FC United are urging female fans to come to Saturday’s game against Buxton – and it won’t cost them a penny.
The supporter-owned club have organised several community initiatives such as a People United Day, a Youth United Day and a Big Coat Day, the latter to help local homeless charities.
And now for the first time they are hosting an event focused on the fairer sex, called “A Woman’s Place ... is at the Match”.
Women are not only being offered free admission for Saturday’s home match at Bury’s Gigg Lane – when the Rebels hope to maintain their bid for promotion from the Evo-Stik Premier – FC United are also hosting an exhibition in the Gigg Lane social club, celebrating women’s role in football and, in particular, with the Rebels.
The exhibition will feature photos on the history of women’s football, a radio documentary and a video documentary about what FC United means to some of its female supporters, as well as volunteer biographies showcasing the role of women in running the club.
Their nutritionist Helen Walker said: “This is still a male-dominated sport.
“There is a very traditional attitude in some places, particularly at away grounds, but at FC United I have been very accepted. It is great to see so many women involved.
“We have women at every level of the club – at the top, on the board, physios, programme sellers and turnstile operators – which shows our importance.”
Volunteer Lucy Pendlebury added: “A high proportion of our volunteers are female, so the club would not function as efficiently without them.”
The exhibition opens at noon, with a £1 donation requested.
Free admission is via a voucher, is available from the FC membership stall on Saturday or by calling 07791 997602.
Click below for a video on the campaign