The team sneered at by Sir Alex Ferguson and branded traitors by many Manchester United faithful - FC United of Manchester.
But despite mixed feeling in Manchester the relatively newly-founded FC United of Manchester are progressing and their bid to get into the Football League is gathering pace.
In August ‘Ted of Manchester’ will be playing in the Conference North, only the 6th tier of English Football; just two promotions away from the League 2 and the Football League.
Self funded and started a decade ago the progress of this supporters run club is nothing short of impressive. A club for the fans run by the fans … in their green and gold scarves.
Born out of opposition to the Glazer family’s takeover of Manchester United FC, fans have donned the traditional green and gold colours of the Manchester club in a stand against the American Owners.
Unimpressed by how the club's finances were being run and also how fans were treated on match days, loyal United fans split from the club to start their own team - with the values that the Glazers refused to maintain.
Chief Executive Andy Walsh stated that: “Owners pay little regard to supporters interests, ticket prices go up and up, no matter how much TV money they bring in. It’s £40, £50, £60 a ticket making it very difficult for people of ordinary means to take a family to a game."
FC United run a different scheme where fans pay the amount they can and are willing to pay for a season ticket. A minimum of £100 is required but it is expected that fans pay £160.
10 years on from their birth progress is clear and quickening.
This year, after 10 years of ground shares, FC United are set to unveil their own stadium, the 4,000 capacity Broadhurst Park.
A large investment from the club's fans and also a statement of intent. Half of £6.3million needed to build Broadhurst Park was raised by supporters - the rest coming from a grant from the Manchester City Council.
3G pitches for training will also be available for local use while conference and functions rooms in the stadium will be available for education purposes.
47 years on from Manchester United’s European Cup match against Benfica, the likes of Busby, Best, Charltona and Eusebio won't be playing but Benfica B faced FC United. The Portuguese giants traveled to North Manchester to play the first match at Broadhurst Park - and they won 1-0.
Benfica also share the basis that they are owned and run by the fans and this was the link that resulted in the fixture taking place.
FC United of Manchester are a long way from the Champions League or Benfica’s level but give them time. On their current trajectory who knows how high they will climb.
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