FC UNITED v Grantham. 3pm Saturday, 21st December

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Nick Duckett
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FC UNITED v Grantham. 3pm Saturday, 21st December

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NEXT LEAGUE GAME: FC United v Grantham Town

On Saturday 21st December ko 3pm, FC United welcome Grantham Town FC to Broadhurst Park in the Northern Premier League - Admission is pay on the gate £12 Adults, £7 Concessions, £3 u/18s.

Saturday 21st December kick-off 3pm
The Bet Victor Northern Premier League Premier Division
FC United v Grantham Town FC
Broadhurst Park
Lightbowne Road, Moston
Manchester, M40 0FJ.

ADMISSION PRICES: PAY ON THE GATE
Adults £12
Concessions £7
Under 18’s £3

This is the last match before Christmas, so it’s a chance for you to get some last minute presents in the club shop and have a festive drink.

For those with tickets for the Christmas Party, entry to the function room is from 6.30pm via the main entrance.

COURSE YOU CAN MALCOLM
It’s our fourth Malcolmses in as many weeks. Those of us with hair are losing it, those without are growing it but only in the form of Santa beards; red cabbage is outselling cranberry sauce in Colwyn Bay, and record sales of gaffer tape are baffling local retailers.

We have for your delectation Sleeping Ducks, a superbly named Ska band from Gorton/Rusholme/Failsworth (if they all have to get picked up in the same van let’s hope the driver sets off early). Find out more at https://m.facebook.com/SleepingDuckz/ - though actually Googling ’sleeping ducks’ is funnier and is guaranteed to make you go ’awwww’.

’Normal’ (I use the phrase loosely) food is planned - Vegan Ronay is doing us a lentil stew alongside Westwells finest tater ash and cheese pies. Baz is our compère. There’s probably a quiz. Get there for 1 on Sat when the SMRE bar opens in order to avoid missing owt, we’ll be delighted to welcome you. CYCM - where love is the licensee.

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME
Programme cost is £2 and teamsheets cost 50p (or minimum donation). Both are available from inside the ground at the SMRE turnstiles.

ENTRY TO THE GROUND
Turnstiles open at 1pm.
Between 12 noon and 1pm, fans wishing to access the Main Stand function room bar can gain admission via Main Reception on production of your season/match ticket or by cash payment of the match admission price.

The function room will close at half time to prepare for the Christmas Party and will re open at 6:30 pm for those with tickets.
The SMRE bar will remain open for all until 7:00pm, last orders 6:30pm.


RESERVED SEATING IN THE MAIN STAND
Supporters will be able to reserve seats in one block of the Main Stand on a first come first served basis, by calling the FC United office 24 hours before kick-off on 0161 769 2005. A maximum of 4 seats can be reserved per person. Those who have reserved seating need to collect a wristband from the FC United office accessible through the main reception on the day of the match. These wristbands will only be available until the kick off time of the match.

BARS AND FOOD
There will be three bars open throughout the ground.
Alcoholic drinks are permitted to be consumed in view of the pitch and therefore served in plastic glasses.

The Main Function room will be open from 12pm serving hot food, alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages.

The SMRE bar will be open from 1pm-4.15pm serving hot food, alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages.
Cask Ale is available.
The Kazbar serves hot food and non alcoholic beverages and will open from 1.30pm to 5pm.
The Chippy, located in the corner of the North Stand and SMRE terrace serves hot food and non alcoholic beverages.

CLUB SHOP
The Club Shop located at front of the ground to the right of the Main Reception will be open from 1pm-3pm and for 15-20 minutes after the final whistle.
There is no entry to the shop at half-time.

FREE SHUTTLE BUS - TO AND FROM THE GROUND
The FREE shuttle bus to the ground, sponsored by Holts which will make 3 journeys from Manchester and 4 journeys from the Railway Pub (adjacent to Newton Heath & Moston Metrolink stop), to Broadhurst Park. The bus will also pick supporters up at the Fairway Inn on Broadway.

TRIP #1
Departs: 12.00pm – Crowne Plaza Hotel at Shudehill
Pick up: 12.20pm – Railway Pub adjacent to Newton Heath/Moston Metrolink
Arrives: 12.25pm at Broadhurst Park
Pick up: 12.30pm - Fairway Inn, Broadway
Arrives: 12.35pm at Broadhurst Park

TRIP #2
Departs: 1.00pm – Crowne Plaza Hotel at Shudehill
Pick up: 1.20pm – Railway Pub adjacent to Newton Heath/Moston Metrolink
Arrives: 1.25pm at Broadhurst Park
Pick up: 1.30pm - Fairway Inn, Broadway
Arrives: 1.35pm at Broadhurst Park

TRIP #3
Departs: 2.00pm – Crowne Plaza Hotel at Shudehill
Pick up: 2.20pm – Railway Pub adjacent to Newton Heath/Moston Metrolink
Arrives: 2.25pm at Broadhurst Park
Pick up: 2.30pm - Fairway Inn, Broadway
Arrives: 2.35pm at Broadhurst Park

TRIP #4
Departs: 2.45pm – Railway Pub adjacent to Newton Heath/Moston Metrolink
Arrives: 2.50pm at Broadhurst Park

