Wednesday, September 21, 2005


The above words were written on Old Trafford's opening day in 1910. Manchester United had just moved from their old stadium of Bank Street, Clayton, to a new stadium in the Old Trafford area of west Manchester. Built in 1909, for the then huge sum of £60,000 it was terraced on three sides with a seated main stand undercover. The stadium was designed by famous Scottish architect Archibald Leitch, who also designed stands at Hampden Park, Ibrox Stadium and White Hart Lane.
In 1911 and 1915 it held the FA Cup final and in 1920 it had its largest ever attendance of 70,504 for a league game against Aston Villa. The FA Cup Semi of 1939 of Portsmouth vs Grimsby would top that with 76,962. The stadium was heavily damaged in World War 2 and for a while United played at local rivals, Man City's Maine Road stadium from 1946-1949. Old Trafford was a venue for the 1966 World Cup and also held the 1970 FA Cup Final replay between Chelsea and Leeds. Old Trafford became the first stadium to erect perimeter fencing in the 1970's to combat crowd disturbances.
Roofed cover was later added to the other three sides of the stadium, however all these stands suffered from obstructed views because of old fashioned roof-post design. In the mid 1960s development of modern cantilever stands began on the north and east of the ground in time for the World cup. The new design had terracing at the front and a large seated section behind. Gradually the entire ground was redeveloped over the decades, culminating with the Stretford End in 1994.
In the 1960s, 70s and 80s, over 58,000 could pack into Old Trafford. However in the early 1990s after the Hillsbrough disaster, the Taylor Report required England's top teams to have all-seater stadiums. The Old Trafford design master plan of the 1960's was now complete and the stadium was a perfect bowl, but with United more popular than ever the reduced 44,000 capacity was just too small.
This led to further expansion in 1995-6 with the construction of the giant three-tiered North Stand, holding 26,000 and bringing capacity to nearly 56,000. The North Stand, reaching around 200 feet in height has four lift towers and the largest cantilever roof in Europe. This massive, brooding structure towers over the pitch, intimidating opposing teams. Costing £19 million to build it also houses the excellent United Museum on three floors (open on non-match days) and glittering trophy room (hopefully always full) as well as the Red Cafe restaurant and two layers of executive "Sky" boxes.
The South stand is the main stand at Old Trafford, containing the managers bench area, the directors/ television/ police control boxes and luxury restaurants and executive suites. Here, the seating slopes at a different angle to the rest of the stadium, making it slightly lower than the other stands.
Interestingly, the first 20 or so rows of seats around all four sides of the ground are below street level. The South stand is rarely seen on television as it contains the TV gantry, which looks North. The players tunnel used to be at the centre of this stand but in 1993 it was moved to the South-west corner. The old tunnel still remains and is opened for special occasions and stadium tours.
The East Stand was home to the diehard K-Stand United fans (most of whom have relocated to the Stretford End) as well as the away fans enclosure in the South-East corner and disabled section. It was formerly known as the Scoreboard End, so called because of the large scoreboard that resided until the late 60s, when an electronic one was installed. This scoreboard was recently replaced by two modern electronic scoreboards in each corner of the North Stand.
Further building redevelopment added a second tier at the east end in January 2000, making a 61,000 capacity. On the outside is a large tinted glass front, similar to a modern office block. Here stands the Sir Matt Busby Statue, Munich memorial plaque and the famous clock commemorating the Munich air crash on 6th February 1958. Its also the location of the huge Manchester United Megastore where every type of club merchandise is available.
The west side of the ground for many, will always be known as the legendary Stretford End. In the days before all-seater stadia the Stretford End was a heaving mass of almost 20,000 standing United fans who were amongst the loudest in Britain. It was once measured that the roar from the crowd was louder than a Jumbo Jet taking off. The old terrace was replaced in 1993 and in August 2000 a second tier of seating was added here, bringing a total capacity of 68,217.
The West Stand holds the Family seating area and beneath the corner is the players dressing rooms/tunnel and lounge. You can also see many banners draped over the upper deck, created by United fans to celebrate past history and taunt rivals. It also has a statue of 60's striker Denis Law in the upper concourse - Law was known as "The King of The Stretford End".
Old Trafford was a Euro 96 venue hosting a Semi-final and is now an annual venue for one of the FA Cup Semi-final's. On 28th May 2003 the stadium had the honour of hosting the Champions League Final between AC Milan and Juventus, which Milan won 3-2 on penalties after a 0-0 draw. Many claim the atmosphere at Old Trafford is not as good as it once was, ironically it is the legend of the Old Trafford atmosphere that has brought the tourists yet they are partly responsible for its decline. Sir Alex Ferguson has often complained about the lack of singing and low noise levels, therefore the upper West Stand tier has designated singing areas to try and recreate the days of old.
There are currently plans in place to fill in the corners at the North-West and North-East, making a 75,000 capacity and restore the bowl effect on two thirds of the ground. Expansion work on the South side is not in the immediate future because of restricted space around the stadium. The nearby railway track could be built over, but the club would have to buy up to fifty nearby houses at great expense and disruption to local residents. However the long-term plan for the stadium remains to rebuild the South stand in a similar style to the North and with filled corners, make for a whopping 92,000 all seater capacity.
Old Trafford is undoubtedly one of the greatest and most famous sporting arena's in the world. In an era where many clubs are moving from their traditional homes and although down the years it has changed beyond all recognition, the magic of Old Trafford will always remain. On a big match day or European night the atmosphere is as good as any venue in world football. The Theatre of Dreams (as Bobby Charlton named it) is the biggest club ground in Britain and a fitting home for the world's most famous football club.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Ruud Van Nistelrooy

