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News reaches us that FC United of Manchester, arguably one of England’s most high-profile supporter owned clubs, are holding an open meeting this Saturday (February 27th). The club has asked us to spread the word, so without further ado read FC United’s message below…

The current problems experienced within the highest echelons of the football pyramid have long been predicted but are nonetheless a very real worry for those directly connected with these clubs and ultimately for all with even a passing interest in the beautiful game.

Many football fans are now seeing that the attempts of their club guardians to join the costly race for success regardless of what league you are in can have drastic consequences and put established clubs long entrenched within their local communities at the very real risk of extinction.

As a football fan one is constantly faced with a real juxtaposition when one considers balancing the want of success against the realties of the modern game. Agents, players, managers, fans, the tax man even all have different goals. Some more noble than others. But now more than ever a balance must be found or we will see the horror stories of the last months return on a regular basis.

Supporter Ownership, and thus by definition FC United, attempts to offer the basis of a different model. At it’s core is the ‘club’ and it’s relationship within and as an important community asset offering all who wish to be involved the opportunity to get involved.

On Saturday, February 27th, before their home game against North Ferriby United, FC United will host a supporters rally aimed at putting supporter ownership at the very centre of the debate on the future of the game.

Alongside FC United speakers, guests will include Guardian journalist David Conn, representatives from Schalke FC, Supporters Direct and the Independent Manchester United Supporters’ Association.

Football is at a critical juncture, with the need for clear leadership and regulation never more evident. An alternative model of how the game is structured has never been more needed with supporter ownership absolutely fundamental to that model.



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