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Class of ’92 return is gift to suffering fans

If 1999 never happened and you watched a film that told the same story, you would spend the duration rolling your eyes and tutting. As if that could happen. As if you could get a group of local lads, playing for one of the biggest teams in the world, go on to achieve something no [...]

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PICTURES: Giggs and Robson over the years

PICTURES: Giggs and Robson over the years

———— The Republik of Mancunia has brought out a brilliant downloadable World Cup preview. It contains 20 articles written by football experts on the countries our players will be representing in Brazil. There is also exclusive content from this country’s top football journalists, such as Sid Lowe, Martin Lipton, Sam Wallace and Dominic Fifield. All [...]

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What is Solskjaer thinking about?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has gone from strength to strength since retiring from playing football, firstly when in charge of our Reserve team and then as manager of Molde. The Norwegian side had never won the league before his appointment, a stretch going back 100 years, but they won it in both of his first two [...]

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Moyes: I’d definitely back knighthood of Law

The Manchester Evening News has launched a campaign calling for Denis Law to be knighted and David Moyes has been asked whether he would support that. “100% I would back that, definitely” Moyes said with a smile. “I said when I first came in that I was thrilled to meet Sir Bobby Charlton. Then I [...]

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PART IV: Bill Foulkes and the End of the Rainbow in ’68

The Holy Grail in Europe Everyone at Old Trafford and indeed throughout football, if not the wider world, knew that Matt Busby was obsessed with winning the European Cup. He never put it into words but everyone assumed he saw it as the only possible way of vindicating his original decision to enter Europe back [...]

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PART III: Bill Foulkes and the Munich aftermath

Part II of this tribute to Bill Foulkes looked at the rise of the Busby Babes and the tragedy of Munich. In this part of the story we’re told about the role Foulkes played as the club was rebuilt after Munich. The Munich Aftermath When the Babes were destroyed on the runway at Munich Bill [...]

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PART II: Bill Foulkes the Busby Babes

Part I of this tribute to Bill Foulkes looked at his early playing days. In this part of the story we’re told about Bill’s rise to the first team and being a part of the Busby Babes. Bill and the Busby Babes Eventually Matt managed to persuade Bill to quit the pit and go full [...]

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PART I: Bill Foulkes – His United beginnings to Munich

When Manchester United announced that Bill Foulkes, one of the club’s finest former players, had died at the age of 81, I was greatly saddened to hear that one of my all-time favourite footballers had passed away. Bill had been such a central figure throughout my earliest days as a supporter the feelings of nostalgia [...]

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PICTURE: Bill Foulkes flag

PICTURE: Bill Foulkes flag

There will be a minute’s silence for Bill Foulkes ahead of tonight’s game against Everton. The picture above is the design Stretford End Flags has chosen for a flag. In the programme notes for the game, David Moyes has paid tribute to our former player, who sadly passed away last week. “Bill was a giant [...]

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A chat with Bill Foulkes…

Some time ago I made a pact with my partner to go to the Gym twice a week, part of the price for having a good eating lifestyle. On Saturday afternoon, before the wiles of Euro 2000 returned to the TV screen, we fitted in another workout. A silver-haired man, tall and imposing, was busy [...]

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Remembering a United legend – Bill Foulkes

Remembering a United legend – Bill Foulkes

The word “legend” gets said a lot in football but rarely is its use accurate. When talking about Bill Foulkes, the former Manchester United defender who sadly passed away yesterday, the title sums him up well. Foulkes, born in St Helens, joined United when he was 18-years-old and played in the youth team, making his [...]

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PICTURES: Solskjaer wins Norwegian Cup final with Molde

PICTURES: Solskjaer wins Norwegian Cup final with Molde

Despite having a disappointing league campaign this season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made up for it with a win over Rosenborg in the final of the Norwegian Cup. With 20 minutes left to play, Molde were 2-1 down, but managed to win the game 4-2. ———— The Republik of Mancunia has brought out a brilliant [...]

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Red Matters

Red Matters

After several months of planning and editing, we are today proud to launch “Red Matters”. This book compiles the writing of Giles Oakley who has been supporting Manchester United since the Munich Air Disaster. Having attended United games since 1960 onwards, Giles delves in to the history of club, discussing stories and events you have [...]

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When Cantona Kicked That Racist… 18 Years Later

When Cantona Kicked That Racist… 18 Years Later

Today marks eighteen years to the day since Eric Cantona launched himself into the stands at Selhurst Park and attempted to, quite literally, kick racism out of football. It was a watershed moment for the game in this country, an episode which split opinion and prompted hours of feverish debate. It is easy to see [...]

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PICTURE: Painting Of United Players Past And Present

PICTURE: Painting Of United Players Past And Present

A Manchester-based artist, Michael Browne, has presented this ambitious painting of United players past and present to pay tribute to their dominance of the English game over recent years. The painting can be found at the National Football Museum (in the Urbis building in town). Browne is behind the famous The Art of the Game [...]

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