Thursday, December 29, 2011

FC United 2 Ashton Utd 1

 Source: Tameside Advertiser

 Ashton fell just short on their Boxing Day visit to Gigg Lane to face play-off hopefuls FC United.

They made the worse possible start as, with just three minutes on the clock, Matty Wolfenden controlled a through ball and struck his shot against the bar, ex-Curzon striker Mike Norton knocking home the rebound.

After 10 minutes, Mark Peers pulled the ball back for Ian Bennett whose left-footed effort was blocked before Warren Beattie volleyed over.

A couple of minutes later a great crossfield pass from Peers found Chris Amadi, who outpaced the full-back and hit a fine finish past James Spencer goal to level.

Midway through the half a long cross by Lee Neville saw Nicky Platt head wide for FC and Carlos Roca was then fouled by George Melling, the resultant free kick being headed wide by Adam Jones.

On the half-hour Wolfenden’s searching cross was too high for Norton and Stephen Johnson’s follow up hit the side netting.

Neville then won a challenge in midfield and fired off target from 20 yards.

The ball was then deflected through to Jones, whose near post effort was blocked as the home side continued to press.

After the restart a ball into the area by Peers saw Aaron Burns beat his marker and fire narrowly wide from a tight angle.

At the other end, a cross by Wolfenden was headed back across goal and as the Ashton defence stood and watched, the ball dropped to Neville who scored with a left-footed effort from six yards.

Amadi then played the ball through to Ian Bennett, whose effort was saved by Spencer and Burns then had his deflected effort saved.

Wolfenden played the ball square to Roca who fired over from 20 yards.

Amadi was then fouled resulting in a free kick which dropped to Burns who fired home, only for the goal to be disallowed for dangerous play.

Midway through the half, a long ball found Norton completely unmarked on the penalty spot.

He controlled the ball and set up Johnson, whose effort was blocked and Norton fired the rebound wide.

With 15 minutes left on the clock Amadi made great progress to pull the ball back to Burns, who looked certain to equalise, but saw his effort denied by a superb save from Spencer.

As Ashton pressed for the equaliser, FC broke away and substitute Daniel Grimshaw was played clear by Norton only to screw his effort wide.

Attendance: 1,926

Football fans dig deep for Big Coat Day

 Source: Prestwich and Whitefield Guide

 FOOTBALL fans showed support for their team and two charities on Boxing Day.

As well as cheering their side to a thrilling 2-1 win at Gigg Lane, FC United of Manchester supporters donated three van loads of clothing to good causes.

The 3,000 items will be shared between the Mustard Tree and the Boaz Trust, which both help homeless people.

Some of Bury Council’s 8,000 staff also made donations, as did workers from local firms.

And firefighters from Bury and Whitefield stations also made an appearance before the match to meet some of the supporter-owned club’s younger fans, who gained free entry to the game.

Sedgley representative and FC United fan, Cllr Alan Quinn, said: “It was great to get Bury Council’s workforce involved, “I’m sure that this will become part of their Christmas events now.

“I’d also like to thank Steve Matthews of Arco Workwear who generously donated many items of clothing too.

“From an FC United point of view, it’s another Christmas and we’re still here showing others that there is another way for football.”

Bury fire station watch manager Al Topping said: “Big Coat Day was a great success and we are pleased to have played our part supporting FC United and their continued valuable community work.”

FC United spokesman Andy Walker said: “I’d just like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to all those who took time out of their Christmas to donate costs and other warm clothing to help the homeless and needy.

“Seeing the van outside Gigg Lane packed to the roof with clothing was an inspirational site and every item that we have collected will make a big difference to many people in need across our area.”

1:45pm Wednesday 28th December 2011 in News
By Dale Haslam

Monday, December 26, 2011

FC United defeat Ashton United

Source: MEN

FC United stepped up their Evo-Stik Premier promotion challenge with Lee Neville’s 49th-minute strike securing them a 2-1 home win over neighbours Ashton United.

Mike Norton had given the Rebels a third-minute lead, but Chris Amadi quickly equalised.

Northwich remain just three points behind leaders Chester after Ryan Wade’s 77th- minute leveller earned them a 1-1 draw with the visiting Deva Stadium pacesetters, who had led through ex-Altrincham favourite Wes Baynes.
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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Stars line up to support FC United’s Big Coat Day to help the homeless

 Source: Social Enterprise

 Local celebrities, actors and comedians are lining up to support social enterprise football club FC United of Manchester’s annual Big Coat Day on Boxing Day, which aims to help the homeless and needy by collecting warm winter clothing before their home game against Ashton United on 26 December 2011.

