleetwood locals taking a wrong turn. They clearly thought they’d travelled seven miles up the road to Pleasure Beach’s world famous coconut shy as they limbered up to take aim. Unfortunately for United keeper Sam Ashton they were obviously quite well practiced as some of their projectiles hit home. Ashton wasn’t up for dishing out cuddly animals or memory-challenged fish though and the referee pulled the teams off the pitch to give the idiots spoiling their club’s reputation an opportunity to calm down.

The kafuffle seemed to affect FC more as Fleetwood pressed from the restart and won a penalty on 12 minutes, which was converted by Milligan. It was a dubious decision given by the referee, who may or may not have had a goldfish under his arm.

FC battled back bravely, even though they were missing the cutting edge of top striker Stuart Rudd, who was serving the last game of his suspension.

Despite Rudd’s absence, FC began to get at the home side, much to the displeasure of the Cod Army, who showed their allegiance to fellow seamen by parading a flag of the American navy.

The reds, though, were not to be perturbed, even by the strange sensation of wearing the third choice blue kit, which until that morning had been locked up in a safe in Switzerland to protect it from people who call each other by internet names.

Rory Patterson, so often United’s saviour, once again produced the goods with a great finish to level the scores.

Half-time came and there were clearly words said in the changing rooms as both sides re-emerged with renewed vigour.

If anything, Fleetwood appeared too pumped up as 15 minutes into the second period a couple of their sailors got over excited and peaked too early. One seemed to raise a hand to Jerome Wright and escaped with a booking but moments later Ritchie Allen was not so lucky when he, according to reds’ defender Rob Nugent, expelled a liquid onto his person. A red card was deserved and FC must have fancied their chances against reduced numbers.

But, as often happens in this funny old game, it was the side going into battle with a depleted army that adapted better. Town won another penalty, this time clear cut, and Milligan once again dispatched it with aplomb, much to the delight of the assembled seamen behind the goal.

The reds simply didn’t have enough in their tank to force an equaliser. They pushed as hard as they could but just couldn’t prise the Town rearguard open. Carden and Patterson both had saw efforts sail wide and FC United’s FA Cup dream went the same way.

Tony Howard

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

All-ticket for Trophy tie

Source: Telegraph & Argus

By Ian Whiting

Bradford Park Avenue have taken advice from various sources and decided to make their FA Trophy tie against FC United of Manchester at Horsfall Stadium on October 6 an all-ticket game.

It will be the first meeting of the clubs, FC United having been founded by disgruntled Manchester United supporters following the takeover at Old Trafford of the Glazer family.

They rocketed up the lower steps of the non-league ladder, aided by healthy finances due to massive support, and will face Avenue home and away in UniBond Division One North this season.

Tickets for the Trophy tie, priced at £7.50 adults, £4 seniors and students and £3 under-16s, are available online, from the club shop and on the day of the game from 10am but there will be no admission through the turnstiles by cash.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Fleetwood Town 2 FC United of Manchester 1

TOWN won through to the second qualifying round of the FA Cup with this victory over United in front of a record Highbury Stadium attendance of 3,112.

Two Jamie Milligan penalties clinched it, the second after Richard Allen's dismissal had seen Town reduced to 10 men.

Fleetwood took the lead after 18 minutes, when Milligan converted a penalty he had won himself.

FCUM scored a deserved equaliser through Patterson seven minutes later.

Allen saw red for an off-the-ball incident on the hour, but substitute Steve Foster won the 66th-minute penalty which Milligan scored to see Town through.

Alex Taylor almost grabbed a third late on after good work by the impressive Phil Denney.

Last Updated: 17 September 2007 7:04 AM

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FC United knocked out

Source: Manchester Evening News

Stuart Brennan

FC UNITED went out of the FA Cup at Fleetwood Town on Saturday in a match marred by missiles being thrown at goalkeeper Sam Ashton.

The FC stopper was twice felled by full plastic water bottles and a coin thrown from the home end during the warm-up, prompting angry crowd scenes which almost forced referee Andy Pownall to abandon the match before it had even started.

Fleetwood could now face FA sanctions after Mr Pownall, who saw Ashton hit by the two bottles, said he would be including the incidents in his report to the governing body.

FC manager Karl Marginson says he would not like to see Fleetwood punished for the ugly incidents, believed to have been caused by a small group of Liverpool fans.

He said: "I am sure Fleetwood will do all they can to keep those idiots away from their club, but unfortunately it only takes a few to spoil a great day and a good game of football.

"I know the referee has to include it in his report but I wouldn't like to see Fleetwood punished because they did everything they could to make it a great occasion and were let down by a few people intent on causing mither."

