Match Review: Shhh I’m Reading

Match Review: Shhh I’m Reading

I had the busiest of match days I've had for a long time at Old Trafford. I arrived at the Bishops for my usual sing song at the ridiculous early time of 11:30 and to my surprise the pub was already filling up. A good two hours of rallying the troops before I nipped up to Red Square to do an hour on stage with my red mate Rob and top guitarist. We seemed to go down really well with a selection of old and new united classics. Barely 10 minutes after finishing…Read more …
Match Review: Chelsea FA Cup

Match Review: Chelsea FA Cup

So much has been said regarding our performance against Chelsea in the FA Cup, It was in many ways typical United. So in control yet never finished opposition off when so in control. When we played Chelsea in Moscow we should have been three up after half an hour and just like Sunday Chelsea rallied, found Belief and could and maybe should have won the FA Cup tie. Difference was in Moscow we too rallied back whereas Sunday, feeling the effects of midweek we hung on against - in my opinion - the…Read more …
Oh Oh It’s Carrick

Oh Oh It’s Carrick

On Saturday an old favourite was sang in stands at QPR as United fans started singing Oh Oh It's Carrick from the United We Sing 8 (Sauna of Love) album. After the match Carrick said he was flattered to be compared to the legend Paul Scholes but wasn't sure whether it was just tongue-in-cheek, he said, “Scholesy is a legend, so I don’t know whether it is tongue-in-cheek but it is a nice song and I will take that. “It is always good to be compared to players like that. Paul is as good as it…Read more …
Liverpool

Liverpool

I hate Liverpool for all the obvious reasons. Yes they were winning everything during my formative years as a Red in the 70s and 80s but it is more than that. My first visit to Anfield in the early 80s and despite only just being a teenager I felt threatened and intimidated by the whole experience. We had no escort from the coaches, “have you got the time please mate” was a regular favourite to unmask us, all in all they were sly cowardice bastards. The way Scousers make out that it was…Read more …
First United Away Day

First United Away Day

The 2nd September 1980, we had lost to Coventry in the League cup 2nd round 1st leg courtesy of a Mark Hateley goal (remember him?). I was obsessed with United as a kid in Timperley and one day I caught the required 2 buses in the school hols just to basically sit on the steps of K Stand and dream. At this point I would like to state I did have mates but this day for some reason I was bored and just did one. I wandered around the ground and jibbed in the…Read more …
Memories of The Cliff

Memories of The Cliff

The first few few times I visited the Cliff it was quite a journey for me and my fellow Broomwood boot boys from Timperley. We had to catch a bus to Altrincham before enduring the longest bus journey ever from Alty to Trafford bar. All the way down the A56 the bus stopped to let people on and off at seemingly every single stop and all the lights were always on red as we approached. Our cockiness of being the Broomwood boys usually petered out as we queued up for the bus to…Read more …
The Urban Croydon Collective

The Urban Croydon Collective

My reworking of the Denis Law classic terrace song had took off so well that I and other were getting giddy and thinking of maybe releasing ‘Eric the King’ as a single. Back in 1994 it was still quite something to release a single in the days before digital downloads and file-sharing etc. The aforementioned song and all its verses had proved really popular on the album ‘ Songs from the bathtub’ and its amazing that almost twenty years on its still sung in all its glory before home game in pubs near the ground…Read more …
Song: Save All Your Trophies For Me

Song: Save All Your Trophies For Me

Thirty three years ago we faced Derby County in another cup semi-final but back then it was the Rams who were the League Champions. Tommy Docherty’s entertaining United side had sprung out of the old second division all guns blazing and were in with a real shout of doing the Double but with Derby the opposition at Hillsborough a first FA Cup final in thirteen years was far from a formality. Their manager Dave Mackay was certainly talking up his sides chances at every opportunity so it was quite apt that United’s songsmiths…Read more …
In The DJ Booth With … Willie Morgan

In The DJ Booth With … Willie Morgan

In The DJ Booth With … Willie Morgan This issue it’s former United and Scotland star Willie Morgan who has the dubious pleasure of meeting Boyley, over a coffee or two at a posh Cheshire golf club. Willie shares tales of enough musical ligging to leave even Pete in the shade. What were your earliest musical memories growing up? “I was and still am a big Elvis Presley fan - he was undoubtedly The King. I think probably when Blue Suede Shoes came out, that was a eureka! moment. From then on, like…Read more …