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I Have A Dream / Cautionary Tale Of Man United


Article by Wswilly3

The decline of Manchester United started on the 27 May 2009. I had gone to Rome, for the Champions League Final, with the Islington Branch of the Manchester United Supporters Club, in an optimistic frame of mind. However the only thing that turned out to be palatable were the prawn canapés on the plane. Everything else was a total disaster and we were beaten 2-0 by Barcelona. We weren't given any penalties, Ronaldo's diving wasn't rewarded and the referee was quite impartial; it was just not going to be our day

Within a couple of weeks came the news that Ronaldo was leaving for Real Madrid and Tevez for Manchester City. Still we now had a lot of money, although we were later to find out that much of this had to be used to pay off the interest rates necessary for our spiralling debt. We did sign Valencia for £18million, Michael Owen on a free and an unknown French winger who couldn't get into the side.

The 2009/10 season didn't go well, we were knocked out of the Champions League at the Quarter Final stage, we won none of the domestic cups and finished fifth in the premiership. This was won by Chelsea and Manchester City finished ahead of us in fourth place. Then Sir Alec Ferguson was elevated to the position of Director of Football and a new manger appointed; Steve Bruce who had done quite well in his one season at Sunderland.

In the close season we were told that we would not be spending a lot on transfer fees as we had a lot of good youngsters coming through and they would be given an opportunity. At this stage the debt was getting higher and the interest rates were getting harder to cover. Season ticket sales and attendances were down because we weren't winning. The buses from London bringing the fans to the home games were getting emptier and many fans had switched to Chelsea, as they were winning a lot.

It has to be said that 2010/11 was a total disaster, we got knocked out of the Champions League in the preliminary round by a team from Rumania and half way through the season were in twelfth place. Steve Bruce was sacked and replaced by Roy Keane, who decided to have a clean sweep of everything and even dismissed the grounds-man. He transfer listed Wayne Rooney for lack of effort and he was bought by Manchester City, who still had money galore. We narrowly avoided relegation and what's more the Premiership was won by Manchester City, whose manager was an ex-United player, Mark Hughes.

By this time we were being told our financial situation was serious and the debt and interest levels had spiralled. The Glazers refused to sell, as that would have totally bankrupted them, as the asking price was now much lower.

Attendances were down to under 30,000 and for most home games one side of the ground was not opened to save on stewarding costs. Prawn sandwiches were replaced by corned beef ones in the hospitality areas and on the pitch we realised we were in a relegation fight, that we were doomed to lose. The last game of the season was against the newly promoted Leeds United and was lost at home; we were relegated to the Championship.

Things went from bad to worse when the Glazers went bankrupt and in the close season we went into administration and were deducted ten points. We were sold to a firm of American property developers who promised a lot but decided that as an economy measure we would ground share with Oldham Athletic, whilst they redeveloped Old Trafford.

The rest is history as they say, as the 'Theatre of Dreams' is now luxury flats, a hotel and a greyhound track but at least they had the good taste to call it the 'Sir Alex Ferguson Dog Track'.

I still make the fortnightly trip to Manchester from my Islington home but now support Manchester City. They have gone from strength to strength since signing a host of world class stars. They have won the Premiership for the last two years and the Champions League last season beating Barcelona 4-0 in the final.

Yes it's been a roller coaster ride for us fans but at least I'm still supporting the most successful side in England and now Europe. My only gripe; they don't serve prawn sandwiches at Eastlands, so I have to make do with the caviar and champagne football that is being served up on the pitch.

Well, we all like a bit of fantasy about the 'Theatre of Dreams but you never know, remember Leeds United'! Still the thought of it brings a smile to my face and I hope to yours and I for one would go to the 'Sir Alex Ferguson Dog Track'. See you there.






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Writer: Wswilly3  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 9 2009

Time: 3:57PM

Your Comments

LOL- that dream could be nearer to reality than you think!
eighthsin
Oh dear, how pathetic.
Zae
Oh dear, don't you think that somehow, now you have some romance in your footballing lives, that your dreams might stretch just a little further than dreaming of Man UTD's demise and winning the WBUH&A Trophy (We beat united home and away)? How about this really radical dream suggestion, that your team gets to win its first piece of silverware in 34 years at some point in the next 5 years - now that's a proper dream. Give squealer Tevez plenty of hugz & starts or he'll run off real soon slagging Sparky off...tara banana huggers…and happy trophy hunting...oh and grow up just a bit eh - get some proper ambition ;o)
Royston66
Royston and Zae, for the love of God, the lad is having a laugh with City fans, on a City board. What is pathetic, is you Zae, reading all that when it became apparant in the first few lines the writer was having a laugh. Equally stupid is you Roy. Did you read the bit where we won the last two premierships and the CL? Thats the ambition, the beating of United, which on balance has been that hard over the last 5 years, was the starter.
EddieBell
Hahahahahahahahah really? This is actually a published article!? Hahaha I needed that, I was having a rough day!
ForeverUnited
Quality
Blue Lad Scragg
Lol...we'll call that a bite then eh. Well actually Eddie I'll think you'll find it's tentacles actually spread far and wide and way beyond just this forum so it's fair game mate ;o) http://www.newsnow.co.uk/h/Sport/Football/Premier+League/Manchester+United/All+Sources
Royston66
Everything is fair game Roy. Newsnow, now there's some reliable reporting. lol.
EddieBell
Say what you like my little rag darlings, this piece may be a light hearted attempt at making City fans smile, but the reality is that you are massively in debt, your "golden generation" will be lucky to play another season and fergie is fast approaching his final days in the job. As for the dog track, I would suggest they build an aquarium in honour of all the divers that have (dis)graced the swamp over the years. TICK TOCK!
fifthcolumnblue
City fans loved it, Rags fans hated it - nuff said really. Good amusing read, Willy. (But Rooney at City? Hmm...)
BlueWolfie
La la la - light hearted...light headed more like. Think you must be confusing me for someone who cares about your prophecies Nostradamus ;o) It made me smile a bit too btw, still is doing. I would never pray for another team to go bust, I just think you're saddos the way you express you optimism in terms of united's doom all the time and I expressed that. For what it's worth, when was your golden generation? And could you ever nurture one of your own based on your own honest club profit? Keep it coming...
Royston66
City fans loved it, Rags fans hated it - nuff said really. Good amusing read, Willy. (But Rooney at City? Hmm...) BlueWolfie... blue wolfie, looney did say once a blue always a blue.... so you never know....lol
cityman51
roy, ''could you nurture one of our own'' you reallly are a manure fan aren't you... and it seems you don't know a lot about manchester football, we have NURTURED more of our own players than most teams in the PL, to name a few, here goes, S,Ireland,M,Richards,N, Onouha, S,Wright-Phillips,J,Hart,D, Sturridge, C, Evans... and they have played in THIS YEARS premier league. DO YOU WANT ME TO GO ON AS THERE IS LOADS MORE... so if you must ask questions PLEASE make them intelligent ones come out with STUPID questions be prepared
cityman51
That is gold man, I love it. I knew if the hook was baited we'd snare ourselfs a few sad rags fans, they just couldn't resist. Lets face it Royston, Zae and other unfortunate manure fans are gonna be in for a long long year.
bluesnozza
Royston, our golden generation was the one that hammered Charlton, Best and Law, home and away year after year. Then you got relegated.
EddieBell
 

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