Last year the impact of the cold winter months on the North West took someone’s life every half hour.

FC United of Manchester’s decision to organise a ‘Big Coat Day’ collection of clothing at its New Year fixture proved timely – the winter was the coldest in almost 40 years. However, a fantastic response from the public and football fans alike saw a 5.5 tonne wall of winter clothing collected to keep the poor and needy warm around the city.

The club aims to do better this year and the prospects are looking good with support already pledged from several stars of stage and screen across the UK, including comedian Johnny Vegas, actors John Henshaw and James Quinn, pop star Clint Boon and several Coronation Street stars, including the actors who play Hayley Cropper and Eileen Grimshaw.

Big Coat Day has also attracted backing from a raft of partners including the Royal Mail, who are promoting it to all their staff in delivery offices and on visual display screens across the UK. Bury Council is also asking all its staff to support the event, as are the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and Guinness Northern Counties Housing Association are also backing the initiative.

FC United general manager Andy Walsh said: “Last winter, some 5,000 deaths occurred in the North West, many because of lack of heating and warm clothing. I would ask anyone across Manchester with any unwanted items of warm clothing to take it directly to Gigg Lane between 12 noon and 2.55pm on Boxing Day, where it will be collected for distribution to the needy.”

Over the years, Big Coat Day has proven very successful with thousands of items being donated. All items will be collected from the ground and distributed by the Mustard Tree and Boaz Trust charities. “Any reasonable quality winter clothing can be brought to Gigg Lane between 12 noon and 2.55pm where it will be collected by Mustard Tree and Boaz Trust charities that distribute the clothing. Those that cannot get to Gigg Lane should contact us at FC United and we will make arrangements for collections,” said Walsh.

FC United’s game against Ashton United on Boxing Day has also been designated as a ‘Kids Go Free’ day so the club is urging people to make it a family day out to help with carrying bags of clothing to the game.

Here are a few clips of what some celebrity friends of FC have to say about Big Coat Day:

Monday, December 19, 2011


 Source: Non-league Daily

 Northwich Victoria took advantage of a slip from Hednesford Town to move into second place in the Evo-Stik League Premier Division on Saturday.

Vics notched a 2-1 win in an exciting clash with FC United of Manchester, while the Pitmen fell to a 1-0 defeat at Worksop Town – Tigers skipper Mark Hudson with the goal. Chester FC remain top following a 2-1 win at Marine.

At the other end of the table, Whitby Town remain the only team in the three Evo-Stik NPL divisions without a home win, losing 4-3 to fellow strugglers Buxton, who picked up their first win in twelve games.

Burscough remain bottom of the division after a defeat to Chasetown, who are finding a good rhythm with just one loss in the last seven games.

Kendal Town picked up a much needed 4-2 win over Stocksbridge Park Steels, who haven’t won on the road in six attempts, while Stafford Rangers picked up their first home win in seven games against a Frickley Athletic side who have now lost five on the bounce.

Elsewhere, Mickleover Sports are without a win in ten games now, but came from behind to earn a home point against Ashton United.

A frozen pitch put paid to Bradford Park Avenue’s clash with Chorley, ice and snow caused the postponement of Matlock Town’s match with Rushall Olympic, while North Ferriby United’s trip to Nantwich Town was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

FC United's promotion setback

 Source: MEN

 FC United missed a chance to step up their Evo-Stik Premier promotion challenge in losing 2-1 to title-chasing Northwich.

Mike Norton's injury-time strike came too late to save the Rebels, who fell to goals by Ian Kearney and Chris Budrys.

Ashton United couldn’t hold onto a lead given them by Aaron Burns' sixth-minute penalty in a 1-1 draw at Mickleover.

Evo-Stik North leaders Curzon Ashton were grateful to Lee Blackshaw for rescuing them a point against visiting Witton Albion.

Jordan Stepien struck twice to give Woodley a 2-1 home win over Durham, while sub Ben Beresford also hit two as Salford crushed neighbours Mossley 4-1 at Moor Lane.

December 18, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

FC United continues Community Share drive

 Source: Pitchero Non League

 Club look to make £1.6m for new ground.

The FC United of Manchester Community Share Offer, a unique opportunity to invest in a community sports facility bringing football back to the heart of its communities, has just over three weeks left to run and today the club made an appeal for anyone who has yet to invest in the scheme to do so without delay.

