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  • luzhniki2008 09:09 on February 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , memorabilia   

    Manchester United Memorabilia and Collectables 

    Without any doubt, the last 20 years has seen a huge growth in demand and interest in football memorabilia – not only in the UK but also all around the world. Items of memorabilia that involve Manchester United is at the top of this level of interest, as the club is known and supported throughout the world. Manchester United items have held a huge interest for longer than the past 20 years too, with supporters of the club – both match going and non-match going- collecting a wide range of items connected to the club. Listed below are some of the most collected and sought after items by fans of Manchester United. (More …)

     
    • Andreas 16:36 on February 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Great article Dan. Kudos. I collect kits, dvds and books. Really love ticket stubs but quite difficult to get it

    • Paul 20:23 on November 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, I have an unopened Manchester United beer – red tribe. I bought it in South Africa in the late 90’s. I have looked for this on the internet but don’t really get any results. Just wondering if it was a fake or never released to the European market. I can send a picture.

    • Keith McKenzie 17:45 on November 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I am curious as to the level of interest a United School of Excellence training top mihgt raise. It is Adidas branded if this helps to give an idea of age. I would be happy to provide pictures but i frankly dont know who to contact about it. Any advice would be most welcome.

      Keith McKenzie

    • linda darch 16:25 on November 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      hi. i have an old mu rosette from 1960/70 ? Do you think it is worth anything? Thanks

    • marc 09:46 on January 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      can anyone help me iv got about 60 or 70 man u programes from 1990-2002 mainly 93 -94 -95 very gd collection where can I sell them

  • luzhniki2008 17:03 on January 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: book reviews, history of manchester united, James Ward, manchester united supporters, The Big Book of United: Goalscorers and Champions   

    Book Review – The Big Book of United: Goalscorers and Champions 

    There are lots of books written about Manchester United on subjects like great players, the history, rivalries, classic matches and season reviews. There have been some really great books written on these subjects but also some really poor efforts as well. This Christmas, I was given one of the latest books to be written on the club – ‘The Big Book of United: Goalscorers and Champions’ and it definitely fell into the category of a really good book. (More …)

     
  • luzhniki2008 17:03 on December 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Aston Villa, ,   

    Villa Park – United’s second home in the Ferguson years 

    This is a article by Dan (@Luzhniki2008) and Kim (@Sparkly_Devil1).

    On Saturday 3rd December, Manchester United’s 1st team will play at Villa Park for the 38th time under Sir Alex Ferguson – more than anywhere else, including Wembley during this time (apart from Old Trafford of course!). United’s record there, especially since 1993 has been very impressive too.

    Aston Villa away – First Division (1986-1992) and FA Premier League (1992-)

    United’s 1st visit to Villa Park under Ferguson in December 1986 set the tone for future visits, ending in an entertaining 3-3 draw. In that game, Ferguson gave a debut to a young goalkeeper who came through the ranks at the club- Gary Walsh. Many more young players would get their opportunities in matches like that, most notably in the August 1995 match there. Villa were relegated at the end of the 1986-87, so 1987-88 would be the only season that Ferguson’s United would not play at Villa Park. Villa returned to the top flight and have remained there ever since. The 1988-89 match was a 0-0 draw, whilst in 1989-90 a struggling United lost 3-0 in December. In 1990-91 United drew 1-1 there, before getting their first league win there in 1991-92 in the final season of the old English First Division. (More …)

     
  • luzhniki2008 13:49 on October 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , County Ground, DW Stadium, JJB Stadium, , , , , , , , , Swindon Town, The Boleyn Ground, The Hawthorns, , , Vicarage Road, Watford FC, , West Ham United, , ,   

    TF Chronicles – The Premier League Grounds Part Five 

    This is the last part of our list of Premier League grounds. If you have missed the rest then you can catch up here. Listed below is part five of these stadiums and some of our favourite matches and memories from watching United play in them, along with the opposite end of the spectrum – some of our worst matches and memories from United games in these stadiums. Every United fan will have their own favourites and worst ones, but these are the ones that stand out for myself (@luzhniki2008)  and Kim (@Sparkly_Devil1) :- (More …)

     
  • luzhniki2008 11:34 on October 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Elland Road, , Fulham, Hull City, Ipswich Town, KC Stadium, , , , , , , , , Portman Road, The Riverside Stadium, Walker Stadium   

    TF Chronicles – The Premier League Grounds Part Three 

    Here we go with Part Three of our list of Premier League grounds. If you have missed the first two parts then you can catch up here. Listed below is part three of these stadiums and some of our favourite matches and memories from watching United play in them, along with the opposite end of the spectrum – some of our worst matches and memories from United games in these stadiums. Every United fan will have their own favourites and worst ones, but these are the ones that stand out for myself (@luzhniki2008) and Kim (@Sparkly_Devil1):- (More …)

     
    • Dirty Leeds 12:54 on October 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      A big hello from Elland Road!! I’m not sure but I’ve got a feeling that you’re not too keen on Leeds. Secretly though you know you miss us.

