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Nelson Mandela 1918 – 2013

In History on December 6, 2013 at 00:00

Sport has the power to unite people in a way that little else can. It can create hope where once there was only despair.

Nelson_Mandela-2008_(edit)Photo Credit: South Africa The Good News / http://www.sagoodnews.co.za

Punk Football – FC United of Manchester

In Football on December 4, 2013 at 11:09

FC United have come very close to promotion to the Conference North, which is only one step away from the Football League. This is a fantastic achievement given that the club was established only in 2005 and has since moved up the divisions. After 3 straight promotions from 2005 until 2008 the Red Rebels are currently playing in the Northern Premier League, Northern Division. where they have reached the 3 consecutive play-off finals, albeit finishing as runners-up on each occasion.

This video by Hard Lines Productions was directed by Daniel Colbourne and recounts the history of the club through the voices of its fans, their manager Karl Marginson – who is still the first manager ever appointed by the club – as well as chairman Andy Walsh. The tenor of the voices heard here are that every time FCUM play it is a resolute 2 fingered salute to the football establishment.

Interesting was one comment by a fan after the play-off defeat: ‘They’ve had a crack at it and lost it. But they’ll come back and have another crack at it.’ A healthy attitude in the sphere of football where winning and promotion seems to have become most important goal, regardless of the consequences. Punk Football indeed.

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