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Since there are many threads where posters are being accused of glory seeking, I thought I should post a new thread to discuss this topic, to find why some people support Man United, is it the recent achievements of Man United that makes you become a united supporter or a long forgotten Great Grandma that you recently discover resided near Old Trafford that tips you over the edge to become a supporter too?
What are yours?
Used to visit my eldest brother studying at the Uni there in mid sixties. He had a flat in Rusholme(? spelling) just across the park from City's ground - rough area nowadays I'm led to believe. Coming from Sri Lanka to start school in England, I had never played football & knew not a lot about it (still don't may be!), one day got bored and decided to do what most kids did on a Saturday afternoon and went to see United. Best, Law & Charlton should be 3 good enough reasons - David Herd another favourite. Soon became hooked & after that anytime I was there and there was a game I'd go. Spent 99% of my life in London and followed them with school chums at all the clubs in London whichever were followed by my friends - no one in my family had an iota of interest in football.
Dead easy getting in those days - remember once at a mid-week game at WHLane, as the gates were full we walked around the ground trying to interpret the crowds' cheers & finally got in for free at half time when they opened the gates to let the disabled come & go. Spurs too had a fantastic side then.
As for a reason to continue after Best & Co, it was probably the Matt Busby thing of WINNING WITH STYLE & GLORY! So I must be one of many glory hunters.
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"Used to visit my eldest brother studying at the Uni there in mid sixties. He had a flat in Rusholme(? spelling) just across the park from City's ground - rough area nowadays I'm led to believe."
Not a bad area, really. It is the home of Curry Mile -so many restaurants to choose from in that area. Still get a lot of students round there, to be honest.
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Born into it. My Grandfather came to Manchester in the 60's and settled in Salford. He worked on the docks and told me how in the canteen everywhere there were pictures of the Busby Babes who had died in the Munich air disaster and how the other workers told him how great that side was. He became a supporter and made sure my Dad followed suit when he was born and my Dad made sure I never made the mistake of trying to support Citeh. My Dad took me to my first game in 1984. Robbo became my hero and I've supported the Red Devils ever since.
I put my reasons in one of those other threads, but i'd like to add that United are a unique club. I think Munich is part of that, the fact that the club is built on equal parts tragedy and glory, it gives adifferent mentality. I wish I could track down the Busby quote, a kind of reply to the famous 'football's more important than life' one, where he gave a brilliant reply, clearly from the perspective of a man who loved football, but who had felt heartbreak too (anyone have it? I tried googling and searching for it many times, but there's no trace of it). Every time Sir bobby talks about the Busby babes and '68, the emotion he has strike you to your core, and I just don't see stuff like that with other clubs.
I also think Fergie's long reign has given the club much more of a family atmosphere, and people who've passed through, as players or back-room staff all seem to have a unique reaction to the club.
Sorry if I'm rambling a bit, but the recent threads just got my mind mullng over these topics.
Born into it. My family would have disowned me if I had supported Man City. I do have one cousin who supports City though (he was always the thick one at school)...
Weirdly as a little kid at infant school I always wanted to be John Aston, rather than George Best. I still think Aston is one of United true greats.
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When I watched Utd in London, the Utd fans used to boo Aston & simultaneously at Stamford Bridge, the Chelsea fans used to boo Peter Houseman. Aston had the last laugh though, did pretty well (understatement) in the European Cup Final.
But Best was the man everyone talked about, even all the opposition fans on tubes and trains. Everyone was sh*t scared of what he might do to their team. He never let me down every time I was at the Bridge. Memories of Best disappearing into the haze on his mazy dribbles followed by the avalanche of toilet rolls flying after the goal is something I'll never forget.
This is what I posted in another thread...
I started when Cantona joined.
Thats a long time now and I get more passionate about it every year. I don't feel like a glory hunter and I also will still be here if we ever stop winning.
For me it's about the teams mentality, the never give up attitude.
I stayed in Manchester for 3 years Monday to Friday for work. I was living in Bedfordshire. I was fortunate enough to go to Old Trafford 3 times.
I really don't care what people say, I am a Manchester United fan and will be for the rest of my life.
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Well i started when United beat Leicester City 3-1 in the FA Cup final.I was 5 at the time and lived in Didsbury.My dad was ,and still is a United fan and season-ticket holder.But whether United fans have supported the club for years or only since yesterday,all are welcome
W3hat makes me support United?
1. Attractive football that produces results.
2- Oodles of fighting spirit.
3. Lots of really talented players like Ronaldo, Giggs, Scholes, Rooney, Tevez, Nani, Anderson, etc
4. Has one of the graetest managers in the hostory of football ever in Sir Alex Ferguson
5. Good blend of Birtsh and foreign talent
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It started when i was 4 in 1994. I had seen my dad watching United on the tele and he started talking to me about the players and everything. That was when i was 3. When i was 4 and understood the rules of the game fully, i watched every game me and my dad could on the tele if they showed the matches.
There wasn't cable in my country till i was 6 or 7 and that's when i started watching every game. Watching the class of 92 mature was really awesome and even though we had some rough patched when Wenger came along, I still stood by the team and thank god i did not jump ship like those fickled minded fans,
I've not been to Old Trafford or England for that matter but it's still a joy to watch United play even though it's on a tv screen rather than being part of the crowd cheering United on.
If i had a choice i most certainly would pick the second one.
Anyways is it true that Old Trafford is very quiet?
I was watching the United and pool game on the tele and for the ealry part of the match all i could hear was " You'll never walk alone" from the crowd.
I went to a school that played rugby and cricket and I only became aware of football at the time of the 1966 world cup. I started to support United because of Bobby Charlton and have supported them ever since. Contrary to the comment about glory hunters, United were still the best supported club in Britain and had the highest aggregate crowd for the season when they were relegated to the old second division, and throughout the years of Leeds and then Liverpool domination.
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To be fair, these other supporters only tend to apply the term to United fans who started to support them post-1992. They might have a point, but it is one that used to apply to Liverpool when I was a schoolkid, and also to Leeds fans, as MUFC didn't have a great decade in the seventies (with the exception of beating Liverpool in the FA Cup final).
Chelsea has in recent times attracted glory hunters, as has Arsenal (although if Wenger continues to buy 17 year olds for 225 Euros and loses his top players to other clubs, you wonder how long they are going to stick around for?).
The thing with MUFC is that we are probably (with the possible exception of Newcastle), the only team that could lose all its non-local support and still fill the ground.
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