Reds aim to silence the Lambs

FC United of Manchester matchday review

fcum broadhurst parkThis Saturday Tamworth are the visitors to Broadhurst Park, with FC United still looking for their first points of the season. The Lambs have won both their opening fixtures, and so will give the Reds another tough game as they adapt to life in the National League North.

On Tuesday night the team worked hard and never looked outclassed by a Stockport outfit that’s likely to be challenging for promotion at the end of the season. Margy will have taken a number of positives from the game, not least that chances were created against a very strong and well organised defence. As fitness levels improve after the summer break, and the players discover how to continue playing their football against opponents looking to muscle their way to victory, results should start to improve and there is still much to be optimistic about.

The fans played their part on what was an historic occasion. A wall of noise greeted the players onto the pitch and there was a tremendous atmosphere throughout the game. The lads will need every bit of support as they endeavour to secure the victories we all want to see. This weekend is another opportunity to show what the club is all about. Let’s get the terrace and main stand packed again. Get yourself to our football ground…

Saturday 15 August – Kick-off 3pm
FC United v Tamworth
Broadhurst Park, 310 Lightbowne Road,
Moston, Manchester, M40 0FJ

Pay on the gate – £9 Adults, £5 Concessions, £2 Under-18s.

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MARGY SAYS….

“Today’s game offers us another stiff test. Tamworth have had a good start to the season with two wins and after a solid finish last season they will be looking for promotion. They have some good players, including Elliott Durrell who we know from his Hednesford days, and a manager who knows all about the non-league and who will be doing all he can to get his team back to the level above. . . I also wanted to say a word about the amazing atmosphere on Tuesday night. It was a credit to everyone, including our ground designers who have created a stadium with acoustics that hold in the sound to brilliant effect. It was fantastic on Tuesday and at times it made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.”

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Your matchday programme previewed…

Today’s FCUM Review is another must-read. Manager Margy offers his thoughts on our start to the season and gives his assessment on our performances so far and the magnificent atmosphere at the Stockport match. Our ‘FC Shorts’ sections features the latest news in brief from around the club, including an update on our very popular Breakfast Club which is taking place at the ground throughout August and news of our fundraising collections at the Stockport game.

The “This is our Club” page features an 80-year-old FC member with two new knees who loves corned beef hash and there’s a great piece by Ramón Argelina Castillejo, who bid farewell to FC after finishing his recent internship and returning to Madrid, in which he tells the programme about his experiences at the club during his time in Manchester.

Maintaining the international theme, we have an interesting feature on Polish punk football outfit Odlew Poznan who play the game for the love of it and worry about results later. From elsewhere in Europe, following our season review of Ciudad de Murcia in the Stockport programme, Tony Higgins now previews the coming campaign for the Spanish fan-owned club and issues an invitation to FC United supporters to come and visit them. Now there’s an offer worth taking up while the sun is still shining.

We’ve got four pages on our visitors and a report on the only previous time we have played the Lambs, in a pre-season friendly in July 2008. Jason Davies goes down memory lane with another “10 years on” feature and bringing things right up to date we have a full report of the Stockport match. We also have a full page for younger members as the FCUth swing into action for the coming season and there’s a round up of the latest reserves and women’s team action.

With a load of other stuff we haven’t got time to mention, you’ll just have to buy your copy before they’re all gone. Copies of FCUM Review are just £2 from our sellers at the ground and any surplus we make gets ploughed back into the club.

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ABOUT TODAY’S VISITORS

Following on from Tuesday’s slightly disappointing result against Stockport County FCUM are set to continue writing history as we welcome Tamworth FC. The Lambs enjoyed the 2014/15 season, which saw them go on an outstanding 12-game winning streak.

The Lambs have been a force within non-league football for many years and back in 1989 the club took to the old Wembley pitch in front of a record 26,487 crowd in the FA Vase final against Sudbury Town. The game ended in a 1-1 draw, and a replay was on the cards. The replay was held at Peterborough just four days later, and the Lambs produced one of the standout moments in their history by winning 3-0.

