Manchester United

Old Trafford

Capacity: 74,994 (all seated)
Address: Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester M16 0RA
Telephone: 0161 868 8000
Fax: 0161 868 8804
Ticket Office: 0161 868 8000
Stadium Tours: 0161 868 8000
Pitch Size: 116 x 76 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Red Devils
Year Ground Opened: 1910
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: Chevrolet
Kit Manufacturer: Adidas
Home Kit: Red, White and Black
Away Kit: All Blue

Sir Matt Busby Statue
Sir Matt Busby Statue
Sir Alex Ferguson Stand and Stretford End
Sir Alex Ferguson Stand and Stretford End
Sir Alex Ferguson Stand
Sir Alex Ferguson Stand
Stretford End
Stretford End
South (Main) Stand
South (Main) Stand
East Stand
East Stand
View from the away section
United Trinity Statue
United Trinity Statue
George Best, Denis Law and Bobby Charlton
George Best, Denis Law and Bobby Charlton
External View
External View
Manchester United FC
Old Trafford Museum and Stadium Tour

Old Trafford Manchester External ViewOld Trafford has always been a special place as it was one of the few grounds where the stands envelop the corners. Although more stadiums are now also totally enclosed, Old Trafford's sheer size still makes it a bewildering sight. It has been steadily expanded over the last couple of decades raising its capacity to a staggering 74,994, making it the largest Club ground in Britain. Both ends, which look almost identical, are large two-tiered stands, which were originally built in the early 1990’s and had an additional tier added at the turn of the millennium. Each is quite steep, with a large lower tier and smaller upper tier. The three-tiered Sir Alex Ferguson Stand, opened in 1996, at one side of the ground, is the largest capacity stand of any League Ground in England. It has 25,500 seats. The corners to each side of this stand are also filled with seating and extend around to meet both ends. These re-developed stands dwarf the older Main (South) Stand opposite. This stand (part of which dates back to 1910) is single tiered, with a television gantry suspended below its roof. All the stands have a row of executive boxes at the back of the lower tier. In April 2016 the Main (South) Stand was renamed the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand.

The ground looks a little imbalanced with the smaller Sir Bobby Charlton Stand looking somewhat out of place with its larger newer neighbours. However, in my opinion, the best views of the ground are from the front of this stand and from the away section, as you look out upon the three newer, larger sides. Still, if this Main Stand was to be re-developed in the same manner as the others, then the ground would possibly be the envy of Europe.

Unusual aspects of the ground include the raised pitch, and that the teams enter the field from the corner of the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand. Outside the ground is the Sir Matt Busby Statue fronting the impressive green glassed East Stand facade, whilst above the entrance to the Club Museum outside the North Stand is a statue of Sir Alex Ferguson. There is also a clock and plaque in remembrance of the Munich disaster. Across Sir Matt Busby Way is the recently erected United Trinity Statue of three of the 1968 European Cup winning team; George Best, Denis Law and Bobby Charlton (now Sir).

Back of Sir Bobby Charlton Stand and Train LineIt is believed that the club are now actively considering rebuilding the old Sir Bobby Charlton (Main) Stand on one side of the ground. This side of the stadium is the only side that hasn't been rebuilt or expanded in the last 20 years. Up to now the close proximity of a railway line directly behind this stand has meant that any redevelopment would result in a stand that didn't have much more capacity than the present structure. However, as building technology and stadium design has evolved, it is now thought that a much bigger stand could be put in place that would increase the overall capacity of Old Trafford to just under 90,000. Already Old Trafford has the largest capacity ground of any league club in the British Isles and if this expansion goes ahead it will become the second largest football club ground in Europe, with only Barcelona's Nou Camp being larger at over 99,000.

View From The Away Section At Old TraffordAway supporters are normally located in one corner of the ground, taking up part of the East and Sir Bobby Charlton Stands. The views from the away sections are excellent and up to 3,000 away supporters can be accommodated. Entrance into the stadium is gained by first being searched by a steward and then placing your ticket into an electronic bar code reader. It is then up a few flights of rather steep stairs to the concourse. Although the concourse looks a little cramped, it is adequate and there seems to be enough food and drinks outlets that the queues never seem to get too long. These sell a range of pies; Meat & Potato, Steak, Chicken & Mushroom (all £3.90) The Club also offer a 'United' Pie (£3.90), which I believe is a Chicken Curry Pie. Other refreshments on offer include; Cheese & Onion Pasties (£3.60), Foot long Sausage Rolls (£4) and Rollover Hot Dogs (£4.40). At the far end of the concourse is a large flat screen television showing Sky Sports. I don't know whether it is the American influence at Old Trafford, but I noticed on my last visit that after buying food or drink, that the attendant would always say; 'Enjoy the game' on giving back your change.

