Forever Manchester, who fund and support thousands of community projects across Greater Manchester, will be covering up their advertising hoarding at FC United for their televised FA Cup match against Chesterfield tonight in support of FC’s stance on Monday televised matches.

Following the FA Cup draw on Monday 26th October, The FA has insisted that the match would be broadcast live on television on Monday despite FC United refusing to agree with the move.

The FC United board contacted the FA to inform them of their views, outlining the club’s historical opposition to changing kick off times from their traditional slots as this can be inconvenient to fans and detrimental to the match-day atmosphere. Their views were dismissed so the club has no other option but to play the match.

When FC United moved to their new ground, Broadhurst Park in Moston in May 2015, Forever Manchester agreed to take out two advertising hoardings in support of the clubs ethos, community work and in particular one of the club’s seven core principles is:

“The club will develop strong links with the local community and strive to be accessible to all, discriminating against none.”

Since May, Forever Manchester has worked very closely with FC United as part of our community investment programme into communities of Moston and Harpurhey. In the summer FC also hosted summer breakfast clubs in conjunction with Forever Manchester and Kellogg’s.

Of the decision to support FC’s stance on this issue, Paul Haworth, Marketing Director at Forever Manchester explains how moving the game impacts people of the local community.

“Since moving to Moston this year, FC United has attracted many new supporters from the local area. There’s been lots of new faces, lots of families and most notably lots of children and groups of teenagers that have been able to enjoy football on a Saturday at the affordable price of just £2 for under 18s. It’s been great to see existing FC fans welcoming these new supporters to the club, helping to create a real sense of community.

“It is quite noticeable however how the demographics of the support changes for mid-week games, with a lot less young people being able to attend, due to the matches finishing late. The FAs decision to move the match to a Monday night failed to take into account the impact it may have on local people especially the young. We feel for the kids and families who may not be able to attend the historical match, just because the FA want to show it on the TV.”  

Forever Manchester wishes to back FC United stance on matches being moved solely for the purpose of TV and therefore be covering up their advertisement hoarding at tonight’s match in a show of support.

Forever Manchester is here to support local people across Greater Manchester. We do not want to be seen as benefiting from TV exposure, where fans and local people are inconvenienced.