By Brian Hall
Monday 08 Oct 2012 17:55:00
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No, I am not talking about what the Man U followers from Sussex to Shanghai wear, as they pledge their devoted support to a place most of them have never seen. No. I am talking about my own t-shirt in relationship to the self-proclaimed Biggest Club in the World, which unfortunately does not seem to be recognised too much on the pitch in Europe. I can certainly state that I have the t-shirt, as do loads of us, when they have stuffed us. But bear with me, as there are some positives in this piece.


Let's get some misery over first.  Leaving aside my visit to Old Trafford for the infamous 7-2 defeat, 3 spring to mind in terms of serious wounds. On the pitch, I mean! That person, nearly swore there, Cantona. One bloody attack all game. 1996 SJP. 1-nil. And of course, we all know what happened after that.


Second nasty gash, for me anyway. Charity Shield, same year. We had just signed Shearer, I took my daughter to a mainly empty pub in a remote North Welsh village to watch us play them at Wembley in the early August. I told her, that with Big Al, we would be fine, and she wore her strip and I wore mine. Then. The goals rained in, but to make it worse, a group of Plastics from the West Midlands and Cornwall were in the same bar. They sang their usual, Sad Geordie Bastard, etc. The bairn, only 6 at the time, asked if she could go outside and play on a swing in the beer garden, after the Mancs scored their fourth. I could see her, of course, as she played, but parental responsibility became frayed once she was happily on that swing. I politely, as if, asked the Plastics if they normally shouted abuse at little ones, and added that they were a bunch of people who, shall we say, seemed to indulge in self-pleasure in a bedroom. Ironically, two Liverpool lads chirped up for the first time, and said they agreed with me. Looking back, I was pleased that they were there!


The third. Cardiff. Semi-final. 2005. Bang, and oops there goes another Pear Tree. 4-1. We only saw the Plastics once that day, when we passed a pub, where they were playing with a soccer, sorry footy, ball outside. They made a meek attempt to mock us. Some of us pulled up our T-shirts which stated that We Never Win F...All. The mancs looked horrified, and went back into the bar. 


But in just those 3 examples, I can state 2 things for sure. The first is that the NUFC fans showed more passion and devotion than a manc could ever dream of having. The second. I would rather be a Mag than a Manc.



And on that positive note, I have the 5-0 dvd, and if we check our records, we have beat them a canny few times at SJP actually.


Keep the Faith




ps   best regards to all MUFC fans, sorry, followers.

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