Member-owned football club FC United of Manchester is planning to build a football ground and community facility in Moston, north Manchester, and is looking to raise £1.6m of the £4.5m cost from an innovative community share offer.

Raising capital through community shares is a unique development in English football and has been recognised as offering a real alternative to the way football is run and financed and offers genuine social benefits to local communities.

Speaking today, FC United general manager Andy Walsh, said: “When we were granted planning permission last month to build our new ground in Moston, we relaunched our community share scheme that we hope will deliver a significant contribution to the building costs. Last year’s scheme raised a magnificent total of £1.3m which has been safely held in an Escrow account since. We are now aiming to increase that total to £1.6m by 31 December 2011 and we are asking anyone who shares our vision of bringing football back to local communities to back us by investing in community shares.”

“By buying shares, investors will be supporting a better way for football to deliver genuine community benefit – one that is owned and run by supporters and committed to wider community and social development and financial sustainability,” said Walsh. “Our groundbreaking development will create a positive and lasting legacy in Moston, creating new sports and non-sports facilities for the area for generations to come,” he said. “But it is important that people act now to avoid missing out,” said Walsh.

The FC United community share scheme has a minimum share purchase of £200. The share issue has been given advance approval by the HMRC Enterprise Investment Scheme and subject to personal circumstances this allows individuals to claim tax relief of up to 30 per cent on the amount that they purchase in the share scheme.

Full details of the scheme including all documentation, the offer documents and a summary business and community use plan for FC United’s community football ground in Moston are available online at

The FC United of Manchester scheme is one of only ten projects supported by Co-ops UK and central government through the Community Share Scheme, designed to enable cooperative organisations like FC United to raise finance from local communities to support expansion and development much more effectively than through traditional methods such as bank borrowing.

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Guiseley land home draw against Stockport or Stalybridge in FA Trophy

 Source: Ilkley Gazette

 Guiseley landed another home tie when the draw for the second round of the Carlsberg FA Trophy was made at Wembley today.

The Lions will face the winners of Tuesday night's replay between Stockport County and Stalybridge Celtic at Nethermoor on Saturday, January 14.

Steve Kittrick's men reached the second round with a 2-0 home win over FC United of Manchester on Saturday, while Stockport and Stalybridge fought out a 2-2 draw.

The winners of the second round tie will win £6,000 in prize money.

Second round draw Ebbsfleet United v Chester, Wealdstone v Barrow, Weymouth v Alfreton Town, Worksop Town v Newport County or Forest Green Rovers, Gateshead v Braintree Town, Lincoln City v Carshalton Athletic, Vauxhall Motors v Droylsden or Kidderminster Harriers, Dartford v Boston United, East Thurrock United v Hampton & Richmond Borough, Grimsby Town v AFC Hornchurch or Farnborough, Cambridge United v AFC Telford United, Northwich Victoria v Staines Town or Maidenhead United, Hinckley United v Luton Town, Salisbury City v York City or Solihull Moors, Guiseley v Stockport County or Stalybridge Celtic, Bath City v Basingstoke Town

Non-league round-up

 Source: Edited from MEN


 FC United also had their Wembley dreams shattered in a 2-0 defeat at Guiseley.

The Rebels held their own for more than an hour but were eventually sunk by two goals in the last 20 minutes.

It brings an end to FC’s run, which got them to the first round proper of the FA Trophy for the first time.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Guiseley AFC: Off-colour Lions seal late progress

 Source: Yorkshire Evening Post

 Guiseley boss Steve Kittrick admitted his side were “poor” as they scrambled to a 2-0 victory over Evo-Stik League outfit FC United of Manchester in the first round of the FA Trophy at Nethermoor.

The Blue Square Bet North side overcame their plucky opponents thanks to goals from Gavin Rothery and Lee Ellington, but they had to do it the hard way, frustrating fans with some misplaced passes and spurned chances.

Despite missing Simon Baldry through injury and Chris Senior, who was cup-tied, the Lions would still have fancied their chances and they began well, Ciaran Toner driving an early effort over the bar.

Andy Holdsworth then headed over before the visitors hit the woodwork after a corner caused the home defence problems.


Two moments Kittrick described as “game-changing” then occurred within minutes, both Danny Boshell and Danny Forrest forced off with hamstring tweaks. It clearly affected the hosts, who then struggled to lift the pace.

The Lions stepped up when it mattered most, however, and it was Rothery who made the breakthrough in the 76th minute, hitting the post before pouncing on the rebound. Guiseley then wrapped things up with Rothery dinking in to Ellington who fired home.

