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4 Fixture Focus: Crunch Time For FC United

In FC United’s history of almost 14 years, they have had 4 promotions to get them into the National League North.

Although, this could all change this season after only winning 6 matches throughout the length of the season. With only one of those wins coming at home against local rivals Curzon Ashton, which saw the Reds come away with 3 points in a comfortable 2-0 win.

Five wins of United’s this season have come away from home after going against the odds by beating potential playoff contenders Bradford Park Avenue, Altrincham, Kidderminster Harriers and Blyth Spartans. However, with time running out Reynolds will be hoping to scrape out as many points as possible over the coming months in order to secure their position.

After a season that has seen United have 3 managers at the club, they have failed to stay out of the relegation places on a regular basis and the last few weeks results have conspired to find them set adrift from the safety of 19th place with teams above them also having games in hand.

This could potentially see the Reds set an unwanted milestone as they have never suffered relegation in their short history. The next four matches will prove crucial to FC United’s season-long battle. The men in red will be going into every one of their remaining matches as if it is a cup final, in order to secure themselves a place in the National League North next season and, with the reds 6 points from safety with 13 matches left of the 2018/19 season, it is all to play for!


This Saturday sees the red rebels play against local rivals Altrincham at Broadhurst Park. FC United’s first win of the season came at Moss Lane on August 14th, in a 2-1 win that saw United secure all three points after Kurt Willoughby scored the winner in the 80th minute with a wonderful curling effort.

The Robins currently sit in 7th place however with only 2 wins out of 5 in the calendar year, this weekend’s match is set up to be an absolute cracker with both teams fighting for the points at either end of the table.


The Reds face back to back home matches over the next couple of weeks as Guiseley AFC are the next team to visit Broadhurst Park after Altrincham. The reverse fixture saw The Lions take all three points at Nethermoor Park after a comfortable 3-0 win against FC United.

Guiseley sits just 6 points above United and have only one win in 2019 which came against fellow Yorkshiremen Bradford Park Avenue. With both teams being around the relegation places and both having a bad form, this match sets up to be a real six-pointer as the two teams will have to go out fighting for all three points in order to avoid the dreaded drop.


The first away match FC United face in this run of four fixtures will take place at Haig Avenue, as the reds take a trip to the seaside to play former league club Southport FC. The sandgrounders currently sit 13th in the league and will be looking to take all three points from the red rebels, after the points were shared in the reverse fixture at Broadhurst park in the less than enthralling 1-1 draw.

Liam Watson former Stalybridge Celtic manager will be hoping that former red rebel Jason Gilchrist will be able to remind his old club of his goal-scoring prowess, while the Moston Outfit will be aiming to keep him and his striking partners at bay.


The final match the team from Broadhurst Park will play over these next four fixtures will be current Southern Premier League Champions Hereford FC. November saw the Red Rebels travel the 284-mile round trip twice in both the league and the FA Trophy. In the league fixture, it was the men in red who came out on top after a 3-1 win against The Bulls in their 4th away win of the season.

Two weeks later saw the same scoreline however for the other team as Hereford knocked United out of the FA Trophy in the Third Qualifying Round. Hereford are currently sat in 16th place, 7 points ahead of the drop zone. The Whites will be hoping to secure more points in the upcoming months in hope, of securing themselves a place for a second season in the National League North.


FC United Will Look to Bounce Back After 2 Losses by Defeating Boston

This afternoon looks to see Boston United take on FC United of Manchester in the National League North at York Street. The match sees 11th Boston United play 21st place FC United as The Reds look for 3 crucial points that, depending on results could edge them closer to safety. Whereas The Pilgrims are hoping for a home win that could see them push towards the playoff places.

Neil Reynolds, who is back after an educational trip in relation to his day job, will be looking for a response from the red rebels after back to back defeats against local rivals Ashton United and Stockport County, with the County match showing some promise and team spirit, after giving 2nd place Stockport a run for their money and only losing to a last minute from Oldham Athletic loanee Jamie Stott.

Currently 6 points off 19th place York City, tomorrow’s match is a must win game for Reynolds team. However, Boston will be hoping for a long overdue home win that could get them into the playoffs, with only being 4 points behind 7th place Altrincham. The Pilgrims have only won one of their home matches in the past five. Reynolds will be hoping to take advantage of Boston’s poor home record as the reds have enjoyed 4 victories away from Broadhurst Park against teams in the top 10 of the National League North.

Neil Reynolds will be hoping in this match that his attacking flair players will be able to convert the chances, they have shown that they can create in recent games without having to rely on England C international and the clubs top goal scorer Kurt Willoughby – with his 11 league goals.

FC’s Gaffer will also be hoping for another solid performance from last seasons fans player of the year, Lloyd Allinson who after a shaky couple of games has showed signs of getting back to his best with some outstanding saves in recent matches.

Today’s match is set up to be an enthralling, entertaining encounter between two teams who like to attack which was evident in last seasons 4-4 draw and is a game not to be missed!

