This weekly series will mostly be devoid of a standard content-type as it will be my musings on a weekly basis. It will generally cover topics that are involving or the result of current events.
In this inagural edition; we’ll be looking at the “Manchester Drama”.
Manchester United was taken over by the Glazer Family in 2005 yielding “businessman” owernship of the club which has evolved into something with extensive scrutiny as Ed Woodward, investment banker, has gotten into it with manager Jose Mourinho over socer decisions. This has led to serious clashes between club management, club soccer management, and the fans. Fans & Manager alike have been extremely irritated that non-soccer entities are overruling the decisions of the manager they chose to hire. The club has failed in most regards except profit, which is a function of the growing list of sponsorships that Ed Woodward has been able to secure, but the on-field product is lackluster.
Fans saw this coming…
F.C. United of Manchester was formed in 2005 as a result of the Glazers buying their beloved Manchester United and other qualms with how the club was being run. The club secured 3 consecutive promotions from Tier 9 to Tier 6 in the National League North. They have become the largest fan-owned club in terms of membership and are democratically run with each member getting one vote in club matters. They consistent have one of the highest attendance numbers in non-league soccer.
F.C. United of Manchester
Nickname: F.C. United/Red Rebels
Team Colors: Red/Black/White
Ground: Broadhurst Park
Current League: National League North (Tier 6)
The club has been wonderful in their short existence, as they’ve managed three league titles, two league cups and two county cups, along with several runners up. The club have only had 2 permanent managers; Karl Marginson (Founding to October 2017) and player-manager, Tom Greaves (October 2017 August 28, 2018), however Tom Greaves recently tendered his resignation, so they are looking for the 3rd manager in their history.
Aside from soccer the club have some very unique accomplishments:
- They will not allow for kit sponsorship, but will accept other sponsorship opportunities.
- They were the first football club in the UK to receive “living wage accreditation” by the Living Wage Foundation, which identifies the real cost of living and paying that wage.
- The initial name requested for the club was F.C. United, but it was denied by the FA for being too vague.
- They are set up as a community benefit non-profit, with the goal of bettering their community.
Current League position:
17th (however, they have played one fewer game and a win in their next match could move them as high as 14th)
Home – September 8th v. Southport FC (@southport_fc) at Broadhurst Park
Away – September 11th v. Chester FC (@chesterfc) at Deva Stadium
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