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The Outcasts FC: The Suspended 1909 United Team

The first meeting of the Association Football Players Union in 1907 was chaired by United player Billy Meredith. At the time, the FA put a £4 wage cap on the players’ salaries and lacked compensation for injured players. This union campaigned against the FA to make things fairer for footballers.

Two years later, the FA withdrew its recognition of the union because it didn’t like its authority questioned. The players were ordered to resign from the union or have their registration cancelled. Many players did resign, but not all, whilst the whole of the Manchester United team refused. They trained alone and became known as The Outcasts FC. When the FA backed down on union membership, the Manchester United team wore AFPU armbands to the first match of following season.

The Outcasts FC is part of a new series of 297 x 420mm (A3) stenciled artworks from Quiet British Accent, inspired by football activism and injustices. It’s a signed, numbered edition of 50, on Somerset 250gsm velvet archival cotton stock.

To win one of these prints, simply tweet a link to this article with the hashtag #TheOutcastsFC

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About Scott

Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. Dave says:

    Interesting piece of United’s history I never knew about.

  2. United Till I Die says:

    Shame im not on Twitter – interesting tie-in though.

  3. FletchTHEMAN says:

    United always at the forefront of progress.

    Wonder if Ronaldo knew about this when he claimed he was treated like a slave? :roll:

  4. Red Robin says:

    And ABU keep telling the world that the FA belongs to United.

  5. parjo says:

    the more years I support this club the more respect to this club.

  6. belfast red. says:

    With the red fist clenched like that its kinda like the republik of mancunia tshirt ive got.

  7. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Looking forward to Spurs

    Some stats from manutd press office:

    United have amassed 54 points from a possible 60 in home Premier League meetings with Tottenham. It’s far and away the Reds’ best home record against the teams who’ve been in the top flight constantly since 1992, the other points tallies being 49 (Aston Villa and Everton), 41 (Arsenal), 40 (Liverpool) and 31 (Chelsea). Must do better against the latter – the club now managed by Roberto Di Matteo have deprived United of 29 points at Old Trafford in the last 20 years. Ouch.

    Think our back 4 will look OK considering:

    Evra, Evans, Rio, Rafael, +DdG or Linde

  8. belfast red. says:

    Would love to know more bout this bit of uniteds history. Im going to Look it up. Interesting stuff.

  9. Zibbie says:

    Keeping it red. Gwan comrades!

  10. Proverb says:

    Very interesting!!!
    I’ve already # tweeted that cheers scott

  11. Proverb says:

    Fan Runs On The Pitch At Old Trafford – Manchester United 2-1 Newcastle 26/9/12

    Brought a smile to the gaffer and shrek of cause which is unusual

  12. Redbilly says:

    Interesting piece, like Belfast , Im interested in learning more, thanks Scott.

  13. Jrdonl says:

    No wonder Fa always try to bully United

  14. babyfacedassassin says:

    Done! Interesting, I never knew this.

  15. Raizzen says:

    The FA has been known to be ran by idiots and it looks to me like they’re making sure the tradition is followed through to the present day.

  16. YorYor says:

    Nice to read about this… probably means United players of that time were the ones who kicked off the first step in getting the modern footballers all their privileges!


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