Match Preview: F.C. United of Manchester vs Spennymoor Town

F.C. United of Manchester vs Spennymoor Town

Tuesday 8th August

National League North

Venue: Broadhurst Park

Kick-off: 7.45pm

How to follow the game: Follow @spennymoortown on Twitter for live in-game updates

It was a dream start to life in the National League on Saturday as David Foley’s wonderful solo effort won Spennymoor all three points against Stockport County. The picture of manager Jason Ainsley after the game, fist clenched and full of emotion, perfectly summed up the mood around the Brewery Field as the referee called time on a memorable afternoon.

The quartet of new signings on show impressed, with Ryan Hall and the goal scorer, Foley providing a constant threat on the wings. Matthew Dixon settled into Moors midfield with ease and Christopher Chantler showed his class, putting in an assured showing at left back. The early signs were very promising, but Ainsley knows his side cannot afford to rest too long on the victory.

Moors make the trip to Broadhurst Park to face F.C. United of Manchester, who lost their opening fixture at Brackley on Saturday. Manager Karl Marginson will be looking for his side to bounce back in what will be the first ever meeting between the two teams.

Spennymoor team news:

Mark Anderson, who missed Saturday’s game injury, is out of tonight’s fixture, while there are doubts over the fitness of centre-back James Curtis.

Jamie Chandler, who failed a fitness test before Saturday’s game against Stockport, is expected to feature in the squad.

VIEW FROM THE PRESS BOX:

“Having just got over the excitement of Saturday’s historic win, it’s time for Moors to hit the road as they face a tough test in the form of F.C. United of Manchester. Tonight will provide a completely different test to Saturday, as the visit of Stockport County and their hordes of fans created a cup final like atmosphere.”

“The team performance proved that Spennymoor have more than enough to compete and contest at this level, and if The Brewery Field witness more days like Saturday then it’s set to be a memorable season. Away form will be crucial as the season progresses, so maintaining a level of consistency is vital to Moors progression throughout the campaign.”

“Heads would have been turned after Saturday’s result, and with momentum on Spennymoor’s side, they should have the mentality that they can go to Broadhurst Park and take all three points. It won’t be easy, but football never is.”

MANAGER’S VIEW

“Going to a club like F.C United of Manchester with the stadium and fanbase they have will be special. There is an aura about the club and it’s a game we will relish. Hopefully we will go there and put on a performance like we did on Saturday and surprise a few people.”

SUPPORTER INFORMATION

ADMISSION PRICES: Pay on the Gate

£10 Adults
£6 Concessions
£3 under 18s

MATCH PROGRAMME

The Match programme is priced at £2.00 and is available to buy from sellers outside and inside the ground.

TURNSTILES

This match will be unsegregated and all supporters can gain access to the ground via turnstiles 1-6 at the St. Mary’s Road End of the ground or 9-12 at the Lightbowne Road End.

Turnstile 4 at the St. Mary’s Road End is a designated Donation turnstile which allows supporters to donate money in addition to the normal admission price. The DF Turnstile accepts Adults, Concessions, Juniors entering with a Season Ticket, Match Tickets or cash.

Turnstiles will open at approximately 6.45pm. Supporters arriving before the turnstiles open can gain access to the ground via the main entrance in the Main Stand.

***A change to this season’s matchday operations is that all food and drink provision will now be contained within the ground. Therefore fans will not be able to leave and return during the match and at half time. An early exit turnstile will be open, but please note you will not be able to return once you have left the ground.***

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SEASON TICKET HOLDERS

For this season, in partnership with our ticketing partner Eventim, Season Tickets will be issued in the form of a plastic card with barcode that will be scanned at the turnstiles.

Unfortunately there has been a slight delay in getting these cards produced in time for the our first two home matches of the season, so physical matchday tickets for the Spennymoor Town and Kidderminster Harriers home matches will be posted out to all Season Ticket Holders at no cost to the club or Season Ticket Holder.

Match Tickets have been posted out 1st Class to all Season Tickets Holders on Friday 4th August.

If your tickets haven’t arrived by Tuesday morning, all you need to do is to come to the community cabin before kick-off with proof of purchase or proof of ID and we’ll sort you out with a match ticket.

Your season ticket card will be posted out immediately after these first two fixtures in time for our third home match of the season against Boston United on Saturday 26th August ko 3pm

MATCH DAY DINING

New for this season is our Match Day Dining situated at the far 1/3 of the Main Stand function room and is available to all supporters.

FC Match day Dining includes:

– Match admission, seating or terracing
– Complimentary match day programme and team sheets
– Complimentary parking pass (1 for every 4 guests)
– Welcome drink and 3 course meal
– Cash bar
– Pre-match guest appearance from FC manager Karl Marginson or a 1st team player, coach
– Post-match Man of the Match presentation and interview

The meal will be served at 6pm.

Prices:
£29 Adults
£14.50 U/18s

Please book in advance by calling the FC office on 0161 769 2005 or email ruth.slater@fc-utd.net

(Note: These prices apply for matches in July and August. Normal prices are £39 Adults, £19.50 u/18s)

Click here for more information

BARS AND FOOD

Both home and away supporters will have access to all bars and food provision.

The Main Stand Function Room Bar will serve hot food together with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks before and after the match. Alcohol will not be sold in the function room at half time but soft drinks, teas and coffees and food will be available.

