Big Coat Day @FCUM Sat 21st Dec

Big coat day FCUMThis Saturday is BIG COAT DAY
Help us make a difference for the homeless.

Saturday 21st December
at Gigg Lane, Bury. BL9 9HR
12 noon to 2.50pm
followed by the FC United v Barwell match at 3pm.

Last year the impact of the cold winter months on the North West took someone’s life every half hour. FC United of Manchester’s decision to organise the Big Coat Day collection of warm winter clothing at its New Year fixture proved timely. The winter was one of the coldest in almost 40 years. However a fantastic response from the public and football fans alike saw a 6.5 ton wall of winter clothing collected to keep the poor and needy warm around the city.

Dave Smith, a director at charity Boaz Trust, one of our partners in Big Coat Day, said: “We are really grateful for Big Coat Day. The collection produced some very good quality coats and jackets, and now many of the poorest people in Manchester can see out the winter in warmth and comfort. Thank you so much to everyone who donated, and to all the staff at FC who gave of their time to organise the event so well.”

The coming winter presents us with a new challenge, so we hope that you and/or your organisation can help us help you make a difference by actively supporting Big Coat Day 2013. If you can organise collections of warm winter clothing in your workplaces, then we can help save lives.

FC United, has scheduled its 21 December fixture for the club’s annual Big Coat Day collection.

We ask organisations to contact us at now with offers of support. Bury FC and Barwell FC, our opponents on the day, are supporting Big Coat Day, along with our three charity partners, Mustard Tree, Boaz Trust and ACE Centre North.

Mustard Tree vans will be at Gigg Lane in Bury on the forecourt of Bury FC’s stadium from 12 noon until 2.50pm on 21 December so that the public and supporters can donate their spare winter clothing, blankets etc at Gigg Lane, Bury. The collection will be followed at 3pm by the FC United vs Barwell FC game.

Organisations that wish to collect but cannot bring the clothing to Gigg Lane, can contact or telephone 0161 273 8950 to discuss alternative arrangements.

Pre-Match Entertainment on Saturday at Gigg Lane, Bury, BL9 9HR
This Saturday’s CYCM entertainment comes courtesy of political performer and raconteur, Joe Solo. Not only does he perform his own brand of folk, punk and blues music, but he also writes books, runs a research project on the first world war, and works with underprivileged children.

Ten albums in (ten!), his current album ‘No Pasaran!’ tells the story of the International Brigades who fought the fascists in the Spanish civil war, through the stories of those who volunteered to fight, and looks at the re-emergence of far-right groups in today’s Europe.

You can visit Joe’s website for more details.

As always, Taking You Round The Corner also occupies its own chunk of the afternoon. Can you unravel the truth from the Christmas lights-esque tangled web of lies? Give it a go; you never know…..

As it’s Christmas, Stu from Ebay may also bring his in-no-way cheap tea lights, to get you in a festive mood and bring a lovely ambience to the normally un-festive Starkies. He’ll also have his car-boot-sale-without-a-car-or-boot sale, where you can pick up issues of A Fine Lung old and new, t-shirts, hats and maybe even the odd book.

12 noon: Doors open
12:15pm: As it’s Christmas, will we have mince pies? Probably not, but who needs mince pies when Dave Frilly brings the tater ‘ash and cheese and onion pies from Westwells?
2:00pm: Taking You Round The Corner: lies make baby Jesus cry, but he won’t mind these porkies. Possibly
2:30pm: Joe Solo
3:00pm: Kick-off – FC United v Barwell

Entrance via the Manchester Road End Turnstiles 14 to 19
Members plus one guest. Doors open from 12 noon.

For more information and listings at CYCM please click on the following link:

The Main Stand Inn will also be open, serving up ales, pies, and all the usual banter from the regulars. Entry to the Inn is via the door entrance between the home and away turnstiles in the Main Stand.

And remember, it’s ‘pay what you can afford’ for bottles of ale, all proceeds from the sale of refreshments in both the Main Stand Inn and CYCM are fed back into the club.

See you on Saturday nice and early, and don’t forget to bring an unwanted Big Coat or warm clothing to donate to the homeless this winter.

FC United of Manchester ….. far more than just a team!

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