Kittrick said: “There’s no point dwelling on it because you’re going to get those sorts of performances. We’ve won 2-0 but we’ve been poor. At the end of the day you’ve got to take your chances when your team’s not playing well and you’re not having the best of times.”

Elsewhere, only a last-minute equaliser from Jon Challinor stopped York City from going out of the Trophy at the first round stage for the second year running.

Last year Boston United, from Blue Square North, won 1-0 at Bootham Crescent and Solihull, from the same league, were unlucky not to win after being the better side on Saturday.

They shook York with a third-minute goal from Jordan Fitzpatrick and although City levelled with a Matty Blair header from Danny Pilkington’s centre two minutes later, Solihull were back in front on 39 minutes.

Richard Walker, who had missed the game’s best chance seven minutes earlier, scored with a low shot off the inside of Michael Ingham’s right-hand post.

Pilkington shot wide after breaking clear when he had time to go round keeper Jasbir Singh and York were denied a clear penalty when Stuart Langdon handled Matty Blair’s shot.

Junior English hit the post for Solihull and the visitors appeared to have the game won until the third of four minutes of stoppage-time when Adriano’s pass up the middle saw Challinor appear to foul Singh before bundling the ball home from what Solihull claimed was an offside position.

York manager Gary Mills said: “We have had a bad day at the office, but we kept going and got the break we needed, although Solihull will have gone home thinking they deserved more than a replay.”

Harrogate Town did exit the competition, putting in a tremendous effort in going down 3-2 at Blue Square Premier outfit Barrow. Will Turl and Laurie Wilson netted for Simon Weaver’s Blue Square North outfit,

Meanwhile, in the only game in Blue Square North, FC Halifax Town were 3-0 winners against Blyth Spartans at the Shay, Jamie Rainford, James Walshaw and Jason St Juste with the goals.

Published on Monday 12 December 2011 10:01

Guiseley overcome early injuries to make Trophy progress

 Source: Bradford Telegraph and Argus

 Guiseley 2, FC United of Manchester 0

Guiseley were victorious in their FA Trophy tie at home to FC United of Manchester but the Lions were far from rampant.

Steve Kittrick’s men booked their place in tomorrow’s second-round draw but it was more of a workman-like display, rather than a mesmerising performance.

That is probably paying due credit to FC United, who may be a step below Guiseley on the football pyramid but still present a formidable challenge.

The hosts were forced into first-half alterations to their game plan when they suffered two early injuries, with striker Danny Forrest (hamstring) and midfielder Danny Boshell (groin) both being forced off.

They were already without Chris Senior, who is on loan from Blue Square Bet Premier Division outfit Alfreton Town. His parent club’s manager Nicky Law did not want his player cup-tied.

Despite the shuffling of his pack, Kittrick’s side did force openings in the goalless first half.

Ciaran Toner fired over in the first minute and Andy Holdsworth shot just wide two minutes later.

Former Huddersfield Town player Holdsworth went close again midway through the half when he headed over from a Dave Merris cross.

Gavin Rothery had a shot deflected for a corner and Toner twice went close again before Joe O’Neill, who had replaced Forrest, put the last chance of the first half off target.

FC United had more possession after the break then they had enjoyed in the first period and it took Guiseley a while to create another opening.

Skipper Simon Ainge headed wide from a Holdsworth corner before the breakthrough finally came.

Rothery saw his 71st-minute shot parried by the visitors’ keeper but he netted at the second attempt – and later turned provider.

His good work and intelligent pass set up Lee Ellington and he put the result beyond doubt three minutes from time.

Lions spokesman Stuart Allen said: “We are in the hat, which the important thing.

“It wasn’t the most convincing performance, and the two early injuries disrupted us, but we did the job.

“They (FC United) had a lot of possession, especially in the second half, but they didn’t really have our defence in trouble and keeper Steven Drench had very little to do.”

5:30pm Sunday 11th December 2011 in Sport

By Ian Whiting

Injury-hit Guiseley in Trophy victory

 Source: Yorkshire Post

 Guiseley shrugged off first-half injuries to striker Danny Forrest and midfielder Danny Boshell to gain a 2-0 victory over FC United of Manchester, at Nethermoor, and reach the second round.

Although Guiseley always looked the better side they had to wait until the 71st minute to open the scoring, Gavin Rothery doing it in style by giving three defenders the slip before shooting against a post and firing home the rebound.

Guiseley’s place in the next round was assured with four minutes left when Lee Ellington shot into the corner of the net after the visitors failed to clear a corner.