      See you next season!

  • luzhniki2008 11:42 on October 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Arsenal FC, , Barnsley, , , , , , Burnley, , Ewood Park, , , Oakwell, , , , Turf Moor,   

    TF Chronicles – The Premier League Grounds Part One 

    Since the Premier League started in 1992, football has changed on a huge scale – especially due to television coverage not only in the UK, but globally. Added to this, media interest has grown, not just on the back pages of newspapers, but also interest in players’ private lives growing massively. The huge growth and development in the internet has further expanded worldwide interest in football in this country, especially Manchester United. There has been a huge amount of investment in football stadia over this time, the likes of which have never been seen before. In this time, United have played in over 50 different stadiums in Premier League games – which is partly down to teams being relegated and promoted as has always been the case. However, over this period a significant number of teams have left their old grounds, moving to new purpose built stadiums. Listed below is part one of these stadiums and some of our favourite matches and memories from watching United play in them, along with the opposite end of the spectrum – some of our worst matches and memories from United games in these stadiums. Every United fan will have their own favourites and worst ones, but these are the ones that stand out for Kim (@Sparkly_Devil1) and myself (@Luzhniki2008):- (More …)
     
  • luzhniki2008 15:58 on June 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , , , Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, ,   

    End of Season Awards: “19” by @Luzhniki2008 

    Leaving Anfield in April 1992 after Manchester United had lost 2-0 to Liverpool, meaning Leeds had won the league whilst United had gone 25 years without a league title, I would never have predicted what would happen in the following 19 years. Season 2010-11 was another memorable one for Manchester United fans, with the club overtaking Liverpool to reach 19 league titles, to their 18 titles. In addition, the club reached another Champions League Final, which was to sadly end in defeat to Barcelona at Wembley. These are my awards for this great season: (More …)

     
  • luzhniki2008 16:00 on June 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    The rise and fall of English football magazines 

    As a child getting into watching football in the mid-1980’s, along with collecting Panini football stickers, one of the things that I really enjoyed doing was reading the 2 popular weekly football magazines at the time Shoot! and Match. Back then, there was no internet for football news or forums, chatrooms or Twitter. There was also no Sky Sports at the time and any football news in the newspapers was mostly limited to just the back few pages of the papers. Football fanzines were only just starting to appear at the time as well, being sold outside the grounds, as an alternative to the club produced matchday programmes. So, reading Shoot! and Match magazines most definitely enhanced my interest in football.

    The first real football magazine in England that appeared was Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly, in 1954 and this ran until 1974. there was also another publication that ran from 1969 to 1974 called Goal which was sold in this country. However it was Shoot!, which was launched in 1969 and Match, launched in 1979 which really dominated the English football magazine market by the 1980s. As well as offering things like team and player posters, at the start of every season, both publications offered ‘League Ladders’. These ladders were made up of a large cardboard poster with blank league tables for each division of teams and a slit in the card alongside each position on the tables. To go with this were T-shaped tabs for each team in the league which would be in that club’s appropriate colours. As the season went on, the teams would be moved up and down these tables according to their progress in the league. (More …)

     
    • Bjorn 19:45 on June 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I could have written this myself, pretty much, with the addition of being in Iceland, I had even less news of English football from local news. Starte buying Shoot! in ’82 and have copies of more or less every title mentioned.
      Oh, and I’d give World Soccer a mention too.
      Great article.

    • George Dearnaley 08:57 on June 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Good memories for me too. Living in South Africa, Match & Shoot magazines were our direct link to English football and I still collect the hard cover Annuals of most of the old titles (Charles Buchan, Goal, Kenneth Wolstenholme!)
      I publish the supporters magazine for Kaizer Chiefs in South Africa – we have 1.5 million readers a month! But internet penetration is still small in South Africa, so print can still survive!
      Good post.

