Before last night’s supporters’ association meeting at Moss Lane, there was a short presentation from three representatives of FC United of Manchester. FCUM directors John Manning and Mike Turton, along with general manager Andy Walsh, came along to try and improve the less than perfect relations between supporters of our two clubs. Relations had been soured by an incident at an FCUM match at Moss Lane a couple of years ago when a rogue FCUM supporter had assaulted a young Alty fan. Then, this summer, FCUM had been blamed by some Alty fans for trouble at a friendly at Moss Lane against Manchester United. In fact, this summer’s trouble seems to have been caused by errant MUFC fans rather than FCUM supporters.
The three guests explained their club’s philosophy and also related how the man who had caused the trouble at Moss Lane two years ago was now a reformed character who helped the FCUM club voluntarily. The man in question had also introduced himself to the Alty Security officer Darren Gregory at this summer’s game and Darren agreed that the man was now a reformed character.
Questions from the floor covered other areas including the FCUM attitude to televised games and the shifting of kick-off times. The FCUM reps also explained that they were looking at a couple of possible new grounds in both Salford and Manchester as potential homes for their club, whose arrangement to play home games at Bury FC terminates at the end of this season.
The reps also offered the benefit of any of their experience as fundraisers to our club. The three visitors were given a generous round of applause and their attempts to build bridges with our club were much appreciated.
I’ve refound my faith in the human race. Come one, come all for a hug and a kiss.
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