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Friday, December 09, 2011

Noon KO Not Expected to Affect Crowd

Source: Ilkley Gazette

 Despite the noon kick-off, Guiseley chairman Phil Rogerson is expecting a bumper crowd for Saturday’s FA Carlsberg Trophy First Round tie against FC United of Manchester.

 He said: “I would not be surprised if there are 2,000 there.”

The midday kick-off is on the advice of police because of incidents at previous FC United visits to West Yorkshire, and the early start hasn’t pleased everybody.

Rogerson said: “We have had one or two complaints from the Manchester end but what if we didn’t follow police advice and something happened?

“But as we have stewards and police inside the ground, I am hopeful that everything will pass off peacefully, and we have dealt with big crowds before when Stalybridge Celtic and FC Halifax Town have been the visitors.”

As for the football side of things, Rogerson said: “FC United are doing well in the division below us but we are doing well in the division above, and I believe we will have a full-strength squad available – but it is a cup tie and anything can happen.” Guiseley, after four draws, have picked up some momentum with four straight wins, including a 2-1 Blue Square Bet North victory on Tuesday at Blyth Spartans.

Rogerson added: “Our goalkeeper Steve Drench earned his corn in the last minute with a double save from what was a debatable penalty decision.”

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Supporters Direct supports FC United's re-launched Community Shares scheme

 Source: Supporters Direct

 FC United have re-launched their landmark Community Share Scheme for the development of their stadium and community facilities in Moston, North Manchester.

The scheme allows people to buy community shares to support the project without affecting the one member one vote structure of the club. The scheme has had advance approval to qualify for the Enterprise Investment Scheme, which means that you could earn 30% tax rebate (subject to personal circumstances) on investmnents of over £500.

To see the Offer Document, and further details about the project, please go to:

FC United are seeking to raise £1.6m out of the total project cost of £4.5m from Community Shares, the first football club to do so and a model that Supporters Direct hopes other clubs will follow.

Tom Hall, Supporters Direct Head of Policy and Development, described the project as "a ground-breaking initiative. The use of Community Shares allows supporter owned clubs not only raise funds and improve their facilities, but to have a real impact on the communities that they serve. Supporters Direct have advocated their use in our 2011 development briefing papers, and we have also recently received funding to deliver nine Community Shares projects over the next two years. We fully support FC United's Moston scheme, and would urge all those who can to get behind it."

Form is with Guiseley going into big cup tie

 Source: The Advertiser

 By Ian Whiting

 The clash between Guiseley and FC United of Manchester at Nethermoor on Saturday in the first round of the Carlsberg FA Trophy is an appetising one.

There promises to be an atmosphere that will do justice to the big cup tie.

West Yorkshire Police have insisted on a noon kick-off to minimise disruption and potential trouble in and around the surrounding area but it is not an all- ticket game.

Guiseley are riding high in the Blue Square Bet North Division, having consolidated their third place with a midweek away win.

However, FC United are just outside the play-off zone, in seventh spot, in the Evo-Stik Premier.

FC United were just one game away from joining the Lions in the Conference League set up last season.

They beat Bradford Park Avenue at Horsfall in the play off semi-final before suffering defeat at Colwyn Bay.

Guiseley spokesman Stuart Allen said: “We finished Tuesday’s game with no new injuries and Danny Ellis came on for the last 15 or 20 minutes in his second game back from the ankle problem that kept him out for a long time.

“Danny Boshell missed the game with a groin injury, so is struggling, and Simon Baldry also had to sit that one out.

"They will be doubtful for the FA Trophy tie but the rest of the lads, even Mark Bower, seem to be in contention for places.

“Steve (manager Kittrick) will not be sure who is and who isn’t ready until he finds out if there were any reactions after tonight's final training session of the week.”

Former Bantams skipper Bower has also been sidelined with an ankle injury but has been involved with the rest of the players during the warm-up before the last two league games.

2:32pm Thursday 8th December 2011 in Guiseley

Guiseley chairman defends early Trophy kick off

 Source: Ilkley Gazette

 Despite the noon kick-off, Guiseley chairman Phil Rog-erson is expecting a bumper crowd for Saturday’s Carls-berg FA Trophy first-round tie against FC United of Manchester.

He said: “I would not be surprised if there are 2,000 there.”

The midday kick-off is on the advice of police because of incidents at previous FC United visits to West Yorkshire, and the early start hasn’t pleased everybody.

Rogerson said: “We have had one or two complaints from the Manchester end but what if we didn’t follow police advice and something happened?