  • luzhniki2008 16:53 on April 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Bolton, , , , , , Elm Park, , , , , , , , , , , , , Olympic Stadium, , , , Ricoh Arena, , , Springfield Park, , , , , , , The Riverside, , , Walkers Stadium, Wembley Stadium, , ,   

    The Changing Face of English Football Grounds 

    Photo I took at Old Trafford in 1988

    Since the start of the 1990’s, following the Taylor Report which banned terracing in the top 2 divisions in England and then the launch of the Premier League and Sky Sports, English football grounds have undergone a remarkable and most dramatic era of change in the last 2 decades. The majority of the stadiums have been radically redeveloped and nearly 30 of the 92 League clubs have left their stadiums, to move to new purpose built stadiums. For safety and commercial reasons these changes were inevitable, especially with the increasing popularity of English football being brought about with the increased television coverage led by Sky Sports. As a Manchester United supporter over this period of time, I have been able to witness this transformation first hand. Firstly, at Old Trafford – which has undergone a huge re-development. This really began with the demolition of the Stretford End in 1992 and its replacement – the West Stand. In 1995 – bigger changes followed with the huge North Stand being built. Following our Treble victory in 1999, East and West Stand tiers 2 were built and then in 2005 the Quadrants were built. The result is a magnificent 75,000+ stadium – one of the best in world football. As part of this, corporate hospitality was massively increased and that now forms a large part of the matchday revenue. The downside to this – with the huge price rises and loss of terraces, has meant that many supporters have been priced out of watching the team they love and it is also said that the atmosphere in the stadium isn’t the same anymore. United are not the only team to have suffered a similar loss in atmosphere . At many stadiums this has been far worse, especially with teams who have moved to new stadiums. (More …)

     
    • camutdfan 22:40 on April 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I have been a utd fan since the 80’s and have followed the changes with the stadium and the supporters. There was no atmosphere as good as the Stretford End when fans were able to stand, and sang their hearts out throughout the games, the nearest thing to them days now are the away matches where all fans become one big group representing the true spirit of the Utd Fans. The home matches are a different story altogether, So many day trippers are now taking over the seat as true fans have been priced out of the stadium. I have no grudge against day trippers as that was how I became a Utd Fan in the 80’s. I was taken to a match for the first time ever and was instantly hooked and became a member, following Utd to away games too. My only grudge with the day trippers is they cant sing, I feel like i should hand out song sheets to them, you get odd groups trying to get the trippers to join in but its hopeless and annoying when you can hear the away fans cheering on their team louder than the home fans. All the singing died when they dismantled the Stretford standing area and placed the fans in different sections of the ground. I was moved to the North Lower till they decided to build that up where I was then moved to L Stand (the away section now). Although back in the Stretford end top tier, the olden days of the Stretford End are gone.

  • luzhniki2008 12:31 on February 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Ron Atkinson, , Sir Matt Busby, Tommy Docherty   

    TF Chronicles: Classic MUFC Season: 1974-75 – The Red Army 

    As Manchester United fans, we’re extremely fortunate to support a team with such an incredible history made up of so many special moments, players and matches to be proud of. Our history is an extremely important part of what makes Manchester United the club that it is today and we should all be immensely proud of this. It is also enjoyable to look back on events and seasons which helped to shape the way that the club has developed over the years as well. (More …)

     
    • Mancunian Red 13:57 on February 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Good post but those stats for our away fans isn’t true, I went to every game that season and on average those stats double the number of reds at many games.

      We had amazing support there is no need to exaggerate it.

      • luzhniki2008 15:20 on February 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for your comments.
        With regards to the away following, the figures I’ve quoted were taken from ‘The Red Army Years’ book by Richard Kurt and Chris Nickeas. The figures for the book were supplied by Andy Pollard and all three of them were matchgoing fans at that time (Andy Pollard wrote a few articles on that season in United We Stand). I’ve posted the stats exactly as they show in the book- I haven’t personally come up with the figures.

    • Mancunian Red 18:47 on February 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I know I’ve read their book, it is entertaining but I don’t believe a lot of it.

      I’ve had debates with other fans and shown them clips on youtube etc and while it shows we have fantastic support the numbers such as 20,000 at Sheff Wednesday and 25,000 at Bolton and 15,000 at Villa just to name a few are double in most cases of the numbers we took.

      But I don’t want to go too much in to that it is a good article well written and deserves to be read!

    • Tony 00:06 on March 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Great article, I have always loved the 74/75 season, it was very, very special, one game in particular stands head and shoulders above all others even to this day in my humble opinion! The game against Sunderland at OT on 30/11/74 was an end to end 5 goal thriller in front of over 60,000. at the time MOTD used to run a ‘match of the season’ and it was a no brainer that this would win that particular competition and it surely did. The atmosphere that day is quite possibly the greatest ever at OT, the Stretford End was seriously jumping, 4 of the goals were scored that end of the ground. I am totally and utterly dismayed that this game is nowhere to be found apart from 2 mins on a bbc dvd, someone, somewhere must have the full highlights for this game and i am on a hell bent mission to get it! it was just fantastic, maybe someone could point me in the right direction.

    • paul greenwood 09:23 on March 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Do you know the top 20/30 man utd away league followings? I am also looking for the away support united took to highbury in 1987/88 the league game.

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