• Born: 1 July 1976, Oss, Holland
• Signed: 23 April 2001, from PSV
• Fee: £19million
• Other Previous Clubs: Den Bosch, Heerenveen
• Debut: 12 August 2001 v Liverpool (C Shield)
• International Team: Holland

Monday, September 05, 2005



Kerr denies Keane bust-upREPUBLIC of Ireland manager Brian Kerr has strenuously refuted suggestions of a bust-up with Manchester United skipper Roy Keane after a number of players were pictured in a nightclub on Friday night.


Football News

Reserve Derby Brought ForwardThe Reserves' derby trip to Manchester City has been brought forward by 24 hours. The game, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday November 22, will now take place at the Regional Athletics Arena on Monday November 21. The match will kick off at 7:30pm. Ricky Sbragia's second string are next in action on Tuesday September 6 at Leeds United.

Source: News



This are the fooblall players of the team:

G. Neville
Van der Sar
M. Howard
Van Nistelrooy


Welcome to my blog of Manchester United

I will start tallking about the history of the club.

Honours: Division One Champions: 1908, 1911, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1965, 1967. Premiership: 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003
European Cup: 1968,1999 European Cup-Winners' Cup: 1991 European Super Cup: 1991 FA Cup Winners: 1909, 1948, 1963, 1977, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999 League Cup Winners: 1992 Toyota Inter-continental Cup Winners: 1999
Managers: Alex Ferguson 06-11-1986 Present Ron Atkinson 01-06-1981 06-11-1986 Dave Sexton 14-07-1977 01-04-1981 Tommy Docherty 22-12-1972 03-07-1977 Frank O'Farrell 08-06-1971 19-12-1972 Matt Busby 28-12-1970 02-06-1971 Wilf McGuinness 10-08-1970 28-12-1970 Matt Busby 01-02-1945 08-06-1969 Walter Crickmer 01-08-1944 01-02-1945 Jimmy Porter 01-08-1938 31-05-1944 Scott Duncan 01-06-1932 01-09-1937 Walter Crickmer 01-04-1931 01-06-1932 Herbert Bamlett 01-04-1927 01-04-1931 Clarence Hildrith 01-10-1926 01-04-1927 John Chapman 01-10-1921 01-10-1926 John Robson 01-12-1914 01-10-1921 Ernest Magnall 01-09-1900 01-09-1912
Record attendance: 70,504 vs Aston Villa 27/12/1920 Division 1 (83,260 for United v Arsenal at Maine Road in 1948)
Record league win: 10-1 v Wolves 15/10/1892 Division 1
Record league defeat: 0-7 v Blackburn 10/4/1926 Division 1
Record league appearances: 606 Sir Bobby Charlton 1956/73
Record league goalscorer: 199 Sir Bobby Charlton 1956/73
Record transfer fee received: £25, 000 000 for David Beckham to Real Madrid July 2003
Record transfer fee paid: £30,000 000 for Rio Ferdinand from Leeds United July 2002

AS the world’s biggest and richest club, Manchester United reach a global fanbase.
Part of the attraction for fans around the world has been the football luminaries, such as George Best and Sir Bobby Charlton, who have graced the Old Trafford turf in a Manchester United shirt over the years.
Recently, Manchester United have continued to attract or develop some of the game’s biggest names, with England stalwarts such as Paul Scholes and David Beckham having been regular fixtures in the Reds line-up.
The Manchester United team, past and present, reads like a who’s who of world football.
It is only fitting that a great team should grace a great stadium. And with Old Trafford’s recent development and the closure of Wembley, the ground is easily the largest in English football, holding in excess of 60,000 fans.
Despite this capacity, the demand to see United in action is so great that tickets are hard to come by.
But it isn’t only Manchester United fans who flock to Old Trafford. The standard of the ground is such that it regularly hosts high-profile games, most notably, the Champions League Final and Great Britain rugby league games.
Rock fans have also made use of the Reds’ facilities, watching a number of high-profile acts at the ground.
But it’s football that will forever be synonymous with the Reds famous ground - and with good reason.
The last decade has seen Manchester United under the shrewd leadership of Sir Alex Ferguson maintain a virtual stranglehold on the Premiership crown.
Manchester United has won the league no fewer than 15 times in their history - eight times in the last 11 seasons. They are also Cup Kings too, winning the FA cup 10 times, the league cup once, as well as winning the European super cup, European cup winner’s cup, and twice being crowned European Cup champions.
Manchester United has long become a name associated with success both on and off the pitch.
As club profits continue to grow, Manchester United have become one of the richest sports clubs on the planet.
With supporters club branches on every continent, it’s hard to go any where in the world and not see somebody wearing the famous red shirt of Manchester United.

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