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The United footballers who stood up to the FA

The Guardian has an interesting piece on a forgotten tale involving United players, 100 years ago. Here’s an extract:

The first meeting of the Association Football Players Union in 1907 was chaired by United player Billy Meredith – the “Welsh Wizard”, who was one of the first footballing superstars. The union campaigned against FA rules such as the £4 ceiling on wages and the lack of compensation for injured players. In 1909, the FA withdrew its recognition of the union because it didn’t like its authority questioned; players were ordered to resign from the union or have their registration cancelled. Many players did resign, but not all. Heroically, the whole of the Manchester United team refused.

Read the whole piece. Well worth your time.



  1. Redrich

    21 October 2009 at 04:15

    United since the birth of man!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. Shreyas

    21 October 2009 at 12:07

    Its imperative that Vidic starts today, whoever the other centre back be, Evans or Rio. His experience playing on that plastic pitch for Spartak will help collectively help the back five.

  3. Tommy

    26 October 2009 at 14:00

    That was great reading. But did many of ye pick up on the official “Fans Union” they mentioned at the end. I dont know about ye but to me that sounds like a great Idea. I’m a life long utd fan of 27. I’ve been hooked since I first saw Giggsy kick a ball. Also as somebody living in Ireland Its gone beyond a Joke how much I have to pay just so I can watch the united games. I have to pay for “Sky Sports” , “Setanta Ireland” and “ESPN” every month on top of my regular sky. Just so I can watch UTD play each week, and even at that there is still some games that arent shown. 👿 Does anyone know of any offical line on this Union coming to pass? I just wanna watch utd play football.

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