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VMFC seeks new coach

10 July 2018

VMFC is seeking a new coach with at least FA Level 2 and experience of coaching adult players at a competitive level. 

2017-18 Season: the first half

26 January 2018

Our review of the first half of the season. The first team, the second team, the GFSN team, the highs, the lows, the laces, the awards...

VMFC hosts biggest ever GFSN summer get together

15 August 2017

In July we hosted the GFSN summer tournament. With 32 teams and 300 players, it was a huge success. Our organiser reviews it here. 

"We don't care who you love, as long as you love football"

2 August 2017

VMFC players were interviewed by the I Love Manchester website for a great article about the club. 

"Village Manchester Football Club host tournament"

13 July 2017

We appeared on the Canal Street website for hosting the GFSN Summer Get Together tournament. 

VMFC likes a place called America...

10 June 2017

At the end of May, over 20 VMFC players and supporters made their way across the Pond to take part in the Miami World OutGames. It almost ended before it started...

VMFC's American Dream

9 May 2017

VMFC is heading across the Pond to take part in the IGLFA Unity Cup at the World OutGames in Miami. 

April 2017 review

9 May 2017

April was marked by the first team ending their first season in the Lancashire & Cheshire League with a second place finish and potential promotion. 

VMFC ends its season in style

6 May 2017

We finished our domestic season with our End of Season Do, AGM and Awards. See who won. 

Easter kit night 'Football Strip'

13 April 2017

We held our annual Easter kit night, and as well as showing our kit off on Canal Street, we got our kit off!

March 2017 review

30 March 2017

A great month for the first team saw them consolidate their position in the League with no losses. 

Yorkshire Tournament gives both teams a semi

19 March 2017

The firsts and seconds made the short tip over the Pennines to take part in the Yorkshire Terreirs' annual tournament and made it to the semi finals in each of the two divisions. 

February 2017 review

28 February 2017

Our busiest February in years saw three matches each for the firsts and seconds, and a second friendly for our veterans, the Village Elders. 

VMFC takes to the skies

28 February 2017

With a trip to Miami in May 2017 and a trip to Paris in August 2018 planned (and Rome the following year) we're getting excited for overseas tours!

Lord Mayor helps to mark Football v Homophobia month

18 February 2017

Both team games that day were held to mark Football v Homophobia month and were delighted to welcome several dignitaries to the first team's game. 

New manager for second team

18 February 2017

Regular first teamer Alex West takes over managing the second team as Rob McPherson steps down after two and a half years. 

January 2017 Review

30 January 2017

It was a packed and mostly successful month with five matches, a busy Player of the Month social and training in the snow. 

December 2016 Review

31 December 2016

Both teams had a couple of games and we enjoyed the silliness of our Christmas Do in Blackpool. 

2008 OutNorthWest interviews Ant

9 December 2016

We look back at an interview with then first team manager Ant Lockley in OutNorthWest magazine in 2008. 

Village Manchester Football Club: Manchester's gay-friendly football team

2 December 2016

Manchester news website The Northern Quota came to film us at training. 

November 2016 Review

30 November 2016

It was a tough month for both teams without a win between them. 

1997's Manchester Evening News

8 November 2016

In October 1997, in our second year of existence, the Manchester Evening News visited VMFC playing a friendly in Fallowfield. There followed a great article about the club. 

1997's Big Issue

8 November 2016

We look back at an article about Village Manchester FC that appeared in The Big Issue in the North in August 1997, about 18 months after the club formed. 

October 2016 review

31 October 2016

It was a mad busy month with the first team playing five games in three competitions, the seconds having three games in three competitions plus a tournament and the Village Elders veterans having their first full game. We also appeared on TV and had an amazing Halloween. 

Halloween fun

30 October 2016

Amazing costumes, crazy makeup and two players of the month gave us an awesome Halloween night out. Check out the pictures!

VMFC on the Victoria Derbyshire programme

26 October 2016

A new BBC survey into fan attitudes to gay sports players was released and VMFC's James appeared on BBC2's Victoria Derbyshire programm. 

September 2016 review

27 September 2016

It was a busy month with the first team playing four games in its new league, the seconds starting their GFSN league journey, and our annual club photo at the Etihad Stadium.

