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Celebrating football and co-operatives

On the day that FC United won a Co-operative Award for their innovative use of social media, their General Manager Andy Walsh was taking the opportunity of a captive audience to talk about his club. He was speaking at an event organised by Supporters Direct and the Co-operative Group to celebrate the role of co-operation in football, talking with passion and pride about the way that fans are doing something about the things they see wrong with the beautiful game.

FC United

F.C. United of Manchester is a co-operatively owned football club, launched in 2005 by the fans in order to provide affordable football for all.

Fan owned and controlled football clubs - a force for revival and communtiy cohesion

Good things come to those who wait and for the 1,400 fans and supporters of  FC United of Manchester this could not be more true.  After three years of planning, they are finally celebrating after raising the fantastic sum of £1.6m to help finance a new football ground and community facility in Moston.

Co-operative ownership model means fans come first

Premier League's model of ownership criticised by [co-operatively owned] European Champions

I’m always a big fan of the articles by David Conn, journalist for the Guardian and regul

Prime Minister backs the Community Bid for Ilkeston Town FC

Dave Boyle from Supporters Direct has sent through news of another potential co-operatively-owned football club. Furthermore, responding to a question posed by the local MP during Prime Minister's Questions, David Cameron backed the fans of Ilkeston Town who plan to relaunch the club after it was wound up.

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