FC United of Manchester
FC United of Manchester
FC United of Manchester
MATCH ARRANGEMENTS: FC United v Gainsborough Trinity
On Saturday 29th April, kick off 3pm, FC United welcome Gainsborough Trinity to Broadhurst Park in the National League North – Admission is pay on the gate: £9 Adults, £5 Conc, £2 u/18s – The Match is dedicated as our FC4M40 (+M9) day.
On Saturday 29th April, kick off 3pm, FC United welcome Gainsborough Trinity to Broadhurst Park in the National League North. Admission is pay on the gate: £9 Adults, £5 Conc, £2 u/18s. The match is dedicated as our FC4M40(+M9) Day.
Saturday sees our final league match of the season as we look to close the league season on 54 points with a win over Gainsborough Trinity. A win for FC and a defeat for Nuneaton, who travel to Alfreton, would see us finish in our highest ever league position of 12th in the National League North. Last season we finished in 13th position on 53 points.
Gainsborough Trinity are 4th from bottom on 36 points, one point above Worcester City who travel to League Champions Fylde on Saturday. If Gainsborough equal or better Worcester’s score, they will secure their place in the National League North for next season.
Following just one win in the previous 7 matches, FC United got back to winning ways with an impressive 4-1 win away to Nuneaton last Saturday with the FC fans in party mood. Hopefully we can expect more of the same this Saturday.
We are expecting a bumper crowd on Saturday with 1,700 tickets distributed to residents living in the local community. The season our league average attendance is 2,600, so Saturday’s match could be one of our highest ever attended league matches at Broadhurst Park, aiming to beat the crowd of 4,158 who turned up to watch the FC United v Salford City in January.
So please aim to get the ground early to ease congestion at the turnstiles.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP OUT ON SATURDAY
Due to the expected large attendance on Saturday we are looking for people to help out in key areas of our match operation, specifically in relation to Traffic Marshalling, Car Parking and the sale of Pound for the Ground Raffle Tickets.
If you are able to lend a hand, please ring the FC office 9am – 5pm Thursday and Friday on 0161 769 2005
We would also like to ask if volunteers can park on Lightbowne Road on Saturday as the ground car park is likely to be busy.
Saturday 29th April kick-off 3pm
Vanarama National League North
FC United v Gainsborough Trinity
310 Lightbowne Road,
Moston, Manchester M40 0FJ
ADMISSION PRICES: Pay on the Gate
£2 under 18s
Supporters in possession of a Match Ticket are advised to use turnstiles 11 and 12 at the Lightbowne Road End to help even the flow through pay on the gate turnstiles.
Season Ticket Holders will need to produce the relevant match voucher in their season ticket books to gain access.
Unreserved seats are situated in the Main Stand. Fans wishing to sit down are encouraged to get to their seats early as the stand soon fills up.
All supporters can gain access to the ground via via turnstiles 1 to 6 at the St. Mary’s Road End of the ground and turnstiles 11-12 at the Lightbowne Road End.
However to ease the flow of bodies through the turnstile we would advise supporters in possession of a Match Ticket use turnstiles 11 to 12 at Lightbowne Road End of the ground.
Likewise, we would advise visiting supporters to also use turnstiles 11 and 12.
Turnstile 4 at the St. Mary’s Road End is a designated Donation turnstile which allows supporters to donate money in addition to the normal admission price. The DF Turnstile accepts Adults, Concessions, Juniors entering with ST’s/LMTB’s, FREE Match Tickets or cash.
Turnstiles will open at approximately 1pm. Supporters arriving between 12 noon and 1pm can gain access to the ground via the main entrance in the Main Stand.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Saturday’s match sponsors, Pestproof and to FC United’s London Branch for sponsoring the Match Ball and Programme.
The London Branch have kindly donated the benefits of their sponsorship package back to the clun and we have invited 6 people from the Sporting Memories Group to the game.
We are also like to thank all those who have sponsored a match this season.
FC United Board Member John Davies is hosting a Volunteer Surgery between 11.45am and 12.45pm on Saturday 29th April in the Community Cabin at Broadhurst Park
All FC United volunteers are invited to attend to provide important feedback as well as looking to the future as to how volunteers may best be able to assist the club. It will provide volunteers with the opportunity to talk about their experiences as a volunteer as well as raising any concerns or difficulties they have faced whilst fulfilling their roles.
MANCHESTER PREMIER CUP FINAL TICKETS ON SALE
The Frank Hannah Manchester Premier Cup Final between FC United and Stalybridge Celtic will be held on Thursday 4th May at Oldham Athletic’s ground, Boundary Park, Furtherwood Road, Oldham OL1 2PA, kick off 7.45pm.
The Manchester FA has kindly offered to sell discounted tickets for this match before our Saturday’s match against Gainsborough. The tickets will be on sale from the community cabin (near to the Lightbowne Road entrance to the ground) between 1.30pm and 3.00pm. Sales will strictly be by card sale only and no cash sales can be accepted.
