FCUM A.D. Established 2009. Yeah, I know what you are thinking, FC United of Manchester was established in 2005, not 2009. Well here Im talking about FCUM A.D., that is a blog (the very blog you are currently clicking about on) and some (but not all) of the activities documented within.
Whats it all about? Getting off your arse and doing something. Not watching the match in the pub, not even just turning up once in a while to the ground, but dedicating time to pushing things on a notch. Whether its knocking out fanzines, running radio shows, producing banners and choreos for matches or running around town late at night making the walls and lampposts look prettier with football club related stickers, paste ups, graffitis or tags.
The A.D. is short for Art Department, thats vague enough to incorporate plenty. This blog started out concentrating just on the stickers and streetart bit, but it likes to cover other things too. As the Germans would say "blick über den Tellerrand". Is it all Grade A? Probably not, but as Minor Threat sang "You tell me that I make no difference. At least I'm fuckin' trying. What the fuck have you done?" :-D
Supporters not Consumers.
How Manchester (well in this case the children of Salford I think) used to react to a cup defeat… :-)
Done! The new Cantona flag. Showing the correct way to deal with racists. And that all despite me only knowing a few words in French. ”Ou est la Gare” or "Tu roules avec OCB" wouldn’t have fitted you see…
Random talk of Stryker, the woeful rapper who soundtracked Manchester United’s unsuccessful FA Cup final appearance in 1995 made me look for United records I do actually own. In amongst LPs from years gone by, when I felt a lot more passionate about music than I do now. Often only 7 or so years gone, but a time when I really cared about the stuff, rather than it just being whim purchases and something to entertain me on the ride to work. Of course the United records are just novelties, but red vinyl for the Sexton era? Unwarranted glamour surely! The “modern football” that many people, including myself, are so against, has been around longer than many of own selves. Now though some of it just comes across as a bit quaint.
Spotted in the copy of WSC I picked up the other week, a 60’s children’s programme about a local youth side battling the turning of their pitch into a carpark, a dastardly plan threatened by a rival side with influence.
Anyway fortunately Sir Matt Busby, Nobby Stiles etsech lend them a helping hand.