Red Rebels visit Ilkeston

Tagged as: anti-racism culture local_communities

Ilkeston FC welcomed Fan owned football club FC United of Manchester on Saturday 10th Nov in a Northern Premier League match. Ilkeston FC saw one of its largest matchday crowds when FC United of Manchester visited for last Saturday’s Northern Premier League match.


Mike Norton scrambles home for FC United against Ilkeston FC. ©Matthew Wilkinson 2012.

The visiting fans were in typical good voice when FCUM took an early lead after 10 minutes with a Nicky Platt goal. However any hopes that this was the start to an easy win against next to bottom placed Ilkeston were not to be fulfilled. The two sides remained fairly evenly matched until 15 minutes from full time when Joe Maquire equalised for Ilkeston from a corner. FCUM players responded and made several chances but were unable to score again before the final whistle and the game ended in a draw.

FCUM was founded in 2005 by Manchester United fans following Malcolm Glazer's takeover of the Old Trafford club. This was seen as a catalyst and final straw by some, but it was not the sole reason for the formation of FC United. FCUM is a response to the corporate takeover of modern football and for example will not allow a sponsor’s name on its shirts..

It is a community football club owned and democratically run by its members. Its corporate structure is a Community Benefit Society and membership is open to all, with everyone an equal co-owner, holding one voting share in the club.

The club is semi-professional and currently plays in the Northern Premier League. The club regularly attracts crowds of more than 2,000 - several times the league average - and boasts many on and off the field achievements including three consecutive promotions and a number of trophies.

If you want to get to a FCUM match without travelling too far, future matches in Notts are :

Worksop Town 5th Dec 19:45 kick-off, Sandy Lane, Babbage Way, Sandy Lane, Worksop, S80 1UJ

Eastwood Town 13th April 2013, 3pm kick off, Coronation Park, Chetwon Street, Eastwood, Notts, NG16 3BH



Link_go for more information about FCUM

Link_go No police at home matches

FC fans self police but in the early days dibble thought they should attend!


Respect for the "Red Rebels",,

Any group of people who make a stand against the obscenely greedy practices of "Corporate" football, definitely deserve respect & support.... They,re certainly getting it too, & I hope they,re just the 1st of many similar clubs in the future..