This past week was a lot quieter, worked in Madrid until Thursday afternoon, then after having meetings and saying my farewell to the engineers leaving the project I am working on, made my way to the airport. (Lise had left earlier in the day, to get home and then get to the game against Zorya)

I didn’t arrive into Manchester Airport until 21-30, by which time the game was almost into it’s last knockings, a frustrating evening against a team content to sit with 11 men in defence, but dangerous in the quick counter attacks, but Zlatan provided the winner.

Friday morning saw me attend the first Fans Forum of the season, (see my comments in the branch meeting notes) then return home in mid afternoon to update my notes for the Branch meeting later that evening

Back to Marple, our old stamping ground for the meeting, thanks again for al those who did attend, your support is really appreciated.

Saturday was a quiet day, was in the town early doors, ears lowered, picked up the tickets for the MUDSA dinner and invite to the evening ‘Peter Schmichael & Edwin var der Sar for this Wednesday, Woody using the tickets in my absence, even managed to get to see Glossop North End win 2-1, I must admit, I did stay in the bar with a couple of pints and watched it through the window

Sunday up early doors, pick up 09-20 from home, carry on luggage with us, ready for our return flight to Madrid, need to get away sharpish after the game

Stoke City, e absolutely battered them, we could and maybe should have been 1 up after 45 seconds, except for a fine double block from Zlatan shots. 26 attempts during the game, and as Jose rightly said it could have been 6-0, except of course it ended up 1-1, what a travesty.

After the game, straight over the bridge and back to the bus, Bob ran us to the airport and arrived in good time, we were in the airport by 14-45 for a flight at 15-50 so plenty of time.

Amazing that there were at least 15 united fans on the shuttle down to Heathrow, including 2 families with young boys, good to see the colours being displayed.

Back into the apartment in Madrid at 23-00, easy flights, no hassle and warm when we got back.

This week quiet time, ballot results for Swansea out today, (Wednesday) so see how we get on it that.

Plans for the week-end – nothing, just sit around and have a relaxing time, the forecast is 25-27C all week-end, so I guess it would be foolish not to support the local economy and spend some time in our local bars and restaurants.

Hope you all have a good week-end off football, and for those of you that I know are going away, have a great time.

Next up Liverpool away on Monday week, 17th October, not the best of places on a Monday night, especially with a ticket pick up for some of the lads, hence the earlier start than we would have normally had.


Last Friday we held the September Branch meeting, it was attended by approximately 30 people and was held in the function room upstairs in The Navigation Marple, thanks to Sarah & Mike for putting on a chilli for us, they did a great job and had a barman upstairs.

Alan Gowling kindly did a Q&A session, many thanks for this, it was very enlightening and informative

Below is a brief summary of the meeting

Travel & Tickets.

Away Tickets

Scousers next away game Monday 17th October, 20-00 kick off

Branch Tickets – nothing for Scousers but we did get 2 Chelsea

League Cup 3rd Round

City at home on 26th October 8pm kick off.

Europa League

Tickets for Feyenoord and Fenerbahce at home available.

Home Travel

The Stoke City bus will start at 09-00 in Whaley, for 12-00 kick off, we will only have 1 bus.

Away Travel

Liverpool – There will be 2 buses, one from Buxton starting at 15-45 and the other from Glossop at 16-00.

Chelsea away – Sunday 23rd October 16-00 kick off, no bus.

Social Events

Old Boys Dinner – Thursday 22nd September, the feed back received was that it was an excellent evening.

MUDSA Dinner – Friday 28th October, tickets £35 each, guest speaker will be Lou Macari accompanied by his friend Neil Baldwin (Nello) who was employed by Lou as the kit man at Stoke City and both appeared in the film ‘Marvellous’. The branch has 4 tables for the dinner and there are no places left.


There was a Fans Forum meeting this morning, the first one was to be have been before the League Cup game if we had been drawn at home

Away tickets – there were questions raised by myself that United have answered, it raised the awareness of members of the forum to the issues we have been discussing over the past 4 seasons.

Ed Woodward was at the meeting, he made the following statements:

They did not approach Jose at the turn of the year and it was only that they heard the week before the Cup Final that Jose was going to take another position that they started talks in earnest.

Ryan Giggs was offered a position in United, but wants a managers role, United think this could be good for the future and him coming back to united in the future, the door is open for him to return

The revenue at OT is the biggest in the world for a football club and the operating profit is 2.5 times larger than the 2nd premiership club

United have employed 50 additional scouts worldwide to ensure they capture the best players available, with a strong emphasis on youth.

During the season United will be calling concession ticket holders to take evidence of their age to the ticket office to verify there date of birth.

United are looking at assisting fans fly to long distance domestic away games, but Thomas Cook are not sure it would be economic for the fans

Everyone agreed that the singing section at Wembley for the Charity Shield was not a real success and that perhaps it was to large an area. United said they would support future initiatives

It was discussed and agreed that one of the supporters groups MUST, IMUSA would have a seat on the forum, but that they were to nominate 1 person for the year.

Next Meeting

It is proposed that the next meeting be Friday 25th November as there is a fans forum meeting on the Thursday 24th Novenber.



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