Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Manchester United show off the latest silverware in Albert Square
I was once a dedicated United fan, a season ticket holder for many years, but I slowly became disillusioned as MUFC was transforming from a football club with business interests into a business with footballing interests. I witnessed the transformation first hand as many traditional working class fans were priced out only to be replaced by the Prawn Sandwich Brigade.
The first game I attended was United v Blackpool in 1975 when we were promoted back to the top flight after a spell in league division two. The last game I attended at Old Trafford was last season when I was given free tickets and I went more as a 'day-tripper' than a regular fan.
Between my first and last game there were many highs and lows. The ultimate game I attended had to be the FA Cup semi final replay against Arsenal at Villa Park the year we won the treble. Weeks later was that magical and never to be forgotten night at the Nou Camp when we won the European Cup and completed the never before achieved treble.
Fergie/Tinkerbell, or Sir Alex as he is now known was the man who led us through those glory years and happy times so I felt I had to go to Albert Square tonight to see him for one last time while still in his position as the boss.
The turnout from the fans was tremendous but the authorities ruined proceedings for many when at 7pm they set about sealing off Albert Square with a Mancunian version of the Berlin Wall which prevented thousands of people from seeing the grande finale. I saw many a mum and dad with weeping child in tow as they were turned away. Eventually common sense prevailed and fans held behind the hideous 10ft high barriers began filtering through to join the party. If you watch the video, just look at the joy on the faces of those who have just escaped the 'Mancunian Berlin Wall' starting about two minutes in.
On another footballing note I see the old Berties have just sacked Roberto Mancini, the only manager to bring them success in decades. They really never learn do they?