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Old Trafford
 
Manchester United v Leeds United
Saturday 3rd January 2010, 1pm
FA Cup 3rd Round
By Josh Grainger
(Leeds United fan)

1.1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

It was a huge game for Leeds and a great chance to visit a famous ground.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Because of the winter snow, we thought it was better if we travelled the day before and spend the night in Manchester, The trip to Manchester was fine. There was a tram station was just outside our hotel, which made the trip to Old Trafford easy, then walking the last half a mile to the stadium.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

It was very crowded and because of the rivalry between the two clubs, we thought it was wiser to get into the ground asap. The rivalry between the clubs is massive and therefore a friendly atmosphere was in doubt. Outside the ground a Man Utd scarf seller, was friendly and gave us advice to hide our shirts after the game and the route back to avoid trouble, however he was the kindest that came, a young programme seller swore at us and told us his thoughts about Leeds, however as we got closer to the away section, there was more Leeds fans so, the Man Utd minority didn't act stupid and walked past.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The ground is very big from the inside, however doesn't seem like it from the outside. The lids fans were given 9,000 tickets all of which were sold and we were given the east stand upper tier and the south east corner. The stairs leading up to the upper tier were metal which created a racket and stewards weren't the most friendly, however other things were on their mind rather than to talk casually.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

Leeds managed to create a huge shock and won 1-0 and the game was great. The atmosphere was also fantastic with 9,000 Leeds fans singing their hearts out, however credit to man u, and it was clear to see that even the glory supporters sung and the constant singing battle rarely got out of hand. The steward in front of me was friendly, and talked to us about football.  The toilets had Man Utd badges everywhere ( baring in mind that this section was the home end in league games) and the toilets were good as far as it can go.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

The Leeds fans were kept in the ground for quite a long time after the game (understandably). There were a few Man Utd fans outside the ground, however most were in the pubs, the 9000 lids fans all came out together and outnumbered the home support, so trouble was avoided. After a long wait for a tram we returned to the hotel and the journey back to lids was fine.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Definitely worth it, if you are supporting a team who isn't rivals with Man Utd, then you'll be fine and even if you are following one of man u's rivals, if you use your head, the police seem to have it sussed out...


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