“But as we have stewards and police inside the ground, I am hopeful that everything will pass off peacefully, and we have dealt with big crowds before when Stalybridge and FC Halifax have been the visitors.”

As for the football side of things, Rogerson said: “FC United are doing well in the division below us but we are doing well in the division above, and I believe we will have a full-strength squad available – but it is a cup tie and anything can happen.”

Guiseley, after four draws, have picked up some momentum with four straight wins, including a 2-1 Blue Square Bet North victory on Tuesday at Blyth Spartans.

Rogerson added: “Our goalkeeper Steve Drench earned his corn in the last minute with a double save from what was a debatable penalty decision.”

11:14am Thursday 8th December 2011 in Sport

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Chorley v FC United Manchester

 Source: Chorley Guardian

 FC United Manchester 0 - 0 Chorley

Chorley’s players showed their fighting spirit to grab a point at FC United’s Gigg Lane ground in front of 2,000-plus fans.

The club’s cash crisis means the players haven’t been paid for nearly a fortnight, but there was no shortage of effort on Saturday, in a game which could have gone either way.

Both sides hit the woodwork, and Garry Flitcroft will have been impressed by the never-say-die spirit to keep FC United out.

Amid all revelations about their off-the-field problems over the club’s finances, the Magpies had to deal with an early onslaught, but the hosts wasted a few chances in the opening spell.

Things went from bad to worse for Chorley, as they lost the influential Jamie Vermiglio after 20 minutes with a suspected hamstring injury.

Striker Chris Denham failed to find the back of the net when his shot rolled wide of the goal, and watched as another effort was well-saved.

The final chance of the half fell to Adam Roscoe, as his free-kick rattled the crossbar.

Manager Flitcroft was forced to bring Andy Russell on in the place of skipper Andy Teague, who was struggling with a chest infection and tonsillitis.

The Magpies went close with chances for Denham and Wayne Maden, who put in a man-of-the-match display.

Chorley fans were brought to life when the hosts’ keeper controversially appeared to handle the ball outside the area, but the officials did not see it.

Maden became a more influential figure as the game progressed, and looked like the player he was before last season’s groin injury.

The last 10 minutes of the game were full of incident, as Shelton Payne replaced Steve Foster, and then striker Denham was given his marching orders after his second yellow of the afternoon.

Chorley survived a late scare as the woodwork rattled, following a powerful header from an FC United corner, but neither side could grab a winner.

Chorley: Russell Saunders, Mark Ross, Tom Ince, Andy Teague (capt), Wayne Maden, Jamie Vermiglio, Dale Whitham, Steve Flitcroft, Chris Denham, Steve Foster, Adam Roscoe. Subs: Andy Russell (for Teague), Matt Walwyn, Tom Williams (for Vermiglio), Shelton Payne (for Foster), Dean Porter

Attendance: 2,075

Published on Wednesday 7 December 2011 09:00

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Honour for Karl Marginson

 Source: MEN

 FC United boss Karl Marginson has been named Evo-Stik Premier manager-of-the-month after steering the Rebels to five wins and two draws in November.

Pick of the victories was FC’s FA Trophy triumph over neighbours Altrincham, which has earned them a first-round trip to Guiseley this weekend.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Lee Sinnott hopes Altrincham’s away-day blues are over

 Source: MEN

 Relieved Altrincham manager Lee Sinnott was left praying the Robins have finally found a cure for their travel sickness after they recorded only their second away win of the season in beating FC Halifax 4-2.

Jack Redshaw’s double secured the points for Sinnott’s Blue Square Bet North promotion hopefuls after they’d earlier lost a two-goal lead provided by the division’s top scorer Damian Reeves, leaving him now just one short of 20 league goals.

Reeves would have had a hat-trick had his late penalty not been saved but, by then, the damage had already been done.

Sinnott said: “After a tricky November, it was nice to get back on the winning trail and very much like our only other away victory at Colwyn Bay, when we scored six.
“Our front two were very sharp and we looked dangerous for large parts of the game.

“It could have ended up 8-5 to us, but we’re pleased nevertheless.”

Meanwhile, FC United’s Evo-Stik Premier promotion battle with Garry Flitcroft’s Chorley at Gigg Lane ended goalless – a result which extends the Rebels’ unbeaten run in league and cup to nine games.

FC’s best chance fell to star striker Mike Norton early on, when he missed the target from a narrow angle after rounding Magpies’ keeper Russ Saunders.

But it was the visitors who came closest to snatching the points when Adam Roscoe’s blistering 30-yard free-kick rattled the crossbar.

