Journey to the Mondiali Antirazzisti

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As a warm up to the Mondiali Antirazzisti 2018 and the FIFA World Cup, United Glasgow Football Club and Show Racism the Red Card are joining forces to run two events this June.

On Friday 22nd June, we'll host the first primary school Glasgow Anti-Racism World Cup at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow. 3 local schools have been invited to participate, bringing pupils to take part in a tournament and educational workshops around anti-racism and busting the myths around immigration, delivered by Show Racism the Red Card Scotland.

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The tournament encourages mixed teams (both meaning mixed genders and players from different schools playing together) and be played in a non-competitive spirit with the focus being on bringing people together and learning about anti-racism instead of winning at all costs.

The volunteers who help to run this from United Glasgow Football Club – a mixture of Scottish and migrant/refugee/asylum seekers – will attend the Mondiali Antirazzisti 2018 and will, therefore, be able to share the learning from this tournament and educational workshops with other groups in the ECCAR network.

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This event is supported by the European Coalition of Cities Against Racism (ECCAR), Glasgow Life and the Scottish Refugee Council. 

The following day, Saturday 23rd June, at The Foundation (iTouches), United Glasgow Football Club will run an event for over 16s with a 5-a-side tournament and 7-a-side tournament played in the same spirit as the Mondiali Antirazzisti, bringing together players from existing teams, integration networks, charities and other groups to play football for social inclusion, not to win at all costs! The tournament will be free to enter and serve as a good warm up for the Mondiali Antirazzisti 2018!

Check our social media pages for details of both events and pictures and videos once the events take place!

 

 

Comedians, cameras, frost and goals - what a weekend!

UGFC XI in Edinburgh - don't let the sunshine fool you!

UGFC XI in Edinburgh - don't let the sunshine fool you!

Three United Glasgow FC games were played over the weekend in freezing conditions in Glasgow and Edinburgh, with UGFC unfortunately finishing on the losing side in all three.

Henning Wehn - UGFC fan!

Henning Wehn - UGFC fan!

On Saturday, a UGFC XI travelled to Edinburgh to play Hotscots in the third of a three game series over the course of 2017. With the tie poised at 4-4, United were hoping to grab the win to take the trophy back to Glasgow. It was not to be, however, as Hotscots ran out 3-0 winners. On a positive note, the game was filmed by Slash Football and German Comedian Henning Wehn (you may have seen him on Would I Lie To You? and Mock the Week) was around to present the game and chat to the players in the pub afterwards. Hopefully UGFC will be able to bring the Diversity Cup back to Glasgow in 2018!

United: Hussein, Iain, Chris, Ewan, Hedi, Lawrence, Arnaud, George, Stephen, Salih, Kyle
Subs: Grant, Chris B, Zain, Osama, Boss, Taha, Paddy

Winter is here! 10am kick off for Men's Sunday Team at Glasgow Green

Winter is here! 10am kick off for Men's Sunday Team at Glasgow Green

On Sunday, two games beat the frost (somehow) with our Sunday Team going down 4-2 to Woodland FC at Glasgow Green with a 10am kick off! With the injured Paul Georgie live streaming the game on Facebook, people could see the icy conditions and two great goals from United as they happened - unfortunately Woodland managed 4!

Frosty conditions at Springburn Park as the Men's Development Team play Harmony Row.

Frosty conditions at Springburn Park as the Men's Development Team play Harmony Row.

United: Steph, Andrew McBride, Bobby, Dave, Gerry, Laurie, Stephen, Josh, Mark, Harvey, Andrew Macfeat
Subs: Jalal, Colin, Sammy, Nahid
Goals: Nahid, Mark

A little later, at a very frosty Springburn Park, our Men's Development Team lost 6-1 to feisty league leaders Harmony Row. Springburn Park can be cold even when the weather is not so wintry but United weren't caught cold by Harmony Row, taking the lead and matching them for large parts before Harmony Row accelerated away in the 2nd half.

United: Ben, Michele, Euan, Aref, Baha, Wael, JP, Motasim, Ussam, Rediet
Subs: Abdu, Sean
Goals: Rediet

There are no games left in 2017 for our Men's teams as the GCCL takes its break for the holidays. Both sides will be looking to improve on recent results when the league comes back in January 2018!

Best of 3 - The Decider!

A United Glasgow FC XI will travel to Edinburgh on Saturday 9th December to play against our friends Hotscots in the final game of our 2017 Best of 3 series for the inaugural Diversity Cup.

UGFC 3-2 Hotscots

UGFC 3-2 Hotscots

United won the opening game of the series 3-2 on Saturday 15th April at Peffermill, Edinburgh, with goals from Mark, Chris and a debut winning goal from Jay Li secured the win! United lost the return leg at Toryglen Regional Football Centre, Glasgow, on Saturday 21st October with Taha grabbing a late goal from the penalty spot to square up the series at 4-4!

In fact, United Glasgow FC and Hotscots have played each other 5 times in the past 2 years with United coming out on top as 5-1, 8-5 and 3-2 winners in February 2016, September 2016 and April 2017 with Hotscots returning the favour in their first meeting in 2015, winning 4-0, and winning the most recent game 2-1. Hotscots also trounced a, admittedly exhausted, United Glasgow 5-a-side team in the final of their Love Football tournament in February 2017 - that'll teach United for showing up with no subs! 

UGFC 1-2 Hotscots

UGFC 1-2 Hotscots

Now, it's winner takes all on Saturday with an 11am kick off at Peffermill Playing Fields. However, who wins the cup is not the only exciting aspect of the game! The game is going to be covered by YouTube channel Slash Football as part of a series of stories from grassroots football across the continent, fronted by German comedian Henning Wehn. Henning will be at the game to present the trophy and talk to some of the players and coaches, and will join the guys for a drink after the game.

If you're in Edinburgh, why not come along and support United? We'll be live tweeting from the game but a supportive crowd is always appeciated!