Who needs Wembley anyway?

The MRE is on fire!!

Ahh well it is all over. The glorious cup run of FC United is over. As usually happens, given a 2nd chance, the league club won the reply in a flattering 4-0 win at Gigg Lane. To be honest, and you probably saw the game, BHA were the better team overall and deserved their win, but FC took the game to them at time, certainly in the 2nd half, and if the penalty curse hadn’t struck, who knows what might have been? Still, there was a great crowd in La Stade, a superb atmosphere, from where I was stood in the MRE, and a squad of players to be proud of.

When you think back to the cup run, you wouldn’t have guessed we have got as far as we did. The run started with a scruffy 3-0 win at home to Radcliffe, and followed by a good win against Gainsborough at Gigg. A great day out at Norton and Stockton Ancients followed, in fact, if you had asked me during that game, when we were 2-1  down and playing poorly that we would reach Rd 2, I would have laughed at you and told you not to be silly.

Barrow was also a good day, the 1st one where the media started to take notice and of course we all know about Rochdale and Brighton. It has certainly made the season for the club. The league form has been, at best, inconsistent, the cup run has given the players the confidence to play the way they can. But now the league form is vital. During the run, we have slipped into the relegation places, albeit with games in hand, and so the climb needs to start against the Evo Stick Champions 2011 (sic) Halifax tomorrow. A good run and you know what? The play-offs may well be in the offing.

The Leigh Branch last week, welcomed the Shadow Education minister Andy Burnham to our meeting and a good night was had. Andy of course was a founder of Supporters Direct and a previous chair, as well as being an advisor to the Football Task Force (containing our very own Adam Brown) and most importantly, the secretary for Media, Culture and Sport when in government. Andy was very candid in his views about fan owned football and it clear that he fully supports what we are doing at FC.  It also transpired that a couple of branch members seem to be closet Evertonians also.

All in all, things are looking up for the club, we know Ten Acres is firmly in the pipeline, the cup run has generated great coverage and much needed revenue for the club and we have just had our record attendance.

Just hope some of them c0me back.


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