The past 2 weeks has been a tiring sand testing time, starting with the derby at home, we left Madrid at 13-30 via Heathrow to Manchester, the flight up to Manchester was late and very busy, but you grin and bear it, it is only 30 minutes once you get in the air

The derby itself was a game of 2 half’s, with us unlucky in the end to go in 2-1 down, the changes Jose made at half time had an instant impact, the reds looked a different team in the 2nd half, and in the end we were unlucky not to have gotten something from the game

Afterwards we had a couple of hours in The Navigation Marple, rammed with reds in good voice, you would have thought we had won, being our old village before we moved 2 years ago, it was great to see so many friends at the same time in the pub, including the 3-4 token blues who I class as friends

Back to The Hare & Hounds in Simmondley which is now our local, Dave & Tracey run a great pub and with George as the chef great food, His specials are excellent, Few other reds up there as well, so we went over the game again and where it went wrong.

Sunday saw us have breakfast and back to the airport and onwards to Madrid

Wednesday, had an early dart from the office, on the 16-00 flight to Amsterdam, met Mark, Ryan, Rocky and Tobin in Schipol airport, got transfer to hotel and met up with the other branch members who had travelled,

Thursday, we had 2 VIP vans take us to Rotterdam and Feyenoord stadium, some of us had what was classed as VIP seats, what a load of rubbish, back two rows in the corner, at least I could sit down though. No trouble, but police there in ridiculous numbers

The journey back to Amsterdam we twice as quick as going, with little to talk about with the way we played. The goal everyone decided was offside

Friday saw us picked up at 09-30 and back to Schipol, said our cheerio’s to the lads, and back to Madrid.

A quick few beers in our local, then Saurday morning we are travelling back to the airport, landing in Heathrow at 12-30, transfer to Jury’s hotel in Watford and a great afternoon out with a superb and cheap meal in the evening (A Taste of Lahore) well worth a visit.

Sunday morning saw us in Wetherspoons early doors, all the lads in there, great to see so many people we knew.

Next the saga of ticket pick up – I had been chosen to collect my ticket at the ground, getting there it was a joke, Watford had let United down, not being able to provide a secure window for the picket pick up, in the and there was a trestle table and a few barriers set up with united stewards in attendance, felt really sorry for Darren, he shouldn’t have been subjected to this stress, but with 200 picking up he did a great job.

Another game where lady luck didn’t help us, firstly Martial was fouled before their first goal and then later we didn’t get the rub of the green, 3-1 loss a difficult pill to swallow

Couple of drinks in the pub and then back to Heathrow, for the 19-10 flight to Madrid, home late about 00-30 and then up at 04-30 for work.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday til 13-30 in the office, then back to the airport, flight to Heathrow, then up to Northampton, managed to get a couple of beers before we went in, first half was not very good, but we ran out winners thanks to the cracking goals be Carrick and Heerera and the cheeky one by Marcus, this boy does not know when to give up, great to see such determination, some of the older players should take a leaf out of his book

Transfer back to Northampton, bed at 00-30 in hotel at heathrow and then up at 04-00 for the 06-15 flight back to Madrid, office in record time, and at my desk by 10-15 (09-15 UK time)

Glad Friday we finish at 12-00, missing the game today, to bloody tired to get on a plane, never mind the cost of it all.

All start again next week, Zorya on Thursday night, Fans Forum meeting Friday morning, Branch meeting Friday night and then Stoke 12-00 Sunday, then a dash back to Manchester airport for the flights back to Madrid.

The joys of being a United supporter, see you all soon Keith


The next branch meeting is to be held on Friday 30th September at The Navigation, Marple, commencing at 20-00 hours

On the agenda will be:

Chairman Address

Tickets & Travel

Social Events

Fans Forum

Any Other Business

Q&A – Alan Gowling

There will be some food arranged for after the meeting so please try to attend if you possible can.

The reason for changing the meeting is to fold, Keith will be home for the Fans Forum meeting to be held that morning and the following week there are no games and people may be away from the Friday evening.

Social Events

The following social events are being supported by the branch, so we hope everyone has a good time.

22nd September – Old Boys Dinner at Old Trafford, – Sir Bobby Charlton guest speaker, Keith paid Alan Gowling for the tickets sold (£60 each)

28th October – MUDSA Annual Dinner – guest speaker – Lou Macari and Neil Baldwin (Nello), menu’s were distributed and we will arrange the bus pick up’s shortly (tickets £35 each)

Last branch meeting 26 August

At the meeting it was decided that future meetings would now be held on Friday evening, unless we have a game on that due date. The meetings may fluctuate a little to tie in with home games, but we will endeavor to hold 1 a month.

Euro Away Group Stage – the 3 games and dates were released the day of the meeting, there were a number of people in the meeting who wanted booking for all 3 games, Keith agreed to book them all that evening or the next morning, with the exception of the game in Ukraine, where the venue had yet to be decided.

Fans Forum – the first meeting has not been held yet, but there are a number of issues to be raised on things that have been changed in the close season. Update will be provided after the 1st meeting.


Leicester City

Saturday 24th September, kick off 12-30, the bus will leave Whaley at 09-30, calling at New Mills and Marple, there will be a 2nd car/bus from Marple, leaving at 10-00


Thursday 29th September, kick off 20-05, bus will leave Whaley at 17-10, calling at New Mills and Marple, leaving Marple at 17-30.

Stoke City

Sunday 2nd October, kick off 12-00, the bus will leave Whaley at 0900 and call at New Mills and Marple, leaving Marple at 09-30