Before the turnstiles open, access to the Main Stand Function Room Bar is via the main reception by payment of the match admission price. After the turnstiles open, entry to the function room will be via turnstiles 1-6 or 9-12 and then through the seated area of the main stand.

The SMRE Bar situated under the St. Mary’s Road End terrace will serve draught beer and bottles before the match and at half-time. Hot food, tea and coffee will also be served at the far end of the SMRE Bar.

Under the Main Stand Food Bar will serve hot food prepared by our chef and pies from Mettricks and non-alcoholic drinks.

Please note the Main Stand Bar and SMRE Bars are No Smoking Areas. Supporters wishing to smoke at half-time can do so in the designated areas in the corners of the ground.

POUND FOR THE GROUND TICKETS

We are still raising money for the club’s Development Fund as there are parts of the ground we need to complete. The quickest and easiest way is to buy a Pound for the Ground ticket at £1 each at the match with cash prizes on offer.

NEW CLUB SHOP

Over the summer we have converted an area of the Main Office to incorporate a Club Shop. The shop is accessible at the front of the ground to the right of the Main Entrance. As well as the usual hats, scarves and badges, we will also be selling the home and away replica shirts (shorts and socks) and a range of T-shirts and jackets.

The new shop will replace Megastall that was previously situated inside the ground.

Alternatively you can order these from the FC United Online shop
WWW.FCUMSHOP.CO.UK

FREE WIFI

We have free WiFi at Broadhurst Park for all supporters to use. Supplied by local company Pennine Telecom, to access the service just search for FCUM-FreeWiFi, select it and set up a user account.

TRAVEL TO BROADHURST PARK

We advise that all supporters read the travel information and make a note of where traffic marshals will ask you to refrain from parking.

For travel information please see our TRAVEL HUB

FREE SHUTTLE BUS FROM CITY CENTRE

This season we will be operating a FREE shuttle bus from the Hare and Hounds Pub at Shudehill in Manchester, stopping at the Railway Pub adjacent to Newton Heath/Moston Metrolink Station before completing the trip to Broadhurst Park.

However for mid-week games (and for the Spennymoor match) the shuttle bus will only run from the Railway Pub at Newton Heath / Moston Metrolink stop, so fans travelling from Manchester are advised to either get the tram (and then shuttle bus) or catch the 181/182 buses which stops outside the ground.

After the match the shuttle buses will only run to the Newton Heath / Moston Metrolink stop, departing from Lightbowne Road. (This will apply for both Saturday and midweek matches)

NORMAL BUSES

Supporters travelling from Manchester city centre can use buses 181 or 182 which depart at regular intervals from Stand F on Lever Street. These buses stop right outside the ground at the top end of St. Mary’s Road.

Returning to Manchester the buses run at regular intervals from St. Mary’s Road.

Click here to download the 181/182 bus timetable

METROLINK

The nearest tram stop is Newton Heath and Moston on the Victoria to Rochdale line. It is a 15 or 20 minute walk up to the ground, or you can catch the FREE shuttle bus which departs from the Railway Pub opposite the Metrolink station at regular intervals.

TRAINS

Trains run between Manchester Victoria and Moston Train Station departing at 26 minutes past the hour arriving at Moston at 33 minutes past the hour. The ground is approximately 15 minutes’ walk from Moston Train Station. Trains return to Manchester every hour at 03 minutes past the hour.

BY CAR

From Central Manchester
From central Manchester head out of town on the A62 Oldham Road until the junction with Monsall Road. Turn left and pass Central Park Metrolink on your left and take the next right at the roundabout and follow the road ahead straight across another roundabout which takes you onto Lightbowne Road. Follow the road for around half a mile and you will see Broadhurst Park on your right hand side.

From the M60 – Clockwise
If travelling via the motorway network from the north and west, head for the M60 Manchester ring road. Leave the M60 at junction 20, then turn onto the A664. At the traffic signals turn left onto the A6104. Travel straight on and then at the Greengate roundabout take the 4th exit onto Lightbowne Road, the B6393. Carry straight on for around a half a mile and Broadhurst Park is on your left.

From the M60 – Anti-clockwise
If travelling via the motorway network from the south and east, head for the M60 Manchester ring road. Leave the M60 at junction 22, then straight on to Hollingwood Avenue, the A6104 . Travel straight on and then at the Greengate roundabout take the 1st exit onto Lightbowne Road, the B6393. Carry straight on for around a half a mile and Broadhurst Park is on your left.

CAR PARKING

We would urge supporters to use the car parks we have available for a charge of £5.00 at the ground and for £3.00 at the nearby St Mathews School, only 3 minutes’ walk of the ground.

We are under a duty to ensure areas such as St Mary’s Road and the north of Nuthurst Road are not used by visitors to Broadhurst Park.

Supporters should be mindful that there is no parking on:

– St Mary’s Road and the streets off St Mary’s Road;

– Nuthurst Road;

– the West side of Moston Lane and the streets off it.

We can always use more volunteers to act as traffic marshals and indeed for a number of matchday functions, so if you can help, send an email to John Davies johndavies@fc-utd.co.uk or telephone the office on 0161 769 2005 and leave a phone number for him to contact you to discuss.