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DF Updated - Of A Mancunian and Great Run

’Of A Mancunian’ by Mike Duff

The long awaited book of poems by Manchester poet Mike Duff (also known around these parts as the unmistakable Herbert Prefabs) is about to see the light of day. ’Of A Mancunian’ is a collection of work spanning Mike’s years writing poetry.

Mike was asked way back in the season by Mark O’Rourke if he minded if some of the poems that he was posting on various internet forums could be arranged and published on behalf of the FC United Development Fund. Without a moment’s hesitation Mike sent hundreds of pieces of his work to sift through and with his total support, saying that he did not want to take a single penny from any sales of the book whatsoever. A truly generous offer we think you’ll agree.

There will be a second chance at Gigg Lane’s Social Club before the last home game of the season on the 23rd April and a City centre venue on or around the 24th April which will be confirmed on Mike’s website www.mikeduff.co.uk as soon as it is confirmed. Online book sales will also be possible from the website for those not able to get to one of the launches in person.

The book will be on sale for the giveaway price of just £5"¦ scandalously inexpensive for a man’s pride and joy. "it was important to make this book accessible to everyone" says Mike, "poetry for the people at an affordable price". Look out for the ’Of A Mancunian’ poster at all games until the end of the season and buy a book helping to give another huge boost towards the FC United Development Fund target for this season.

Mike realises that FC United are a family orientated club and would like to point out that many of his poems are not suitable for children or people of a Didsbury wine bar disposition.

Great Manchester Run

The Great Manchester Run is the largest 10K run in the UK. In the past few years it has quite often taken place on FA Cup Final weekend. This year it is on at 10am on Sunday morning on 18th May 2008.

The run starts in Manchester City centre and goes out to Old Trafford and Salford Quays and then finishes back in the City centre on Deansgate. It is a tremendous occasion with approximately 26,000 runners and thousands of spectators lining the course.

In the past 2 years a group of FC runners have run in FC shirts and have raised thousands of pounds for various charities.

For the 2008 race we now have the chance to focus on the needs of the Development Fund and hope to raise a large team to run together both for the fun of the occasion and to raise sponsorship for the DF. It also gives the opportunity to explain the ethos of FC United and how the club gets involved in community projects.

It is hoped that one or two of the players may also join us on the run.

A sponsorship form is available by clicking here.

For those people who do not wish to raise money for the DF but still wish to do the run then please still join us in an FC shirt.

The run is being organised by Mike Sherrard who can be contacted on the forum by PM to "Myoldman" or by email by clicking here.

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First Posted ~ 13:41 Wed 23 Apr 2008
News ID ~ 1476
Last Updated ~ 12:55 Mon 21 May 2018