Annual Etihad Stadium photo

6 September 2016

We once again did our photoshoot at the Etihad Stadium, thanks to Manchester City and City in the Community

Manchester Pride 2016 review

1 September 2016

It was probably our busiest Manchester Pride ever with our own Pride Cup tournament, End of Season Do, It's a Gay Knockout, the biggest ever turnout for the Parade, kit night, expo and the vigil. 

First team season preview

31 August 2016

The first team is entering the 108 year old Lancashire & Cheshire Leauge for the very first time, and moves to Saturday afternoons. 

Second team season preview

31 August 2016

GFSN League, GFSN Cup, Sunday Amateur Cup, M62 League... we look at everything that's coming up this season. 

Worthy winners of annual awards

20 August 2016

After the fun of our Pride Cup, we held our End of Season Do and Annual Awards. There were even a couple of new awards. Find out who won...

VMFC organises third Pride Cup

20 August 2016

What started out as a simple friendly grew into a mini tournament with six teams, with the first ever Village Elders vetarans team. 

Fitness training with a difference

16 August 2016

During August we held Tuesday evening fitness sessions in addition to our usual Thursday evening football training. Take a look at what we got up to. 

Ready for our close up

10 August 2016

New sponsors means new kit, and we decided to mark the occasion with three evenings of studio photo shoots to give us hundreds of new images. 

VMFC joins the Lancashire & Cheshire League

5 July 2016

After 20 years playing Sunday morning football, our first team is moving to Saturday afternoons. 

VMFC and NYNY enjoy the Euros

4 July 2016

The Euro 2016 tournament might not have gone as far as we'd have liked for England, but we enjoyed watching matches in POTM sponsors New York New York. 

VMFC wins third tournament of the season

11 June 2016

We took two teams to the annual Gay Football Supporters Network tournament and the first team came away with the silverware. 

VMFC announces new sponsors

1 June 2016

VMFC is very excited to announce a new multi year sponsorship deal with Manchester and Midlands based IT support company Linten Technologies.

Mad May

25 May 2016

It was a mad couple of weeks for the first team as they played five games in just 15 days in the race to complete the season after horrendous weather earlier. 

AGM and 20th anniversary party

6 May 2016

VMFC held its Annual General Meeting to elect its new committee, followed by a big ol' party at New York New York to celebrate its 20th anniversary. 

No fools this April

24 April 2016

Both of the club’s teams have reason to be happy with their on-field performances in April with the first team taking a positive stride towards safety and the second team securing promotion. 

March-ing into April

31 March 2016

March’s games were again interrupted for the first team with two games getting cancelled but both teams still did have a good amount of football to play in the month. And April looks to be busy one with at least four games arranged.

Good Friday, great kit night!

25 March 2016

We held our March player of the month awards at awards sponsors New York New York and followed this by a great kit night, promoting the club throughout the Village. 

Tournament Triumph

20 March 2016

We took two teams over to Leeds for the Yorkshire Terriers annual five a side tournament and came home with the silverware. 

VMFC supports Football v Homophobia at MCFC

14 February 2016

Football v Homophobia is an international initiative opposing homophobia in football at all levels - from grassroots to the professional game. During February events happened at clubs throughout the UK and VMFC took part in events at Manchester City. 

Tournament Time

1 February 2016

Village Manchester have two teams that are involved in both local and national leagues but the club is also eager to take part in as many tournaments as possible to get pitch time for its players. In the upcoming months the club has confirmed that it is competing in a number of tournaments up and down the country. 

December 2015 review

31 December 2015

A fourth round cup match, awesome Christmas Do and two matches at the AJ Memorial Tournament. 

AJ Memorial Tournament

20 December 2015

Village Manchester Football Club was honoured to take part in this memorial to our former player AJ, who died in October, and to join with his other former teams Nottingham BallBois and Yorkshire Terriers. 

November 2015 review

15 December 2015

The weather took its toll on a couple of fixtures this month as winter began to set in. Still, the club competed in five games in November – three for the first team and two for the second team. 

Comedy night capers

14 November 2015

VMFC put on its second comedy night of the year raising £1,500 for local adoption charity After Adoption. 

