Away win keeps UCFB’s Undergraduate Academy Manchester side on track

FC United of Manchester U21s, UCFB’s Undergraduate Academy Manchester side, visited 1874 Northwich on Sunday and continued their impressive run of form with a 4-1 win.

In the early stages, both sides struggled to find a foothold in the game but a long range effort from Brendan Lilley gave FC United the lead going into the break.

The second half developed a similar pattern to the opening period with both teams unable to keep possession for long stretches of play and few chances being created...

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UCFB Men’s 2nd team impresses with 8-1 win

UCFB’s Men’s 2nd team smashed in eight goals in a dominant victory over a depleted Manchester College side last week, sending a message to the rest of the division.

Goals from six different players helped guide a strong UCFB side to a convincing victory as Manchester College struggled to cope with a barrage of attacking moves over the 90 minutes.

A goal within the first 30 seconds put UCFB on the front foot from the start, with pressure from the number 10, Manny, forcing the...

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Masters graduate Jed impresses during time at Middlesex FA

Jed Pearl recently graduated from the MSc Sport Management programme at UCFB Wembley. Upon completing the programme, Jed successfully applied for an internship at the Middlesex Football Association, one of the many county FAs that help govern English football. Here, Jed tells us about the experience and what he learned in the role…

What was the role you had at Middlesex and what did it entail? 

The role I had with the Middlesex FA was as a Referee Recruitment and Development Intern.


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Higher education: Past mistakes, self-reflection and why I’m confident I’ve made the best life choice to date

By Simon Frankland, BA(Hons) Football Business & Media student at UCFB Wembley

As some of you may be aware I recently left my job to become a mature student. This was not a decision I took lightly but a decision I feel was the correct one.

Becoming a mature student was a very difficult decision. I was a deputy manager for a pub and sadly fell out of love with the job. The unsociable hours, late finishes and a very stressful work...

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UCFB students represent Great Britain at Mini Football U21 World Cup

The Mini Football U21 World Cup wrapped up in Prague earlier this month with ten students from UCFB Etihad Campus representing Great Britain at the tournament.

Taking place from 4-8 October in the capital of the Czech Republic the host nation claimed the trophy with a 2-1 win in the final over Slovakia.

A spirited effort saw GB reach the quarter-finals where they were knocked-out by Senegal with Henry Limpitshi-Bongwanga – Football Business & Finance student at UCFB – scoring for GB...

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In Focus: Are international football´s governing bodies doing enough to tackle social issues?

By Robin Krasniqi, BA (Hons) International Football Business student at UCFB Wembley

Switzerland wins their second group game at the World Cup 2018 by a 2-1 scoreline against Serbia. The whole country is celebrating, but people in Kosovo are too. What has happened? For the answer, we need to look back a few years.

The bad relationship between Serbia and Kosovo caused by the Yugoslavian war in the 1990s led to the emigration of many Albanians living in Kosovo. My father’s family...

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In Focus: At what cost domestically is the Champions League continuing to grow?

By Nathan Lucas, BA (Hons) Football Business & Media student at UCFB Wembley 

The Champions League showcases the greatest talent from across the European leagues in the most coveted domestic competition in world football.

Every year the top teams from each country qualify to participate in this tournament, which last season averaged attendances of over 46,000 (according to worldfootball.net). But as the allocation per country for clubs to qualify varies, the impact this has had on each league throughout Europe is also...

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In Focus: The changing face of football viewing

By Alex Abbott, BA (Hons) Football Business & Marketing Student at UCFB Wembley

After attending a recent discussion titled ‘The World of Football – Post World Cup’, it became evident that the new Premier League broadcasting deal, starting from the 2019 season, will be one that influences the way football is consumed in the future.

New entrants such as Amazon and Facebook will join Sky and BT Sport in showing live games across the globe. This will increase competition as well as...

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FC United of Manchester U21s continue impressive start to the season with 8-0 win at Glossop

FC United of Manchester U21s, UCFB’s Undergraduate Academy Manchester side, were in league action over the weekend and continued their rich vein of form with an 8-0 win at Glossop North End.

FC United welcomed back some of the returning players that had just represented Great Britain in the Mini Football U21 World Cup in Prague as well as players appearing for the first team the day before.

Against an energetic opposition the FC United side looked to establish early possession and created some...

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UCFB vs University of Manchester: league opener abandoned in first half

UCFB First Team kicked off the new season against University of Manchester Second Team last week in their first game since the Etihad-based squad won promotion from the BUCS Northern 4A League.

After beating University of Central Lancashire 5-3 in the last game of the season, UCFB clinched promotion – finishing above city rivals Salford Firsts by one point in a final day thriller. UoM Second Team finished third last season in their Northern 3A League, 10 points behind champions Lancaster.


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