The game itself was riddled with incident, FC losing to two Jamie Milligan penalties, the first highly dubious, and the second slotted home after Rory Patterson had levelled for the Rebels.

Fleetwood played the last half-hour with ten men after midfielder Richard Allen was sent off for an off-the-ball incident, but they stood firm against a late FC onslaught.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

United's Highbury visit

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Fleetwood Town v FC United of Manchester
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First Round Qualifying
3pm, Saturday 15 September 2007

Winning clubs receive £1,000
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FC United of Manchester are making a habit of visiting famous names in The FA Cup - after beating Trafford in the First Preliminary Round they travel to Highbury Stadium on Saturday to face Fleetwood Town.

And the team are buoyant about their prospects, despite facing opponents from the Unibond League Premier Division, one step up the pyramid from their Northern Premier League.

After two early league defeats, FC United have turned their season around, winning four of their last five games, including the 5-2 win at Altrincham's Moss Lane ground that put paid to Trafford's Cup dreams two weeks ago.

Manager Karl Marginson is hopeful that an upset could be on the cards: "Obviously it's going to be a very tough game as Fleetwood are near the top of the league above us," he said.

"They're a very well organised side but we've been doing our homework so we know what we're coming up against.

"We're in good form as well, and after our four wins we're feeling pretty buoyant."

Marginson believes that the promise of another sell-out crowd - by Monday afternoon 2,500 tickets had been sold at the 3,300 capacity Highbury Stadium - will inspire his team.

"We always get a good following that's for sure," says Marginson. "I'm not sure whether it inspires the opposition but Fleetwood are known for having a good support as well, so this weekend it's going to be a real battle of the fans!

With FC United going into the game as underdogs, Marginson has told his side they should relax and enjoy the occasion on the club's debut season in the world's oldest football competition:

"It's a tall order but we're the underdogs so there's no pressure on us at all," he said. "We're going to enjoy it but don't worry - we're going to Fleetwood to win."

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Clitheroe make FC United donation

Source: Lancashire Telegraph

By Gary York

CLITHEROE chairman Carl Garner has revealed that a "substantial donation" has been made to FC United of Manchester after Tuesday night's match was abandoned due to floodlight failure.

The UniBond League Division One North game at Shawbridge was plunged into semi-darkness before the hour mark - with the teams locked at 1-1 - following a fuse problem.

Failure of the floodlights led to 950 supporters vacating the ground, and the match was abandoned by the referee once it became clear that local utilities could not promptly repair the fuse.

UniBond League chiefs are now re-arranging the fixture, with a date soon to be confirmed.

But after a board meeting yesterday, Clitheroe have decided upon a "goodwill gesture" by making a donation towards FC United's Development Fund.

Furthermore, admission prices for the re-arranged fixture will be reduced and match programmes free.

"We've reached an agreement with FC United whereby we've made a substantial donation to their Development Fund from the proceeds of Tuesday's game," said Garner.

"We agreed that it was morally right to make a donation to FC United and they are happy with our goodwill gesture."

The Blues chairman revealed that the fuse was not fixed until 10.50pm.

He said: "The circumstances were beyond our control. A fuse had overheated that caused some of the bulbs to go on some of the lights.

"The last thing we needed was a problem like this. In fact, we were gutted. We had FC United on the ropes and we looked as though we could have won our first game of the season."

Rebels boss frustrated over Rudd suspension

By Staff Sports Reporter

FC United boss Karl Marginson admitted he was "very frustrated" at the abandonment of Tuesday's match at Clitheroe.

He is now hoping that it will not adversely affect his side's preparations for their game at Fleetwood on Saturday.

Floodlight failure after 60 minutes forced Tuesday's game to be called off with score at 1-1, and the match will have to be replayed, posing concerns about fixture congestion.

But, disappointingly for Marginson, the abandonment also means that prolific striker Stuart Rudd will not now be available for the cup tie because of a quirk of the disciplinary system.

Rudd sat out Tuesday's game as the third of a three-match suspension, but will now also miss the trip to Fleetwood, as any game abandoned inside 70 minutes is deemed by the FA not to count towards suspensions.

Marginson admitted the news was a setback. "Fleetwood are a good side and it's going to be doubly difficult now.

"We had been preparing for the game with Stuart, but now our plans will have to change."

Fleetwood are currently fourth in the Unibond Premier Division One North, one level up the football pyramid from United, and Marginson rates his side as underdogs for the clash.

"It's a new situation for us. We are used to going into games as favourites, but we are definitley underdogs for this one. They are a good side and favourites for promotion in the division above."

United's focus remains on maintaining their impressive league form. The rebels have won their last three completed games, but the manager is aware that a good FA Cup run can make a real difference to a club at United's level.