Northwich stay level on points with leaders Chester following a 2-0 home win over Stocksbridge, while 10-man Ashton United survived Kevin Sanasy’s 53rd- minute dismissal to carve out a useful goalless draw at high-flying Hednesford.

Glossop North End’s dreams of a Wembley return in the FA Vase were shattered in a 2-1 third round home defeat to fellow NWCL title contenders Runcorn Town.

Ramsbottom were knocked off the league’s summit on goal difference by Bootle, despite beating Ashton Athletic 5-3.

Tony Glennon
December 05, 2011


 Source: Non-league Daily

 The Evo-Stik League Manager of the Month awards for November have gone to FC United of Manchester’s Karl Marginson, Neil Parsley of Farsley Celtic and Grantham Town’s joint management team of Wayne Hallcro and Jim Albans.

Marginson’s FC United won three and drew one of their four league fixtures in the month in addition to overcoming a tricky looking away tie in the FA Trophy at Durham City where they drew before winning the replay. In the next round of the Trophy FC United secured a well deserved win over Blue Square Bet North club Altrincham to finish with five wins and two draws in their seven games during November enabling Marginson to lift the top tier award.

Farsley Celtic started November with defeat against Skelmersdale United in what surprisingly transpired to be the only time in the month that “Skem” picked up maximum points. Parsley (pictured), however, regrouped his troops to reel off five successive league victories in the rest of the period to move in to play-off contention and take the Division One North award.

The joint Grantham Town management team of Wayne Hallcro and Jim Albans have been carrying all before them recently in the Division One South and their side reeled off six straight victories in the month to give themselves eleven successive three pointers and leave Grantham unbeaten in fifteen league outings going in to December.

FC United 0 Chorley 0

 Source: Chorley Citizen

 Chorley cast aside their off-the-field cash-flow problems to produce a professional performance which stifled a well-drilled United side in a finely-balanced contest at Gigg Lane.

Given tremendous backing by some 200 supporters in a crowd of 2,075, the Magpies were good value for their point after weathering an early onslaught.

United’s Astley Mulholland fired wide from an inviting Lee Neville centre and then Dean Stott unaccountably missed the target after sidestepping Magpies’ keeper Russ Saunders.

As Chorley fought their way into the match, Chris Denham, racing onto a fine through pass, got the ball beyond keeper James Spencer but was unlucky to see it roll inches past the far post.

Then the lively Denham forced Spencer into an impressive diving save to keep out a fierce snap-shot.

The visitors’ best effort soon followed, a thunderous 25 yards’ free-kick by Adam Roscoe which rattled the bar with Spencer well beaten. But United were always dangerous and Saunders did well to change direction and grab a deflected shot from Neville.

Chorley withstood renewed home pressure after the break before hitting back through Denham whose powerful 20-yards’ drive was tipped over by Spencer. As the absorbing game entered its final quarter, United raised the tempo and Saunders alertly back-pedalled to hold a clever Mike Norton lob under the bar.

United came closest to breaking the deadlock six minutes from time when Matt Wolfenden’s header from a partially-cleared corner rebounded from the foot of a post.

In a Chorley breakaway in the first minute of added time, Denham burst into the box and went down under a token challenge. Harshly booked in the game’s first minute, Denham was given a second caution for ‘diving’ and shown the red card, an unfortunate finale to a highly creditable Chorley display in which centre-back Wayne Maden was outstanding.

8:54am Monday 5th December 2011 in Sport

Haytons saved by rival Selwyns in pre-pack deal

Source: MEN

 A family-run coach firm whose contracts include ferrying soccer teams and supporters around the country has been rescued by a larger north west rival in a pre-pack administration deal.

The sale of Haytons Executive Travel saves 60 jobs and means there will be no disruption to services operated by the firm.

Haytons, based in Gorton, Manchester, has been bought by Selwyns Travel Group, which has its headquarters in Cheshire and depots in Greater Manchester and on Merseyside.

Haytons, founded in 1984 by Barry Hayton, will continue to operate under its own name and with its existing management team.

It has a variety of contracts including ones with FC United, Stockport County, various soccer supporters’ clubs, National Express and the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive. Turnover is nearly £5m.

The business was facing serious cash flow difficulties in the new year, which prompted its owners to seek a buyer.

Selwyns, which has its HQ in Runcorn and depots in Manchester,Liverpool and St Helens, employs more than 200 staff and has grown organically and through acquisition since its inception in 1968.

