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Singing Section – What Do You Think?

Prior to the Fulham game on Monday, representatives from the various groups behind the Old Trafford Singing Section met with senior Manchester United Officials Michael Bollingbroke, Phil Townsend and Karl Evans to discuss the Singing Section proposal.

As Manchester United had already decided to relocate away supporters to North Stand Tier 3, a decision made by the club before the singing section proposal was submitted, this has left an empty space within Old Trafford.

Manchester United will trial the movement of away fans to North Tier 3 for the Aston Villa home game, if this trial is successful, then all away supporters will be moved to tier 3 next season, for all games.

Should this move be sanctioned by the local council and authorities after the Aston Villa game, then the current away fans area will be empty for next season.

Manchester United have offered this area for the proposed singing section and as a result, we have accepted this offer. This area will incoporate blocks E230, E231, E232 and E233 and will give us approximately 2,698 seats. The current price bracket of these seats are £37 and £38, putting them in line with the current prices in Stretford End Tier 2. The singing area will be a season ticket holder only area and existing season ticket holders will be given the opportunity to move into the singing section.

Andy Mitten, who attended the singing section meeting as a representative for the fanzine United We Stand has written this excellent article in Evening News.

The key factor is that those wanting to sit in this area, are there as singers and people applying to sit here should be aware of that. Supporters will be given the opportunity to relocate into the area and to submit a request to sit with friends, family etc, so that you can be sat together.

This area offers the best acoustics within Old Trafford due to its location and the proximity of the East/South Stand quadrant roof.

As the area holds 2,698 fans, the Old Trafford Singing Section Committee are now trying to gage the reaction and estimation of people willing to move here.

If you’re interested, send an e-mail to otsingingsection@hotmail.co.uk stating your name and your current season ticket location.


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224 Comments

  1. Sandeep1878 says:

    Balaji – cheers pal

    Lordrt – Indian branch is doing pretty good.

    Soren – Greetings to you from India as well.

    Ancha – we will fix up mate..

    Cedars – Hello the Maestro ;)

    Costas – yeah i have to agree that Barca game atmosphere at OT was top..and it was buzzing after the scholesy scorcher..

    Good day pal..

    Evening ROM

  2. WillieRedNut says:

    Morning ballroots!

    Costas – Chelsea home last season? Hernandez!

  3. Ancha says:

    Costas

    In general I share your opinion along with majority over here, that atmosphere at OT has been pretty poor when compared to 2006-07 & 2007-08 seasons

  4. Ancha says:

    Willie

    You are couple of minutes late!

  5. Costas says:

    @Ancha, willie

    Like I said guys. Not just at a particular moment. OT also went crazy when Park put us back in front against Chelsea in the Ch.League. But the atmosphere hasn’t been the loudest during the course of games.

    Hopefully the singing section will take off. If the away fans are high at the North Stand, they won’t be able to make the same noise they are making at the corner of the stadium. I think Real also sent the supporters of the away team at one of the highest sections of the Bernabeu.

  6. WillieRedNut says:

    Costas – I think it was pretty good against Chelsea. Ask Mike, or KE though for conformation lol.

  7. Warwick says:

    @Iced earth
    Wonder what the mysterious cause was! Loved the other examples of injuries at the bottom of the article – especially Stepneys dilocated jaw!

  8. Jeet says:

    Against bayern, first half. I thought it was absolutely bouncing. And do not forget “4-3 mate”. I think it’s a bit of a trend that the performance lifts the crowd, when it should be the other way round as well.

    And ohh yes – Marro got mail! :)

  9. Moonaldo says:

    They have a singing section at Lansdowne road in Dublin for Ireland internationals, it’s worked great for the atmosphere in the stadium and i think it’ll work well at OT, be good to here a roar from the other side of the stadium, the stretford end is lively most days anyway

  10. col says:

    It’s a start I s’pose and I’m all for it.

    Rip the fucking seats out and we’ll be flying …

  11. ScholesForGoals says:

    Lads!

    My ST seat is near the corner flag between the SAF stand and the Stretty End, and as you can imagine, it’s always lively as hell there. I love getting stuck in with a bit of vocal support. We were practically riotous when the dippers played us at home recently (Carroll show us yer tits..). Particularly once Swansea had gone 1-0 up against City in the 83rd minute. Loved that.

