You can't buy class
I have seen Ruud Gullit get a standing ovation at Burnden Park after a first half of breathtaking proportions for Chelsea. I've seen Ronaldo (the first one) get nearly the same after a hat trick at Old Trafford for Real Madrid and I've had tears in my eyes at a game when the FC faithful sang "We love you Wombles, we do" to AFC Wimbledon in appreciation of what they had done and the help they had given us.
It's what football should be about, not feeling sorry for a team every time they go through a bad patch or applauding vigorously everytime some flash Harold throws a step over into the mix. It has to matter and last Saturday it mattered.
When your team is bottom of the league, they have conceded over a hundred goals already and you have seen more pastings in a season than a B&Q display wall has seen in ten years then you really appreciate a half way line lobbing of the keeper and a 2-1 victory in front of 2000 people.
But when the home fans appreciate it as well and then clap your team off because they appreciate your plight even though their team was beaten, and then applaud the supporters outside the ground because they know how it feels to be the underdogs and to get a result then that is immense.
I was proud to be an FC Fan on Saturday, regardless of the result it meant more than the game and it's not often I go home smiling after a defeat. TD
Own the club, own the future
The General Meeting is fast approaching (Sunday 25 April 2010) and the cut off date to become an owner and be able to attend or vote is Monday 29 March 2010.
Members are owners, owners are members, it's a nice little circle. If you join our club as a member and you're over 16, you own an equal share exactly the same as everyone else. Everyone is equal and everyone gets one ownership, one share, one vote.
The Board have told us that at this General Meeting there will be a resolution to protect the club as we move very close to owning our own ground. Just think about that for a moment. Every owner of our club will soon own an equal share of of our own ground. In my head I'm going to name my share of the ground Jimmy, after my Dad, so it really feels like mine. You can do whatever you like with your share in your own head, but you won't own anything if you're not a member. Plus, if you don't sign up for membership before 29th March 2010, you won't have a say in deciding our future when all the owners are asked to vote on this important resolution.
At the Hucknall game this Saturday and the BPA game next Wednesday you can sign up at the Membership Stall, which is outside the Megacabin at Gigg Lane. While you're there, you could also sign up any family or friends who haven't got around to it themselves. If they love FC United, or they love you and therefore support your love of FC United, then what better present for Easter than their own share of their own football club? Much less fattening than chocolate eggs.
You can also pick up a copy of this FCUMPink from the stall, because the lovely stall volunteers do the printing for those who haven't got access to the Interwebthingy and they even do it on pink paper. It brings back memories of the old MEN pink. They do other nice things for the owners, such as a newsletter of recent club news, bookings for away game travel, general enquiries and shortly before kick off they chalk up the teamsheet on a board, so you can see who Margy's picked for that day's game and learn how to spell Angelos Tsiaklis.
Your club, Your membership stall.
Other methods of becoming an owner are:
- Online through the club shop http://www.fc-utd.co.uk/shop/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=51
- Post a completed form for each member. There's a downloadable form on our website http://www.fc-utd.co.uk/documents/Memb%20Application%20Form-1.pdf. Send with a cheque payable to FC United to: Membership, FC United of Manchester, Hope Mill, 113 Pollard St., Manchester, M4 7JA.
- Contact the FC United Office by phoning 0161 273 8950 to pay by credit/debit card.
- Email Membership@fc-utd.co.uk with your details.