Marginson added: "Our main concern is the league, but for any non-league club the Cup can make a difference."

4:10pm Wednesday 12th September 2007

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Clitheroe match abandoned in front of 2000 fans

By Paul Plunkett

CLITHEROE'S match against FC United was abandoned tonight after the floodlights at Shawbridge failed.

More than 2,000 supporters were at the Unibond League game when the lights went out midway through the second half.

After a lengthy delay to try to fix them, the referee had no option but to call the game off.

The sides were drawing 1-1 at the time.

Clitheroe now face an investigation by the league.

10:44pm Tuesday 11th September 2007

FLOODLIGHT FAILURE - updated version


By Adrian Capstick

Clitheroe FC made the following statement on Wedesday:

"Aftermuch debate through our Executive Committee this morning we have made the following gesture of goodwill regarding last night's abandonment.

"We will make a significant donation of £1000 to the FC United Development Fund from last night's gate receipts. We have also agreed with the FC United Executive Committee for reduced admission prices of £4 adults and £2 all concessions to the revised fixture as and when the UniBond League reschedule this.

"On top of this, for the revised fixture only, the first 500 people through the turnstiles will receive a free programme."I would like to commend everybody for the sensible and calm way the ground was evacuated last night and apologise once again for any inconvenience caused.

"The FC United Executive have thanked us for our actions last night and our kind gesture today and our great relationship with them continues."

Clitheroe FC chairman Carl Garner

Last Updated: 12 September 2007 3:11 PM

Rebels in the dark

Source: Manchester Evening News

FC UNITED were left sweating over the availability of prolific marksman Stuart Rudd for Saturday's big FA Cup showdown at Fleetwood after the lights went out on their UniBond first division north clash at Clitheroe.

The game was abandoned after 58 minutes due to floodlight failure with the teams level at 1-1.

Rudd, who was serving out a three-match ban, had seen his strike partner Rory Patterson fire the rebel Reds into a 38th minute lead, only for Craig Sargeson to equalise on the stroke of half time.

Premier clubs hit FA Cup trail

Source: This is Cheshire

By Andrew Simpson

THIS Saturday sees the Premier Division clubs join the 22 surviving First Division clubs on the FA Cup trail.

There are three all-Premier Division ties with a tasty looking derby at Leek Town, when the visitors will be last season's Division One champions Buxton, while Witton Albion host Prescot Cables and Kendal Town make the long haul to Worksop Town.

Six ties see the top tier take on First Division sides with the most intriguing being at Fleetwood where FC United of Manchester will be the visitors.


By Adrian Capstick

FLOODLIGHT failure brought Clitheroe's home game against FC United of Manchester to a premature end on Tuesday night.

With just under 60 minutes played of this competitive fixture and over 900 fans in attendance, half the lights in the ground went out when the Blues had looked keen for their first league victory of the season.

United took the lead on 37 minutes with a well-taken strike by Rory Patterson, before Craig Sargeson equalised just before break.

The Bury-based side were a threat throughout, very quick on the attack and dangerous on the counter, but the Blues had the most chances of the first half thanks to a sprightly Peter Smith.

The Clitheroe player-manager put players half his age in the shade, belying his 42 years to push the side forward at every opportunity, using the right wing to full advantage.

Clitheroe's Chris Ward pinged a header over the bar when Smith got the better of left back Shaun Roscoe.

And Ward had a good shout for a penalty when he turned right back Matty Taylor and was tripped in the box only to see it waved away.

Patterson and Jerome Wright proved tricky in the United attack, connected in a flowing move with Nicky Platt that saw the former rifle past James Mann.

Clitheroe's equaliser came courtesy of some Joel Byrom trickery, the forward weaving his way past two challenges only to be intercepted by Taylor, the ball spilled, and Sargeson was at hand to lap up a shot past Sam Ashton.

But at 9 p.m. the lights went out, leaving the result very much in the balance.

Clitheroe: Mann, Koslowski, Clarke, Fletcher, Anderson, McKenna, Smith, P. Osbourne, Ward, Byrom, Sargeson. Subs: Daniels, Stansfield, Jackson.

Last Updated: 11 September 2007 10:44 PM

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

FC left in the dark

Source: Bury Times

By Staff Sports Reporter

FC United's Unibond First Division North game at Clitheroe was abandoned after 58 minutes due to a floodlight failure last night.

The scoreline was standing at 1-1 when the lights went out and club officials were unable to switch them back on.

Rory Patterson had put the Rebels ahead before Clitheroe levelled.

Blues up for Rebels test

Source: Lancashire Telegraph

By Gavin Gibbon

Clitheroe co-manager Neil Reynolds is hoping a win tonight against FC United at Shawbridge can launch the Blues' season in UniBond Division One North.

