The most unusual club in non league history?

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Fc United of Manchester are entering their ninth year in existence - and have been frequent visitors to non league teams in South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and north Nottinghamshire.

Yet, perhaps, it’s not so much the team on the pitch that people remember.

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It’s their large and loyal fan base.

The semi-pro club was set up because Manchester United fans were upset that the Old Trafford empire had been bought by American businessman Malcolm Glazer.

It was claimed that after Glazer borrowed a reputed $800 million to complete the purchase the debt was effectively passed on to the fans in the form of increased ticket prices.

Meanwhile, other Premier League owners were showering money into team-building at Chelsea and Manchester City.

Fc United fans, to this day, spend much of their matches slating Glazer.

But most of their supporters retain their love for pre-Glazer Manchester United.

This was evidenced at Buxton recently when FC fans performed their seasonal tribute to Eric Cantona, one of the biggest names in Old Trafford’s recent history.

Fc are currently in the Evo Stik League Northern Premier, competing against the likes of Worksop Town, Matlock Town, Stocksbridge Park Steels and Buxton.

They are managed by former Rotherham United player Karl Marginson.

Next year will be a momentus one - whether they have gained promotion or not.

The club, who currently play most of their home games at Bury, hopes to open a new £5m ground in east Manchester, where building work has been underway since November.