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FC United is different to the vast majority of other football clubs in England because it is owned by its members - a principle enshrined in its constitution - and with the club’s 2009 Annual General Meeting coming up on the 29th October, now is a great time to become a member and have your say.

But why is it important that you become a member? How does it really benefit you?

To answer these questions the most important thing to remember is that the club is owned by all of its members, equally. By becoming a member you have one share in the club - which cannot be bought or sold. You, the members, own FC United. The club cannot be taken over by anyone else.

One member, one vote

The ownership of a member’s share entitles you to one vote in how the club is run - to elect the board, pass resolutions and rule changes, and have a say in the future direction of the club.

As well as electing the board, members have so far set ticket prices, decided how much the membership will cost, voted on how often the team’s playing strip will change and whether it will carry a sponsor or not.

These are all big decisions at a football club and unlike the vast majority of clubs in the country, the people who are in charge of making these decisions at FC United are the members - the supporters on the terraces, not the businessmen in the executive lounges and directors’ boxes. Why? Because as the famous T-shirt says it’s, ’Our Club, Our Rules’.

The strength of the club as it develops will, to a large part, be dependent on the strength of its supporter and membership base. By becoming a member you become part of the football club - you own it, control it and belong to it.

Not for profit

One more thing to remember is that all money raised by FC United from membership fees is reinvested in the club, providing services for members and carrying out development work in the local community and beyond. No ’fat cats’ or shareholders are getting your money, FC United is a not for profit organisation.

By contributing through an annual membership fee - just £10 for adults and £3 for under 16s - you are contributing to the club and its future.

It’s easy to pay membership by lots of methods:
- Online through the club shop
- Post a completed form for each member. Downloadable form here. 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.
- Visit the Membership Stall outside the Megacabin at Gigg Lane on matchdays.
Come on, join your club.

But remember the closing date for membership to cast your vote at this year’s AGM is the 30th September 2009

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First Posted ~ 16:05 Tue 8 Sep 2009
News ID ~ 2404
Last Updated ~ 12:36 Mon 21 May 2018