21-25 August 2014

 

One of the highlights of the year for Village Manchester FC is, of course, Manchester Pride. This year we were busier than ever. Scroll down for a selection of photographs. 

 

On Thursday we entered two team's into Taurus Bar's It's a Gay Knockout annual silliness. And we came both first and second! It's the second year in a row we've won this hugely important tournament!

 

On Friday we hosted our great friends from Liverpool, Mersey Marauders, to the first Manchester Pride Cup and beat them 4-0. Check out the team list here. We are hoping to make the Cup an annual fixture. 

 

On Saturday we joined thousands of others marching on the Manchester Pride Parade. This event has become one of the biggest there is, and the team is always thrilled with the warm reception from the tens of thousands of onlookers. This year we were delighted to march alongside the Gay Football Supporters Network, Football v Homophobia, Rainbow Referees, Canal Street Blues (Manchester City's LGBT supporter club) and even City's mascots Moonchester and Moonbeam.

 

Over the weekend we also joined forces with the above to run a joint stall at the Pride Expo, and were thrilled to have Manchester City FC there on the Saturday afternoon with a penalty shot speed system for passers by to have a go at. 

 

On top of this we partied hard and it didn't even rain until the end of the bank holiday Monday. 

 

The club would like to thank all those who marched in the parade, took part in the Knockout, manned the stall, played in the Cup match and helped to organise a very successful weekend. 

 

Now it's time for some sleep!

 

Photos by Steve Joyce unless otherwise stated

VMFC at Manchester Pride

Thursday: It's a Gay Knockout at Taurus

The winners (white kit) Sal, Steven Holmes, Jeremy Baker, Paul Carter.

The runners up (black kit) Daryl Fairbrother, Pete Ransom, Paul Golds, Robin Spencer, Ryan Mullender

Friday: Manchester Pride Cup with Mersey Marauders

Village Manchester FC 4-0 Mersey Marauders

Saturday: Manchester Pride parade

Village Manchester Football Club, GFSN and Canal Street Blues at the Expo, along with Manchester City staff who were managing a penalty speed game, immediately before we set off for the parade. 

And at the end of the parade with GFSN, Canal Street Blues, Rainbow Referees and Football v Homophobia

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Watch the whole parade in three minutes care of the Manchester Evening News

 

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