Following the FA Vase success, numerous mediocre years followed, until the 1996/97 season, where the Lambs took the Southern League Midland Division by storm, and won the championship by a staggering 26 points. In January 2001 former Nottingham Forrest player and European Cup winner Gary Mills became manager and had an instant impact. Following a frantic but earned escape from relegation, the Lambs were back to winning ways the following season, mounting a title charge right up until the closing game of the season. Unfortunately for the Lambs the season ended with final day heartbreak.

The 2010-11 season was a nervy time for the club, as manager Des Lyttle stepped down as with just four games to go and relegation on the cards. The Lambs escaped the drop from the Conference National Division in a dramatic closing 14 minutes of the season. Following a turbulent season the Lambs got back to winning ways, as Marcus Law was appointed manager, and the club made it to the FA Cup 3rd round.

In recent years Tamworth have seen mixed results. The 2013-14 season saw the reign of a new club president begin as 100-year-old Joe Perry took over. One of Perry’s first big decisions was bringing in manager Andy Morrell. Morrell who spent time at Wrexham is said to have revitalised the club, with that staggering 12-game winning streak and a promotion push.
By Daniel Rourke

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BAR INFORMATION FOR TAMWORTH GAME

Once again the Main Stand bar will be open from 12 noon on Saturday and food will be available from 1pm. Early entry to the Main Stand bar can be gained by presentation of your season ticket or match admission cash at main reception between 12 noon and 12.45pm until capacity is reached. If capacity is not reached by 12.45pm entry will then be gained by entering the ground via a turnstile as normal at 1pm. Numbers in the bar will be controlled by a separate ticket system. At half time the Main Stand bar will be open for food and non-alcoholic drinks. After the match a full bar service will resume. In addition, a licensed bar will operate underneath the standing terrace at the St Mary’s Road end of the ground from when the turnstiles open at 1pm. This bar will be open at half time and for a time after the match.

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MEMBERSHIP & SEASON TICKETS UPDATE

FC United memberships and season ticket sales continue to increase with more than 4,200 members and almost 2,000 season ticket holders signed up for the coming season. We still have some membership cards to be sent out so please be patient if you haven’t received yours yet – we will get to you shortly. Unless you have ordered in the last few days, you should have received your season ticket in the post. Please contact the office with any queries. Don’t forget that season tickets are still available and can be purchased online from the website, over the phone at the office or from the Membership Stall at a match at Broadhurst Park.

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VOLUNTEER ON A MATCH DAY

Our matchday volunteers are a crucial part of staging games at Broadhurst Park and we are still looking for volunteers to help in a number areas in and around the ground. We need additional traffic marshals to help ensure the smooth flow of traffic and facilitate considerate parking around the ground and we are also looking for help in the bars and on our food outlet. If you would like to put yourself forward for a role or want to discuss how you might be able to help then please contact Des Lynch at deslynch@fc-utd.co.uk

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FORTHCOMING MATCHES
Tuesday 18 August – Kick-off 7.45pm
Chorley v FC United
Victory Park, Duke Street,
Chorley, PR7 3DU

Saturday 22 August – Kick-off 3pm
FC United v Brackley Town
Broadhurst Park, 310 Lightbowne Road,
Moston, Manchester, M40 0FJ

Saturday 29 August – Kick-off 3pm
Hednesford Town v FC United
Keys Park, Keys Park Road
Hednesford, Staffs, WS12 2DZ

Monday 31 August – Kick-off 3pm
FC United v Curzon Ashton
Broadhurst Park, 310 Lightbowne Road,
Moston, Manchester M40 0FJ

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FC Live – full match commentary
Can’t get to a match? Never fear because FCUM Radio is here with full match commentary of every FC United league match this season. You can join the Armchair Army online or via various radio apps on phone and tablet. Commentary by Swampy, James Quinn, Ben, Emily Maguire and many more. Broadcasting of rare distinction and partiality.

Saturday’s from 2.30pm
Midweek from 7.30pm
www.fcumradio.co.uk

 

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