CYCM returns to the Main Stand Bar on Saturday, featuring live band ‘Shame’, talks from May King Tsang ‘The Queen of Tea’ and Aaron Darke ‘The King of Gin’ and an update from FC United’s Chief Executive, Damian Chadwick, about the Power to Change Grant to help refurbish the St. Mary’s Road End Bar this summer.
12:00 Doors open 12:15 Damian Chadwick update about the Power To Change Grant. 1:30 May King Tsang: The Queen of Tea 2.00 Live Band ‘Shame’ London’s finest bring their sound to Manchester 2.30 Aaron Darke: The King of Gin 3:00 THE MATCH: FC United v Gainsborough on the main pitch.
CYCM’s will take up two thirds of the room, with the other third open as a bar so you can enjoy a pint in peace. Once you’re in the ground, entrance to CYCM is free, just head to the Main Stand (through the turnstiles if you come after 1pm).
Please try and get there as early as possible (come in through the main entrance and up the stairs if you arrive before the turnstiles open), as we’re anticipating it’s going to get busy. So busy in fact, we’ll have hand stamps allowing you to get in and out as you please. We don’t want you not getting back in if you’ve popped out, as that’d just be cruel. And we don’t want that.
THE NOBBY STILES SHIELD PRESENTED AT 2.50PM ON THE PITCH
On Saturday courtesy of The Board, FC United welcome the Stiles family together with former United player Carlo Sartori and a number of Nobby Stiles’ old United friends ahead of the presentation of The Nobby Stiles Shield to our Academy Student of the Year.
The presentation will take place on the pitch at 2.50pm just as the teams have entered the pitch.
Unfortunately Nobby himself is not well enough to attend.
As a result of FC United’s participation in the First Round Proper of last year’s Emirates FA Cup, we were asked to nominate 3 local charities to receive a share of our £2,000 that the FA Community Shield Fund distributed to us.
At half time during Saturday’s match a cheque will be presented to each of the 3 charitable organisations that FC United nominated to receive our club’s share of the fund. Representatives from Moston and District Sports and Youth Club (Moston Juniors), Talbot House Support Centre and Freedom From Torture will be present to receive their cheques.
MOSTON JUNIORS FC AT HALF-TIME
We are pleased to welcome back young players from Moston Juniors on the pitch at half time who will be playing a number of short matches.
Moston Juniors FC is a FA Charter Standard Community Club and sources most of its players from Moston, New Moston, Blackley and Harpurhey. They play their matches on the 3G pitches and Ronald Johnson Playing Fields at Broadhurst Park.
Whilst being one of the area’s largest and leading junior football clubs, Moston Juniors prides itself in providing opportunities for all of the local community to participate in football. They currently have 25 teams from under sevens to adults – this also include Mostonians, who act as their adult team and AFC Manchester Girls.
RUSSELL DELANEY TROPHY – FC UNITED PLAYER OF THE SEASON
As supporters enter the ground on Saturday they will be asked to cast their vote for FC United’s Player of the Season. The votes will be totted up and the Russell Delaney Trophy ‘FC United Player of the Season’ will be presented on the pitch at the end of the match.
The Player of the Season Trophy was named after Russell Delaney who was instrumental in the set-up of FC United in 2005 having worked tirelessly since the formulation of the idea for the club despite his failing health. Russell sadly passed away just a few months after FC United was formed.
The FCUth (Junior Members) Player of the Season Trophy will also be presented at the end of the match.
PLEASE KEEP OFF THE PITCH
We would like to remind supporters to please keep off the pitch at the end of the match on Saturday. As is customary, the FC United players plan to thank supporters by doing a lap around the pitch at the end of the game and can only do this if fans remain in the stands.
Also the Player of the Season Presentation on the pitch is also planned after the final whistle.
Groundsman Graham Byrne and his team have worked exceptionally hard this season to ensure the pitch is kept in perfect condition, so we need ensure the pitch is protected in preparation for next season.
Although it’s the final first team match of the season, there are two other matches planned in the coming weeks, with FC United’s Women Team playing Great Britain Police Ladies Team on Saturday 20th May, followed by a Charity match on 10th June.
BARS AND FOOD
Supporters from both clubs will have access to the Main Stand Function Room and Under the SMRE Bar.
The Main Stand Function Room Bar will serve hot food together with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks before and after the match. Alcohol will not be sold in the function room at half time but soft drinks, teas and coffees and food will be available.
Before the turnstiles open at 1pm, access to the Main Stand Function Room Bar is via the main reception by payment of the match admission price, or on production of the relevant Season Ticket voucher. After the turnstiles open, entry to the function room will be via turnstiles 1-6 or 9-12 and then through the seated area of the main stand.
The SMRE Bar situated under the St. Mary’s Road End terrace will serve draught beer and bottles before the match and at half-time. Hot food, including the Broadhurst Burger, tea and coffee will also be served at the far end of the SMRE Bar.
Under the Main Stand Food Bar will serve hot food prepared by our chef and pies from Mettricks and non-alcoholic drinks.
Herbies located adjacent to turnstiles 1-4 at the St. Mary’s Road End will serve hot food and non-alcoholic drinks before the match and is also accessible during half time.
