NYCFC has most certainly split opinions from the outside. The connection to Man City means this was inevitable.
What should be focused on is the brilliant things it is doing for the city and its fans. The Third Rail is an independent supporters club of NYCFC. Quite frankly, what they are doing is awesome.
In their words:
The Third Rail is the first recognized independent Supporters Group for New York City FC. We are a group of fans from all over the city (and the world) who come together to have fun, play soccer, raise money for good causes, and support the first Major League Soccer club to play in our great city.
The Third Rail was founded as “New York City FC Supporters Group” on May 21, 2013, the same day that New York City FC was announced as the 20th club in Major League Soccer. It began as a loosely-knit group interacting first on social media, then increasingly in public meet-ups, pub crawls and other events. Members of the group were present for the NYCFC logo unviling event, the announcement that Yankee Stadium would be its first home, and other seminal events in the young club’s history.
Why “The Third Rail”?
The name was chosen by a public vote of New York City FC fans on May 21st, 2014. It refers to the method of powering trains used by the New York City subway system, where the trains’ wheels run on two parallel tracks and an electrified third rail running alongside provides the power.
Cool, hey? See more info about their ethos here.
What’s more, the whole scheme has been packaged beautifully.
Fans coming together sharing the common interest – a love for football and all it brings.
Deserves celebrating I think.