ANDERLECHT – AWAY

The ballot results have been published and unfortunately at this stage we have 3 people without tickets, so we need to wait for the 2nd ballot on Monday

For those travelling we are on Ryanair FR3238 at 07-50 on Wednesday 12th April, transfer arranged to hotel, IBIS Grande Place in Brussels, we will arrange transport from the hotel to the ground and back again after the match, in addition we have the transfer from the hotel to airport on the Friday at 12-30.

We will be on BA395 at 5-25 followed by BA1402 18-15, arriving in Manchester at 19-15

 

SUNDERLAND AWAY – EARLY DRINK

We have been approached by a landlord in Co Durham, that is we would like an early drink before the game they are prepared to open up as early as 07-30, which I guess is a little early for us.

If we leave 1 1/2 hours to get to the ground and get in, although it is only 30 minutes drive, and we plan to get there at 10-00 we can get a couple of hours in. It will mean leaving Stockport at 06-30 via Buxton and 07-30 from Charlesworth

Please let me have your thoughts

EFL CUP FINAL

As all the members are aware we have reached the EFL cu final with the game to be played at Wembley on 26th February with a 16-30 kick off time

Applications for tickets are open and will close at 08-00 on Thursday, anyone with 8 credits for the home cup games will get priority, then it goes down to 7, 6 etc. So unfortunately if you opted out of the cup scheme you will not get a final ticket.

All of our members are either on the train or driving, with some staying over on Saturday and Sunday evening, others, such as those who are travelling to St Etienne in the week leading up to the final are only staying over on the Sunday evening.

If you want details of the hotel they are using then we can let you have this on Friday evening at the meeting, or give me a ring

We are trying to get member who want to sit together seats in the same area, and will apply for them together where we can, the trouble is, we can only apply for 6 in one application, so if there are more than 6 we need to divide that up so at least you will be sat next to someone from the branch

Keep you posted on the ballot results I think it will be to early to have them all for the meeting on Friday but see how United get on with the ballot

MONDAY 6TH FEBRUARY – MUNICH REMEMBERED

On the 6th as everyone in the branch is probably aware, the branch lay a wreath at Old Trafford every year in memory of those who died on that tragic day in 1958.

We intend to meet at 12-00 at The Red Café and have some lunch, we have 2 for 1 vouchers for a main meal so it does not work out to expensive to eat there, so if anyone wants to join us, can you please let me know by Friday 27th January and I will make the reservation

BRANCH MEETING 3RD FEBRUARY

We have decided to hold the next branch meeting on Friday 3rd February at The Hare & Hounds in Simmondley, post code SK13 6LS for those who do not know where it is.

As everyone knows the 6th February, which is Monday is the date of the Munich Air Disaster and as usual we will be laying a wreath at OT from the branch, should anyone wish to attend then we will be meeting at around 12-00 in The Red Café, we have vouchers that are basically 2 for 1 main meals so need numbers by Friday please

The meeting will start at 8pm and Tracey will put on some food for us

Hope you can make it for the meeting it would be good to have a reasonable turn out

STOKE CITY AND THE WEEK AHEAD

We had 2 buses go to Stoke on Saturday, great stop at The Blu Mugge in Leek, thanks to Harry for opening for us and serving some great food.

The game was a day when we again missed chances to beat a team that should not have got a point from this game, think what things would have looked like if we had won.

This week 2 cup games, the first against Hull on Thursday evening, having watched them play Arsenal on Sunday this will not be a push over, and the 2 goal lead should see us through from the first leg.

Sunday see us entertain Wigan in the FA Cup, a return to Warren Joyce to Old Trafford, this won’t be an easy game either, they will be up for it for sure

A week on Wednesday see us play Hull in the premiership at Old Trafford, so 3 games against them in less than 3 weeks, we need the 3 points to keep in touch with the teams above us

HULL – AWAY LC SEMI FINAL

Just to let you know, by popular consent, we will be travelling there and back in the day, so no overnight stay.

We plan to run 2 buses, the first leaving Chapel at 13-20 calling at Simmondley 13-40 & Charlesworth 13-45

The second bus will depart Marple at 13-30 and Stockport at 13-45

XMAS AND NEW YEAR

I hope you all have had a restful Xmas, certainly Boxing Day was a great day, no long commute to an away venue and we are lucky to be at home on New Years Eve against Boro.

New Years Eve, lets try to get away from the ground as quickly as possible, Bob & Stuart have also plans I am sure to go out or spend it with family, so the earlier we are the earlier they can start celebrating as well.

For Boro we have 2 buses, one Whaley (12-10), New Mills (12-20) and Compstall, bus stop by Etherow Park (12-30), the other bus will do Simmondley (12-10) and Marple (12-30).

Into the New Year, we play Reading in the FA Cup on Saturday 7th Jan, kick off 12-30, so only 1 bus, starting at 09-30 from Whaley, New Mills 09-40, Marple 09-50 and Compstall 10-00.

Quickly followed by Hull City in the League Cup semi final first leg, to be played on Tuesday 10th January at 20-00, again 1 bus 17-00 from Whaley, 17-10 from New Mills, 17-20 from Marple, so far only 11 on the bus.

Next Up is Liverpool, Sunday 15th January 16-00 kick off, bus will be 13-00 from Whaley, other pick up’s to be advised

Have a great New Year starting with 3 points against Boro

EUROPA LEAGUE – SAINT-ETIENNE

We have been drawn against Saint-Etienne in the round of 32 knock out, games to be played on the 16th February (home) 20-05 kick off and Wednesday 22nd February (away) 18-00 kick off

Flights and accommodation, transfers from Lyon airport to hotel and return has been booked, cost £250/head.

Full itinerary later, but direct flights out and return