Please note the Main Stand Bar and SMRE Bars are No Smoking Areas. Supporters wishing to smoke at half-time can do so in the designated areas adjacent to turnstiles 1-4 at the St. Mary’s Road End.
The Match programme is priced at £2 and available to buy from sellers outside and inside the ground.
SUPPORTERS’ DINNER TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM THE MEMBERSHIP STALL
Tickets are on sale for our Supporters’ Dinner on Friday 12th May 2017 (7pm – midnight) which is being held in the main function room at Broadhurst Park in support of the Development Fund.
We are thrilled to welcome United legend Norman Whiteside as our guest speaker together with comedian Sam Harland. It will also include a hot food buffet and will be rounded off with a set from FC’s favourite DJ – Mike Molloy aka Pace – you know the score! There will also be an auction and plenty of raffle prizes.
Tickets at £25 per person will be available at the Membership stall (located between the Main Stand and SMRE).
Space is limited for this event, so please pick up your tickets early.
POUND FOR THE GROUND TICKETS
We are still raising money for the club’s Development Fund as there are parts of the ground we need to complete. The quickest and easiest way is to buy a Pound for the Ground ticket at £1 each at Saturday’s match.
Your ticket will be entered into the draw, to be drawn at half time, where the winners win £200, the runner up wins £50 and for the 3rd prize winner a fudge hamper.
The Megastall will once again be open and located inside the ground between the Main Stand and the St. Mary’s Road End. As well as the usual hats, scarves and badges, we will also be selling the home and away replica shirts (shorts and socks) and a range of T-shirts and jackets.
We have free WiFi at Broadhurst Park for all supporters to use. Supplied by local company Pennine Telecom, to access the service just search for FCUM-FreeWiFi, select it and set up a user account.
TRAVEL TO BROADHURST PARK
We would like to remind supporters to re-read the travel information and make a note of where traffic marshals will ask you to refrain from parking. For travel information please see our TRAVEL HUB
ONE FOOTBALL SPECIAL BUS FROM CITY CENTRE
One football special bus will definitely be running from Stevenson Square in the city centre to the ground. The bus is operated by First Buses and will leave from Stop TE in Stevenson Square.
Departure time is 2pm.
The cost is £1.50 single. No return tickets available.
After the match the bus will leave Broadhurst Park when full. Departure is approximately five minutes after the final whistle, from Lightbowne Road.
Supporters travelling from Manchester city centre can use buses 181 or 182 which depart at regular intervals from Stand F on Lever Street. These buses stop right outside the ground at the top end of St. Mary’s Road.
Returning to Manchester the buses run at regular intervals from St. Mary’s Road.
The nearest tram stop is Newton Heath and Moston on the Victoria to Rochdale line. It is a 15 or 20 minute walk up to the ground.
There is a FREE shuttle bus from the Railway pub adjacent to Moston/Newton Heath Metrolink Station (turn right at the top of the tram stop steps).
Trains run between Manchester Victoria and Moston Train Station departing at 26 minutes past the hour arriving at Moston at 33 minutes past the hour. The ground is approximately 15 minutes’ walk from Moston Train Station. Trains return to Manchester every hour at 55 minutes past the hour
From Central Manchester
From central Manchester head out of town on the A62 Oldham Road until the junction with Monsall Road. Turn left and pass Central Park Metrolink on your left and take the next right at the roundabout and follow the road ahead straight across another roundabout which takes you onto Lightbowne Road. Follow the road for around half a mile and you will see Broadhurst Park on your right hand side.
From the M60 – Clockwise
If travelling via the motorway network from the north and west, head for the M60 Manchester ring road. Leave the M60 at junction 20, then turn onto the A664. At the traffic signals turn left onto the A6104. Travel straight on and then at the Greengate roundabout take the 4th exit onto Lightbowne Road, the B6393. Carry straight on for around a half a mile and Broadhurst Park is on your left.
From the M60 - Anti-clockwise
If travelling via the motorway network from the south and east, head for the M60 Manchester ring road. Leave the M60 at junction 22, then straight on to Hollinwood Avenue, the A6104 . Travel straight on and then at the Greengate roundabout take the 1st exit onto Lightbowne Road, the B6393. Carry straight on for around a half a mile and Broadhurst Park is on your left.
We would urge supporters to use the car parks we have available for a charge of £5.00 at the ground and for £3.00 at the nearby St Matthews School, only 3 minutes’ walk from the ground. We have arranged with St Matthews to increase the area available to use for matchday parking and £3.00 for secure and monitored parking is very reasonable and helps us in our relationship with our Moston neighbours.
We are under a duty to ensure areas such as St Mary’s Road and the north of Nuthurst Road are not used by visitors to Broadhurst Park.
Supporters should be mindful that there is no parking on:
St Mary’s Road and the streets off St Mary’s Road;
the West side of Moston Lane and the streets off it.
We can always use more volunteers to act as traffic marshals and indeed for a number of matchday functions, so if you can help, send an email to John Davies firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone the office on 0161 769 2005 and leave a phone number for him to contact you to discuss.