Since the Glazers bought our club, the fans have been posed with all sorts of dilemmas. Should I renew my season ticket? Should I still go to the ground? Should I buy a beer and programme when I get there? Should I wear the latest shirt? Should I watch FC United instead? It goes on and on.
I have renewed my season ticket for next season. Being a season ticket holder used to be a great source of pride, something worth bragging about even, but that’s not so much the case anymore. It’s something you might mutter under your breath in certain company, given that anyone who pays for a season ticket can now be seen as someone who is keeping the Glazers around, and I’d be lying if I didn’t say there was some torment in deciding what to do this year.
I don’t need to go in to great detail here over what was the deciding factor, but I did wait until the last day, in desperate hope that a late bid might come in and the lack of sales might make the Glazers think twice, but that didn’t happen so I renewed. If we were guaranteed our seats back, it would be completely different, but as it is, I can’t bear the thought of some JCL taking my place at Old Trafford and I strongly believe those against the Glazers should still have a voice inside the ground. But this will be one of those gut-wrenching debates I’ll have with myself every summer now, until the Glazers go, and I’m not sure what my stance will be a year from now.
Regardless, I gave up buying the programme and grub from inside the ground years ago, preferring a copy of Red Issue from outside and a cheeseburger from the van inside the cricket ground’s car park (mmm nutritious), and it’s been some time since I went to the megastore for a shirt.
However this summer, just a year after bringing out the latest home shirt, we are being presented with another average design by Nike branded with the new Aon logo. I can’t remember the last time Nike did a good job with our home shirt to be honest, particularly when you compare ours with the likes of Arsenal, who always seem to dress their players well!
Nike signed a deal worth £303m with United which expires in 2013. Whilst presently, it is Nike’s pocket we will be hurting, not the Glazers’, it stands to reason that in 2013, the Glazers will be offered considerably less for the manufacturing contract with Nike.
Not only do Nike make the kits, but they are responsible for “Manchester United’s global retail operations”. This essentially means Nike spreads the United brand around the world.
Every penny that we can deny the Glazers is another reason for them to sell up. At present, they don’t have much of a reason to go, but if year on year they make less money from our club and they come to the conclusion that they are going to sell, they would need to do so sooner rather than later to get the best price. Every year that they wait and every year that the protests gain momentum, the less money they are going to make from us.
If you’re feeling the same way and are keen to do your bit in the protests then why not just dig out one of your old shirts, from the pre-Glazer days. Mancunia Merchandise and Tshirts United are good alternatives, or if you really like wearing your shirt on match day, why not check out eBay.
But to help you out, over the summer, RoM will be giving away 10 shirts from the past for you to wear in place of buying a new one. Oh yeh, a nice retro feel at Old Trafford.
This isn’t about judgement. You can buy what you want. I certainly don’t enjoy the judgement that comes from some for being a season ticket holder. But all of this is merely a suggestion if you are having a dilemma over buying a new shirt.
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