Reynolds' side has taken just one point from 15 this season and will be missing goalkeeper Pete Collinge, Will Exton and Ryan Fisher, while they are sweating on the fitness of John Osbourne.

But he said: "We haven't started well, but I'm hoping this can kick start our season.

"It's a fantastic fixture for the club and it's one we're all really looking forward to."

Chris Ward returns from injury.

Gates open at 6pm, kick off 7.45pm

Monday, September 10, 2007

George shines for FC United

Stuart Brennan
10/ 9/2007

FC UNITED'S joy at a third successive league win - 2-0 over Harrogate Railway - was tempered by news that key midfielder Josh Howard will be out of action for three months.

The former Manchester United youth team captain had a knee operation on Friday, and it was discovered that the injury was worse than first thought and he will miss a large chunk of the season.

But manager Karl Marginson is not too perturbed after seeing Howard's replacement Liam George put in a fine performance as the Rebels proved too strong for Harrogate on Saturday.
George was at the heart of most of FC's best football.

He is in line to start again tomorrow night, when a win at Clitheroe would boost them into the promotion play-off zone for the first time.

And Marginson feels he has landed another quality act: "It's a blow losing Josh but Liam has now given me two good performances, and will get even better with a few games under his belt."

FC eased to victory, missing a hatful of chances. Simon Carden hooked in the opener on 13 minutes.

And it was the irrepressible Rory Patterson, now top scorer in the UniBond League first division, who hammered the second goal through a crowded penalty area after 52 minutes to secure the win.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

It's a twist of romance for Harrogate Railway Athletic.

Extract from: Pikes restore iron to ranks

By Tony Kelly

It's a twist of romance for Harrogate Railway Athletic.

The Rail head across the Pennines to visit the Bury FC base of FC United of Manchester, the team which rose from the after-taste of the Glazer family's takeover of Manchester United. That prompted the formation of a new club which has enjoyed three promotions.

10:54am Friday 7th September 2007

Friday, September 07, 2007

Railway primed for United clash

Railway primed for United clash
By Staff Copy

HARROGATE Railway face one of their biggest games of the season tomorrow when they tackle the might of FC United of Manchester away at Gigg Lane (3pm kick-off).

Their hosts - formed in the aftermath of Malcolm Glazer’s hostile takeover of Manchester United in 2005 - steamrollered through to win the North West Counties League Division One last season.

They have continued their rich vein of form into the 2007/08 UniBond Divison One North campaign and are currently on a two game unbeaten run.

FCUM also have potent striker Rory Patterson at their disposal who replicated his goalscoring heroics from last year by bagging four already this term.

Brockie knows all about Patterson’s reputation but is confident his Rail’ outfit can attack United’s shaky defence.

“When the fixtures first came out this was the one all the boys looked for straight away,” said Brockie.

“We’re all looking forward to playing on a league ground and in-front of a big crowd as they’ve been consistently getting 2000 plus to their home games.

“I’ve been speaking to a few managers in the league and they’ve all told me Patterson is their dangerman.

“But I’ve also been told their defence can be a little shaky so that’s something we’ll have to look at and target.”

Rail’ are desperate for a three-point win to claw their way back up the table.

Brockie’s men are without a victory in two league games but with last weekend’s morale boosting FA Cup triumph the side will be confident heading into the game.

On Saturday Rail’ moved safely through into the next round of the FA Cup following their 4-1 win over Northern League outfit Esh Winning.

Goals from Richard Marshall, Dave Conway and a brace by Danny Forrest sealed the result.
Brockie’s side will face Northern League Division One outfit Chester-le-Street in the next round eight days from now.

“The Chester-le game will be another difficult one but we’re confident. We really want a good run in the competition this season,” added Brockie.

Meanwhile a further page in the history of Harrogate Railway FC was turned this week when Harrogate Railway Ladies open age team ran out for their first home league match.

Last Updated: 06 September 2007 11:33 AM

FC replenish squad losses

Published: 6th September 2007

FC UNITED have strengthened their ranks to make up for the temporary loss of top players Stuart Rudd and Rory Patterson.

Both strikers are serving suspensions and manager Karl Marginson has made the decision to bring in Liam George from Hyde United and former Burnley reserve Cayne Hanley.

Meanwhile, left back Alex Mortimer has left the club by mutual consent after impressive performances from Shaun Roscoe saw him struggle to hold down a place in the side.

The new signings arrived too late to take part in Sunday’s game with local rivals Trafford FC, when FC made a successful debut venture into the FA Cup to set up an historic tie in the next round.

The reds disposed of Trafford at Atrincham’s Moss Lane ground in a pulsating encounter and they now face a trip to the seaside to play Fleetwood Town in the first qualifying round on Saturday, September 15.

