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Any Man U Fans Who Actually Live In Manchester?

Tue Mar 26, 2002 5:51 am

I myself am a Leicester fan (d'oh) and I find it hilarious that the majority of people in the Leicester area seem to support Man U with no Mancunian links! Same everywhere?
 
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RE: Any Man U Fans Who Actually Live In Manchester?

Tue Mar 26, 2002 6:36 am



That's the same the world over. Good teams are easy to like so they get a lot of bandwagon jumpers and fair weather fans.

My favorite are college teams with a bunch of fans that have absolutely no connection to the university like Michigan football. And those same fair weather Michigan fans won't follow men's basketball because that team has been prety average the last few years.

I don't know, maybe it's a good self-esteem booster.
 
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RE: Any Man U Fans Who Actually Live In Manchester?

Tue Mar 26, 2002 7:11 am

Yup, In Scotland if you dont support Rangers or Celtic, u support Man Utd  Wow!
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RE: Any Man U Fans Who Actually Live In Manchester?

Tue Mar 26, 2002 7:16 am

Technically I could support Manchester utd or even liverpool (eh, my parents were born & bred in Manchester (dad) and Liverpool (mom), and I lived in Manchester for just over a year), so technically I could support them, but Man City are much better, and Stockport are more entertaining Big grin
 
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RE: Any Man U Fans Who Actually Live In Manchester?

Tue Mar 26, 2002 7:30 am


There are a hell of a lot of Mancunian Man Utd fans. Numerically more than Man City fans. Although the percentage is better for City in terms of proportion of attendences.

And before anyone says anything about bandwagon supporters, can ANY of you acutally work out why Man Utd's average attedences since the 2nd World War have consistently been in the top 3 in England, the majority of the time being the top? Remember the 26 years of winning just 4 FA Cups, 1 League Cup and 1 European Cup Winners Cup in the period of 1969-1989. If the football is attractive, Old Trafford is full; remember Dave Sexton got sacked after winning the last 7 games of the season due to the lack of flair in his team.

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RE: Any Man U Fans Who Actually Live In Manchester?

Tue Mar 26, 2002 9:22 am

Most man utd fans live in Malaysia and Singapore Big grin
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RE: Any Man U Fans Who Actually Live In Manchester?

Tue Mar 26, 2002 9:31 am

...and Hong Kong, not me I must add !!
 
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RE: Any Man U Fans Who Actually Live In Manchester?

Tue Mar 26, 2002 10:27 pm

David is correct, many Mancunians support United - although I might take issue with him saying there are more United than City actually in Manchester itself.

He is also correct that Manchester United have historically had very high attendances (usually at Maine Road actually), although until relatively recently City were always higher, and have the higher record attendance of the two.

It is interesting that of those who don't attend games, more of them will profess an allegiance to United. In my father's family, he and his Dad were City fans, and went to all the games. His brothers were United fans and didn't. I suspect that might be mirrored in a lot of families.

Success breeds support I'm afraid. I don't have a problem with people supporting United provided there is a connection, it is the ones who simply decide to "support" them because they are top of the league who get on my wick.

Actually, I compare these people to Nazis. They have the same method of thinking. Put them in 1930's Germany and they'd have said, "That Hitler's doing really well, I'm going to support him".  Big grin
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RE: Any Man U Fans Who Actually Live In Manchester?

Wed Mar 27, 2002 3:31 am

Well, over here in Norway most people support Man U. Then comes Liverpool, Arsenal, chelsea and Leeds.

I support United, and I'm proud of it. Who cares if United's supporters aren't nesecerally from MAN?  Smile

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RE: Any Man U Fans Who Actually Live In Manchester?

Wed Mar 27, 2002 6:14 pm

Everyone in England, Thom@s! Big grin
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RE: Any Man U Fans Who Actually Live In Manchester?

Wed Mar 27, 2002 6:28 pm

If you are a supporter then you go to see your team play. At least to all the home games, good times and bad.
If you are a fan then you like to be associated with them.

I imagine that there wouldn't be so many Man Ure fans if they weren't doing so well. Remember a few years ago when Blackburn bought their way to the championship? There was loads of kids who jumped on the bandwagon and 'supported' them. I bet not many do now. (probably too embarrassed to talk about it)

As for Nazis? Yes fair call - everybody hated them as well.
 
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RE: Any Man U Fans Who Actually Live In Manchester?

Wed Mar 27, 2002 6:39 pm

Saintsman, did you not bother to read my post? There was a l-o-n-g time of no success for Utd but STILL the crowds flocked in!

And prey tell how can all Man Utd fans get into Old Trafford when the games are sold out? They could expand the stadium to over 80,000 by extending the main stand over the railway line and still not cater for all the people who want to see them but the costs involved are very high.

Answers to both questions on a postcard to your brain, as you seem not to have engaged it.

