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I thought I would start a thread just to share away day experiences. We all know United away days and fans are the best, simple fucking as. All you need to do is ensure the post at least includes Away versus Team on Date in the Title Feel free to add videos, pictures or just any particular experiences that you want to share with fellow UTD fans who maybe where not lucky enough to get tickets. Personally I'm always interested in away day stories. I'll dig out some posts for games I've attended. Hopefully we can build up a nice reference thread.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/fo...2-star-Neville-plan-academy-Salford-City.html Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs have opened talks about investing in non-League club Salford City FC with a view to finding and developing the next crop of talented young footballers in Manchester. Sportsmail can reveal that two of the key members of the ‘Class of 92’ from Old Trafford have spoken about buying into the Northern Premier League club. It is understood that – although talks have only been exploratory so far – United legends Neville and Giggs are hopeful of developing the club at first team and reserve level but are particularly keen to find a way to stop local talent disappearing from the area. Older and wiser: The same group of players (minus Cooke), with Sir Alex Ferguson instead of Harrison Neville in particular is known to have deep-rooted concerns about the lack of players finding their way from non-league football through to the top four tiers of English professional football. If plans he and former Old Trafford team-mate Giggs have for Salford go ahead then the pair hope that a new academy – funded and run under their watchful eye – could stop talented players falling by the wayside. Both men have links with Salford. Giggs grew up in the area while both learned their early football at United’s old training ground, The Cliff. There have been suggestions that Neville and Giggs may even look to buy Salford FC outright. These have not been confirmed. What is known is that the two former internationals are keen to work with the current owners and 12-man club committee with a view to finding a solution that works for both parties. Sources close to the two players have stressed that they have absolutely no intention of developing a club as opposition to United, as has happened with nearby FC United.
I have been meaning to put a post together on this for quite a while. Quite a few times I reminisce at Old Trafford when you hear the dreaded "We support our local team" or that other classic "is this a library" chants by the opposition fans. My mind drifts back to a time when my grandad took me to Old Trafford age 7 and then when I started to venture to games on my own at a young and tender age in the early 80's. Supporting United and other clubs in those days was very, very different. It wasn't the civilized affair you see these days. You could very easily get the shit kicked out of you, pissed on, intimidated and that was amongst your own. The crowds were angry, the atmosphere volatile. That's why the away games are sought after they transport you back to a time of passion, danger and great atmospheres. But even these pale into significance from times before Fergie. I came across a great video which shows the difference between then and now. Its fantastic the club are trying to make an effort with the singing section (to be trialled at the Sociedad game), banners, surfer flags and so on. Atmosphere at football is often seen as a defining aspect of a club’s identity; the rapturous nature of the Kop at Anfield, Old Trafford’s Stretford End and the Holte End at Villa Park are all enshrined in club folklore, exemplifying their character, unity and originality. However, with the introduction of all-seater stadia, the squeezing out of fans of a low income and the notable sanitation of British football grounds, atmosphere has markedly suffered as a result. When I first started going to United this was at the height of football hooliganism, the height of the football Ultra. Increased co-operation with clubs and supporter groups does mark notable improvements, yet more needs to be done to promote assimilation of Ultras into mainstream British footballing culture in order to prevent our...
Eric Djemba Djemba signs for St Mirren. Is it April already? http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/scottish/2014/0205/502462-djemba-djemba-signs-for-st-mirren/ St Mirren have announced the signing of former Manchester United midfielder Eric Djemba-Djemba. The 32-year-old, who has been assigned squad number 99, passed a medical on Wednesday afternoon and has agreed a deal with the Buddies until the end of the season. The 24-time capped Cameroon international joined United in 2003 but failed to live up to his potential and later moved to Aston Villa. He has since notched up spells at Qatar SC, Danish side Odense, Hapoel Tel Aviv in Israel before moving to Partizan Belgrade last summer. However, his stint in Serbia lasted just six months as he was released after making 14 appearances. He could make his saints debut in Sunday's William Hill Scottish Cup clash with Dundee United.
Man Utd and Chelsea back 'Football v Homophobia' campaign Manchester United and Chelsea have joined the 'Football v Homophobia' campaign for the first time as the group seeks to gain support from 50% of professional clubs in England. Of the Premier League's 20 teams, 11 are involved but only 17 from the Football League's 72 clubs plan a "visible anti-homophobia stance". The 28 professional clubs backing Football v Homophobia
  • Premier League: Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Stoke, Sunderland, West Ham
  • Championship: Derby, Huddersfield, Millwall
  • League One: Bradford, Brentford, Coventry, Gillingham, MK Dons, Oldham, Walsall
  • League Two: Chesterfield, Exeter, Mansfield, Northampton, Portsmouth, Wycombe, York
Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and West Ham have all backed the scheme. "We're passionate about supporting this," said West Ham's Kevin Nolan. "We hope that it sends out a message that there is no place for discrimination in football, nor in any sport." The Hammers kicked off a month of action in February by wearing Football v Homophobia T-shirts before their 2-0 win over Swansea last Saturday. Other top flight clubs such as Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Everton, Stoke and Sunderland are set to follow suit via a range of promotional methods. The idea of the campaign is to challenge homophobic behaviour while welcoming more lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) people to football. Last February, 31 clubs showed their support, with eight of those from the Premier League. Earlier this season, another anti-homophobia group, Stonewall, encouraged players to wear rainbow laces but few clubs took part...