RIP AJ

30 October 2015

In October we were devastated to learn of the death of one of our own, AJ. 

October 2015 review

30 October 2015

Five games saw the two teams in Cup and League action with a mix of results. 

September 2015 review

29 September 2015

The first month of the 2015-2016 season has been completed and it has been a mixed bag for the club.

VMFC at Manchester Pride

31 August 2015

Manchester Pride is always busy and 2015 was no different. We had our annual photoshoot at the Etihad Stadium, Polly's It's a Gay Knockout at New York New York, a Pride Cup mini tournament against Yorkshire Terriers and Mersey Marauders, and of course the parade.

Annual photo at the Etihad

27 August 2015

Once again Manchester City kindly allowed us to have our annual photoshoot at the Etihad Stadium. 

End of Season Do & Awards

21 August 2015

A great evening of presentatioins, laughter and of course the annual awards, including a rare lifetime achievement gong. 

Stockholm tour review

8 August 2015

Our second European tour of the summer was to the EuroGames in Stockholm. Great weather, a beautiful city, amazing football and silver medals. 

RugBall Review

18 July 2015

Read our review of the third annual RugBall afternoon with the Manchester Village Spartans RUFC. Touch rugby, football and drinking games. 

Join us this July - free!

29 June 2015

Now is the time to join VMFC - we have fitness training every Tuesday and football training every Thursday throughout the summer. And it's free for your first month. 

Hamburg tour report

13 June 2015

We went to Hamburg as IGLFA European Champions and had a great time competing. For the first time we didn't make it to the final, but it was as superb tour. Read how it went and check out the photos and tweets. 

GFSN Cup review

30 May 2015

Village Manchester fell just short at reaching their second GFSN Cup final in two years as they dropped out the completion at the semi-final stage.

AGM elects new committee

28 May 2015

Our annual general meeting was held with exciting reports from the Chair and Treasurer followed by the election of the new committee. 

2014/15 First Team review

28 May 2015

The first team started well but struggled as the year went on. A New Year surge wasn't enough to stop the team ending in the relegation zone. 

VMFC announces new sponsorship deal with Recon

1 May 2015

We are delighted to announce the extension of the club's sponsorship deal with Recon into a tenth year!

2014/15 Second Team review

30 April 2015

The second team’s league – the Manchester City Central League – concluded in May and, although it was a tough season results-wise for the team, there were quite a few positives to take out of the campaign.

 

GFSN Cup run ends in Glasgow

14 March 2015

The Club headed north to battle against Saltire Thistle in the GFSN Cup semi final. It was a tough match and not the result we wanted, but a good time was had by all.

VMFC kit night hits the Village

6 March 2015

The lads hit Canal Street in kit to promote the club and prooved, if proof be needed, that VMFC knows how to have a good time. 

GFSN Cup semi final preview

24 February 2015

We take a look at the journeys that Village Manchester and Saltire Thistle have taken to reach the GFSN Cup semi final, to be held in Glasgow in March.

VMFC takes part in the Manchester City crossbar challenge

7 February 2015

VMFC took part in a question and answer session on the stage in City Square before City's game against Hull, and at half time five of our lads took part in the crossbar challenge. 

VMFC holds sell out comedy night

6 February 2015

The club holds a sell out comedy night at Sackville Lounge in the heart of the Village and raises nearly £1,300 for a new second team kit. 

VMFC rebrands - why the bee?

6 December 2014

On the same day we send a team to Nottingham for the GFSN Cup quarter final against East End Phoenix, and also launch our brand new red kit, VMFC unveils its first logo change in ten years.

October review

30 October 2014

It's been a difficult month for both teams as wins have been few and far between. 

VMFC plans its 2015 European trips

30 October 2014

VMFC will be heading to Hamburg to defend its IGLFA European Champions title, and to Stockholm to defend its EuroGames title. 

Mixed September for the First Team

30 September 2014

The first team got their season underway in September as they faced a trio of tough games in their opening Manchester Accountants League fixtures. And it was a mixed bag for the team as they earned a win, draw and a defeat.

VMFC's review of the #RainbowLaces campaign

29 September 2014

Our review of the 2014 campaign, our own press release, the Manchester Evening News article we contributed to, photos and Twitter feed. 