Fleetwood were the first side that Newton Heath, who later became Manchester United, played in the FA Cup and FC fans will be hoping that this historical quirk is a sign they are about to enjoy a good cup run.

And with the way that they started on Sunday, few would argue that a money-spinning cup run is a distinct possibility.

They came out fired up and it was not long before defender Robert Nugent headed the club’s first ever FA Cup goal.

It was fitting that Nugent should score the landmark goal. Not only is he the only survivor from FC United’s first ever starting XI, as a former MUFC season ticket holder he was also present at all of the protest meetings against the Glazer takeover before the formation of the club.

Soon after Nugent’s nodder, former Manchester United youth team winger Josh Howard doubled the lead with a great solo effort which nestled in the corner of the Trafford net.

It should have been all over at that stage but, in the greatest United tradition, FC could not give their fans an easy ride and they allowed the home side back into the game.

Chris Mackay took advantage of slack positioning from FC keeper Sam Ashton to make it 2-1 and the equaliser came via a superb chip from Andy Lundy.

The game was in the balance until Nicky Platt scored from the penalty spot following a foul on striker Stuart Rudd to give the reds the edge at the break.

It was effectively game over when makeshift forward Simon Carden turned and blasted home with 20 minutes to go to relieve the tension.

New boy Anthony Hargreaves came off the bench and put things beyond doubt with a tap in.

United host Harrogate Railway in a league game at Gigg Lane this Saturday, September 8, kick-off 3pm.

Tony Howard

First published by the Prestwich Advertiser

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Patterson hoping to de-rail Harrogate bid

Source: This is Lancashire

By Liam Chronnell

PREVIEW: FC United v Harrogate Railway: FC United are set to welcome back top-scorer Rory Patterson for the visit of Harrogate Railway Athletic - but are set to lose another striker.

The in-form Rebels hitman, who smashed four goals against Bridlington Town in his last appearance, returns from a three-match ban for the first of the Gigg Lane tenants' two games in four days.

And Patterson's comeback comes just at the right time for the Gigg Lane tenants, who have target-man Stuart Rudd suspended following his red card at Garforth Town.

Following the UniBond League Division North home clash with the Yorkshiremen on Saturday, Karl Marginson's men travel to winless Clitheroe on Tuesday as they continue their climb up the table.

At the weekend, FC, in Challenge Cup action last night against Alsager Town, enjoyed the perfect start to their first ever FA Cup campaign to set up a trip to Fleetwood Town.

United kept on the road to Wembley with a 5-2 victory in their preliminary round clash with Trafford, from the division below, to progress to the first qualifying stage against the UniBond League Premier outfit on September 15.

Rob Nugent, Josh Howard, Nicky Platt, from the penalty spot, Simon Carden and substitute Anthony Hargreaves were all on target in a tie switched to Altrincham's Moss Lane ground to accommodate the 2,238 crowd.

Defender Alex Mortimer, meanwhile, has been released from his contract through mutual consent.

Marginson said: "I can appreciate that Alex wants regular first team football at the age he is and he's too good of a player to sit on the bench.

"That is why I have agreed to release him from his contract."

Rebels crash out of Cup

6/ 9/2007

FC UNITED crashed out of the UniBond League Challenge Cup at the first hurdle with a 1-0 extra-time defeat by Alsager Town last night.

FC made seven changes from the team which won the club's first-ever FA Cup tie against Trafford on Sunday, including debut appearances for new boys Liam George and Cayne Hanley.

And the weakened side was given a hard battle by the visitors, who are riding high in the southern section of the UniBond League's first division. FC goalkeeper Sam Ashton, with a series of saves, and a spectacular goal-line clearance by Liam Foster kept FC in contention in the first half.

Playing down the slope at Radcliffe's Stainton Park ground, it was the turn of Alsager keeper Matt Conkie to excel and he denied sub Jerome Wright, Simon Carden and Anthony Hargreaves with a string of superb saves.

And in extra time the visitors' gallant resistance paid off when Dave Whittaker smashed home a 108th-minute winner through a crowd of players when the Rebels failed to clear a corner.

FC United start with a bang

By NickJackson

Non League football round-up

FC United enjoyed a pulsating start to their debut FA Cup campaign with a 5-2 win over Trafford at Altrincham.

Rob Nugent put the rebels in front before Josh Howard doubled the lead before Trafford pulled one back. Trafford then equalised, but before the break Nicky Platt restored FC's advantage from the penalty spot. Simon Carden extended the lead before Anthony Hargreaves made the win even more emphatic.

Manager Karl Marginson said: "I am delighted with the way the side played. The lads were really up for it and they got their reward."

