Was at Old Trafford on Saturday for my first visit of the season, my first visit since the UEFA Cup tie with Ajax in February.
I took advantage of a rare Saturday 3pm game to head into the city beforehand. I managed to get some photos of ultra stickers (see previous blog)
Having opened in July in it’s new Manchester base, it was my first opportunity to visit the National Football Museum. It was an enjoyable visit, with exhibitions focusing on some of the more random aspects of football history, including Pickles lead, as well as major pieces, such as the European Cup Winners Cup trophy.
The most enjoyable part of the visit was the exhibition of photographs by Stuart Roy Clarke. If you can’t see the exhibition, I suggest you visit his website if you love football and photography.
The photos in that link are part of that exhibition.
I’d previously visited the museum at it’s former home in Preston. Interestingly, that trip, I also saw United lose to a team managed by Mark Hughes (in this case, Blackburn) but that wasn’t going to happen this time, as Hughes was sacked the day before the game.
Given QPR fans spent pre-match singing about and celebrating their team losing a match last season, if they do go down this season, they’ll be no loss.
Most laughable moment came when they taunted United fans by chanting “We support our local team”, and one of them held up a Canada flag. Oh dear.
Had a good pitchside seat, on the penalty box of the United Road end.
First-half saw United attack the end where I was, with no result. At the start of the second-half, QPR went 1-0 up and it looked like being one of those days. For ten minutes, it certainly did.
As soon as Jonny Evans equalised, there was only one winner, and two quickfire goals secured the points.
Good day all round, getting some nice ultra photos, seeing the National Football Museum for the first time, and watching United win.
Was especially good to see United win, as they lost for the first time in my presence on my last visit.
That’ll be me with Old Trafford until March, though i’m hoping to see United at Craven Cottage in February.