Red Passion, Leagues and Cups
You're a football fan if you follow your club's fortunes wherever you may be in the world. Football is now a global game, not necessarily restricted to the fans of the local city or country where the club plays in.
The 1983 FA Cup Final between Manchester United and Brighton Hove Albion was the first time I fell in love with the Reds from Manchester. Playing at the iconic Wembley Stadium, the match ended 2-2 with Norman Whiteside and Bryan Robson showing why they were some of the best British talents at that time. In the replay, United won four nil courtesy of goals from Robson (2), Whiteside and Muhren. Relive that game here.
In the 90s when football became more globalised and commercialised, the opportunity to watch the Reds grew. United were growing into a force once the old English First Division was rebranded to the Premier League. As a United fan it was one of the best periods anyone could ever ask for from its football team. The Premier League title was captured 13 times and the Champions League twice, all during Sir Alex Ferguson's managerial reign. In some years title was won at a canter. Compare this to the relative drought in the 70s and 80s when Liverpool and to some extent Nottingham Forest and Arsenal were the giants in the game.
In 2016 I made my second trip to Old Trafford. My first was in 2010 and I had this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch United play Liverpool. My experience is recorded here. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@vincent-andrew/my-boyhood-team
In my second trip, I went for a museum and a club tour. The museum was stunning. Cabinet after cabinet of trophies, souvenirs (shirts, caps, programme notes) and videos of legends past and present pervade every part of the museum. There's a longer buzz on my visit to Manchester here. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@vincent-andrew/the-things-they-say-about-manchester
Fast forward to last night's game. United deserved to go through to the semi finals of the Europa League. Before the game I made my predictions here. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@vincent-andrew/will-manchester-united-lift-the-europa-trophy
If you're a true fan you'll feel for your team. So when Anderlecht equalised to make the score 1-1 and 2-2 on aggregate, all fans would know that another away goal would have killed off United's chances. At the final whistle, there would be relief and celebration. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVXdtFhyn48
United will now contest the semi finals and as a fervent fan I want them to play in the final in Stockholm in May.