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Friday 24th September 2010

CUP FEVER GRIPS GIGG!

FC United take on Gainsborough Trinity of the Blue Square North in the FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round this Saturday afternoon at Gigg Lane rekindling memories of last season’s exciting Cup run which took the team within a whisker of a first round proper tie against Charlton Athletic.

FA Cup fever will be off the scale as Gigg Lane will be swathed in red and white and Cup banners as the team hope to continue the form shown on Tuesday evening at Burscough following the disappointment of some recent league performances.  Margy is upbeat about the game and hoping the players can prove to everyone their true quality.

“It was good to get back to winning ways in the league on Tuesday and it was a well deserved victory. The way the players responded to last Saturday’s disappointment was pleasing, as was the way they kept their shape during the game, after we changed the system and some of the personnel. We played some good football even though our formation was quite narrow and we cut them open on a few occasions. I was impressed with Mike Norton too after he got on the scoresheet having missed that penalty against Stocksbridge last weekend. He had a good chance early on in Tuesday’s game and could easily have let it play on his mind but he kept going and in the second half he eventually got on the end of a great move to put us one-nil up.”

“Last Saturday turned into a bit of a horror show but I felt that for the first half hour we absolutely battered them. After we missed the penalty though for some reason we capitulated. Again, it was silly mistakes that contributed to our downfall. The first goal was a long straight ball over our defence and we should be able to deal with that better. For the second we’ve allowed a cross to come in that shouldn’t have done and it’s fallen straight at their lad’s feet. It’s those little things that if you take care of then you stop goals going in, but suddenly at two down we were chasing the game.”

“punished”


“At this level of football it’s very rare that you get punished like we have done lately whereby we’re making minute errors and the ball’s continually ending up in the back of our net. At the other end it’s not been going for us either but over the course of a season these things even out and if we get the luck that every team needs then we’ve got the players in the squad to put a real challenge together.”

“Onto Saturday’s match and Gainsborough haven’t been doing too well themselves so far this season but they’ve got a lot of quality players and experience and obviously their manager Brian Little’s got more experience than anyone at this level given his track record and pedigree. It’s going to be as difficult as the Stalybridge encounter last season, if not more so, but we can take a lot of good things out of the Burscough result. “

“We’ve got to build on that performance because we kept our shape brilliantly well and caused them problems in a way they probably didn’t expect as they’d have thought we’d come with two wingers and try and hit them down the flanks. I thought defensively we perhaps got a little bit lackadaisical towards the end but other than that we looked pretty solid. As long as we show that commitment and concentration today along with your usual brilliant backing we’ll have a good chance.”



Get yourself to that football ground, FC United V Gainsborough Trinity, Saturday 25th September, kick off 3.00 pm. Gigg Lane, FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round.

Bet you didn’t know this ?

The date was September 6th 1902.  Newly formed Manchester United played their ever competitive fixture at the Northolme, a Division 2 victory away from home 1-0 with debutant Charlie Richards grabbing the winner. The forward line included a guy named Hurst.

Fast forward to today, 108 years to the month. FC United play their Second Qualifying Round tie at Gigg Lane, with the possibility of another Hurst in the line-up. The opposition in both of these games are Gainsborough Trinity, now in the Blue Square Conference North.

There are other links to today’s opponents. Both of them can claim never to have been relegated in their history. And both managers went to Wembley in 1996 and returned with winners medals.
 
Trinity graced the Football League from 1896 until 1912, when they were voted out and replaced by neighbours Lincoln City.  Since then they spent much of their time in the Midland League, but were founder members of the Northern Premier League in 1969. In 2004 they became founder members of the Conference North.

Current manager is former Aston Villa striker Brian Little, a League Cup winner in 1975 and 1977, partnering the now-Sky TV pundit Andy Gray up front. As Villa manager, he won the trophy again in 1996. Mark Bosnich and Dwight Yorke were amongst the players he developed at that time.

Trinity include John Stiles, son of Nobby, amongst their former players. Another old boy is ex-Leicester City forward Trevor Benjamin, and current QPR boss Neil Warnock is a former manager.

After a disappointing start to the season which leaves them in 19th place with 4 points so far, Gainsborough have this week recruited midfielder Danny Frost from Winterton Rangers and Striker Ryan Kendall from Harrogate Town. Their 6 defeats out of 8 games include a 2-0 defeat at Stalybridge Celtic, where Phil Marsh netted both goals.


“Buy yer shares!”

With the development of our ground at Ten Acres Lane moving tantalisingly closer FC have been all over the media this week following the launch of the Community Shares Scheme from which it is hoped the Club will raise £1.5 million of the total cost of the project of £3.5 million.

Already supporters have pledged £400,000 towards this total which is a tremendous start.

 

However, that now needs to be converted into cash investments and increased to the £1.5 million target! Here is the link to take you straight to the information and application forms on the website - http://www.fc-utd.co.uk/communityshares  .  If you would like to pick up hard copies and talk to board members about the scheme then packs will be available

 

from the Membership Stall on the approach to Gigg Lane this Saturday before the FA Cup tie with Gainsborough.

So lets put our money where our mouth is and, to borrow a 1998 phrase from a well known knight of the realm after the purchase of a £10 million pound footballer and turn it back to front, “Buy yer shares!”