My Story: Stephen Lee Curtis

29 September 2014

Long time player Steve Curtis tells us how he came to find VMFC and what a difference it's made to him as a gay guy who loves football. 

VMFC support rainbow laces

10 September 2014

Canal St: Village Manchester, one of the leading gay football teams in the country, are throwing their support behind this year's Rainbow Laces campaign.

Rainbow Laces: Village Manchester squad tackle homophobia and encourage gay footballers to 'come out'

10 September 2014

Mancunian Matters: The city’s gay football team Village Manchester are putting their best foot forward and backing the national Rainbow Laces campaign, to encourage more people in the game to come out as gay.

VMFC laces up to tackle homophobia

9 September 2014

Read our press release about the club's support for the #RainbowLaces campaign

Annual photo at the Etihad Stadium

28 August 2014

With the support of Manchester City FC and their charity arm, City in the Community, VMFC made its way to the Etihad Stadium for our annual club photographs. 

New season to get underway

28 August 2014

It's just over a week until the first team's season starts and just a few weeks until the second's starts. Plus, we're through to the next round of the GFSN Cup. 

Pre-season review

27 August 2014

The return of football training, the addition of weeks of fitness training, and five friendlies gave VMFC a busy pre-season period. 

VMFC heads north east for GFSN Cup fixture

27 August 2014

After beating Trowbridge Tigers in the preliminary round, VMFC will be heading up to Newcastle, yet again, to play Newcastle Panthers in the Final 16 round. 

VMFC at Manchester Pride 2014

25 August 2014

A cup match against Mersey Marauders, the annual silliness of It's a Gay Knockout, the Parade and the Expo. Check out our photos. 

VMFC Crowned Unity Cup Champions

15 June 2014

Village Manchester headed down to Cardiff for the European Capital of Sport Unity Cup and headed home champions after a weekend of football, beer and a whole lot of sunshine!

End of Season Awards

6 June 2014

VMFC held its annual awards night. Find out who the winners were...

GFSN Cup Final

4 June 2014

Derbyshire FA: Saturday 31st May saw the final of the Gay Football Supporters Network (GFSN) Cup. The final was held at St Georges Park on the indoor 3G pitch and was played between Village Manchester F.C and London Romans F.C

Manchester Pride awards VMFC £500 grant

3 June 2014

Manchester Pride, a supporter of Village Manchester Football Club for several years, has awarded a new grant to the club. 

Unity Cup preview

3 June 2014

Village Manchester FC is off to the Welsh capital to take part in the European Capital of Sport's LGBT Unity Cup tournament. 

MATCH REPORT - GFSN NATIONAL CUP FINAL 2014

2 June 2014

GFSN: Saturday 31st May 2014 saw an excellent GFSN Cup Final at a fantastic venue - St George's Park, Burton-upon-Trent.

VMFC at the GFSN national Cup Final

31 May 2014

Village Manchester made it to the Gay Football Supporters' Network's national Cup Final. Find out how we did.

Village Manchester football team to play gay cup final at FA’s prestigious St George’s Park

29 May 2014

Mancunian Matters: One of the UK’s leading gay and inclusive football teams, Village Manchester is set to play at England’s new state of the art facility St George’s Park for a cup final.

EVENT REPORT - GFSN NATIONAL GET-TOGETHER 2014

27 May 2014

GFSN: This year's summer national get-together was held in a rainy Leeds over Spring Bank Holiday weekend.

Cup final for VMFC

27 May 2014

canal-st.co.uk: Village Manchester, one of the country’s leading gay and inclusive football teams, is competing in the GFSN Cup final at St George’s Park - the English Football Association's national football centre - later this month.

GFSN Summer Get Together tournament report

24 May 2014

Full details, photos and video of VMFC's participation in the 2014 GFSN summer get together in Leeds. 

GFSN Summer Get Together coming soon

30 April 2014

The GFSN summer get together tournament is fast approaching with a celebration of 25 years of the GFSN. Village hope to take at least two teams. 

GFSN Cup Final details

30 April 2014

Village Manchester faces London Romans in the GFSN national Cup Final on 31 May. Details of the venue have now been announced. Read how both teams made it to the final. 