AWAY FANS SERIES: From Man Utd to FC United, How a Chance Read In a Newspaper Created an FCUM Chinese Supporters Branch for Fan Ming

Football Manc Cave caught up with FC United of Manchester’s Chinese Branch of Supporters founder, Fan Ming, ahead of his visit to the UK next week.

FC United Supporter Fan Ming

Read how he went from Man Utd to FC United via a newspaper article, flying over to the UK to film a documentary on the Red Rebels and setting up the Chinese sector of FC United supporters…

Ian: So what made you become an FC United fan, where did it start?

Fan Ming: The first time when FC United was formed, I saw this news on a Chinese Sports Newspaper. I was a Man Utd fan, but I love traditional English football culture, I was interested in small clubs at that time, that made my eyes turn to FC United.

Ian: Amazing, it’s a personal love of mine also. I was told you have started an FC United supporters group in China, tell me more?

Fan Ming: Yes, we have a group called FCUM China Supporters’ Branch, it was started in 2014. I thought there were only two FC United supporters in China before 2014, we knew each other on FC unofficial fan forum in 2007(probably 2006). We hadn’t contacted too much till 2013, I suddenly found there was another FC United supporter on China social media, and we started planning to create a group in China.

Ian: Wow, how many members are you up to now, what do you do?

Fan Ming: Not too many members at the beginning, one of our members and I went to England filming a documentary for FC United in 2015.

Catch Fan Ming’s Documentary here

We have an average of 50 members per season since that. Our branch usually renews membership for our members, organize some donation activity for our club etc, but I’m very busy this season, and nobody helps me for these tasks, so only a few members have renewed their membership for themselves.

Ian: How Often do you get over to Broadhurst park?

Fan Ming: It depends on my wallet! I’d prefer every weekend but only 3 times for me since 2014…this week will be the 4th time.

Ian: Do you get fully involved in the whole matchday experience when you come over?

Fan Ming: I savour every moment, sure, I enjoy my matchday experience, every minute! But I do prefer an away day, the away end atmosphere is a different class

Ian: What are your thoughts on this season?

Fan Ming: It’s a tough season, we have low player budgets, and losing attendance. It’s very difficult to stay at this level but the only thing I could do is cheer our club on whatever the result.

Ian: Thank you for your time, enjoy your trip over – Let’s hope for a home win!

If FC United Can Sort Out This One Problem, They Should Avoid The Drop – Agreed?

In FC United’s short history of almost fourteen years, they have had four promotions bringing them up to the National League North. However, after a long season struggling at this level, the reds may be seeing relegation for the first time ever. Although, they may be able to avoid the drop if they sort out this one problem…their discipline.

United’s discipline record is one of the worst within the National League North seeing them pick up a shocking 50 yellow cards and 7 reds. Having played 32 games so far throughout the 2018/19 season, the card to game ratio for the reds is 1.78 cards per game which has cost them points and their place in the FA Cup as well.

October 6th saw The Red Rebel’s play Witton Albion, from the Evo-Stik, in the FA Cup. On paper, this was a game that should’ve seen the United qualify into the Fourth Qualifying Round. However, like many times this season, their disciplinary record let them down after having 3 red cards. Kurt Willoughby, Harry Winter and Elliot Simoes were all sent off in the match that saw the underdogs Witton beat United 2-1. A week later Darlington were visitors to Broadhurst Park which once again saw further two red cards for the men in red, which cost them 3 points in the league with another 2-1 defeat.

The Christmas period saw FC continue their poor disciplinary record which cost them more points, that could potentially see them avoid their first ever relegation. Michael Pott’s put the reds ahead of a Spennymoor Town side, currently in the playoff places, however, a two-footed challenge saw a straight red for striker Tom Peers after 25 minutes which put FC out of control of the match. This was a similar story on New Years Day away at top of the table Chorley. The first half looked to set up for an exciting match as the reds were equal to their opposition. Five minutes after the second half kicked off saw Michael Donohue given his marching orders after picking up a red for his second bookable offence.

FC United’s disciplinary record is evidently a recurring problem throughout their fourth season playing in the National League North, and Neil Reynolds will be hoping that they are able to improve this over the next few crucial months – which will decide which league the reds will be playing their football in next season.

FC United’s Upturn In League Form Is Down To This One Reason – Agreed?

FC United of Manchester in no uncertain terms had a horrendous start to the 2018/19 season. Propping up the rest of the National League North was not comfortable viewing for the FCUM faithful. 

Having only won once in their first twelve league games, it was understandable that FC United had to make a managerial change early on in the season to not let the rot carry on further.

Incoming manager Neil Reynolds has quickly turned things around at Broadhurst Park, claiming FC United’s second, third and fourth wins of the season in an unbeaten five games in charge, however a defeat to Telford at weekend as temporarily put the brakes on the climb up the National League North.

Obviously, with a new manager with no previous connections to FC United coming in, With FC United only having one man in charge since the start, previous to last season. That means the players have had to prove themselves to Reynolds, and fight for their place in the team.

Creating that little competition and extinguishing complacency has certainly aided his start alongside Reynolds free-flowing football philosophy. Most people call it the new manager bounce, but FC United will be looking at getting right back on track against Hereford in the FA Trophy and proving that the upturn is in for the long haul.