On Thursday night, Celtic face FC United of Manchester at Oldhamís Sports Direct ground (kick off 7:45pm). FC United finished the season in thirteenth on fifty-four points, eight places and twenty-five points ahead of Celtic. Tickets for this all ticket match are available from the club office during office hours, or for £2 more on the gate. There will be a match centre and Twitter feed for this match.
Tickets on the door are £10 for adults, £7 for concessions and £3 for under 16s. Tickets purchased in advance via the club or the Manchester FA Website will be £2 cheaper.
In the Manchester Premier Cup this season, FC United started with a 6-0 away win over Chadderton, a 3-1 away win over Abbey Hey and most recently, a 7-1 home win over West Didsbury and Chorlton. Celticís progress through the competition was an away win on penalties at Droylsden, after the game finished 1-1. This was followed up with a 1-0 home win over Curzon Ashton, and finished with a 2-1 home win over Salford Ė arguably the tougher of the two routes!
FC Unitedís top league goal scorer this season was George Thompson who netted sixteen of FC Unitedís sixty-nine goals. They scored them at a rate of 1.6 goals per game, failing to score in nine games, five of them away from home. They have conceded sixty-eight goals this season, at a rate of 1.6 goals per game, and have kept ten clean sheets, six of them at home. They finished their league campaign with two good wins, beating Nuneaton 4-1 away and Gainsborough Trinity 5-1 at home. Their last away loss was a 4-2 defeat at Darlington, whilst their last home loss was a 2-1 defeat to Brackley.
The last meeting between FC United and Celtic was at FC Unitedís ground, when it finished 2-2, with a last second free kick giving FC United a share of the spoils they didnít quite deserve, although they did deserve the 4-2 win at Bower Fold earlier in the season. FC United have never beaten Celtic at home in competitive competition, and their win at Bower Fold is their only win over us. In five meetings, Celtic have won three, drawn one and lost once. As well as four league meetings, we met in the Manchester Premier Cup in November 2015 at FC United, a game Celtic won 3-4.
FC Unitedís last match was the 5-1 home demolition of Gainsborough. In that match, they lined up as:
1. Ryan Schofield
2. Jake Williams
3. Chris Chantler
4. Scott Kay
5. Jordan Fagbola
6. Luke Ashworth
7. Matthew Wolfenden
8. Sam Sheridan
9. Jason Gilchrist
10. Jerome Wright
11. George Thomson
Celticís last match was the 5-2 away defeat at Brackley Town, in which we lined up as:
1. Grant Shenton
2. Danny Morton
3. Matt Regan
4. Nick Ryan
5. Kristian Platt
6. Aaron Chalmers
7. Kieran Dunbar
8. Gary Gee
9. Andy Bishop
10. James Roberts
11. Adam Mather
Celticís squad will be depleted by injuries and cup tied players. Grant Shenton is ineligible, Danny Wisdom and Danny Pilkington are injured and Nick Ryan is a doubt.
This is Celticís last match of the season, with silverware the prize, something well worth winning.
|Home win||Nuneaton Town||3-0||Sat 19th Nov|
|Away win||Nuneaton Town||1-4||Sat 22nd Apr|
|Home defeat||FC Halifax Town||0-3||Sat 25th Mar|
|Away defeat||Darlington||4-2||Mon 17th Apr|
|Home score||Alfreton Town||4-3||Sat 8th Oct|
|Away score||Darlington||4-2||Mon 17th Apr|