The away fans section is set back from the pitch as there is a disabled area to its front. The leg room between rows is a little tight, as well as the space between the seats themselves. This results in most away fans standing throughout the game. The good thing though, is that the away fans can really make some noise from this part of the stadium.

As you probably know Old Trafford is billed as the 'Theatre Of Dreams' and is certainly one of the best grounds in the country. However, if you have never been there before, be prepared to be a little disappointed, as the reality will probably not meet your pre-conceived expectations. Getting tickets for Man Utd home games is pretty difficult even if you are a member of the club, so make sure you have tickets before you travel.

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As you would expect the pubs nearest the ground generally won't let you in if you are wearing away colours. Away fans are tending to head for Salford Quays which is around a mile away from Old Trafford. Luke Burns a visiting Birmingham City informs me; 'The Lime Bar in Salford Quays, has good beer, quick service and a good mix of home and away supporters'. Also in Salford Quays is the Matchstick Man pub, which is part of the Hungry Horse chain and also serves visiting fans.

Alternatively, it is probably best to drink in the Manchester City Centre or along one of the stops on the Metrolink..Andy Syborn adds 'away fans are okay to drink in the Bridge at Sale. It is two stops from Old Trafford on the Metro (about eight minutes journey time)'. Alternatively, alcohol is normally served within the ground, although for some high profile games the Club opt not to sell any. This is in the form of; Heineken £4.50 (400ml bottle), Bulmers £4.30 (330ml bottle), John Smith's £4.40 (440ml can) and White Sauvignon Wine £4.80 (187ml bottle).

There are lots of small private car parks near to the ground, otherwise, it is street parking. Peter Bennett suggests parking at Old Trafford Cricket Ground (cost £10). Try to arrive early (before 1pm) as if you arrive later, it takes ages leaving the car park after the game. Gareth Hawker adds; 'I parked at the Salford Quays Lowry Outlet Mall (M50 3AH), a ten minute walk away from the stadium, the cost of which was £4, for four hours. There was virtually no traffic on leaving, and the road takes you straight onto the M601 which joins up with the M62/M6. This avoids the congestion of the traffic heading South'. There is also the option of renting a private driveway near Old Trafford via YourParkingSpace.co.uk.

Alternatively:

Park in Altrincham town centre and take the Metrolink to the ground (20 minutes). Some pubs such as the Bricklayers Arms in Altrincham town centre, will allow parking for the afternoon, as long as you enjoy a pre-match drink (they also do good food). Kevin Dixon-Jackson adds; 'You can get the Metrolink to Old Trafford from Ladywell Halt, in Eccles, where there is also free secure parking. It is about a 15 minute journey on the tram and costs £1.20 return. You can reach Eccles from the M60 (take the Carrington spur J8 A6144(M)) or M602 Motorway (leave at the first junction for Eccles, turn right, and right again at the lights, onto Eccles New Road. Secure parking is immediately on your right). You are only 200 yards away from the Drinking Capital which is Eccles town centre!'

My Tip For Parking & Getting Away After The Game:

Going along the A56, as the stadium emerges in front of you, follow the signs for Old Trafford Cricket Ground, which means that you will bear off the A56 to the right. At the end of the park on your left and before you reach the Cricket Ground, turn right into Great Stone Road. Just over the hill you will see a pub called the Quadrant, which is next door to a chip shop. There is plenty of street parking in this area, up to around 1.15-1.30pm. You are only a ten minute walk away from the ground. However, the Quadrant pub does not admit away fans (there are bouncers on the door checking tickets). After the game, head away from Old Trafford (keeping the Quadrant pub on your left) along the side streets. You will reach the A5145 (Edge Lane). Turn right down here and you will eventually join up again with the motorway and avoid all those traffic jams on the A56.

From the South

Leave the M6 at Junction 19 and follow the A556 towards Altrincham. At the junction with the M56 take the A56 towards Altrincham. Keep on the A56 for six miles and then you will come to see Sir Matt Busby Way on your left. The ground is half a mile down this road on your left, although on matchdays this road may well be closed to traffic.

