Thanks to a last-minute equaliser, Warrington will now be involved with a F A Cup replay this week, so our visit to Cantilever Park on Tuesday night has now been postponed until a later date. Therefore, our next game is the home fixture against F C United. They too will be involved in a cup replay this week so hopefully they are tired while our lads will have had a rest and much needed recovery time to some on the injury list.
Historically F C United are a very new side compared to our 140+ year background. The club was set up in protest to Malcolm Glazer’s takeover of Manchester United as well as disenchantment with changing kick off times for TV, soulless all-seater stadia full of ‘new’ supporters intent to sit back and watch rather than partake in the occasion, heavy handed stewarding and ridiculously priced tickets propping it all up. By May 2005 some supporters had had enough and the campaign to start FC United began. They wanted to maintain the momentum of the protest, to stick together, to sing United songs, to reminisce and bring back the good bits of the good old days. They wanted “Our” Club, “Our” Rules and they formed a member owned democratic, not-for-profit organisation created by Manchester United fans.
That is all history now as on the field the cub rose through the North West Counties leagues, and the Northern Premier leagues. By 2014/15 the new Broadhurst Park was finally completed so they now had a home and secured promotion to the National League North.
We have met F C United before. Season 2011/12 was our first home game following relegation Conference North and we lost 2-0. We did however win the away fixture 2-1. The following season we drew 1-1 at home and lost 3-0 away but we followed that a year later with a 2-1 home win but a 4-0 away defeat in a season of relegation for us. F C United have played another game at Marston Road against Eccleshall who moved the fixture due to the large away following from F C United.
While suffering their first ever relegation last season they are still a well-supported side with home games averaging just over 1500. The same can be said in their away fixtures this season with the home club seeing more than a doubling of their gates. F C United currently lie 16th in the league with a home record of won 1 lost 2 and an away record of 2 draws and a defeat.
We can therefore expect a large following from FC United to hopefully give us a 1000 + gate. But we do not want to be out shouted so fresh from our cup victory get on down to Marston Road and cheer on the lads.
Games played on 14th September this century.
2002/03 Dover A 2-0 Southern League
2004/05 Redditch H 1-1 Conference North
2013/14 Chasetown A 0-0 FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round