Friday, November 05, 2010
Fri Nov 5 2010 23:15:45
FC United of Manchester triumph in FA Cup FC United of Manchester beat Rochdale 3-2 with a controversial third goal in their FA Cup first round away match.
The semi-professional seventh division side was formed five years ago by Manchester United fans disillusioned with the club's takeover by the American Glazer family.
FC United were level 2-2 in the fourth and last minute of added time when Mike Norton appeared to kick the ball out of Rochdale goalkeeper Josh Lillis's hands, but referee Geoff Eltringham allowed the goal.
Fireworks outside the stadium on Bonfire Night added to the atmosphere, with thousands of FC United fans travelling the short distance to Rochdale to watch their club go through to the second round of the Cup.
The team has won three promotions in five years and are now two victories away from a possible date with a Premier League team - including their big daddy United.
The FA cup run could bring the the club more than £100,000.