February saw me head to Manchester for a weekend at the start of the month.
I was going to see United take on Portsmouth. but I took the opportunity to go to St Andrew’s the following day to see Birmingham take on Wolves, and see Kelly Clarkson in concert, at the Manchester Apollo that night.
I’d been to Old Trafford many times before, but i’d started to find the trips tedious, always going by coach, and never getting to see the city itself.
So that sowed the seeds of that weekend, wanting to go to a United match a different way, and make a weekend of it.
I also managed to take advantage of other things happening in nearby cities to make a proper weekend of it.
The United match was pretty routine, with United winning 5-0. Portsmouth were so bad, United could have won 10-0 if they really went for it.
The following day’s game was a lot more fiesty, and I was surprised that I was able to turn up on the day and get a general sale (at a reasonable £20) for the West Midlands derby between Birmingham and Wolves.
It was enjoyable to watch a football match without having a vested interested (I was in the Birmingham end, so I suppose I did have to cheer them on) and the atmosphere was brilliant and I learnt some funny tunes at the expense of Wolves from the Birmingham fans.
On my way home from the watch, I stumbled across some heartwarming graffiti, paying tribute to a cup of tea.
After legging it to New Street Station, I managed to get to Manchester for the Kelly Clarkson concert, which was excellent.
Later on in the month, I managed to get some photos of a new mural in Sandy Row paying tribute to the Northern Ireland football team, featuring Warren Feeney and local lad Grant McCann