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FC United a community non-league football club, that get League Two sized crowds, have taken the unprecedented step of saying to supporters "Pay what you can affford for your Season Tickets.

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FC UNITED TELLS FANS: YOUR SEASON TICKET, YOUR CHOICE

FC United of Manchester will ask supporters to decide how much to pay for their own season ticket this summer based on what they can afford.

The decision has been taken by the clubs elected board in recognition of the current recession and to maintain their policy of providing affordable football.

But the club hopes supporters who are not feeling the pinch as much will be able to donate more.

The Board said: We believe were the first football club to ask each supporter to choose what they pay for their own season ticket.

FC United like all clubs need to raise revenue and we will feel the pinch in the coming months just as any other club will in this economic climate. But given our philosophy of providing affordable football, we do not feel unilateral price increases are the way forward.

So we hope the Your Season Ticket, Your Choice campaign will do two things. First, it will offer a lower season ticket price for those supporters who cannot now afford last years price, which was around £140.

Secondly, it means those supporters who can afford a bit more can choose to donate as much as they wish to help fund the clubs operating costs.

It is an ambitious campaign but we have raised similar amounts of money in the past so we hope we can do so again.

This is about empowerment, of collective responsibility, of us all pulling together to ensure the clubs future in a way that reflects our founding principles.

We have been asked if were being foolhardy but why shouldnt a football club trust its own supporters? FC United is after all a member owned club, so everyone has a vested interest in making this a success

Season Tickets for under 18s will remain at the equivalent of £1 per game.
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#1
not expired.
#2
im think 10p to be honest if it were chealse or arsenal i wouldnt even pay that
[mod]#3
soulisone
not expired.


Hi soulisone

You put an expiry year of 0209, which is somewht in that past. I've ammended to 2009.

Thanks for posting and welcome to HUKD

Regards
andywedge
#4
andywedge;5595867
You put an expiry year of 0209, which is somewht in that past. I've ammended to 2009.


LOL!!
#5
i wish i lived in Manc still....

what an opportunity, to be at the start of a brand new club, with the backing they have they have a very real chance of making the football league over the coming decade or less.

if i was up there i would have a season ticket.
#6
I think fourteen grand for a season ticket is a little pricey :)
#7
Great idea.Huddersfield and Ossett Albion for me though.
#8
Rip off - stop posting this ****

This site gets worse
#9
Great deal. Hopefully it'll help to get a new generation supporting their local team. (Instead of supporting the big four Prem teams. And stabbing each other. Oooh, how tabloid of me!)

Thanks for posting, soulisone - and welcome to HUKD :-D

Heat & rep added.
#10
£90 for a non-league season ticket? No wonder football is f*cked
#11
I should definitely look more closely before enthusing...
Just noticed the £90 minimum bit.

The £21 minimum for kids is good, though. (I've not checked the small print to see age restrictions on that).
#12
they should let everyone in for free and do it as 'pay on your way out' what you think they deserve. Team play awful get 10p, team put on a good performance give them a tenner
#13
Well if you were going to watch this team anyway it's a saving. No doubt this will entitle you to around 20 games so if you pay the minimum of £90 it's only £4.50 per game. Can't be bad?
#14
Doesn't their badge look rather like Man City's old one?
#15
Dummy spitters.
"The Glazers will ruin the club".
4 years, 3 League Championships and a European Cup later.
"Erm...come and join us anyway....we're cheap!"

Interesting also that the non-league variant is simply outspending it's rivals just like the estranged richer cousin.

Anyway - £90 for a non-league season ticket is cheap I suppose....so if you like you're revolutions to be two-faced, this is a good deal.
#16
Am I being thick or is it completely illogical to say "Pay whatever you want! ...as long as it's at least £90"? :?
#17
Great Offer support your local Club.
#18
Mansfield193
Great Offer support your local Club.


There were plenty of local clubs that they could have supported instead of setting up FCUM
#19
ourdave
Dummy spitters.
"The Glazers will ruin the club".
4 years, 3 League Championships and a European Cup later.
"Erm...come and join us anyway....we're cheap!"

Interesting also that the non-league variant is simply outspending it's rivals just like the estranged richer cousin.

Anyway - £90 for a non-league season ticket is cheap I suppose....so if you like you're revolutions to be two-faced, this is a good deal.


I haven't much time for FC (apart from their songs) and think there reasons for it are a bit lame. It wasn't like they had the club stolen like Wimbledon and I thought it was ironic that Shareholders United said that United wasn't for sale - so how did you get your shares then!
#20
Urgh, scum cast offs
#21
Given they don't have the nasty little expense of their own ground to maintain, I think they should be asking as little as possible as a given.

