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FC United of Manchester, one of the most high profile supporter-owned clubs in England, opened its new ground on Friday with a friendly match against European giants Benfica. VSC Secretary and FSF Deputy Chair Martin O'Hara tells us more...

In recent years numerous football clubs have had the thrill of moving to a new stadium. There’s nothing better than leaving behind a decrepit stadium that has seen better times and setting foot inside something that promises a better future, an optimism that inhabits all football supporters who wish for nothing but good times, on and off the pitch.
Yet on a damp and blustery Friday evening in Moston, a suburb of Manchester, this official opening of a stadium known as Broadhurst Park carried significance far beyond its size. As they proudly say ‘we do things a little differently around here’.

And so they do. And that’s because this isn’t a replacement stadium, this is the first stadium that this club can call home. This is FC United of Manchester. A club born out of the trials and tribulations that Manchester United supporters went through some years ago, facing an unwelcome American invasion.
Those years number ten exactly. And Friday was the culmination of those ten years, a fitting result to the years of hard work by thousands of people and the dedication of staff, players, supporters and everyone involved with this fan owned club.

Read the full article at http://www.fsf.org.uk/blog/view/fc-uniteds-new-home-significance-beyond-its-size
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VSC Director Rob Williams, Corporate Fundraiser Rachael Dawes and James Coppinger


The Viking Supporters Co-operative would like to thank all Rovers fans who bought one of our "Coppinger #26 Legend" mugs either online or from the Belle Vue Bar. Putting Copps' mug on a mug has helped raise a massive £300 for Bluebell Wood Childrens Hospice. Visit http://www.bluebellwood.org and follow @BluebellWoodCH for more information on the charity.
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The club are offering Rovers supporters the chance to come and enjoy some fun on us when we face Scunthorpe United on May 3rd at the Keepmoat (12.15 KO).

There will be plenty of family fun with music, penalty shoot outs, crazy golf, bungee runs, human table football, a clown a magician and much more, and you can be part of it ALL for as little as £10.

The fun will start at 10.30am and will be based outside the Soccer Centre at Keepmoat Stadium. Adult tickets for this fixture are only £15 and entry to the fun is FREE when you buy a match ticket.  

Full prices are as follows: 

Adults £15 
Seniors £10 
Young Persons £10 
16 & Under £1


One adult and child can join in for just £16, which is great value for a day out as Rovers close the 2014/15 campaign.

Read more at http://www.doncasterroversfc.co.uk/news/article/to-say-thanks-2415863.aspx
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The Doncaster Rovers Supporters Club and Viking Supporters Co-operative joined together to celebrate James Coppinger's testimonial year last weekend. On the pitch at the legends game Rob Williams from the VSC and Len South from the Supporters Club presented him with a Special Trophy and Plaque, which will be on display for years to come in the Belle Vue Bar. Needless to say it's a small token of the fans appreciation for such a dedicated player, and we're sure you'd join us in saying Copps truly is a Rovers legend. We also clubbed together for a Coppinger "LEGEND" flag, which we can't wait to see in the South Stand from next season along with the flags and banners of the Black Bank movement.

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Season ticket holders can claim a free ticket for the final match of the season v Scunthorpe United under a new offer announced by the club today.

Simply take in voucher J from your season ticket book and bring a friend for free to what proves to be a cracking local derby and bring the curtain down on the season.

Remember, the match is on Sunday 3rd May and is a 12.15pm kick off at the Keepmoat Stadium.  All the final League One fixtures are scheduled to kick off at exactly the same time.

The day will also see bucket collections in aid of the Ray Dunning Scholarship Fund, so bring a friend to the game for free and dig deep to support this worthy cause.

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What's the furthest a fan travels to come to a Rovers game?  

Last Saturday, Ruth Milano, VSC member and more commonly known to regular Viking Chat users as "Sandy Lane", and her sister Amy visited the Keepmoat for the Rovers v Fleetwood Town match.  What's surprising about this?  The ladies live in upstate New York.

Back in January, Ruth contacted VSC Chair Rob Clark about their forthcoming trip to the UK and their plans to take in a match whilst they were over here, and so a covert operation to give the girls a day to remember swung into action.  Rob takes up the story.  

"I contacted Ryan Murrant to see what the club could do to make the day special, and between us laid on a series of activities.  The girls were chauffeured from Doncaster Railway Station to the ground in an S-class Mercedes, given the full tour of the ground, met Paul Dickov and James Coppinger, sat in the dugouts, had time for a pint of 1879 in the Belle Vue Bar (and met one or two other fellow Viking Chatters) , managed to stock up on Rovers kits in the club shop sale, then took in the game from the back of the South Stand."

Ruth said "We had a wonderful day.  Ryan and Rob made the day extra special for us, and Amy and I would like to thank them for their hospitality and kindness.  We really enjoyed the stadium tour and learned so much about football and the inner workings of the club.  The Keepmoat Stadium is really very impressive and the tour highlighted how much we have to offer players and fans there.  Of course we also loved the car service from the train station and our gifts of the Rovers scarves!  All in all it was a lovely day and one we won't forget any time soon."
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For those who couldn't make it yesterday, or who haven't got a programme from yesterday, here's our piece in the programme. We hope you enjoy reading it.

Football club legends aren't made over night. They have to grow with the club; they have to rise and fall with the club; they have to live through everything the fans live through; they have to endure every pain and bask in every success and they have to create memorable moments that fans remember forever. There is only one player at Doncaster Rovers who currently fits that bill. Step forward Jamie Coppinger.

Copps has made over 440 appearances for Doncaster Rovers, a record only bettered by Colin "Duggie" Douglas. In the modern this is a record few will come even close to matching. During the last 11 years Jamie has also helped the club achieve more than it ever has done before.

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Have you already got your 2015/16 Doncaster Rovers season ticket?
 
If so, then you have the opportunity to earn money back from Rovers by finding new season ticket holders.
 
Under the ‘Be A Club Scout’ scheme 2015/16 season ticket holders, who are also members of the VSC or the Doncaster Rovers Supporters Club, are encouraged to recommend new season ticket holders.  

Once the new season ticket holder has paid for their season ticket in full, the scout will be entitled to the difference between the full price and the early bird price (up to £40).
 
Complete this form, return it to the VSC (or the Supporters Club) and we will do the rest.
 
The closing date for this offer is 3rd May 2015.

Read more at http://www.doncasterroversfc.co.uk/news/article/be-a-club-scout-2398178.aspx
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The Labour Party launched its party manifesto yesterday (Monday 13th April 2015) and promised to "give football fans a voice in club boardrooms":

"Football clubs are an important part of many people's identity and sense of belonging. They are more than just businesses. But despite their importance in the lives of their members and supporters, too often there are no effective means for fans to have a say in how their clubs are run.

"Labour will provide the means for supporters to be a genuine part of their clubs. We will introduce legislation to enable accredited supporters trusts to appoint and remove at least two of the directors of a football club and to purchase shares when the club changes hands.

The Viking Supporters Co-operative welcomes any proposals from political parties that aim to strengthen the voice of football fans. 

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