Date: 3rd January 2006 at 8:39pm
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Breakaway club FC United of Manchester shattered the North-West Counties League attendance record once more when 4,328 turned out to watch their 2-1 win over Winsford at Gigg Lane.

Although many believed the early enthusiasm at the new venture – set up as a protest at the globalisation of Manchester United and the arrival of Malcolm Glazer as Red Devils owner – would fade as the months passed, instead interest has risen.

This afternoon’s gate was higher than eight in the Football League, all 11 in the Conference and bigger than any crowd Bury have managed at the same stadium all season.

The victory moved FC United 14 points clear at the top of the table, although second-placed Winsford do have three games in hand.