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My First United Game…

“First game I went to was West Ham at home on Bank Holiday Monday at the start of 85/86. I’d been nagging to be taken for a while – I was displeased to discover my parents went to the 83 Cup Final replay without me, and dissatisfied with the rosette that I was given as compensation. When my old fella sneaked off to a game away to Watford without me – it was immediately prior to the 85 Cup Final, and United lost 5-1 – I was still pissed with him upon discovering the subterfuge the following morning, a sentiment I doubtless expressed with eloquence, dignity and restraint. Thus he resolved to take me at the next possible opportunity…”

Daniel Harris, On The Road: A Journey Through a Season

“I watched Manchester United live for the first time 50 years ago and it was just as magical as I’d always dreamed it would be, even though no trophies were at stake and United were languishing in mid-table mediocrity at the time. What gave the match wider historical significance however was the fact that when Dennis Viollet scored two goals that afternoon he overtook Jack ‘Gunner’ Rowley’s club record of 30 league goals in a season, previously set in 1951/52. Astonishingly, despite the prodigious achievements of United goal-scorers since, such as the electric Denis Law, the bewitching George Best,the lethal Ruud Van Nistelrooy or the unstoppable Cristiano Ronaldo, Viollet’s record still stands, half a century later…”

Giles Oakley

“Being from America, it was always going to be a big ask to come up with the money for a trip to see Manchester United, but, finally after I landed first full-time job, I was able to realize that dream in December 2003.

I always lived under the assumption that it was pretty much inconceivable to get a match ticket to see United live at Old Trafford, but that all changed after I met Peter Holland from the Manchester United Supporters Club USA (MUSCUSA) in the summer of 2003.

Up until I met him, and being so far displaced from Manchester, I could only watch a rare game here, eagerly listen to them on the radio over the internet or catch their highlights on the television, which was just starting back then to make its way on to American sports channels again.

In December of that year, I was set to make my first trek to the Theatre of Dreams My first live match Old Trafford was none other than the Manchester Derby, but I almost did not make it…”

David Hammons, The United Religion

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  1. StretfordEnd Ole says:

    1st Utd game.

    Alex Stepney’s testimonial v Benfica 76 I think. sat in the Scoreboard end. Utd won 2-1.

  2. MyCowIsTheBest says:

    my first was when United came here last year (Malaysia). I went to watch the training session, the first match and the second match.

    It should have been just one match, but because there was a bombing incident in Indonesia, United canceled the trip there and stayed in Malaysia for another match.

    In the first match this Malaysia striker named Amri Yahyah scored twice, both goal were beautiful. And my friend told me that he read somewhere that if Amri scores again in the second match, we will buy him. Haha. I only half-believed that, but i really hope he scores again. He didnt.

  3. RedScot says:

    @The Huns game 03.Champions league at Ipox., Phil Neville scored the only Goal.
    For the the little “prat” that had a go at me after the Rangers game this season at Old Trafford, when I said United always score at Ibrox, he said is that Scott the Red. I dont post for no reason.Its generally thought out and calculated.
    Great reading the other United supporters views.We know who Daniel Harris is obviously, Who is this “Lad” Giles Oakley and as for David Hammons he is an imposter! Although the blog he writes on is fantastic and wonderfully written, try reading the United Religion

  4. United1990 says:

    My first was in January 2008 against Portsmouth at Old Trafford. Ronaldo’s free kick ^.^

  5. manci_yanky says:


    suppose it could have been but i really thought it was becks that scored both. coulda been wrong tho i suppose. cheers

  6. manci_yanky says:

    just watched the United – Arsenal match from october 2004 when we ruined there “invincible” run…
    funny to see that all 11 starters for them no longer play football for the goonies while we have the likes of neville scholes giggs ferdinand rooney, etc playing…

  7. wayne says:

    at nottingham forest march 31st 1970 my dad took me utd won 2-1,bestie and bobby charlton scored

  8. AON: Americans Out Now says:

    Vs Spuds at Home FA Cup ’09..watched it from the Stretford End. Carrick to Berba scores the winner. 2-1 !!
    It didnt end I lived in Hampshire then..I was the only Manc as it got closer to London and the train broke down !! I had to be at my charming best to avoid getting mauled by a few unhappy fans..But I did thank them for good ‘ol Teddy.

    Magic !!

  9. aig alex is god says:


    i sat with the Arsenal fans and didnt know much about the 2 clubs. My mate was jumping in delight when Wiltord scored. Didn’t matter much to me though

  10. chuffer says:

    v tottenham @ white hart lane – ’76/’77 Stevie Coppell, Gordon Hill, Sammy Mac where playing.

    Can’t recall too much ‘cept I had to keep my mouth shut throughout the game as I was standing in the Shelf, surrounded by Spurs fans!

  11. Griffin says:

    07/08 when Ronnie scored the back-heel against Villa.

    Remember sitting in the crowd and someone told me that it was October since Rooney had scored at home, and this was March.

    He scored twice that day and had he been a little sharper, would have had a hat-trick.

  12. willierednut says:

    AIG – Don’t matter mate, you chose the right team lol.

  13. gerrydaly4 says:

    mine was 13th October 1973 Derby County – went with a mate and his big brother. Lost 1-0, dreadful game. Still went back the following Saturday to see alex Stepney (!!!) score the winner vs Birmingham..

  14. aig alex is god says:


    after all these years i dont have any regrets. lots of ups and downs, but every moment has been thoroughly enjoyable. Survived lots of heart attacks too

  15. King Eric says:

    1983 cup final aged nine with my old man. Two all against brighton. Butch wilkins curler. Unfortunately didn’t get to the replay.


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