Having done the double over FC United of Manchester in 2015/16, Tim Harris’ men will be hopeful of doing the same in 2016/17.\r\n\r\nFC United have gathered international attention for their approach to fan ownership, and are one of the most well supported clubs in the National League North.\r\n\r\nFounded in 2005 by Manchester United supporters opposed to American businessman Malcolm Glazer’s takeover of that club, F.C. United entered the North West Counties Football League Division Two in their inaugural season.\r\n\r\nAfter sharing multiple stadia across Greater Manchester between 2005 and 2015, F.C. United opened their own ground, the very impressive Broadhurst Park in north-east Manchester, in May 2015.\r\n\r\nManaged by former professional footballer Karl Marginson since its formation, FC United are the largest fan-owned club in the United Kingdom and is democratically run by its members who have equal voting rights and own one share in the club each.\r\n\r\nNaturally, the club has received some criticism since its formation, most notably from then-Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.\r\n\r\nThey achieved three consecutive promotions in the first three years of their existence and were promoted for a fourth time to compete in the National League North for the 2015–16 season.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers were United’s first opponents in the National League North as we welcomed them to Whaddon Road, where an Obi Anoruo goal was enough to see the Tigers claim all three points that day.\r\n\r\nThe return fixture saw another success for City as we took all three points from Broadhurst Park courtesy of goals by Joe Parker and Harry Williams either side of half time.\r\n\r\nFollowing a somewhat underwhelming 2015/16 season, FC United will look to their new signings to bed in with the remaining members of that squad to help propel them up the table.\r\n\r\nChris Chantler will be one that FC United fans will look to for experience and leadership on the pitch, with the former Carlisle United and Kilmarnock defender/midfielder joining up with the squad ahead of 2016/17.\r\n\r\nDale Tonge has also joined the Broadhurst Park outfit ahead of the new season, with the versatile full back/midfielder joining from rivals Stockport County in the summer.\r\n\r\nTonge has bags of experience to his name, having made over 150 appearances for Rotherham United and nearly 50 appearances for Barnsley throughout his career.\r\n\r\nOur first meeting with FC United this season will come at Broadhurst Park on Saturday 29 October, with the return fixture on Saturday 25 February 2017.

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