Atherton Collieries cruised through their FA Cup preliminary tie with a fine 3-1 home win over Bacup Borough. Colls' goal came courtesy of Barry Massay (2) and Vita Bina.

Meanwhile, neighbours Atherton LR threw away a two goal advantage in their NW Counties Division One clash at Abbey Hey. They took the lead through Ashley Elliott on the half hour before Ian Berry added a second in the 71st minute. But Worthington pulled one back for the hosts four minutes later, before a disastrous own goal two minutes from time gifted Abbey a share of the spoils. The misery goes on for Daisy Hill who were well beaten 3-1 at New Sirs by Division Two rivals Kirkham and Wesham. Bland got Daisy's consolation goal.

8:14pm Sunday 2nd September 2007

Exciting week ahead

FC United come to town Tuesday

By Adrian Capstick

AN exciting week awaits Clitheroe FC as big crowds, new clubs and large rewards all feature in the Shawbridge side's plans.

FC United of Manchester are the Blues' visitors on Tuesday, and over 1,000 fans are expected to travel for the evening kick-off.

It is the first time the two teams have met for a league fixture, although a successful friendly 18 months ago saw a similar number of supporters make the trip.

Player-manager Neil Reynolds looks forward to hosting the newly-promoted club, but Clitheroe first face their longest away trip of the season at another new UniBond side in the North East on Saturday.

And after the games against Newcastle Blue Star and FC United, the Blues boss takes his side into a plum FA Cup tie at Chorley.

So with new challenges ahead, a bumper crowd to play in front of and FA Cup prize money on offer, Reynolds' side are not short of motivation.

The Blues boss said: "Newcastle have a massive pitch and a big 10,000 seater stadium they share with Newcastle Falcons rugby club. We've a full squad and it's good to bring the lads together for such a trip so early in the season.

"It builds camaraderie on the coach and helps bond the side together.

"FC United is a good one for both us and the fans, and to get anything through the gate like the numbers they command is great for the club and much needed revenue.

"We saw in our friendly with them last time what a pleasure they are to host, and it's always nice to play in front of a crowd of that capacity."

Reynolds welcomes back several players to the squad for the trip to Newcastle, and hopes to have a new left-sided player on board too.

Saturday's 3-2 FA Cup win over St Helens Town was made difficult by injuries, but that pressure has been alleviated.

He said: "We've now gone two games unbeaten. We had a good performance against Garforth and then a scrappy result against St Helens Town, which I was pleased with given our injuries.
"I was just happy to get through with what we had available to us. We put out the best team we could, changed the system at half-time and it worked for us.

"We should almost have a clean bill of health for Saturday. John Osbourne is back, Chris Ward returns, I've got over an injury and there's both Pete Smith and Paul Osbourne who came though Saturday's game."

Only Ryan Fisher, Will Exton and Sam Heap remain on the side lines.

Fisher (ankle) is a long-term casualty, Exton is out with a recurring shoulder injury and Heap, who has been biding his time for a place in the forward line, picked up a knock in training last week.

Clitheroe fans are being advised to arrive earlier than usual for Tuesday's 7-45 p.m. kick-off in order to get in the ground before the game starts. Parking will be restricted and there will be queues at the gates.

And for anyone wishing to go to the Newcastle game, a coach leaves Shawbridge at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Last Updated: 05 September 2007 4:40 PM

Monday, September 03, 2007

Photos - Trafford Vs FC United

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FC United 5 Trafford

Source: Manchester Evening News

FC UNITED won themselves a trip to the seaside as they kept on the Wembley trail.

The Rebels beat Trafford 5-2 in a game that was switched to Altrincham's Moss Lane ground to accommodate the 2,250 following.

Simon Carden was switched from midfield to attack and was twice on target along with Josh Howard, a Nicky Pratt penalty, and a final goal from substitute Andy Hargreaves.

Trafford, who are one division below FC United had pulled back to equalise before Pratt's spot-kick just before the interval.

The players, bolstered by getting their hands on the FA Cup at training on Thursday, will now take on Fleetwood Town in the first qualifying round on September 15... and it's only another ten victories to get to Wembley!

FC United to rekindle history after FA Cup win


By Ricky George

It may have been a Manchester Derby with a difference, but for sheer excitement and some spectacular finishing, yesterday's FA Cup Preliminary Round tie between Trafford and FC United of Manchester would have graced Old Trafford itself. The two non-league sides - Trafford play in the Vodkat NW Counties League whilst United have climbed to the Unibond Division One North on level four of the pyramid - produced a thrilling and combative encounter at Altrincham's Moss Lane stadium.

