After a year of no European football at OT, we looked forward to playing in the CL gain, however there was a 4th preliminary round double header against Brugge to qualify for the group stages
The first leg at OT looked like it was going to end up 2-1 for United, and that would have left a difficult 2nd leg, defending a 1 goal advantage, however Fellaini popped up with a header for the 3rd goal with effectively the last touch of the game, so it was heartening to take a 2 goal cushion to Brugge for the return leg
With loyalty from season 2013-2014 being used in the allocation of tickets, it meant that most of our branch did get tickets, there were however a number who travelled without tickets, and unfortunately because of the cost being asked did not get in the game, but watched it in one of the many bars
The policing left something to be desired, with the majority of supporters having to walk the 3 kms from the centre to the ground, and during that walk the heavens opened. We were lucky, we managed to get 2 cars to take 9 of us close to the ground, although we still got wet walking the final 250m to the ground
The game was more one sided than the first leg, with United running out easy winners and so into the draw for the group stage and in the 2nd seed pot
On the way out, there were taxi’s available for the few, but there were not the same number of people walking back, as the coaches were allowed to park at the ground in readiness to take fans home
The draw was not to bad, PSV Eindhoven, Wolfsburg & CSKA Moscow and it could have been a lot worse
There were more tickets available for the PSV away game, and all the branch members who applied were fortunate in the ballot, even those who could not go to Brugge. They had 4-5 credits from 2013-2014. PSV is next week, Tuesday, with the bulk of the lads going out Monday and back on Wednesday, others out on the day of the game and returning the next day.
The good thing about The Phillips Stadium is it is in the centre of town, and only a short walk from the 3 hotels we are using. The furthest away being just over a km away, the closest a mere 300m.
After the away game we have Wolfsburg at home, should any members require tickets, we have some of our ST holders who cannot go due to working shifts.