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Anti-fascist football tournament brings trade unions and community together

THE Our City United anti-fascist football tournament brought together trade unionists and community activists in Manchester at the weekend.

The tournament took place at FC United of Manchester’s Broadhurst Park football ground in the northern suburb of Moston, organised by local anti-fascist group 0161 Community.

Nearly 200 spectators turned out for the contest at the fan-owned football ground, where six seven-a-side amateur teams representing local boxing clubs, football supporters, nightclub staff, the Manchester branch of Labour left organisation Momentum and tenants and anti-fascist organisations battled for supremacy.

Thanking those who attended, community organiser Dave Brennan told the Star that the event had been a huge success.

“Our City United was a massive celebration of unity among the working class and mutual respect in our communities and across the world,’ he said.

“Working-class people of all backgrounds came out to have a laugh with each other, make new friends and swear to maintain vigilance against fascism and divisiveness in working-class communities.”

Also present were guests of honour from Denmark, who were warmly welcomed and invited to discuss anti-fascist politics in their cities at a public meeting the night before.

In the end, the tournament was won by an FC United supporters’ team.

After the trophy ceremony, revellers watched the FA Cup final between Manchester United and Chelsea in FC’s grounds, before the club hosted an after-party with local reggae band Ruff Trade.

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