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FCupdate - your weekly round-up of world football news

Welcome to Issue 7 of FCupdate, our regular round-up of news and views from around the football world that should appeal to fans of a supporter-owned club like FC United.

FCupdate gives you a weekly fan-owned football hit every Monday. We hope you enjoy the latest edition and do let us know if you see anything that we should be including in future issues.

Local MPs back Supporters Direct report on Wrexham FC
As the crisis at Wrexham rumbles on, with the Wrexham Supporters’ Trust and local businesswoman Stephanie Booth vying to take over the club, local MPs have entered the fray by backing a Supporters Direct report on ownership options for the troubled club. Read more at Supporters Direct.

Disabled fans want a level playing field
The National Association of Disabled Supporters is running its Level Playing Field initiative from 5-20 March 2011. With one in four families affected by disability in one form or another, and the ’disabled pound’ having a spending power of more than £80 billion per year NADS says it’s crazy to ignore the positive contribution that good access can bring to clubs and venues. Read more at the NADS website.

AFC Wimbledon fans say ’no’ to selling out
A survey of AFC Wimbledon fans carried out by the Dons Trust, the supporters trust that owns the club, has revealed that fans are determined to keep control of their football club. The independently audited survey was conducted as part of an ongoing process to determine the future model, direction and location of the club. Read more at Supporters Direct.

Fans’ Parliament 2011
The Football Supporters Federation’s (FSF) annual Fans’ Parliament will take place at Imperial College London on Saturday 9 July 2011. The event sees supporters from across England and Wales put their heads together to see how they can influence the game for the better. Further information can be found at the FSF website.

Plymouth enter administration to avoid winding up move
Plymouth Argyle’s directors have put the club into administration, saving the club from a high court application by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to wind the club up completely. The move follows a long, drawn out slide towards insolvency for Plymouth, whose future is now uncertain to say the least. Read more from The Guardian’s David Conn.

Football lagging behind on homophobia
In the week that England cricketer Steven Davies came out publicly as gay, questions have been raised whether we’ll ever see a change in attitude to sexuality in top flight football now that other major sports have openly gay players on the field. Two Footed Tackleaddresses the issue.

Support for FC United following Ten Acres developments
Amongst the wide ranging support for FC United’s efforts to get a ground of our own in the wake of recent developments arising from Manchester City Council’s decision to review the proposed site at Ten Acres Lane, it was good to read this supportive piece by Ben Greenwood on the Sporting Fare website.

Football finances - some lessons from Australia
The ever-readable Two Hundred Percent blog has an interesting article on the state of non-league finances and the lessons to be learned from how things are run down under. Read more at www.twohundredpercent.net.

Where’s the Tea Hut? - a great non-league website
We all know there’s loads of great writing about the lower leagues and the ’Where’s the Tea Hut?’ blog is proof of that. Compiled by a ’renegade-groundhopper, waster and incompetent football reporter’, the blog picks a non-league game each week and reports the whole match-day experience. It’s well worth a look at by clicking here as is the site’s report on FC United’s FA Cup win over Barrow earlier in the season.

Andy Walker

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First Posted ~ 19:07 Mon 7 Mar 2011
News ID ~ 3466
Last Updated ~ 11:56 Mon 21 May 2018