In beating their local rivals 5-2, the breakaway fans' club, playing in their first ever FA Cup match, earned the right to play Fleetwood Town in the First Qualifying Round of the competition.

Over a century ago, the fledgling Newton Heath FC (who became Manchester United in 1902) entered the FA Cup for the first time against the very same opponents. Football does occasionally throw up strange coincidences, this one almost defies belief.

It is only two years since a group of disenchanted Manchester United supporters abandoned their beloved side in protest against the sale of the club to the Glazer family.

On the premise that membership of the new club would attract a minimum of 1000 fans, the organisers, in receipt of four times that figure, moved in to share League Two Bury's Gigg Lane stadium. FC United quickly won successive championships, playing to average crowds of nearly 3000.

They could have been 3-0 up inside the first 10 minutes, but took the lead a minute later following Josh Howard's corner; central defender Rob Nugent thumping home a header from just inside the penalty area.

Howard, a former Manchester United youth player, made it 2-0 from close range shortly after. In front of a huge home attendance of 2,238, Chris Mackay reduced the arrears with a delicate chip as Trafford battled their way back into contention. They deservedly levelled the scores when Andy Lundy forced his way through.

It was fast and furious as FC United went back in front a minute before half-time when Nicky Platt converted a penalty following a Trafford handball in the box. The pace dropped in the second half as FC United resumed control, Simon Carden restoring their two-goal advantage with 21 minutes left.

Fittingly, in the final minute, a player named Hargreaves (Anthony) topped off the performance with the fifth and final goal, leaving FCUM with just six more rounds to play before entering the draw alongside their Almer Mater.

"It's a FCUM Love thang" read one of many banners around Moss Lane. "Making friends not millionaires", said another.

The other United’s Cup dream begins

Source: The Times

Mark Venables

FC United of Manchester made their debut in the oldest cup competition in the world yesterday when they defeated local rivals Trafford FC 5-2 at Moss Lane, the home of Altrincham, in the preliminary round of the FA Cup.

After the Malcolm Glazer takeover at Old Trafford, a group of Manchester United supporters undertook to reject the corporate megalith that their club had become and thus FC United were born. Now in their third season, that workers’ revolution mentality remains, with directors preferring the local hostelry to the board room at their Gigg Lane base for entertaining visiting teams’ directors. The tone of the club is perfectly summed up by a banner hung behind the goal proclaiming “FCUM, making friends not millionaires”.

FC United rose from the North West Counties league to a berth in the UniBond League northern division, four promotions away from Football League status. After two seasons during which they barely suffered defeat, they opened this campaign with two losses, but normal service was resumed with two victories, including a six-goal mauling of Bridlington Town.

Roared on by the bulk of the 2,238 crowd, FC United raced in to a two-goal lead courtesy of a powerful header from Rob Nugent and a close-range shot on the turn from Josh Howard.

United relaxed and allowed Trafford to restore parity through Chris Mackay and Andy Lundy, but, just before the interval, they were in front again with a penalty from Nicky Platt. Simon Carden added a fourth midway through the second half before Anthony Hargreaves concluded the scoring.

Next stop is a trip to Fleetwood, the venue for the first FA Cup tie played by Newton Heath, Manchester United’s predecessors, in two weeks.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

FC United debut success


The FA Cup
Preliminary Round
Saturday 2 September 2007

FC United of Manchester have made a triumphant debut in The FA Cup by beating local rivals Trafford 5-2 in front of 2,500 at Altrincham’s Moss Lane ground.

The game proved to be an end-to-end affair as FC United – formed by Manchester United fans disgruntled when the Glazer family took control at Old Trafford - raced into an early two goal lead before Trafford hit back to level.

FC United took control in the second half, however, with Robert Nugent, Simon Carden, Joshua Howard, Nick Platt and Anthony Hargreaves scoring the goals that set up a meeting with Fleetwood in the second preliminary round.

And FC United manager Karl Marginson was delighted with his team’s performance: “We played so well,” said Marginson.

“The game was played in a great spirit and both teams were able to get the ball down and play, which made for a fantastic spectacle.

“There were some great goals and the fans have gone home having been royally entertained, so everyone is really happy at how the day has panned out.

“At the start it was almost like the old days of the FA Cup – there were fans with rosettes, cardboard cut-outs of the FA Cup and a really good attendance, which benefited both teams.

“Everyone at FC United of Manchester has waited two years since the club was formed to play in the FA Cup as so many people associated with us are former fans of Manchester United.

“I can definitely say it was worth the wait.”

And Marginson revealed history was about to repeat itself in the next round as FC United have been drawn to play Fleetwood – the team against which Newton Heath, who became Manchester United, made their FA Cup debut in 1896.

