Date: 3rd September 2006 at 12:07pm
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Dave Brown has been released to play for Salford City.

The blistering start to the season has meant that opportunities to play for the first team have been limited and Karl Marginson has wished Dave well: ‘this represents a magnificent opportunity for Browny to get regular football at the same level we are at. Players move regularly between teams at this level and we may not have seen the last of him at FC, if the situation changes he would be welcomed back with open arms.’

Dave explained that he needs games to keep himself fit:

‘I don’t want to leave FC but I am at an age when the end of my career is closer than I would like and in what could well be my final season I need to be playing regularly in order to maintain my match fitness . The experience of playing for FC has been fantastic and nobody in their right mind would want to give it up, everything about the club is first class, the support, the backroom staff and the opportunity that the club is offering players cannot be bettered – I just love it all. Last season was an experience I will never forget and I hope to be part of the club in the future. Oh, and whoever caught me boots in Leipzig can you please get in touch as I need them back for Saturday.’

Aunty`s coming to Gigg Lane!

BBC Radio to broadcast from FC United`s Atherton fixture on Saturday, Sep 2nd.

BBC Radio Manchester has chosen FC United`s home fixture with Atherton Collieries as the venue for its outside sports` broadcast this Saturday. Jimmy Wagg will be presenting “Saturday Sport” from Gigg Lane from 1pm allowing radio listeners to get a flavour of FC United.

All the more reason for our supporters to get people to the game, make a noise and let the rest of Manchester know what a great match atmosphere is on offer at our fixtures. The only big match on in Manchester or on the radio that afternoon will be FC United`s, so it`s a great opportunity to promote the club to fans of football. So let`s prepare to raise the roof on Saturday, when all under 18s will also have free admission.

Ricky Skelton

Ricky Skelton has been asked to stay away from all future FC United games. This decision has been taken following a number of incidents involving Mr Skelton at recent games.

FC United`s board conducted an investigation after the reported trouble at Altrincham; those investigations included an interview with Mr Skelton at which he gave an undertaking to avoid any future incidents whilst supporting FCUM.

A further incident involving Mr Skelton occurred on Saturday at the Atherton LR match and as a consequence the club has instructed Mr Skelton to stay away from all future FC United games.

Pre-school Treat!

As a special end of holiday treat we are also offering under 18s free entry for the Atherton fixture. The match is on a day when there will be no Premiership action, so we expect a big turnout.

The Atherton match will be accompanied by new under 18s competitions to find the best young artists amongst our supporters (see below).

Saturday 2nd September Vs Atherton Collieries
Kick Off 3pm Gigg Lane

Admission: Adults £7, Over 60s £5, Under 18s Free
Sponsored by: Wine Cellar UK

Kids Go Free – the last holiday treat before the school term

Admission to this match will be free for Under 18s

Youth Competitions

Age Categories: Under 12s and 12s to 17s.

Win a shirt signed by the whole first team squad for the Best Portrait of a player or event at the September 2nd game.

Entries with age of entrant to be received by September 9th by email to or posted to Youth Competitions, FC United, 221 Ducie House, 37 Ducie Street, Manchester, M1 2JW. Decisions of the competition manager are final.

Winners will be announced at the home fixture with Silsden on Saturday, September 16th and invited to the game as guests of the club to receive their signed shirt presented by a player of their choice.

Fixture Change for Atherton Collieries

Following the FA Cup results last weekend, our home game against Atherton Collieries has been moved forward from Wednesday 19 November to Saturday 2nd of September. Kick-off will be at 3:00 pm.

You Can`t Win If You`re Not In! Get Lucky!

The September 16th home fixture with Silsden will see the launching of our new Fair Share Draw. Raffle tickets will be sold prior to the match at £1 each or in books of five. 50% of the proceeds after cost deductions will be handed over to the winner, and the other half will go to club funds, assisting the building of our teams and our work in the community.

A handful of volunteers will then devote some of their time to collecting, checking and counting the proceeds. At half-time, the draw will be held in full view of the fans. The lucky winner will then be invited to immediately come onto the pitch, or send a representative, to collect a cheque for their winnings, or declare who they wish to be the recipient of the prize (e.g. a charity, an individual, a supporters` group etc).

If you wish to help us raise funds with the Fair Share Draw, Volunteer Now! Please email: or phone: 0161 236 1070. We will then contact you with details of the various ways you can help.

Students for FC United

This September will see Manchester`s 150,000 full-time students heading back to their colleges. Tens of thousands of these will be football fans new to the city and priced out of attending and getting the big match atmosphere at most grounds in the area. That`s where FC United has a major part to play. We can offer students a great, fun matchday at affordable prices. We can also offer them volunteering opportunities by assisting us in our community development work.

If you are at college or university why not set up a supporters` society through your students union? Contact if you need assistance.

In particular, all supporters at the Universities of Salford, Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan are asked to get in touch. The three universities are each holding their Freshers` Fayres in the week beginning September 18th. FC United intends to have a stall and a presence at these so that we can establish supporters` societies. Student supporters, and anyone free during the day, can assist by organising or staffing the stalls on the prime Fayre days, helping give out leaflets and signing people up to form our new societies.

Fayre days:
University of Manchester September 20th & 21st
Manchester Metropolitan September 19th & 20th
Salford University September 20th & 21st

Please contact if you can assist in Freshers or wish to be part of a university supporters` group.

Matchball sponsor for Congleton

‘The matchball sponsor for the home game with Congleton on September 6th, The Wheatsheaf in Altrincham, have elected to have the matchball presented to them by representatives of the squad after the away game with Trafford which is being played at Altrincham on Saturday 9th September. After the presentation, staff and regulars at the Wheatsheaf are looking forward to watching big United on one of three large screens installed for such occasions. The Wheatsheaf is situated on the A56 on the northern outskirts of Altrincham. Most buses from Altrincham bus station can drop you off there.’

Taken from the FC United newsletter, so spread the word