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Water you waiting for?

Water you waiting for? It’s time to spring into action and watch FC United aim for another three points in the battle for promotion. Our form started to peak this time last season - can we do it again?

Will the Reds sparkle? Will Buxton bottle it?

Find out at Gigg Lane tomorrow - FC United v Buxton, Saturday 28th February, kick off 3pm

Find out below what goes on before 3pm:


This week we welcome the swell named band ’Elgazelle’ to Malcolmses.

They’ve been to a few games and we’ve been to a few of their gigs so it makes sense that they play for us coz we can’t play for them... They’re all reds and have been looking forward to playing for while now. They’re prettish moddish about their style but are doing pretty well on the Mcr music sheen at the moment. Check them out here - www.myspace.com/elgazelle . We specially like Liar Liar. Elgazelle, Trimm Tabbulous..

As you should know by now, we open at 12pm every game. It gives you plenty of time to get some quality beer down your open end before watching a smart band then cheering on the shirts. Along with the Main Stand Inn, it’s the only bar where every penny goes towards keeping this thing of ours alive and spitting. The more you drink and eat, the closer we get to owning a place of our own, where everyone knows your name...

So, instead of writing frightening verse to a Buxton girl in Luxembourg, come along to Malcolmses and get served by one instead. We may not have our own Spa but we do have the best pop the corporation has to offer.

Pashernately Yours

El Midjmo, El Fridjmo and Elmo

DF Stall

As it’s a Saturday, the DF Stall will be out and in full effect at the Buxton game. As well as the FC Book club (some absolute bargains to be had on there) the many back issues of UTB, the Safecracker and the usual stock of FC related books:

- Our Club, Our Rules by Pete Crowther, £8
- Trips On Glue by Steven Wood, £10
- An Undividable Glow by Robert Brady, £8.78 (currently out of stock, so not technically on sale on Sat)

As well as:
- Of A Mancunian by Mike Duff
- Theatre Of Silence by Matthew Bazell
- Gangs of Manchester by Andy Davies
- We will be launching the new game "FC Predictaresult" (catchy eh?)
- For the stupidly low price of £1 you can predict the result of the days NPL games. - - The winner gets half, the DF gets the rest.
- Win win (unless of course you can’t predict results)

The more we sell, the more we pay out (and earn for the DF)

Get with the programme

If you manage to get past the DF stall with £2 left in your pocket on Saturday*, you could do worse than invest it in the latest edition of the FC United official programme.

There’s an interview with Steve Evets, an actor who’s surname is his forename backwards. He is a clever man and tells us how he spent the summer standing on a balcony in Hulme next to a big nosed Frenchman called Eric as he played his country’s national anthem on a trumpet.

The Frenchman learned to play said instrument while on a suspension from work for striking out against racism during a trip to south London a few years back. You may remember it. The actor is now a regular at FC and is hoping to bring his French mate along to a game soon. They’re both in a film directed by the bloke who made Kes and it stars a load of United fans led by the Chatman.

Did you know there was a team called ’United of Manchester’ as far back as 1900? No, not many people did til Tea Earn Chris, the-boffin-with-too-much-time-on-his-hands, uncovered that particular fact-fans’ gem. He’s kept the details down to one page for those of limited concentration.

When he’s not saving lives, Doctor Adam Brown is a researcher type and he has had some maps produced detailing where FC fans come from. It makes fascinating viewing. The most popular FC area? You’ll have to buy the programme to find out. Clue: It’s not Norway...

There’s also an article about one particular reds’ favourite FC memories from our formative years and the usual mix of match reports, news and cracking pictures from Andy Barker, Mike Dean and Russ among others. And don’t miss Oche Youth getting all Colwyn Bay about violins and stuff - give the fridgmo an inch and a yard of grass and they’ll show you a move and a perfect pass...

So get your £2 out, scrape off the pocket fluff and hand it over to Cheetham Hill and his army of sellers. No need for wacky antics with that lot.

*Don’t forget - the programme is also a big fundraiser for the club, so dig deep comrades...

Santa’s Grotto photos

There are still a few unclaimed photographs from the Santa’s Grotto at the Marine game on 20th December. These photographs will be available from reception at Gigg Lane on Saturday. To confirm if you have a photograph, please contact the FC United office.

Community Volunteering

At half-time on Saturday 28th February, certificates will be presented on the pitch to four young volunteers who have assisted the FC United community team with their holiday play schemes over the February half-term break.

The four young people we are thanking publicly are;

Kay Daly
Ellis Nixon
Tyler Ross
Jack Stott

These four helped us at two playschemes.

The first one was held at Harrop Fold Arts College in Little Hulton and was made possible by financial support from the Little Hulton & Walkden Community Committee. The young people who came along to support our coaches Karl Marginson, Glen Jackson and Roy Soule are all students at Harrop Fold Arts College where they have completed a Sports Leaders Award.

The second playscheme was held at Newall Green Leisure Centre and was made possible by a donation from Tranter Cleere Solicitors. Young people who supported our coaches Karl Marginson, Carlos Roca and Andrew Serraillier, completed a Sports Leaders Award delivered by Karl Marginson and Robin Pye which was funded by Barnardo’s North West.

Training young people to be coaches and giving them opportunities to develop their skills by working alongside more experienced coaches is an important part of FC United’s community work. It develops the young people as people and gives them marketable skills and it develops the capacity for communities to organise more coaching sessions for kids in the future.

Please show your appreciation for our young volunteers on Saturday when we give them their certificates.

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First Posted ~ 11:01 Fri 27 Feb 2009
News ID ~ 2101
Last Updated ~ 12:56 Mon 21 May 2018