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FC United of Manchester: union is strength

FC United of Manchester: union is strength

Find out more about this community football club

17 January 2014 — 23 February 2014

Time 10:00 - 17:00

Duration 7 hours

Cost In order to keep our exhibitions programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation

Punk football?  What’s that?  Come and find out as FC United fans bring their choice of photographs and football memorabilia to share their club’s story with you.

FC United of Manchester was formed in 2005 by Manchester United supporters following Malcolm Glazer’s controversial debt-driven takeover of their club, which led to hundreds of fans refusing to renew their season tickets in protest.  For many the takeover was the last straw in a process of commercialisation of the top tier of football, and of the destruction of the community basis of match-going collectivity because of high ticket prices and the loss of terraces where groups of friends could stand together.  In creating a new club those people wanted it to demonstrate that ‘union is strength’;  FC United is a community football club owned and democratically run by its 2,000-plus members.  Membership is open to all with everyone an equal co-owner, holding one voting share in the club.

The club states that it ‘seeks to change the way that football is owned and run, putting supporters at the heart of everything’.  Since its genesis members have continued to vote against having sponsorship on the team shirts, and the club’s commitment to affordable football has seen a ‘pay what you can for your season ticket’ system in operation for the last five seasons.   The club was awarded Co-operative UK’s Co-operative Excellence Award in 2009 for its work with local groups including care leavers, young offenders and refugee groups.

FC United is excited to be currently building a ground and community facilities in Moston, with part of the funding coming from a trailblazing community share scheme

Since its inception the club has had close ties with Salford’s Working Class Movement Library.  The centenary of the events when Manchester United’s players, ‘The Outcasts’, became involved in the battle for players’ rights, was commemorated in 2009 in a pop-up display banner produced by the Working Class Movement Library. This will be on display as part of the FC United exhibition.

Suitable for all ages

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