Some photos from London and Wembley Stadium, where United beat Crystal Palace after Extra Time to win the FA Cup for the 12th time. A thoroughly-enjoyable day out was had by all.
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Manchester United’s defeat at home to Sunderland means it is now likely that there will be no European football at Old Trafford next season, for the first time since the 1980s. My first taste of European football was the second round European Cup Winners’ Cup second leg against Atletico Madrid in October 1991. The score had ended 3-0 to Atletico in the Vicente Calderon, with two late goals (United were one-down when my Mum met me at the end of Cubs, when we got to the car it was 3-0). The return game needed, and got, and early goal, a Mark Hughes Scoreboard End header, amidst the kind of Old Trafford-European-night atmosphere Sir Alex Ferguson often heralded. Quite how much an 8 year old can truly remember I do not know, but I can recall telling people for years that this was the noisiest Old Trafford crowd I had been part of.
The coincidence of Atletico being the opponents for my first European game has recently seemed of added significance; the progress of the teams since have taken two markedly different paths, before experiencing two equally-unanticipated changes in fortune this year. Continue reading
Below is an extract from the Manchester Evening News, published on 20th February 2014. The pages shown are the ‘Take It As Red’ sports opinion section of the newspaper, where there was an view on standing at football matches. Click the image below to zoom-in on the original article.
I contacted the Manchester Evening News, as encouraged to do at the top of the pages, in response to this article. A copy of the email I sent is shown below. To my knowledge, I have yet to receive any response (other than an automated receipt email) from the newspaper. Continue reading