FC United – Season Review 2016/17

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Season Review 2016/17

Another season completed with the Red Rebels, and the teams’ collective desire to catch up to the Glazer’s mob is unabating. We continue the chase through this season in League One with the aim of promotion to the Championship, and with the budgets so generously afforded to us, nothing less, in my eyes, is satisfactory.

npower League One (stats)

Another successive title win and promotion! With Mercer our rock at the back, Evans up top and Telford in between, the core which was installed last season only needed minor additions in order to make the step up, and step up is exactly what we did. We didn’t make the top spot our own until matchday 37, but only because of the many rescheduled games due to our cup runs. Continue reading FC United – Season Review 2016/17

FC United – Season Review 2015/16

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Season Review 2015/16

My third season in charge saw FC United playing in the fourth tier of the English league system following promotion from non-league last season. It again proved a successful season, with the club massively exceeding expectations in both league and cup competition. Our exploits saw me headhunted by Shrewsbury, and a couple of our players being tracked by Premier League and Championship clubs, culminating in a bid for our striker…

npower League Two (stats)

The expectation was to avoid relegation. But then I’ve never been one to do what is expected. We moved into first place after only 15 games, and we never relinquished it, despite periods where we struggled to get wins and racked up many draws. Towards the end of the season we started to throw away a good lead, and we went into the final game needing a draw if York won. It turned out that we didn’t need to as York lost, but we won anyway, making the gap between us look bigger than it was going into the game.

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FC United – Season Review 2014/15

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Season Review 2014/15

Second season in charge, and a second successful season in both the league and cups. I must be doing something right, as two clubs in League Two approached me to manage them – Hartlepool and Scunthorpe – but both offers were promptly rejected. I was rewarded with a two year, £1,000 a week contract which makes a change from the one year deals I’ve been offered in the previous seasons. The club turned professional at the start of the season, which prompted me to bring in a proper backroom staff and tie key players to long-term, full-time deals.

Blue Square Premier (stats)

We spent most of the season in the playoffs, though Luton took a commanding lead in the table, and by the halfway point they were 11 points clear in the solitary automatic promotion spot. In the second half of the season though, they looked intent on imploding, which they did, losing the lead with six games to play.  It was important that we avoided the playoffs, and we achieved that on the final day of the season, though only just. If Mansfield won, which they did, we’d need a win away against Woking to stay in first place. After only 7 minutes we were a goal up thanks to Stuart Evans, and that was to be the game’s only goal. It was incredibly unnerving as our opponents threw everything at us, but we held on to claim the three points and win the league!

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FC United – Season Review 2013/14

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Season Review 2013/14

Our first season, and one that has gone fantastically well considering the media predictions which had us finishing 17th and getting knocked out of the FA Cup and FA Trophy at the first hurdle. As we had to sign many players to get the squad depth to an adequate level, I didn’t expect much from them so quickly, but they gelled well and we managed something I never did with Enfield Town – a FA Trophy win, as well as promotion from the BSN at the first attempt!

Blue Square North (stats)

A surprising season! I knew we had a decent squad and that we should possibly make the playoffs, but to win the league with four games to spare was very pleasing! We lacked firepower all season, but we had a very strong defence, and that was proved by us not conceding for 6 games consecutively, as well as our goalkeeper Mirko Ranieri racking up the most clean sheets. We had a lot of draws, and to be fair we were very lucky not to lose many of them, but winners get points where others wouldn’t, and we battled like a side that truly wanted promotion. Continue reading FC United – Season Review 2013/14

FC United – The Beginning

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FC United of Manchester is an English semi-professional football club currently based in Bury, Greater Manchester. It was formed in 2005 by Manchester United supporters opposed to American businessman Malcolm Glazer’s controversial takeover of the club. The supporters own the club and vote on how the club is run.

The club was founded in 2005 by supporters of Manchester United. Although they had various reasons for their dissatisfaction, the prime catalyst for FC United’s formation was the 12 May 2005 hostile takeover of Manchester United by the American businessman Malcolm Glazer.

Karl Marginson was appointed as the club’s manager on 22 June 2005, and the club held trials for players on 26 June 2005. Just under 900 players applied to take part in the trials, of whom 200 were selected to do so and 17 were chosen to play for the club. By 6 July 2005, over 4,000 people had pledged money to F.C. United and the club had over £100,000 in the bank. During their formation, the owners of Leigh Railway Mechanics Institute FC asked FC United to take over their club, however United refused the takeover offer as they believed that taking over an existing club would be hypocritical, given that FC United was formed as a result of Manchester United’s takeover.

During FC United’s 2012/13 season they were promoted to the Blue Square North on what was their 5th attempt at promotion from the Evo-Stik Northern Premier division. Karl Marginson decided enough was enough and that someone else should come in and lead the club in this new era.

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Enfield Town – 2048/49 Season Review

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2048/49 End of Season Review

This season we wanted to improve on last season and win every competition available. With many of our key players at or passing their peak, it was now or never for this generation, and they came up trumps! We didn’t make it easy for ourselves, but people only remember the results, not how they were attained, and I’m sure the results of this season will live long in the memories of our fans, and in the club history books!

Premier League (stats)

This season was hard on the players, with their ageing legs, and stability in the first eleven was hard to come by thanks to the need to rotate. We won the league on the final day, with the lowest points tally in the Premier League for 20 years – 91 points. Manchester United and Arsenal were snapping at our heels from day one, and finished second and third respectively, both on 88 points. The league has changed so much, with traditional top clubs Chelsea and Liverpool now Championship clubs, and Manchester City only a top 4 club as opposed to genuine title challengers. Clubs such as Oxford and Huddersfield are now challenging for Europa and Champions League spots while the likes of Fulham have been down into the lower echelons of the football pyramid before bouncing back to the top League.

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