Viva GNE!
#22
I am Manchester United season ticket holder and go to FC when there isn't a conflict in times.
FC is like football used to be!!! Every time I go I feel a little like I am seeing the girlfriend and not the wife for the first few mins but it’s a great day out every time!! Who ever you support get yourself down to a game you will love it!
Not getting into football politics! I could go on all day!

See below…its not quite pay what you like …but £90 minimum is a absolute bargain!

It should be noted that with the average season ticket price of about £140 last year, we still made a financial loss and therefore supporters may wish to consider this when choosing how much to donate. Some supporters may be able to pay more than £140, some supporters may only be able to afford less than last year’s figure, but together there is no reason why we cannot increase revenue from this source.

Supporters will understand that we cannot afford to give season tickets away and like all clubs we need a degree of security so a minimum price for adults of £90 will be asked, though if anyone finds themselves in particular circumstances that they cannot afford that amount, they are free to contact the club to discuss the matter.

However we would ask supporters that when you are deciding what you can afford it is important to use last season’s average price of £140 as a barometer of affordability rather than the £90 figure.
#23
Can the misleading title be changed... its not a radiohead.

Supporters will understand that we cannot afford to give season tickets away and like all clubs we need a degree of security so a minimum price for adults of £90 will be asked, though if anyone finds themselves in particular circumstances that they cannot afford that amount, they are free to contact the club to discuss the matter.
#24
Theres only one United.

I wonder If Judas had a name your price scheme when he took his 30 peices of silver and went elsewhere?

If people care for football at that level, then support your local non-league team, as they need your money. Established non-league teams are desperate for support and dont need bandwagon Johnny Come Lately Judas teams trying to steel their support.

Runcorn Linnets FC are giving free tickets to under 16's and charge a set price of £99 for an adult season ticket.
They are currently building a new stadium to enable them to return to the Townof Runcorn next season and establish back their roots and non-league tradition after being forced to sell their ground. A new ground would bring a sporting facility for the community.
There are bargains to be had at all local non-league teams and you can easily watch their games when your Prem?Footbal league team is playing, due to the way fixtures fall.

Why would you want to finance a new non-league team who has inflated players wages at that level, used money to entice the better players and a club who employs full time staff when many a lower football league team struggles to be run through volunteers.
#25
You could always reduce your costs - maybe pay less on players, mad idea like, seeing as you're only in it for the crack.

You need more money because you want to be more successful - in short, you're moving away from your roots aren't you? Surely? If you were happy keeping it small time you wouldn't be grabbing the best players around and increasing your costs, and ultimately aiming to be a professional club with full league status.

That girlfriend you're on about....you're hankering after her while simultaneously trying to marry her and change her.
#26
disgusting club, people could of supported their local clubs instead of setting this up with the ultimate aim of becoming man u, as well as this i think its dear 90 its not even conference standard, might as well go over the park on a sunday
#27
£140 for last year. No wonder they had nobody buying them...
#28
ourdave;5597557
You could always reduce your costs - maybe pay less on players, mad idea like, seeing as you're only in it for the crack.

You need more money because you want to be more successful - in short, you're moving away from your roots aren't you? Surely? If you were happy keeping it small time you wouldn't be grabbing the best players around and increasing your costs, and ultimately aiming to be a professional club with full league status.

That girlfriend you're on about....you're hankering after her while simultaneously trying to marry her and change her.

I believe the major cost for FC is having to rent the ground from Bury. I'm not aware of any instances of them "grabbing the best players around" but I'm sure you have plenty of examples as you seem so well informed.
#29
Its not really a bargain or a cheap deal though.
Many a non-league club charge about £2 a game, thats about £40 a season.
Its a desperate plee to fund a club that pays far to much in wages to both players and full time staff, inflating the game at the lower end.
#30
This is not a post about " football " if this is what you guys need on a Friday afternoon head to Fred Tissue/Red Issue or one of the many others on the internet Tufty can be found here to inform you how bad FC is!
If you feel the "deal" is not that good....vote it down and have done with it!

But one last word as I cant help myself……..Not sure where you get £2 from ….take a look at this for example ….or is this FC fault as well???
http://www.barrowafc.net/conf/viewtopic.php?id=10931

Anyway am off for a beer in the sun!!
#31
This is what you call the real United of Manchester. Not that so called club, er what's their name? Oh, yes, Newton Heath.
#32
jonbinns
they should let everyone in for free and do it as 'pay on your way out' what you think they deserve. Team play awful get 10p, team put on a good performance give them a tenner


haha that's brilliant!
#33
Lies Tufty.