    When I can’t get to a game and can only manage to catch it on Sky, it always pisses me off to only be able to hear the away support outsing our own. United used to be famed for their amazing, loud support. It’s no secret that United has attracted a considerable amount of fairweather fans, given all the club’s success over the last 20 or so years, that don’t offer anything vocally during a game. Prawn Sandwich Brigade. It’s high time we put that to bed.

    Stewards are mostly fine about the chanting although they’ve had a few words with a lad near me on occasion who gives it proper all game. He’s gagging to kick off a chant that the Stretford End will take on. I love that bloke, like me, totally besotted with the club and wanting to be that 12th player on the pitch.

    I emailed that email address a couple of days ago, and would be up for giving it a go – although i would miss not being near the Stretty End, whose chants (that don’t always make it around the ground) have me in stitches everytime.#

  12. CedarsDevil says:

    ScholesForGoals

    Hi pal, its a pity that Sky actually have a policy of muting their mikes at match days just in case any ‘offensive’ chants are sang. I know the atmosphere is sometimes subdued these days but the TV coverage makes it worse.

  13. Saad says:

    Pardon my ignorance but could someone enlighten me on the “prawn sandwich” subject. What exactly did Roy Keane say about it and what does it mean?

  14. King Eric says:

    Costas – Hello mate. Barca 08? No. Villa at home 09, Rentboys last season. City in league cup. Berba’s hat trick against dippers. City in 4-3 win. Everton at home last year. Chav’s this season. Plenty of times its been buzzing since that Barca semi.

  15. King Eric says:

    Saad – Keano said in an mutv interview that was removed that United home fans go expecting a 5-0 win everytime and when they don’t get that they are poor. He said they don’t understand football. Said away supporters were the hardcore and alot of home fans sit there eating prawn sarnies. Thats it in a nutshell pal!

  16. WillieRedNut says:

    The game was Kiev at OT. Teddy scored early, if I remember rightly? They missed a sitter near the end, that would’ve put us out. I think some idiots were booing the players, which lead Keano to blast a section of our support. I think his point was relevant. United’s away fans are the best in the country. By a mile too. At home, we do expect United to blow everyone away, as KE pointed out.

  17. Saad says:

    Thanks KE. Gotta love Keano and his straight shooting!

  18. Saad says:

    I’ve never been to OT although I do have relatives who are season ticket holders and I have a standing invitation from them to go watch a game whenever I’m in England. Could be as early as this fall, God Willing.

    I always thought the sheer size of OT works against the acoustics.

  19. ScholesForGoals says:

    @ Cedars fair point. Wankers at Sky spoil everyone’s fun. Still, it’s the contrast in volume that annoys me. I appreciate OT is a BIG ground, and acoustics are likely to play their part. I read somewhere that the FA were going to aintroduce delays on the audio, that in effect blur out any offensive or defamatory chanting, in a bid to clean up the game. I guess our visitors sit closer to the mics than I do, but if it were the other way around, we’d be loud as fuck too.

    @KingEric – couldn’t have put it better myself.

  20. Zulu-Utd-Malta says:

    I must admit it. Surprised and upset at the main stand way back 2007(That season we won an historc double Lge & Champs Lge)
    I was at the games vs Fulham 2-0 & vs Derby C 5-0. I sang when OT sang & when we scored I jumped and shouted like crazy but i was astonished when some people disapproved my support to my beloved Man Utd by looking at me as if I’m an Alien and when we scored they just applauded very lightly as if they where ruffling some dust off their hands!
    Last May I was there again when we won NUMBER 19 ( Hello Scoucers:) ) vs Blackpool.
    To be honest I’v expected to see the glass at our Theatre of Dreams vibrating a bit but it wasn’t to be.
    Something has to be done coz when we go to O.T we have to bare it in mind that we are supporting our 1st love, the history, the heritage and the best football club in the world !!!

  21. EverRed says:

    I’m in wheelchair. Do you know where the section is – yup – right in front of the current away section. Last time I went I had the spurs singing oh when the spurs for 90 minutes down my neck, with great gusto even though they were losing. Much prefer to have home support there … or move the wheelchair section to the Stretford End ;)

  22. Costas says:

    @KE

    Hi mate. Thanks for clarifying. It’s just that the Barca game was the last one that stood out for me. But I guess I am wrong.

  23. 16 says:

    would love to get hold of a couple of season tickets! pity i live in malta!

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