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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!

Altrincham

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.

Guiseley

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.

Southport

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.

Hereford

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.

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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!