Re. inflated wages - FC are one of the lowest payers in NPL. But you know that.

Re. gate prices - £2? Are you sure. Not at any of the grounds I've visited, even in North West Counties. FCs gate price is about average for the league and well below the highest chargers.

Re. Giving support to other non-league clubs. Tired argument that Tufty - can't you do better? Why would United supporters go and support another team? We have set up our own - for United fans by United fans. You also know that the vast majority of FC fans also actively support Manchester United. You'll have fallen over me at a couple of away matches for example.

Oh - most football fans won't change allegience through a lifetime of following a club. You're different though aren't you.

You're in an ever decreasing minority of United supporters Tufters.
#34
but havent fc united got no rent charges, thus just rent whereas other clubs have to pay rent etc, own united, why not just support the proper united
#35
This is not a post about " football " if this is what you guys need on a Friday afternoon head to Fred Tissue/Red Issue or one of the many others on the internet Tufty can be found here to inform you how bad FC is and how its killing football! Blah Blah!

If you feel the "deal" is not that good....vote it down and have done with it!

But one last word as I cant help myself……..Not sure where you get £2 from ….Google Non League ticket prices there is a post on the Barrow web site seems they are charging about 10er a game! But I expect this is FC fault as well!!

Anyway am off for a beer in the sun!!
#36
Cheap_n_Nicety
I haven't much time for FC (apart from their songs) and think there reasons for it are a bit lame. It wasn't like they had the club stolen like Wimbledon and I thought it was ironic that Shareholders United said that United wasn't for sale - so how did you get your shares then!


100% agree with this. AFC Wimbledon are much more deserving of your support (if you live down south anyway!)
#37
Fantastic idea to make football affordable to familys.
Even if the standard of football would not be that hot!
#38
They do not speak of a £90 minimum for those who can't afford £90. Supporters who cannot stretch to £90 are welcome to contact the club. There is no absolute £90 lower limit, just as there is no upper limit. The FC United STs are limitless. Which is right and proper.

Charlie Roberts and I fully support this initiative. We fought for the rights of players back in the day - now the time has come to fight on the side of the people who pay the players' wages.

We might be long dead, but we like it!

Billy Meredith - on behalf of all outcasts (including that Roberts lad)
#39
Plenty of teams in North West Countiesleague one that charge £2 adult admission and will let your kids in for free.
Plenty at West Cheshire league etc that will let you in for free.
These clubs rely on every extra fan possible on the gate to survive and are grateful to get 50 supporters.
They dont at full time staff and rely on volunteers. They dont pay wages just the odd player expenses.
Many will offer a social club and facilities to the local community.

Jumping on a bandwagon of quitters such as FC Utd, of Bury denies your local club that much needed revenue.

Next it will be deals for their club calendars, sold at a higher price than MUFC calendars in the mUFC megastore.
#40
Tufty
Theres only one United.

I wonder If Judas had a name your price scheme when he took his 30 peices of silver and went elsewhere?

If people care for football at that level, then support your local non-league team, as they need your money. Established non-league teams are desperate for support and dont need bandwagon Johnny Come Lately Judas teams trying to steel their support.

Runcorn Linnets FC are giving free tickets to under 16's and charge a set price of £99 for an adult season ticket.
They are currently building a new stadium to enable them to return to the Townof Runcorn next season and establish back their roots and non-league tradition after being forced to sell their ground. A new ground would bring a sporting facility for the community.
There are bargains to be had at all local non-league teams and you can easily watch their games when your Prem?Footbal league team is playing, due to the way fixtures fall.

Why would you want to finance a new non-league team who has inflated players wages at that level, used money to entice the better players and a club who employs full time staff when many a lower football league team struggles to be run through volunteers.

Ah Tufty ,an ex Everton fan .going on about leaving HIS team behind ! Oh the irony. Terrible spelling and punctuation by the way, a mark of someone who can't wait to jump in when they think they can rant and impress. Prem ?footbal,townof ? and Steel as opposed to steal.
This initiative by FC United was discussed for a couple of seasons and is i believe being repaid by those fans who that club has placed faith in.
The club was set up to be an affordable alternative to the Premiership and indeed a lot of lower leagues where fans were being increasingly priced out of the modern game.
I know that this club does an incredible amount in the community of greater Manchester and does under 18s go free days as part of giving back to it's community and the general football community as a whole.
The pay at FCUM is way below what some pay in those leagues and lots of players have left and got more at a lower level i believe.
Good luck to them and it gets my vote as a good deal whatever your football allegiance or persuasion.

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