Date : 17th March 1984
Opposition : Arsenal
Score : 4-0
Mühren (2), Robson, Stapleton
I was 12 years old. I had woken up on the Friday morning, to the sound of my mam and dad asking me to check the time on my alarm clock, I shouted down to them it was 7.30am, they said are you sure, look again, I did….only I turned on my light and there sitting on top of the alarm clock were two tickets to Old Trafford. Went to school buzzing, told everybody from the teacher to the janitor that I was off to Old Trafford,took lots of orders for programmes from the few United lads and also Arsenal fans. Liverpool were the big big club back in the 80’s in my school.
Date: April 2, 2005
Opposition: Blackburn Rovers
Score: Manchester United 0 Blackburn Rovers 0
I’d only been a footy fan for two years, and it took leaving the country to see what I was missing.
I worked late on a Wednesday in Feb of 2003 in Toronto. I arrived back at my hotel room around 02:00. Flipping around the channels I stumbled upon a soccer match that was unlike anything I’d seen before. Long, crisp accurate passes, booming shots and a tremendous pace. Come to find out, it was United/Juve in a Champions league match. I spoke to my Danish collegue, knowing he was a United fan, and he started teaching me the game. Well, two weeks later I had to return to Toronto for some more work.
Date: November 9th 1985
Opposition: Sheffield Wednesday
Score: Sheffield Wednesday 1 Manchester United 0
The 11th game of the 1985-86 season, versus Sheffield Wednesday, at Hillsborough. We’d won the previous ten league matches and everyone was already calling us the Champions Elect.
Date: Saturday 28th December 2002
Opposition: Birmingham City
Score: Manchester United 2 Birmingham 0 (Forlan 38, Beckham 74)
What an amazing feeling walking up the steps and then stepping out into the stadium, amazing atmosphere. Got to see Solskjaer play due to Van Nistelrooy being out with a poisoned toe!
Date: March 5th 1997
Score: Manchester United 4 Porto 0
I was finally going to Old Trafford to see United. Being from Norway I had to wait until I turned 14, and I remember the day as it was yesterday. At the time I was huge fans of Peter Schmeichel, and I had been lucky enough to be at the Cliff for a training session a couple of days before the match. I got his autograph and even if I don’t really care about autographs now I think it is great to look back meeting him as a teenager. I also got autographs from the King, Becks, Giggsy, Pallister so I value the shirt I had them write on.
Date: November 8th 1998
Opposition: Newcastle United
I’d waited so long to see Manchester United play at Old Trafford, 12 years in fact. I’d previously seen United play at The Molineux in a pre-season friendly where we turned around a great Steve Bull lobbed goal (against Schmeichel) to win 2-1.
Date: January 8th 2000
Opposition: Vasco da Gama
Score: Vasco 3-1 Manchester United
Living so far away from England, I could only see the team playing on TV. So, obviously, I couldn’t hide my joy at knowing that United was coming to Brazil to featuring at the first FIFA Club World Championship. And I was even happier when I figured that the team would play here in my city.
Date: September 17th 1971
Opposition: Manchester City
Score: Manchester City 3 Manchester United 3
All my family are blues and we had not long moved to Manchester from Dublin, all big football fans, and it was the first match we all went to over here. I’ll never forget the excitement of walking up towards the ground, the singing, the noise, the match day buzz. I expect I too would have been a Blue, but for the fact the minute the teams ran out, I was literally dazzled by the vivid red of the United strip against the green of the pitch and the grey of the stands.
Date: December 27th 1995
Opposition: Newcastle United
Score: Manchester United 2 Newcastle 0 (Cole & Keane)
I was six years old and after repeatedly whinging at my Grandad that I wanted to go to Old Trafford with him he took me.
Date: October 12th 1996
Score: Manchester United 1 Liverpool 0
It’s fair to say that before the 96/97 my idol was purely Catona. But after that goal at Wimbledon, Beckham was quickly up there with him.
I found out that I was going to be going to United vs. Liverpool but at the time I had no idea about what the game stood for. I was just too excited about the prospect of Beckham and Cantona on the pitch.