It's worth saying, though, that while they may seem to be in the wrong on this, Invision do seem to be the sort of cottage industry we should all want to see more of in football.
Posts: 17027 | From: your gaff, nicking stuff. | Registered: Oct 2002
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I can imagine non-league fans in the same league are tut-tutting in the same way that people getting shat on in a workplace wish the guy who mouths off about appalling working conditions would just shut up, lest all of them get a pay cut.
Posts: 2896 | From: The Los Angeles Underground | Registered: May 2003
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quote:After the team’s excellent 2-0 win at the Tameside Stadium secured by goals from Simon Carden and Robert Nugent, the board would like to make the following statement:
‘The board of FC United wishes to congratulate fans for the stand they took in boycotting the Curzon Ashton game on Saturday 29th December. The decision to boycott the game was not one taken lightly and followed the enforced change to the kick off time.
Whilst supporters showed their overwhelming support for the stand taken by the board and the team won on the pitch the reality is that all parties suffered; Curzon Ashton lost potential match day revenue, a large number of FC United supporters stayed away from the game and as such were denied the chance to see their team play, and the league and Invision’s relationship with two member clubs has become unnecessarily strained.
FC United came into existence in direct response to the disregard shown for football supporters by those who put profit before the fans who support the game week in week out. As a democratically elected board we endeavour to represent the interests and will of FC United fans and we hope that the strength of feeling shown by supporters prompts greater consideration for their concerns in the future.
To avoid this situation arising again we are seeking a greater dialogue between the league, its sponsors and member clubs. We recognise that sponsorship and television bring much needed revenue into football but that money should not buy the right to bypass the interests of football supporters who are the biggest financial backers of the game.
There may be financial, policing or logistical reasons why a game should take place at a time other than 3pm on a Saturday. Indeed it is inevitable that FC United’s games will become the subject of TV interest in the future. The board would therefore like to stress that it is not opposed to the re-arrangement of any fixture date and / or time, provided that it meets with the approval of and benefits the respective clubs and their supporters.
We hope that the team’s fantastic performance goes some way to compensate those United fans who stayed away from the game and thank everyone for their continued support during this difficult and sensitive period.
Finally a big thank you to all those who volunteered to steward and help out at the reserve game; almost £2000 was raised for club funds and Abbey Hey also benefited from a financial windfall, selling out of pies and beer. The 500 people who made the journey to Abbey Hey were treated to a terrific display by our young reserve side. The atrocious weather made playing conditions difficult but the players responded to the noisy support from the sidelines beating promotion rivals Club AZ 3-1 in the Cheshire League fixture, FC’s goals were scored by Ant O’Neill, Danny Allen and Kyle Harrop.
How ace are our board?
Posts: 14591 | From: Paper Street | Registered: May 2002
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Bit late on this, but Chorley fans were, based on a discussion on our forum, largely against the boycott, mainly on the grounds that Curzon would lose out financially. I did try to point out that FC United's supporters are not obliged to attend away matches and enrich opposition clubs. Glad to see it was enforced so rigorously.
Posts: 906 | From: The other end of Stretford | Registered: Jan 2004
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quote:AN UNEXPECTED WINDFALL FOR ABBEY HEY Abbey Hey were the recipients of a belated festive season windfall last weekend – thanks to the well publicised fall out between FC United of Manchester and the Unibond League. For the benefit of those not aware, the kick off time for FC United’s game at Curzon Ashton on Saturday 29th December was switched to lunchtime to accommodate the demands of the Unibond League’s television channel. It was a move that, to put it mildly, was not welcomed by the officials and supporters of FC United and the upshot was that club officials urged supporters to boycott the lunchtime kick off at the Tameside Stadium and instead go and watch the FC United Reserves in action against Club AZ in the Mid-Cheshire League Division Two – a match that took place at Abbey Hey’s Abbey Stadium. The FC United website reports that the attendance of 297 at the Tameside Stadium contained a small group of about 20 FC United supporters, and out of the remaining 1500 or so that regularly attend FC United games, around 500 made their way across to Gorton to watch FC win 3-1 to maintain their position at the top of the league. Abbey Hey Secretary Gordon Lester takes up the story. “We weren’t quite sure what to expect on the day, but we decided to plan for a decent crowd coming down, and it’s a good job we did. It was a great afternoon. There wasn’t a hint of trouble all day, the crowd created a good atmosphere, and everyone enjoyed themselves. “We would like to thank the FC United officials who helped us out on the day, their efforts were very much appreciated. After the game, when members of the Abbey Hey committee were busy in the bar areas in the clubhouse, a number of FC United volunteers grabbed some empty bin sacks and went around the ground picking up litter for us. That helped us greatly, and meant that we weren’t left working long into the evening tidying up after everyone had gone”. Apart from the obvious financial benefits that were generated from the unexpectedly large crowd, Gordon says the day also served as a very useful learning exercise for everyone at Abbey Hey. “A few months back we completed work on our new function suite and bar area on the upper floor of our clubhouse, and this was the first time we have accommodated a large crowd at the ground with both bars open”, he explained. “This game has proved that we are able to cope with crowds of over 500 without any problems, and hopefully that will provide us with opportunities to host FC United games again. “It would be great to think that FC United– and other clubs looking to host an FC United game – will consider using the Abbey Stadium again in future for games, rather than move them to the likes of Hyde United or Stalybridge Celtic as has happened in the past”.