Whilst our new Play Your Part pop up exhibition is all about FC United, it’s about more than just a football club. I’ve been working with the club for a couple of months to develop the exhibition and I’ve been bowled over by their enthusiasm and commitment to the community of the club; both the community of fans and co-owners who make up the club, and their engagement with the wider community. Surprisingly, in most of our meetings football itself was barely mentioned! It was more about how they could highlight projects such as their annual Big Coat Day, which collects coats for the homeless.
The club did a call out to the fans to bring in their photos and memorabilia, and on Sunday 12 January we brought it all together to decide what to display. Harriet had dug out some of our football collections, so we rummaged through some of the photographs and programmes before Vinny Thompson and Peter Gleave brought out their fantastic memorabilia collections. Unfortunately we didn’t have room to display everything, but we did select some great items including the obligatory football boots and the more unusual bottle of beer. There’s also some stunning photographs from photographers Matt Wilkinson, Mick Dean, Mark Lee, Richard Searle and Alastair Adams.
You can see more photos of the workshop and exhibition on our Flickr page.
The exhibition will be on display until Sunday 23 February.
Come to our Radicalism, football and co-operatives: FC United City Centre Trail on Sunday 26 January.