Chairman Selwyn Jones said: “I am extremely pleased to have been able to acquire the business with an enviable reputation, strong brand and market position within the Manchester area.

“The Haytons name will remain, as well as Barry and the existing management team.

“As a result of this acquisition, Selwyns Travel Group has an additional operational platform which will place us in an extremely strong position to further develop our business throughout the north west.”

The deal comes amid a period of consolidation in the sector as coach hire businesses grapple with soaring fuel prices and tough economic conditions.

Paul Stanley, a partner at Manchester-based Begbies Traynor, was appointed administrator and sold Haytons.

He said: “We have been able to save 60 jobs and sell the business as a going concern to another quality operator.”

He said the main issue in the sale process was satisfying Hayton's two biggest customers, the GMPTE and National Express, of the credentials of potential buyers.

Mr Stanley added: “Sensible negotiations between all parties have enabled a sale which will involve no disruption to services and no worry for passengers.

“This type of deal to an independent purchaser is a textbook example of how the pre-packed administration procedure should work.”

Sunday, December 04, 2011

England’s Euro 2012 Krakow plans threaten future of Polish club

Source: Sportingintelligence

By Nick Harris
SJA Internet Sports Writer of the Year
in Krakow

4 December 2012

The English FA’s decision to base themselves in Krakow during Euro 2012 may inadvertently lead to a local club, Hutnik Nowa Huta, going bust, according a senior local official, Sportingintelligence can reveal.

England’s training base will be the Stadion Suche Stawy (SSS), the council-owned home of a fourth division side, Hutnik.

The FA had to settle for this run-down facility, not endorsed by Uefa, because the Netherlands and Italy had already bagged the grounds of the two Polish top-flight clubs in Krakow – Wisla and Cracovia – as their 2012 bases.

The FA did the deal to rent the SSS directly with Krakow council, not Hutnik, and the deal stipulates nobody but England can play there between 1 February and 7 July 2012.

This means Hutnik will effectively be homeless from when the Polish league season resumes after the winter break in March until the end of the 2011-12 league campaign in June.

Hutnik are a fan-owned club, started last year after their predecessor club went bust. As a consequence, they don’t own their own ground but rent it – but the council got more money from the FA than Hutnik pay, and only dropped the bombshell on Hutnik in late October that they’re being evicted for half a season.

Hutnik are party to regular council planning meetings about England’s visit next summer, and at the latest, last week, suggestions were made about where Hutnik could go instead.

The council have suggested Hutnik groundshare during next Spring with Wanda Krakow of Poland’s eighth division (while the FA ‘own’ their home between February and July) but Hutnik’s vice-president, Adam Gliksman, exclusively told Sportingintelligence: ‘Wanda play in a speedway stadium, the pitch is awful and there is no electricity.

‘We have been hopeful of securing the one promotion place from our division this season because we’re in second place now. But being forced into a sub-standard stadium could hurt our chances on the pitch, and damage us financially if attendances and commercial income drop. Things are already tight financially.

‘I don’t blame the FA because I don’t know if the council even explained the consequences to them. I’m proud to think Hutnik’s home might help England do well at Euro 2012. But we were only told by the city council in October that someone else might be renting our stadium in the second half of the season and it was a shock.

‘Because of England’s deal we need to find somewhere else to play and it’s problematic. I am seriously concerned this will damage our promotion hopes. It might finish us.’

Gliksman, 34, whose day job is working for the Solidarity union made famous by human rights campaigner and Nobel Prize winner Lech Walesa, was instrumental in forming Hutnik Nowa Huta in 2010 as a fan-owned club, in the mould of FC United of Manchester and AFC Wimbledon.

Their 62-year-old predecessor club, Hutnik Krakow, went bust with debts of £1.5m, having been in the Polish top division and in the Uefa Cup (playing Thierry Henry’s Monaco) as recently as 1996-97.

The financial meltdown meant the council took ownership of the stadium, which is run on a day-to-day basis by Siemacha, a powerful local Catholic business organisation.

Hutnik’s budget is small but they operate as a community club with average gates of 1,000 this season. Ticket prices are £2 for adults and £1 for concessions but most of their income goes on rent to the council (£300 per game, £600 if floodlights are needed). Their best paid player earns £350 a month and most earn £100 a month.

The council, hurt that Krakow missed out on staging any Euro 2012 games, has done all it can instead to get big teams basing themselves in the city so it can promote Krakow as a Euro 2012 destination anyway. England, the Netherlands and Italy are good names to have. Hutnik’s fate is considered to be the acceptable the collateral damage.