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FC United of Manchester – player sponsorship.

Barsigns.UK is proud to sponsor Chris Doyle, a young central defender for FC United of Manchester with experience of playing in the Football League.

Ten years before his notorious ‘solobrations’ at Broadhurst Park, Chris was a promising youngster on the books at Everton’s renowned Academy set-up between the ages of 10 and 14. (Must have been difficult, seeing as he’s a Red!)

After leaving Everton Academy, Chris joined Dickie Danson’s youth set-up at Morecambe FC, impressing the coaches from the get-go and earning a pro contract one year early at the age of 17.

Surrounded by a mix of youth and experience, Chris earned a fixed spot on the teamsheet at the heart of Morecambe Reserve’s defence. His efforts certainly didn’t go unnoticed, as Chris’ excellent performances earned him back-to-back Player of the Year awards for Stewart Drummond’s reserve team.

Towards the end of the 2012-13 League 2 season, Chris marked his debut for the Shrimps with a 90th minute cameo in a 3-0 win over Rochdale. He made his full debut in the penultimate game against Torquay United, unfortunately (and harshly) being sent off after just 24 minutes.

During his time at Morecambe, Chris had two successful spells on loan with National League North team Chorley FC, notably helping the Magpies to reach the play-off final after grabbing a crucial goal in the semi-finals.

After his release from Morecambe, Chris joined National League side Southport FC. His stint at the Sandgrounders was cut short after Chris suffered a freak knee injury in pre-season that would see him miss two full seasons of football.

It was during this spell on the sidelines that Chris could be found working with Barsigns.UK, helping us develop our high-quality, custom-made home pub and bar signs and becoming the business you see today!

With a lengthy rehab behind him, Chris was lured back into football by local, Crosby-based team Marine AFC and was back to impressing the fans with his rock-solid defensive displays.

Chris was unfortunately not able to prevent Marine from being relegated at the end of the 2018-19 season, but he did end up joint-top goalscorer with 8 goals in the league – not bad for a centre-half!

The start of the following season saw Northern Premier League promotion hopefuls FC United of Manchester snap Chris up as they looked to make a swift return to the National League North.

Chris quickly adapted to life at Broadhurst Park and became a FCUM fan favourite, thanks in part to his penchant for celebrating teammates’ goals by himself in front of the fans, which has been coined a ‘solobration’.

Although Chris and FCUM seemed destined for promotion, the 2019-20 season was cruelly abandoned due to the on-going COVID-19 crisis, meaning that Broadhurt Park would have to play host to another year of Northern Premier League football.

The season may have been cut short for FCUM, but you can be sure that Chris and co will give it their all at Broadhurt Park and beyond next season as they aim for promotion once again!

To celebrate this with can now offer a custom FCUM design bar sign available in 3 different sizes.

Chris Doyle FCUM
Chris Doyle FCUM

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Pub Sheds and Lockdown

The outbreak of Coronavirus has ground many things to a halt in 2020, but with bars and restaurants in the UK closed, there has been a boom in boozing at home.

As the UK continues to shelter at home due to COVID-19, many have passed the time in maintaining their daily or weekly rituals, but all from the comfort of their home.

So for those who love a tipple every now and then, where is there to go? Enter the pub shed.

A significant number of the UK population have built their own pub sheds in the last few years after growing disillusioned with the ever-increasing cost of a night out and desire to entertain guests in a cosier and more personal environment.

With lockdown in the UK continuing for the foreseeable future and no sign of pubs, clubs and restaurants reopening yet, having your own home bar certainly scratches that itch of wanting to have a few drinks in a cosy location that isn’t just your living room couch.

In the last few months, more and more stories have been cropping up about residents building their own boozers by converting their garden sheds in the spare time they’ve had during the pandemic.

With more free time on their hands due to the lockdown, these regular pub-goers have been spending their hours getting creative with their sheds in an attempt to stave off going stir-crazy, while also creating the next best thing to their currently-closed local.

We’ve heard many stories of great DIY endeavours by the British public during lockdown. One family in Bristol built their dream shed that doubles as both a gym and a bar, while a man in Essex uses his converted pub shed to live-stream quizzes and DJ sets.

When it comes to creating your own pub shed during the lockdown, the most fun part (in our opinion) is accessorising and furnishing your new home bar to give it that personal touch.

The first thing you’ll want is an outdoor hanging sign that welcomes your guests (we hope they are living in the same house as you!) into your pub shed.

Barsigns.UK offer a range of personalised bar signs that would make the perfect accompaniment to your pub shed. What better way to christen your home bar than with a custom metal sign that shows off your creative pub name?

Having a personalised pub sign is a great way to add a personal touch to your home bar – both indoors and outdoors. Let’s be honest, we all get a little bit excited on a night out when we spot the sign of our favourite pub just ahead and know that a nice cold lager is near…

Once you’ve got your pub name and bar sign(s) sorted, you can go wild with the interior – the only limit is your imagination. You can keep it more subdued and aim for a relaxed atmosphere, go all-in with TVs, a pool table and fancy lighting, or anything in between! One thing is for sure, having your own pub shed to use whenever you want would sure make lockdown a little easier.