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Tuesday 5th October 2010

It’s get yourself to that right football ground again this Wednesday evening 6th October as FC take on Ossett Town in the League at our second home, Bower Field, Stalybridge. Two league defeats in the last week have been a great disappointment to all at the Club after appearing to have turned a corner. The defeat at home to Buxton was desperately unlucky but the away defeat at lowly Mickleover Sports was a poor display.

Margy was pulling no punches. "Saturday was terrible. The performance was something that I never ever want to see again from an FC United team. I cannot put up with the lack of passion that was shown and to all the fans who travelled down I can only apologise. Mickleover weren’t better than us but they showed more appetite and will to win and that’s something that has to stop."

"It was the last straw for me. Of course ultimately it’s down to my coaching staff and me as the manager to make sure it won’t happen again so you can all be sure that there’ll be plenty of hard work on the training field, both individually and collectively, and I’ll be looking for every player to show that they’re up for a fight. If we don’t win those battles and display the requisite desire then we won’t be winning any football matches at this level."

"There are no excuses for the players – within this club they’ve got everything that should inspire them. There’s a crowd which supports them wherever we go but instead of it being a goal start it should be, it seems a few people just expect it and take it for granted which is a definite no-no."

"Sometimes the opposition rise to the occasion as happened on Saturday but this is our sixth season now in which we’ve had to contend with playing opponents for whom a game against FC United is their cup final so it’s something we should be used to. A team like Mickleover wouldn’t have been second from bottom if they performed like they did on Saturday every week. To that extent they’re cheating their manager but we have to be able to cope when teams get up for our visit."

"At our level though, first and foremost you have to make sure you work harder than the opposition and at least put up a fight and if we’d done that on Saturday we would have got at least a point - by and large that was the same team which beat Gainsborough in a lot tougher match the previous week. We didn’t get the rewards that we should’ve done last Wednesday against Buxton but I didn’t expect us to be in this position having lost six games before Christmas, never mind by the start of October. We need to turn it around. The games against Bradford Park Avenue, Stocksbridge and Mickleover were unacceptably bad performances but against Matlock and Ashton we deserved a point. For me the game against Buxton was summed up by what their manager said afterwards, “Daylight robbery” and to that extent our luck will eventually change but only if we put the effort in and it wasn’t there on Saturday."

"On Wednesday I’m sure the lads will be more than fired up to make sure we get the victory. Aside from that the points at stake they’re playing for places – the Cup game on Saturday will be a fantastic opportunity. I’m sure everyone will go up and enjoy a good day out but we’ll very much be focused on the football."

"Queue for the showers at Mickleover"

Your Club Needs You!

This Minithon is pretty boring stuff for us supporters who gave up strenuous exercise many years ago and who don’t start functioning until well past lunchtime on a Sunday, ain’t it?

It might be, but nobody is asking anybody to give themselves a heart attack and the start time is 12.00 noon with chance for a hair of the dog back at Chorlton Irish Culb after! It’s a few hours out with fellow supporters and believe it or not it’s a bit of a laugh. The thing is also it’s now a major event in the Club’s calendar for supporters to help raise much needed funds for the running of the Club which musn’t be forgotten with all the other distractions going on at the moment.

So please join in with your fellow supporters a week on Sunday and register here http://www.fc-utd.co.uk/story.php?story_id=3141. Runners can run, joggers can jog but there are also local guides providing talks on the way for family groups and strollers and achievement certificates for all junior entrants.

If you absolutely can’t make it then please still click on the link and sponsor your mate or favourite player from the list in the story. Thanks.

Get yourself to that football ground, FC United V Ossett Town, Wednesday 6th October, Bower Field, Stalybridge, kick off 7.45 pm. Your Club Needs You!


The FA Cup takes centre stage again this Saturday with FC’s visit to Northern League side Norton & Stockton Ancients in the 3rd Qualifying Round, kick off 3.00 pm.

With the first round proper only two wins away both sides will be going all out for a win. Nothing can be taken for granted despite the fact that Norton play two levels below FC. Four Northern League sides have made it through to this stage of the competition including Whitley Bay who won 3-2 away at Nantwich in the last round and Shildon who beat Skelmersdale 2-0. Norton themselves beat Leigh Genesis 2-1.

Our hosts on Saturday have been in regular touch with the Club to make sure our supporters are well catered for. Prices are £6 for adults and £3 for concessions. It is pay on the gate, however tickets will be on sale in the Social Club before the game for a ticket only turnstile to help ease the last minute congestion getting into the ground.

The football ground is part of a larger sports complex on Station Road, Norton, Stockton-on-Tees, TS20 1PE with a capacity of 2500. There is a small stand with 160 seats so if you prefer to sit down then you are recommended to get there early to stake your claim. There is also a small covered standing area which no doubt FC supporters will make full use of.

Entrance to the site is down a narrow lane with no room for vehicles passing. Norton have respectfully requested that coaches and minibuses arrive there before 2.00 pm and drop supporters off at the Social Club which is approximately 500 yards from the ground. The coaches will then be parked up allowing the free flow of cars into the large parking area for which there is no charge. Coaches and minibuses will be brought out after the game after cars have left to pick up supporters at the Social Club again.

The Social Club is a good size and will open at 11.00 am, stop serving at 2.45 pm before reopening later. It serves Fosters, Carling, Worthington Cream Flow, John Smith Smooth, Tetley Imperial, McEwen 80 Bob, Woodpecker, Magners and Black Sheep all on draught. They have also offered if coaches wish to ring through the first order they can have them ready for them and the number is 01642 554031.

For those hungry souls 200 pies & peas, 100 Mince and 100 Steak & Gravy, will be on sale in the Social Club prior to the game. In the ground there be will a chuck wagon and a tea hut to serve various food and drink such as tea, coffee, cold drinks, burgers, hot dogs, chips, pies etc. They have also agreed to have a kids sweet stall following a request from our FCU’th.

The journey by car should take about 2 hours from Manchester or slightly less on a good day. Get on the M62 and when past Leeds take junction 29 north (left..) up the M1, then the A1(M) as far as junction 49 and then towards Middlesbrough up the A19. When you get near Middlesbrough just follow your nose and any car with a red scarf in or check here if you need to be more precise http://www.fc-utd.co.uk/story.php?story_id=3129.

The official supporters coach is full but bookings are being taken in the office for a second. Email travel@fc-utd.co.uk or ring the FC United office on 0161 273 8950 as soon as possible if you want a seat.

For those thinking about traveling by train the nearest station recommended by Norton is Thornaby and from there take a taxi to the ground. Local taxi numbers - Boro/Stockton Cabs - 01642 222222 -Royal Cars - 01642 655555.

Our hosts are not used to a large traveling support visiting their ground but let’s hope the day goes well as they are putting in every effort to prepare and to make us feel as welcome as possible.

Bring on United!

WEDNESDAY 7TH APRIL KICK-OFF 7.45pm - ADULTS £7.50, UNDER 18s £2, OVER 60s £5