FC United of Manchester’s positive message of fan ownership and involvement is spreading to China, the world’s most populous country.
Proud officials at the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League club revealed on Thursday that the first ever meeting of a new Chinese branch of the supporter-owned club is set to take place this Saturday in Hangzhou City.
Located in north western Zhejiang province, Hangzhou is home to nearly 10 million people in a nation of 1.35 billion.
FC member and prolific tweeter Fan Ming is pictured with the new branch’s suitably inscribed banner and fellow member Rentao Meng ahead of the historic meeting.
Ming is planning to share his experiences of his visit to the UK last year when he took in a number of FC United matches and visited the club’s offices while Meng is already thinking about expansion!
Speaking to the club’s website, Meng, who also helped organise the event, said: “The meeting won’t have a formal agenda but the main purpose is to meet some FC United China branch members and we expect about ten people to come.
“We’ll probably discuss how the branch can publicise the concept of the club and also provide funds to help its community development.”