Televised Fixtures – Up to End September

The tv companies have finalized the games to be shown on tv up to the end of September, the only 3pm Saturday kick off we have is on 26th September at home to Sunderland

We kick off the season at home to Spurs at 12-45pm, followed by Villa away on a Friday night 19-45,

I don’t think the fixture organizers must be aware of what the M6 is like on a Friday afternoon, going north or south, we expect a journey that normally would take 1 1/2 hours to take closer to 3 so can’t even finish work at 5pm and expect to get there for kick off.

The following week Newcastle at home, another 12-45pm kick off, early start for the Geordies that will be travelling down.

2 Champions League qualifiers either side of Newcastle at home, draw for this made 8th August, get the passports out boys and girls, lets hope for a good draw.

Swansea and Southampton away, both 4pm on a Sunday, long trip home before work on the Monday morning

Between those two away games we have Liverpool at 17-30 on a Saturday, recipe for disaster, both sets of fans drinking all day, tinderbox at the best of times with lunch time kick off’s, guess we should thank BT Sports for this.

I guess the October times will be available some time in August, 6 weeks before the period I am led to believe, but there again, the tv companies, via us with increased monthly charges are paying to call the tune and we’ll probably have some stupid times that don’t take into account the logistics of getting to the game and home again

Chester Races – Saturday 27th June

Yet another great day at the races for the branch members who attended, we had 2 mini buses, one leaving from Glossop and the other from Stockport, with the lads from Whaley getting to Stockport under there own steam

Met up in the same pub as we usually go into at 12-00, few pints, picking all the winners, we hoped, then off to the races.

The day was kind to us, sunshine the most part and only 20C so not to hot to be in the sun.

The day started off well with a few people getting on the 4/1 winner of the first race, after that it is easy playing with the bookies money.

Some of us left after 3 races having had a couple of winners didn’t see much point in giving it back to the bookies.

Short tour of the pubs in Chester, and there are a good number to get into, then ended up in the usual pub we go in before we leave, as it is easier for the buses to park in the petrol station across the road

The Glossop bus ended up in the Hare & Hounds at Simmondley for a few and a good close to a great day out.

We will try to get more interested for next year.

MUDSA ANNUAL DINNER

The MUDSA Annual Diner will take place at Old Trafford (Manchester Suite) on Friday 23rd October this year.

We do not have the menu yet, but the guest speaker is Brian Robson.

We have received confirmation from 45 people and we cannot get a 6th table.

I had advised MUDSA of the request for 5 tables and asked for a 6th to be held provisionally until the 10th June, they have called and we can only get 5 tables, so there is space for 5 people left.

The price will be £35 each, with £10 each for those requiring the bus, normal pick up’s.

CLOSE SEASON UPDATE

The season ended with a 0-0 draw at Hull, but the result apart the members of the branch who travelled had a great week-end, travelling over and staying in Hull on the Saturday and returning after the game on the Sunday.

Following our last meeting on 22nd May, the major item remaining was the renewal of ST’s. I am pleased to say that everyone met the 29th May deadline so fortunately no one lost their season ticket. United had to tell supporters who phoned on the Monday that their seats had been sold, the quickest sell out in United’s history I believe

The fixtures were out on 17th June at 09-00 hours, so we can start to arrange things for next season.

The draw for the 4th qualifying round of the Champions League will be made on the 7th August with the 2 games being played on 17/18 and 25/26th August, hopefully we will not meet the likes of Monaco, CSKA Moscow or Lazio. We will of course be arranging flights and accommodation for those interested in going to the away leg. Buses will be the normal times for the home leg – 17-00 from Buxworth and then onwards from there.

The new season starts on 8th August, so please let me know before 31st July if you have not received your season tickets, we can then arrange to get paper tickets for the 1st game, if we are at home.

Transfer market is quiet, with only Memphis Depay confirmed to-date, but I am sure Louis Van Gall and Ed Woodward are working towards further signings, lets hope these are concluded in time for the new players to report for pre-season training and the tour, to get them settled in before the real business starts

If there is anything you need over the summer break, please drop me an e-mail, text or give me a ring. However please remember that when we are in the USA, there is an 8 hour time difference, the UK being 8 hours in front of San Francisco, I won’t appreciate getting calls in the middle of the night, unless it is really urgent, and I am sure you won’t appreciate having me ring you back at the same time the following night.

Have a good summer and see you all next season

BRANCH MEETING 22 MAY THE NAVIGATION MARPLE

We intend to hold the last branch meeting of the season at The Navigation Marple on Friday 22nd May commencing at 20-00.

We are endeavouring to have a guest speaker at the meeting, to give a talk and have a short Q&A session, this will be confirmed closer to the date

On the agenda will be the following:

Chairmans Address

Tickets – Home & Away

Season Tickets – Renewals and new T’s

Travel – Home & Away

Champions League Qualifier

Pre-Season Tour – USA

Charities – Chernobyl Childrens Project

Any Other Business

There will be some food for after the meeting