Cup upset

30 April 2014

The club suffered disappointment at the end of April with the first team bowing out of the Kings Cup and the second team losing their first match in the MCCL League Cup

Just a Ball Game? discussion on Radio Five Live

4 March 2014

Campaigning organisation Just a Ball Game? organised a panel discussion at the National Football Museum, broadcast by BBC Radio Five Live. 

VMFC plans summer tours

4 March 2014

The early summer will see VMFC teams heading to Leeds for the GFSN Summer Get Together and to Cardiff for the European City of Sport LGBT Unity Cup. 

Double win in Cup semi finals

4 March 2014

VMFC are through to two forthcoming Cup finals having beaten Audenshaw FC in the MCCL Cup on penalties, and a thrilling late goal in the GFSN Cup semi securing victory.

Footballers come out as gay

28 January

Former Premier League player Thomas Hitzlsperger and current semi-pro Liam Davis have come out as gay. Our take on how this affects homophobia in football 

GFSN Cup semi-final preview

28 January 2014

Village Manchester’s second team have an important game coming up in the next few weeks as they face HotScots in the semi-final of the GFSN Cup on 22 February.

 

Toland's 10k

28 January 2014

VMFC goalie and Social Secretary is to take to the streets by running the BUPAGreat Manchester Run for local charity the Albert Kennedy Trust. 

VMFC launches new website

28 January 2014

We've totally revamped our website with a fresh new look and loads of new features. 

VMFC's James on the Cover of a Magazine

11 December 2013

VMFC's poster boy James Wilson appears on the cover of the Christmas issue of Gaylife Manchester magazine. 

Review of 2013

4 December 2013

Now that 2013 is drawing to a close we thought what better time to look back at the year just gone.

Cup Fever

4 December 2013

It has all gone a bit cup crazy lately at Village Manchester with both clubs taking part in two cups each.

GFSN Cup Quarter Final Preview

30 October 2013

On the final weekend in November, Village Manchester travel to Newcastle to take on Leicester Wildecats in the GFSN Cup Quarter Final.

First Team's Season So Far

30 October 2013

With two months of the season already over we thought it would be a good point to look back at the season so far.

Second Team's Season So Far

30 October 2013

Village Manchester's second team head into November's fixtures in positive mood following an encouraging start to the 2013/2014 season.

VMFC Right Behind 'Mixed' RBGF Campaign

29 September 2013

Village Manchester joined numerous clubs and footballers across the UK to take part in The 'Right Behind Gay Footballers' campaign on the weekend of 21-22 September.

Countdown to Kick Off for Second Team

25 September 2013

Village Manchester's second team get their season underway this weekend when they take on New East Manchester B at Wright Robinson College.

VMFC Laces Up to Tackle Homophobia

20 September 2013

Village Manchester, one of the leading gay football teams in the country, are showing their support for the 'Right Behind Gay Footballers' campaign by wearing rainbow laces this weekend.

First Team Countdown to New Season

4 September 2013

Village Manchester kick off the 2013/2014 Manchester Accountants League season this weekend with a home game against Sporting Manchester.

Village Manchester at Manchester Pride

31 August 2013

Village Manchester took part in the 23rd annual Manchester Pride celebrations over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

VMFC Finish Fourth at OutGames in Antwerp

13 August 2013

Pete reviews Village's fourth-placed finish and general carnage at the 2013 Outgames in Antwerp.

Annual Awards 2012/13

29 July 2013

Village Manchester FC celebrated a European Cup winning season on Friday at Taurus at the club's annual End of Season Awards night.

Village Manchester FC are European Champions

16 June 2013

VMFC's long wait for an international trophy came to an end on June 15th when they won the IGLFA European Cup in Dublin.

Romans Win GFSN Summer Tournament in Manchester

3 June 2013

London Romans won the GFSN Summer Tournament during a brilliant weekend in Manchester, defeating London Falcons on penalties.

Manchester Hosts GFSN Summer Tournament

28 May 2013

VMFC will be welcoming footballers from across the country this weekend as Manchester hosts the annual GFSN Summer Tournament.

New Kit Unveiled

13 April 2013

They've been a long time coming but it's finally time to unveil our new kits!