Thursday, 1 September 2011

Manchester United - Old Trafford

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Matchday Number: 163
Saturday 27th May 2011
Torquay United 0-1 Stevenage Borough
League 2 Playoff Final

I'd wanted to see a game at Old Trafford for a while, so when the opportunity came up to go with some mates from Wycombe to the League 2 Play Off Final, I jumped at the chance. We set off about 9am and for once I was getting a lift rather than driving other people! As per usual we got caught in a delay - a 3 car accident delaying us by 90 minutes. We even had time to go for a rare walk on the motorway and chatted to fans of both teams. For some reason, a car of Stevenage fans thought it was highly amusing that we had travelled up, tough luck on them that we were supporting Torquay that day!

 Eventually we got to Old Trafford at around 1.30PM and after a quick look round United's massive club shop, I decided to go for a drink and a bite to eat. First to the Trafford, a pub that featured in BBC1 Drama 'Life On Mars'. There were Man U fans in there preparing for that evenings Champions League Final and they were in good voice. There was an amusing notice about not throwing beer around too! Then I went to the chippy for Curry Sauce, Mushy Peas and Chips, which weren't brilliant, especially for up North. Finally off to the local convenience store to get a few bits to taking into the ground. They were charging scandalous prices in there though - £9.50 for a pack of 20 fags, obviously taking advantage of being the only shop near the ground.

The game itself wasn't brilliant, both sides opting to be cautious in their play. Stevenage eventually won with a goal from former Wycombe player John Mousinho and therefore joined us in League One for the following season.

I had previously been to Old Trafford, just to have a tour of the stadium. The bloke who showed us round was brilliant and had lots of stories to tell as he has been working there since the early 1980's. Well worth a visit, though the game I went to see, with just over 10,000 in attendance, really didn't show Old Trafford in all it's glory. I'd imagine a big European night would show it in it's full glory, the atmosphere was a bit flat when I went.

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