MANCHESTER – FOOTBALL MEKKA OF ENGLAND; NOW ALSO FOR PHILIPPINE UNITED FC
Over the last 2 decades Manchester United have dominated in the Premier league and now with neighbours Manchester City in the top stronger than ever and winning the FA Cup last season with United’s 19th league title most football is now focused up here – and even the BBC have moved their studios to Manchester, where they now broadcast the famous Match Of The Day live every Saturday.
In 2008 Philippine United had their first trial here in Manchester, but later moved down to London where most players came from that time. And here we joined a league in the West Hertsfordshire Division 2 in 2009, but already in our first season we promoted to Division One and also won the Asian Cup in London, thanks to Sheffield coaches Norm Parkin and Steve Conroy Earlier that year we all had a meeting in the Philippine Embassy together with Fulham’s reserve goal keeper Neil Etheridge together with Simon, Phil and Chris Greatwich who have all played together a long time for their national team and here they gave good advise and information to our players which gave them a good inspiration.
Former PFF President Mari Martinez visited us in 2009 and was very impressed and also here he visited together with PUFC several managers in the Premierleague and they have now open the door for Philippine Football Federation and PUFC so it could be very helpful in the future.
But despite the big success PUFC have had, everything has a prize. Without funding and donations it was very costly especially the travel expenses to London from Manchester and Sheffield every Saturday.
The following year I tried to organise another PUFC team up here – but very hard without coaches who understood the Filipino mentality and culture and with Norm and Steve still struggling with the team down in Watford it was hard without funding.
NOW GOOD NEWS IS COMING: THE 3 BIG PUFC MUSKETEERS ARE BACK TOGETHER AGAIN.
And we have decided to rebuild Philippine United FC here in Manchester, as more players in the North West of England want to join the team. And as Manchester is central for the whole UK we want to give all Filipinos a chance to play not just for PUFC but also give them a chance for a trial for their PFF National team, as we did to Rob Gier, who was playing in a league down in London that time and is now one one the best player for PFF. Also our own player Jason Arroyo has been involved in some friendly matches for PFF and has even been for a trial in the famous FC Barcelona.
On this Sunday we have our first trial and training and more to come.
So put your football boots on and come and join us. LET US SHOW NOT JUST ENGLAND AND PHILIPPINES BUT WORLDWIDE PUFC CAN DO IT.
The trial will be at: Soccerdome, Trafford Park Manchester 1pm.
You can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and also follow the latest news on facebook under PUFC Manchester.