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You wait ages for one Cantona then suddenly thousands come along at once.

At this Saturday’s game FC United fans will be able to take part in a unique and surreal event. Icon Films who are responsible for the forthcoming film “Looking for Eric” will be delivering two to three thousand Cantona masks to Gigg Lane to be worn by supporters during the match against Bradford Park Avenue.

The scenes will be filmed and possibly used in the promotion material for the launch of the film this June. Supporters will be given one mask and one mask only after passing through the turnstiles for home supporters. No replacements will be given and none for any mates who can’t make it to the game. Stocks are limited so distribution will be on a first come first served basis so think twice about having that last pint in the pub.

If you were looking for the real Eric in the crowd on Saturday would it be possible to spot him?

Some FC fans aren't happy and see it just as bad as City with their bannanas but since its for the film (Looking For Eric) I think its acceptable

FC sign 2,000 Cantonas

Stuart Brennan

April 23, 2009

FC sign 2,000 Cantonas - FC United - Football - Sport - Manchester Evening News

FC UNITED will have over 2,000 Eric Cantonas on their side as they seek a place in the Unibond premier play-offs.

Fans attending Saturday’s crunch match against fellow promotion chasers Bradford Park Avenue will be handed rubber masks for a publicity stunt organised by the company behind the new Ken Loach film “Looking for Eric”.

Cantona has expressed his support for FC United, who can match a British record of four successive promotions in the football pyramid if they earn a place in the Conference North for next season.

“They have a great idea and I hope they win the European Cup in 50 years’ time,” said the United idol, who stars in the film, which is launched at the Cannes Film Festival on May 18 and has its UK premiere at Salford’s Lowry Theatre on June 1.

Cantona appears alongside FC United fans and other United supporters in the film, which tells the story of a Manchester postman and United fan, set against the backdrop of the Glazer takeover.

Loach, who also directed British classics “Kes” and “Cathy Come Home”, approached FC for help with the film – and manager Karl Marginson also makes a cameo appearance.

FC United general manager Andy Walsh: “It’s not a film about FC United, but Ken wanted it to deal with issues from the angle of being a football supporter, and FC United was part of that mix.”

Once the masks are off again, FC will knuckle down to play a game which they must win to ensure their hopes of a fourth successive promotion stay alive.

Even a victory will not assure FC of a place in the top five – if Kendal can beat Buxton by three goals more, the Rebels could end up slipping to sixth on goal difference in a tight finish to a great season.

Manager Karl Marginson has been boosted by the expected return of striker Carl Lomax after suspension and illness, anmd he feels his team has the bit between its teeth after last week’s last-minute win at second-placed Ilkeston.

“We have been building towards this for a while, but every game for the last six or seven weeks has been a ‘must-win’ and the players have responded magnificently,” he says.

“They say you make your own luck, in terms of effort, and that must mean we are the luckiest team in the league.

“It was tight at Ilkeston last week but they hadn’t been beaten for 23 games – we were the last team to beat them, in fact – but some of our football was great.”

FC were boosted by Bradford’s shock midweek defeat at relegated Leigh Genesis, but Marginson will warn his players that that plus might have a negative side.

“That was a defeat Bradford weren’t expecting, but it might be one that sharpens their focus,” he says. “If they had gone to Leigh and steamrollered them, they would have come to Gigg Lane on Saturday only needing a draw. Now they have to win, we have to win as well, and winning well would be a bonus for us.

“If Kendal can score a bucketload of goals against Buxton they will deserve it, because Buxton don’t normally concede many.”

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Is there anyone reading this who doesn't hate FC United, has nothing to do tomorrow and lives in Greater Manchester?! If so, seriously go to FC United v Bradford Park Avenue tomorrow! It's gonna be mental!!

FC United of Manchester v Bradford Park Avenue FC

KO 3:00pm
Gigg Lane, Bury

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Great game today! Gutted about the result but still what a day! Attendence of 3719, red smoke bombs when we scored, big 'red, white & black' flag crowd surfing. Result might have been gutting but it aint always about that! Anyone who could have easily been there today but chose not to go is a fool as they missed out on one the best football matches I've ever been too! AMAZING DAY! BRING ON NEXT SEASON, BRING ON UNITED!

Some vids from today, Ill post more and some pics n the match highlights when they become avaiable:

YouTube - FC United Smoke Bomb

YouTube - Oh FC United

YouTube - red mist at gigg lane fc united

PS Margy said to all the fans after the match "Forget about play-offs next season, we're gonna win the league!" !!! Can't wait :D
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