After the match the shuttle bus will make two trips back to The Crowne Plaza in Manchester via Newton Heath / Moston Metrolink stop. The first trip will leave immediately after the match from Lightbowne Road at approximately 4.50pm. The second will leave at approximately 6pm from the club car park.
Ben Hughes
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Re: FC United v Grantham Saturday 21st December

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PRE MATCH LISTEN:

This week's This Club is My Club

With reactions to FC United's win in the FA Trophy, and Sunday's hard fought point for the Women's Team.

https://fcumradio.podbean.com/e/this-cl ... mber-2019/
Paul Hinson
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Re: FC United v Grantham Saturday 21st December

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Grantham have yet to win away in the League in 2019-20 and have lost 4 of their last 5 fixtures on the road.
The Gingerbeards lost 0-7 at Buxton in October, a record away defeat this season matched only by Buxton’s 0-7 defeat at Broadhurst Park 5 days later.
The Reds lost at Grantham on the opening day of the season, their first defeat against the Gingerbreads in 7 meetings.
Tunde Owolabi is the 9th player to score 20 goals in a season for FCUM.
FCUM are leading scorers in the division with 37 goals. Only Bamber Bridge have conceded more than Grantham’s tally of 36.
Live FCUM match updates at: http://liveteamstats.com/
Ben Hughes
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Re: FC UNITED v Grantham. 3pm Saturday, 21st December

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PRE MATCH LISTEN:

Following a Winter Break, Swampy's Red Rebel Radio returns with a preview for this afternoon's match with Grantham Town.

https://fcumradio.podbean.com/e/swampys ... mber-2019/
Ben Hughes
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Re: FC UNITED v Grantham. 3pm Saturday, 21st December

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PRE MATCH INTERVIEW:

Last night, we caught up with FC United Manager Neil Reynolds to talk about the Grantham game and the club's new signings

https://audioboom.com/posts/7460814-pre ... ham-town-h
Guy Mansfield

Re: FC UNITED v Grantham. 3pm Saturday, 21st December

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FCUM TV highlights:

https://vimeo.com/380948157
Guy Mansfield

Re: FC UNITED v Grantham. 3pm Saturday, 21st December

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Ben Hughes
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Re: FC UNITED v Grantham. 3pm Saturday, 21st December

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OUT NOW:

This week's This Club is My Club, with reaction and interviews from Saturday's win over Grantham Town.

https://fcumradio.podbean.com/e/this-cl ... mber-2019/
Nick Duckett
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Re: FC UNITED v Grantham. 3pm Saturday, 21st December

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FC United leapt up to fifth place in the Bet Victor Northern Premier Division after a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Grantham Town at Broadhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.

The game was over as a contest after just 16 minutes because FC United raced into a 3-0 lead courtesy of a brace by Tunde Owolabi and a goal from captain Michael Potts.

Aaron Morris put the icing on the cake in the 90th minute in a game that also saw FC United denied twice by the woodwork.

FC United’s fast paced, flowing, two-touch football proved far too much for the visitors to cope with throughout the match and victory could have been by a much bigger margin.

A passing interchange involving Luke Griffiths and Alex Curran led to Owolabi playing the ball out wide to Regan Linney on the right. Linney beat the left back before crossing the ball across the six yard box for Owolabi to break the deadlock after seven minutes.

Seven minutes later, Curran was played through one-on-one with Grantham goalkeeper Adnan Kanuric but he selflessly played in Owolabi, who slotted the ball home for 2-0.

Next up, Potts got in on the action by finishing a move he started. A trademark ball zipped across the field from the captain and saw Owolabi play in Curran on the left. The Stockport County loanee took on Kanuric before squaring to the back post for the arriving Potts to tap home. 3-0 on 16 minutes.

It was almost getting embarrassing for the visitors from Lincolnshire. However, credit to them, they tightened up at the back after conceding the third and they also briefly threatened to pull a goal back.

On 39 minutes, Reds goalkeeper Cameron Belford rushed off his line to make a superb point blank save with his feet from striker Francois Zoko. Prior to that, the most threatening thing to get near FC United’s goal had been a pitch invading squirrel.

Seven minutes into the second half, Linney almost scored an amazing solo goal but he was denied by the underside of the bar. The winger sprinted with the ball from the edge of his own area to Grantham’s box before cutting inside and curling a ferocious effort onto the woodwork.

United continued to pile forward and could have scored several more. Paul Ennis had a fierce drive deflected wide; Owolabi was twice denied his hat-trick - once for offside and then for a foul on Kanuric; substitute Jordan Buckley curled a good effort wide; and debutant Finlay Smith hit the post after coming off the bench.

However, United were rewarded for their efforts in the final minute when fullback Morris crashed Michael Donohue’s cross in off the bar for 4-0.

It was a comprehensive and thoroughly deserved victory for a team that is clearly enjoying playing football together. The Reds have now won five consecutive matches for the first time since February 2015. The good times are back on the pitch, on the terraces and in the bars.

Website man of the match: Alex Curran. Played an integral role in three of the four goals with intelligent, selfless teamwork. Demonstrating exactly what the club is all about.

Report by Matthew Haley
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