Posts Tagged ‘Andy Burnham’

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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Making friends wherever we go…

FC players going to the fans post game at Brighton just as someone waves a scarf in front of my camera

It has been another good week to be a FC’er. On Thursday we received the news we had been waiting for. Manchester City Council approved our application to build Ten Acres Lane. The light that has been hovering at  the end of the tunnel has hit us all. The ground is now a reality. We await news of how the community shares have gone, as the deadline is on 30th Nov, but with luck, that has done well, the DF ticks over well (but still needs that important push to get to £500K) and we could well start the build next year with a view to kicking off the 2012-13 season in TAL. It is what loads of people at FC have been working towards, none more so that Andy Walsh and Adam Brown and our utmost respect must go with them. But there have been loads of people pulling out their tripe for the DF raising funds, and none of those should be forgotten. Loads have got us near to our destiny, as I believe that is what it is, and hats must be tipped to those people. And to the people of Newton Heath a big thank you. A thank you for having the foresight and vision to see the benefits of this ground to them. They will have a superb sports and social facility at their disposal in the next couple of years.  I hope they use it fully, I am sure they will.

And then onto Saturday. Brighton away in the FA Cup. It was a cracking day out. It started badly with the coaches turning up nearly an hour late, but once we were on our way all was well and we were there in time for a pint in the pub at the ground.

There had been much made during the week or so beforehand as we had only 850ish tickets for the game. This was because we were handed a “Cat C” status, which means the highest possible chance of trouble. This of course was ludicrous and happily was proven to be total and utter shit. Everyone had a top day, the team did their bit and gained a replay at Gigg and on leaving the stewards and police were wishing us well, a safe journey home and even waving us off. Talk about a total change in attitude. Even the Brighton fans who were hostile to us, seemed to totally change their tune and were impressed by our non stop singing, bouncing and attitude.

Making friends not millionaires you see.

This week, FC Leigh supporters branch have a meeting with a specially invited guest in the form of Andy Burnham MP. Andy was of course a previous chair of Supporters Direct as well as a large backer of fan owned clubs. We will be chatting to him about this as well as the plans for TAL. I know from speaking to him, he is very interested in FC United and our future plans, it will be good to show him what we plan to do in the next couple of years.

Sorry…..

I have neglected this a little over the past couple of months. I didn’t intend to, its just life happens like that I suppose. Anyway, I do intend on keeping this up to date, so here goes.

The cricket season finished, I only managed to umpire in 4 games and though I pretty much enjoyed it, it was a little frustrating not to get out on the field more. Not sure what I will do next season.

I attended the Labour Party conference last week. I enjoyed it. Was only for the final morning but it was good. I got to listen to a talk on local councils and government, sommat about the selling off of the Post Office and Harriet Harmen’s closing speech. I was also invited to an event where Ed Miliband spoke and ended up shaking his hand. I didn’t tell him he was my 4th preference (out of 5)

Also bumped into Andy Burnham outside and had a little chat. I did a little work in his campaign office when he was going for the leadership. I really enjoyed it, it was only a couple of hours here and there, but I met some quality people and it was a pleasure. Through that, I was lucky to be invited to Andy’s little soiree at the end of his campaign, which was a lovely night.

I am trying to start up a little business (in the loosest sense at the moment) buying and selling 80s retro clothes, toys, bags etc. Its not easy at the moment, but I have a website coming soon, so I will see how it goes.

And as I say, I will update this more often…..I promise.