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Introducing: FC United of Manchester

7 November 2015

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Though only ten years old, FC United of Manchester, Chesterfield's FA Cup first-round hosts, could stake a claim as one of the most famous club in non-league football.

Formed in 2005 by disenfranchised supporters of Manchester United, FC United have since enjoyed four promotions, including three league titles, which means they now reside in the National League North - three divisions below Chesterfield.

The last of those three league titles was achieved last season in the Northern Premier League Premier Division.

As part of their progress, the Manchester side have recently moved into their own stadium for the first time. Costing £6.5m, Broadhurst Park has given FC United the home they had always set out to build.

Presently in the league, FC United of Manchester are on a difficult run of six consecutive defeats, the latest a midweek 3-1 home loss to Telford United.

The run has seen the Moston-based outfit drop to just two points above the relegation zone in the National League North table.

It is a different matter, however, in the FA Cup. Three victories have been achieved - including a replay win over Derbyshire side Buxton - to send FC United into the first round, with the draw pitching them with league opposition and the Spireites.

A victory for the supporters-owned club over Chesterfield in the first round would mean they would equal their best ever performance in the FA Cup, which was achieved in the 2010/11 season.

That season the first round proper produced a local derby away at Rochdale, with FC United springing an almighty surprise with a 95th minute winner to beat their Spotland hosts 3-2.

The non-league side then took Brighton and Hove Albion to a replay in the second round, drawing 1-1 at the Amex with ten men, before falling 4-0 in the replay at Gigg Lane.

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