“It’s amazing that our second FA Cup game will be against the team that Manchester United made their debut against 111 years ago,” said Marginson.

“It will be a tough tie, but the spirit of the FA Cup is alive and well, and at non-league level that’s what it is all about.”

The game between the two Manchester-based sides was the only high-scoring affair in Sunday’s action, however, as Barkingside and Wootton Bassett Town won 2-1 against Hanwell Town and Bracknell Town respectively.

Elsewhere, Woodley Sports and Mossley afc drew 1-1, as did Causeway United and Westfields FC.

In the only other Sunday games Evesham United beat Gresley Rovers 1-0, while Beaconsfield SYCOB and Hungerford Town will have to replay after a 0-0 draw.

FC United start with a bang

Source: This is Lancashire

By Nick Jackson

FC United enjoyed a pulsating start to their debut FA Cup campaign with a 5-2 win over Trafford at Altrincham.

Rob Nugent put the rebels in front before Josh Howard doubled the lead before Trafford pulled one back. Trafford then equalised, but before the break Nicky Platt restored FC's advantage from the penalty spot. Simon Carden extended the lead before Anthony Hargreaves made the win even more emphatic.

Manager Karl Marginson said: "I am delighted with the way the side played. The lads were really up for it and they got their reward."

Atherton Collieries cruised through their FA Cup preliminary tie with a fine 3-1 home win over Bacup Borough. Colls' goal came courtesy of Barry Massay (2) and Vita Bina.

Meanwhile, neighbours Atherton LR threw away a two goal advantage in their NW Counties Division One clash at Abbey Hey. They took the lead through Ashley Elliott on the half hour before Ian Berry added a second in the 71st minute. But Worthington pulled one back for the hosts four minutes later, before a disastrous own goal two minutes from time gifted Abbey a share of the spoils. The misery goes on for Daisy Hill who were well beaten 3-1 at New Sirs by Division Two rivals Kirkham and Wesham. Bland got Daisy's consolation goal.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

United go Cup crazy

Edited by David James 02/09/2007

NOT many teams can expect a crowd of over 3,000 for their first ever FA Cup tie.

FC United, formed by fans who refused to support Manchester United once the Glazer family had taken control at Old Trafford in 2005, face Trafford at Altrincham's Moss Lane ground today.

Boss Karl Marginson said: "Manchester United have a great tradition in the FA Cup, and everyone here at FC United has been looking forward to this game."

FC United take on Trafford


Trafford v FC United of Manchester

The FA Cup
Preliminary Round
3pm, Sunday 2 September 2007

Few teams can expect a crowd of over 3,000 for their first ever game in The FA Cup, but few sides have crammed as much history into the two years of their existence as FC United of Manchester.

Formed by supporters of Manchester United in 2005, FC United face Trafford at Altrincham’s Moss Lane ground on Sunday.

The tie is a local derby between two teams who know each other well; they faced each other twice in the Northwest Counties League Division One last year and have already met during pre-season, with Trafford winning 2-1.

And with a support base that is used to winning The FA Cup while following Manchester United, the significance of FC United making their bow in the competition is not lost on the players or staff.

And boss Karl Marginson understands how much a return to The FA Cup means to those who will travel to Altrincham on Sunday.

“Manchester United obviously have a great tradition in The FA Cup, and everyone here at FC United has been looking forward to this game immensely,” Marginson said.

“The fact that it’s a local derby and there are no other games in the area on Sunday means that we’re expecting a bumper crowd and expectations are high at the moment.

“That was brought home on Thursday when FA Cup sponsors E.ON brought The FA Cup to training. We had 150 fans there for a training session – not many clubs at our level can boast that!”

United currently play in the Northern Premier League Division One North – the eighth tier of English football – but have won promotion in both of their seasons of league football.

And, says Board member Vasco Wackrill, a good Cup run would act as a superb boost to a league campaign that has stuttered so far, with two wins and two defeats in the opening four games:

“It’s an exciting time for everyone involved at the club,” Wackrill explained.

“We played in The FA Vase last season and the interest then was unbelievable – for The FA Cup it’s gone through the roof.

“We have a great relationship with Trafford as well, although of course we want to get through to the next round.

“And, as big Manchester United fans before we set up this club, there’s one scenario we would all love – getting to the First Round proper and knocking out Leeds United at Elland Road!

“Now that really would be something to celebrate!”

The Screamer ... It's the talk of football

Source: Edited from Daily Mail


Date with destiny

Rebel club FC United make their debut in the FA Cup tomorrow in a derby with Trafford at Altrincham's Moss Lane. Victory would earn a first qualifying round trip to Fleetwood, the club against whom Newton Heath — the forerunner of Manchester United — played their first Cup tie over a century ago.