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From Fylde to Finchley – where I watched football in 2017

12/13/2017

For a few years now the editor of the award winning Doncaster Rovers fanzine Popular Stand has published an ace end of season collection of photographs of all the matches that he’s attended that season. You can take a peek here. Although I’m mostly useless with a camera I love gazing at football photographs so, partly inspired by the Donny fanzine, I’ve been snapping away at all the matches that I’ve been to over the last year and below is a selection of those photos; one from each of the matches that I attended in 2017 and all taken on my phone (with the exception of one that I’ve shamelessly nicked from someone I was at the match with).

They’re mostly nothing to do with the action on the pitch because, let’s be honest, going to the match is not really about watching the actual match is it. In fact, looking back through them I think they probably feature more trees than players – the conifers at Tadcaster were particularly striking. Anyway, aside from watching a live stream of the second half of the Europa League final on my phone these thirty one matches represent pretty much the entirety of my consumption of live football over the last twelve months. Enjoy.

 

Match 1 – Fog at Fylde

AFC Fylde 3 FC United of Manchester 1, National League North, Mill Farm, Saturday 7th January 2017, Attendance 2,821

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Match 2 – Fan-owned football across the river from the bankers

Fisher 0 Whitstable Town 2, Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division, St Paul’s Sports Ground, Saturday 14th January 2017, Attendance 149

 

Match 3 – Art Deco fan-owned football at Enfield Town

Enfield Town 2 Grays Athletic 0, Isthmian League Premier Division, Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Saturday 21st January 2017, Attendance 575

 

Match 4 – We’ll carry on through it all

FC United of Manchester 0 Salford City 3, National League North, Broadhurst Park, Saturday 28th January 2017, Attendance 4,158

 

Match 5 – Stop mad cow disease

FC United of Manchester 3 SV Austria Salzburg 0, Friendly match, Broadhurst Park, Saturday 4th February 2017, Attendance 1,562

 

Match 6 – Going to the match

Stockport County 2 FC United of Manchester 1, National League North, Edgeley Park, Saturday 18th February 2017, Attendance 5,630

 

Match 7 – Second half comeback

Gloucester City 2 FC United of Manchester 3, National League North, Whaddon Road (home of Cheltenham Town), Saturday 25th February 2017, Attendance 795

 

Match 8 – Pre-match beer under the arches at Piccadilly station

FC United of Manchester 1 Kidderminster Harriers 0, National League North, Broadhurst Park, Saturday 4th March 2017, Attendance 2,456

 

Match 9 – Hamlet prove a handful for Merstham

Dulwich Hamlet 5 Merstham 0, Isthmian League Premier Division, Champion Hill, Saturday 11th March 2017, Attendance 1,564

 

Match 10 – Under grey Derbyshire skies

Alfreton Town 2 FC United of Manchester 1, National League North, North Street, Saturday 18th March 2017, Attendance 898

 

Match 11 – Pre-match art battle at Malcolmses

FC United of Manchester 0 FC Halifax Town 3, National League North, Broadhurst Park, Saturday 25th March 2017, Attendance 3,149

 

Match 12 – Last minute equaliser

FC United of Manchester 2 Stalybridge Celtic 2, National League North, Broadhurst Park, Saturday 1st April 2017, Attendance 2,375

 

Match 13 – If the Reds should play

FC United of Manchester 1 Brackley 2, National League North, Broadhurst Park, Saturday 15th April 2017, Attendance 2,823

 

Match 14 – End of season party

Nuneaton Town 1 FC United of Manchester 4, National League North, Liberty Way, Saturday 22nd April 2017, Attendance 777

 

Match 15 – She wore a scarlet ribbon

FC United of Manchester 1 Stalybridge Celtic 0, Manchester Premier Cup Final, Boundary Park (home of Oldham Athletic), Thursday 4th May 2017, Attendance 1,592

 

Match 16 – Allez les rouges

FC United de Manchester played in a futsal tournament at the L’Aeronef concert hall in Lille, Saturday 10th June 2017

 

Match 17 – Bohemian like you

Bohemian FC 1 FC United of Manchester 2, Friendly match, Dalymount Park (Dublin), Saturday 8th July 2017  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Match 18 – Here we go again

Brackley Town 2 FC United of Manchester 1, National League North, St James’s Park, Saturday 5th August 2017, Attendance 654

 

Match 19 – Forget 4-4-2 check out those cloud formations

FC United of Manchester 1 Kidderminster Harriers 2, National League North, Broadhurst Park, Saturday 12th August 2017, Attendance 1,946

 

Match 20 – Brewers drop points at home

Tadcaster Albion 1 Prescot Cables 2, Northern Premier League Division One North, Ings Lane, Saturday 26th August 2017, Attendance 262

 

Match 21 – Revenge for 1995

York City 0 FC United of Manchester 2, National League North, Bootham Crescent, Monday 28th August 2017, Attendance 3,411

 

Match 22 – Red rebels and spa town blues (again)

FC United of Manchester 1, Leamington 2, National League North, Broadhurst Park, Saturday 2nd September 2017, Attendance 2,380

 

Match 23 – Are we still in London?

Hampton & Richmond Borough 1 Concord Rangers 1, National League South, Beveree Stadium, Saturday 23rd September 2017, Attendance 496

 

Match 24 – Out of the cup

AFC Telford United 3 FC United of Manchester 1, FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round, New Bucks Head Stadium, Saturday 14th October 2017, Attendance 1,451

 

Match 25 – A new era begins

FC United of Manchester 2 Nuneaton Town 1, National League North, Broadhurst Park, Saturday 28th October 2017, Attendance 1,781

 

Match 26 – 1988 FA Cup winners beat team beginning with “L” 1-0 in the cup again   

AFC Wimbledon 1 Lincoln City 0, FA Cup 1st Round, Kingsmeadow, Saturday 4th November 2017, Attendance 3,394

 

Match 27 – Sad news about the match sponsor at Gainsborough

Gainsborough Trinity 1 FC United of Manchester 0, National League North, The Northolme, Saturday 18th November 2017, Attendance 782

 

Match 28 – Tommy Greaves’ red and white army

FC United of Manchester 3 Harrogate Town 2, National League North, Broadhurst Park, Saturday 2nd December 2017, Attendance 2,394

 

Match 29 – Snow doesn’t stop play 

FC United of Manchester 1 Brackley Town 1, National League North, Broadhurst Park, Saturday 9th December 2017, Attendance 1,893

 

Match 30 – No football at White Hart Lane this season eh?

Haringey Borough 1 Leyton Orient 2, FA Trophy 1st Round, Coles Park, Saturday 16th December 2017, Attendance 1,133 (club record attendance)

 

Match 31 – Wingate in the wind

Wingate & Finchley 1 Needham Market 1, Isthmian League Premier Division, The Maurice Rebak Stadium, Saturday 30th December 2017, Attendance 151

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