We Look Back at FC United’s First Relegation Season But What Have They Learnt To Bounce Straight Back.

This season has been a rollercoaster for FC United of Manchester, having three different managers and making unwanted history by getting relegated for the first time ever in their 14 year history.

The start of their season seemed to suggest how their fourth season in the National League North might go after losing 5-1 to local rivals Stockport County in their opening fixture. They also threw away a 3-1 lead to a newly promoted Ashton United, who went on to beat the Moston outfit 4-3. This campaign has seen FC win just one home league match, which was against Curzon Ashton.

If the Red’s had any chance of staying up, they would be relying on their away record which saw them win nine games on the road, to strong teams such as Altrincham, Blyth, Bradford Park Avenue and Telford to name a few. With such a poor home record, United had spent the majority of the season in the bottom three, which lead fan’s to believe throughout the season that relegation was on the cards.

The 2018/19 season also saw United have three managers. Player/Manager Tom Greaves took charge for what was set-up to be his first whole season managing the club, however, just a month into the season saw Greaves step down from his position to make way for the caretaker manager and ex-FC player, Dave Chadwick. Chaddy managed the Red’s for just over a month with ex-Bamber Bridge manager, Neil Reynolds, coming to the club in October to manage United.

In a season that has seen a lot of changes for the Mancunian side with the management, their has also been a lot of changes on the field. With United playing 57 different players throughout the season, which has impacted the performances on the field with their not being a stable set of 11 players to play week in, week out.

Overall, this campaign has been a big learning curve for FC and Neil Reynolds will be looking back at areas he will want to change and improve on for next season in the Northern Premier League. The main one I would suggest would to be having a set squad and line up, to build up a strong squad and by not bringing in new players every week it won’t disturb the flow. Neil Reynold’s will be able to build his own squad this season, which will benefit him as he won’t be inheriting any players that he may not want in his team.

  • I am a FC United fan and go to most games,we have gone as far as we can with the FC way if we want to go higher we need a chairman with deep pockets the fan base as gone from 3400 to 1800 with our way we should be 2 leagues lower,change or go bust

    • May be Fred rather then just going to games you look a bit more at the ethos of the club and learn a bit more .As fir losing nearly 50%if the fans as you say not true around the 2000 mark is about right for the club and has been for a long time .Yes we have had higher but that took into account the novelty factor if the move and the new ground .
      A chairman with deep pockets you say maybe phone the Glazer’s I hear they may have a few quid.What happens when this new magical chairman decides he’s had enough and decides to walk away the leagues are littered with clubs like this with a good example only days ago try having a read about North Ferriby

      No we cut our cloth to what we can afford if that takes us up or takes us down that us where we are as long as the club keeps going then that is all that matters

      If it’s just a case of wanting to watch a football team with a chairman with loaded pockets that uses a club as his own personal plaything then I think you may be at the wrong club

      I hear there is a club just down the road that has plenty of spare seats all the time but at least the chairman has deep pockets

  • Bleddyn davies

    Although a lifelong supporter of Wrexham I have followed the rebels since their birth with interest and joy at their promotions. It saddens me to see them relegated. What’s the answer? A rich sugar daddy? may Be in the short term. A sugar daddy enables you go out and buy a bijou football. Team…….. a bit like Crawley Stevenage fleetwood and city. Forgive that last word…..what to do. A bit like Southampton…..development of young players STABILITY broaden the community and fan base and involvement but don’t panic. One relegation in 14 years isn’t all doom and gloom. At least you can hold ure heads up high unlike Bijou Salford Utd. Come on reds get into league 2 before I get too old to see it.

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