Actually, I forgot to say during the fuel blockade, Old Trafford was still full....now if a large proportion of fans aren't from Manchester, how did that happen? Oh, Banco may be pleased to know that I have been to more games at Maine Road than at Old Trafford!

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RE: Any Man U Fans Who Actually Live In Manchester?

Thu Mar 28, 2002 2:00 am

In Hong Kong in 1998, saw loads of people wearing Man U shirts.
One day, we shot over to Macau, then still a Portugese colony, on the fast ferry, in the space of about 4 hours we saw about 5 f***ing Man U shirts!
 
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RE: Any Man U Fans Who Actually Live In Manchester?

Thu Mar 28, 2002 2:36 am

David_itlThere was a l-o-n-g time of no success for Utd but STILL the crowds flocked in!

Manchester Utd are a big club and always have been - hence in the 80's, say, when success was harder to come by than it is now, gates would be 35-40k and above. Manchester is a big city and Utd have always been a well supported club. However the same can be said of all the big clubs in the country - supporters still turn up even during the bad times. The point is that now Man U have picked up millions of "fans" who have never been to the city, let alone Old Trafford. Most seem to come from the south of England and abroad. It really bugs me when I see people walking around London in Man U shirts - it is these horrible people that wouldn't support them if they weren't doing well, the sort of people that would have supported Liverpool in the 80's and would have briefly flirted with Blackburn or Arsenal last decade. Scum the lot of them!
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RE: Any Man U Fans Who Actually Live In Manchester?

Fri Mar 29, 2002 4:53 am

You want me to shout "I support Stord FC, a team in the Norwegian 3rd division"? Not very likely.  Smile

This thread is just one step away from asking..."Are there any players on Man U that actually come from Manchester?".

Same thing really.  Smile

Banco, who do you support again?  Laugh out loud

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RE: Any Man U Fans Who Actually Live In Manchester?

Fri Mar 29, 2002 7:44 pm

Well, yes, Thom@s, that's exactly how it would be in England!

As for the players, not it isn't. Ever since players started as professionals they haven't been tied to their local club. Having said that, quite a few of the United players are local boys, and the fans do like that. Mind you, Paul Scholes is rumoured to be a City fan with a City tattoo! I don't know how true that is... Big grin

And yes, I support City. Why is that I wonder? Oh, yes, it's because I'm from Manchester. Errr, your point is?

David_itl supports United. He's from Manchester. I don't think anyone here has the slightest problem with that - I certainly don't.
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RE: Any Man U Fans Who Actually Live In Manchester?

Sat Mar 30, 2002 4:16 am

So you are saying just because some United suporters aren't from Manchester, they shouldn't be "allowed" to support them?  Confused

Haven't heared that part about Scholes, but we all remember Cantona who had the tatoo "Leeds forever" on his neck. Turns out moving to United wasn't the worst choice he made though.  Smile

Ryan Giggs was picked up by United while training with City, and you could say things have turned out rather well for him.

And Sir Matt Busby who helped City win the FA Cup (I think), and then had greater success with Man United afterwords, creating a fantastic team, and then rebuilt it after the Munich disaster to go on and win the European cup. He did well when he went from City to United aswell.

Now, it would be unfair of me to claim that all players had better times after they left City for united. I mean Dennis Law was very happy when he moved to City, wasn't he? Big grin Big grin Big grin

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RE: Any Man U Fans Who Actually Live In Manchester?

Mon Apr 01, 2002 1:07 am

Matt Busby was a player for City, not a manager.

Asfor Denis Law, he played for City both before and after United.

Actually, quite a few people have, prbably more than with most local rivalries. One of the earliest was the Welsh Wizard, Billy Meredith. I think he had something like 8 years at United and about 20 at City - as a player! Big grin
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RE: Any Man U Fans Who Actually Live In Manchester?

Mon Apr 01, 2002 5:10 am

"Matt Busby was a player for City, not a manager." I knew that.  Smile

"Denis Law, he played for City both before and after United." I didn't know that. Big grin

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RE: Any Man U Fans Who Actually Live In Manchester?

Mon Apr 01, 2002 5:23 am

I'm quite happy to educate the ignorant overseas masses  Big grin such as yourself whenever required, Thom@s! Big grin
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RE: Any Man U Fans Who Actually Live In Manchester?

Mon Apr 01, 2002 5:28 am

Oh, what a horrible attack! I hope Johan saw that. Big grin

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RE: Any Man U Fans Who Actually Live In Manchester?

Mon Apr 01, 2002 5:32 am

Forget it, Thom@s. He's a City fan. Big grin
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RE: Any Man U Fans Who Actually Live In Manchester?

Mon Apr 01, 2002 6:54 am


It's been revealed this evening that the Denis Law portrait has been stolen from the VIP area of Old Trafford. Can't quite imagine it being smuggled under a jumper as the size of it 30" x 35" (76cm x 89 cm).

David "I'm not the thief"/MAN

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