Is That The Programme?

There was an air of uncertainty and discontent in 1987 as Red News first graced Warwick Road with its presence. The magnitude of the job Alex Ferguson had in front of him was becoming increasingly apparent and whilst it was early in his incumbency, such was the turbulence of Manchester United’s season, there wasn’t 100% confidence on the disgruntled terraces of Old Trafford that he was the man to repair the debris left to him by Ron Atkinson.

30th anniversary edition of Red News, where this piece was originally published

In the wider world, Margaret Thatcher’s government were continuing their vendetta against football fans. One of these ideas was to make every football supporter carry membership cards for the club they were affiliated too when attending matches. It was around this time that United introduced their own shitty membership scheme, the benefits which included 10p off a pencil rubber in the newly fangled superstore for the commencement of the 87/88 campaign. One of the most controversial measures of this scheme was making the Stretford End terrace members only, where the Stretford Paddock was fine for anybody who wanted to attend. This resulted in a lot of refuseniks (this writer included) moving over to the Paddock and it’s also this writer’s opinion that the Stretford End was never quite the same after this. Continue reading Is That The Programme?

An Overcast Day And A Sultry Night – Manchester 14th of September 2014

Up to and including the match against City on the 2nd of November, there’s only one United match that is not being shown live on television. That is United’s next home match against West Ham in a couple of weeks. By then, United’s first six games will have been shown live on television. That is quite something for a side that finished 7th last season. No matter what is going on at Old Trafford, for good or bad, United are the biggest show in any town it happens to be.

The obituaries had been written about United over the summer, Continue reading An Overcast Day And A Sultry Night – Manchester 14th of September 2014

Back in the old routine – Reading V Manchester United 1st of December 2012

The last time I was at the Madejski stadium was in March 2007 for an FA Cup replay. That night was memorable for the fact that after six minutes, United were 3-0 in front. Reading came back in that match to end up losing 3-2 and thus secure the moral victory that smaller clubs claim when they closely lose a match to teams like United. I never thought I’d see a match at this ground which surpassed that game but tonight I did. That United conceded the first goal today is no surprise at all. United though did it in a different style today by actually going behind twice to the recover the lead and win the match.

1-0: Reading's Hal Robson-Kanu (centre right) put the home side a goal up after eight minutes

Hal Robson-Kanu puts Reading in the lead on eight minutes Continue reading Back in the old routine – Reading V Manchester United 1st of December 2012