You will be forgiven if you think you had a couple of drinks too many when you look over to the away end this Sunday at the match against Marine.
The Marine Supporters Association are running the away trip as a Santas Dash with some of their supporters getting kitted out in full festive costume in order to raise money for the Cancer Wards at Clatterbridge Hospital on the Wirral.
Terrace wags, have your Christmas chants at the ready, but don’t forget it is the season of goodwill to all men.
Stars of stage and screen back Big Coat Day
Big Coat Day January 3rd vs Ashton United
Justin Moorhouse, James Quinn and the cast of ’Zack’ which has just opened at Royal Exchange have lent their support to FC United’s Big Coat Day, as have Johnny Vegas, John Henshaw, Sue Cleaver who plays Eileen Grimshaw in TV’s Corrie, and Maxine Peake.
With predictions of more cold winter snaps, the club’s decision to organise the Big Coat Day collection of warm winter clothing at its New Year fixture has been welcomed across the city. In a great gesture of footballing solidarity, our hosts, Bury FC, and our opponents on Big Coat Day, Ashton United, are also calling for their supporters to bring spare clothing for the event. Staff at Jobcentreplus are already collecting, as are staff at two Lloyds TSB branches in Wythenshawe.
Last year, we collected more than four tons of warm clothing and this year local charities for the homeless, Mustard Tree and Boaz Trust, will once again be on hand to collect the clothing at the ground and distribute it across Greater Manchester.
Our supporters can help us make a difference by actively supporting Big Coat Day 2011. If you can organise collections of warm winter clothing in your workplaces, streets or home and get them brought to Gigg Lane, between 12 noon and 3pm before the Ashton game, then we can help save lives. If you wish to help out with any of the promotion of the event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Big Issue is supporting Big Coat Day, along with our charity partners: Mustard Tree and Boaz Trust.
"Big Coat Day may have started in 2005 as a bit of fun to show we had reached our first Xmas, and it still is fun. But it is also an important statement showing that our supporters continue to care for all our community."
Andy Walsh, FC General Manager
A very merry Christmas to all FC United supporters from The Pink and everyone at the Club wherever in the world you may be. Let’s hope we all get what we deserve and wish for this festive season…. a few league points would be a start!
Which brings to mind a Football Focus interview on the Saturday before Christmas in the early nineties with Dave (Harry) Bassett and Ron Atkinson who were then managers of Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday respectively. United were doing awful in the Premiership, adrift by a long way at the bottom and couldn’t buy a win whereas Wednesday were challenging for promotion at the top of the old First Division.
The interviewer (can’t remember who it was then) asked what they would both like for Christmas and Harry Bassett replied, “Please, please, just a win”. Ron Atkinson then answered, “Promotion to the Premiership, Champions, League Cup and FA Cup winners”.
“That’s a bit much isn’t it?” replied the interviewer to Ron who came straight back with, “Well he started it!”
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