From the North

Leave the M6 at Junction 30 and take the M61 towards Bolton. At the end of the M61, join the M60. Leave the M60 at Junction 9 and follow the A5081 towards Manchester. After about two miles you will reach Sir Matt Busby Way on your right for the ground.

From The West:

Follow M56 until its end and then take the M60 (W&N) as for Trafford Centre. At Junction 7 leave M60 and take the A56 towards Stretford. Stay on the A56 for 2.1 miles then you will come to see Sir Matt Busby Way on your left. The ground is half a mile down this road on your left, although on matchdays this road may be closed to traffic. Thanks to Brian Griffiths for providing these directions.

Post Code for SAT NAV: M16 0RA

Manchester River Cruises To Old TraffordTravel To Old Trafford From The City Centre By Boat

Licensed Bar On Board.

30 minutes journey time to Old Trafford.

Departure time 1 hour before kick off.

Return 20 minutes after the final whistle.

In operation for all Manchester United home games.

Avoid the hassles of driving and parking around Old Trafford or going by public transport.

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Manchester Airport is located eight miles away from Old Trafford. You can either get a taxi from the airport (cost around £30) or catch one of the regular metrolink trams from the Airport to Trafford Bar, which is around a ten minute walk away from Old Trafford. You can change at Trafford Bar for another tram to Old Trafford, but unless you are there early or on a non-matchday these are already likely to be pretty full. If you buy a one day (off peak weakens and after 9.30am on weekdays) Adult travelcard, which gives you unlimited tram journeys for that day, then this will cost £5.

Manchester Coach Station is located three miles away from Old Trafford. However it is only a few minutes walk away from Piccadilly

Railway Station where a train or metro can be caught up to the ground or Piccadilly Gardens where buses can be located. As you come out of the main coach station entrance turn right along Chorlton Street. At the bottom of Chorlton street turn left into Aytoun Street. Proceed along this road and then turn right into Auburn Street. At the crossroads with London Road, you can see the entrance to the station over on on the right. If you continue past the station and at the next junction turn left, then you are in Piccadilly Gardens where there is a large bus terminus.

Buses From Piccadilly Gardens

Adam Hodson informs me; 'From Piccadilly Gardens you can get the Stagecoach Manchester Buses 255, 256 or Arriva North West No 263. These services all run down the A56 Chester Road near to Old Trafford. Journey time (depending on traffic) is around 15-20 minutes.

Please note that home section tickets are normally made only available to members of the club, which are then normally allocated by a ballot system (unless you want to buy a corporate hospitality ticket). Tickets rarely make the general sale, although it does sometimes happen (especially in the early rounds of domestic and European Cup competitions), so it is worth checking. There always seems to be a number of ticket touts operating around the ground, but I dread thinking how much they would be asking for a ticket.

Prices For Away Fans

As per an agreement with all Premier League Clubs, away fans will be charged a maximum price of those shown below for all League games:

South East Corner
Adults £30 Over 65's/Under 18's £20 Under 16's £15

Official Programme: £3.50
Red Issue: £2.50
United We Stand: £2.50
Red News Fanzine: £2.50

Manchester United fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Manchester City, Liverpool and from a little further a field Leeds United.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record

76,098 v Blackburn Rovers Premier League, March 31st, 2007.

Stadium Record Attendance For a Football Match

76,962 - Wolves v Grimsby, FA Cup Semi Final, March 25th, 1939.

Average Attendance:

2017-2018: 74,976 (Premier League)
2016-2017: 75,290 (Premier League)
2015-2016: 75,286 (Premier League)

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.

The club offer tours of the Old Trafford stadium, which are available daily (except matchdays). The tour also includes a visit to the Club Museum and costs; Adults £19.50 & Under 16's and Concessions £12, or there is a Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children) £48. To book your tour call the club on 0161 868 8000 or book online. Tours last around 80 minutes.

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If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at: duncan@footballgrounds.net and I'll update the guide.

Special Thanks to:

Owen Pavey for providing the ground layout diagram

Doug Bagley for providing a photo of the Unity Trinity Statue

Gerold Rachlinger for providing a photo of the Unity Trinity

Statue Haydn Gleed for providing the YouTube video of Old Trafford

The Old Trafford Museum and Stadium Tour video was produced by Olehenri and made publicly available for distribution via YouTube.

The Awaydays Old Trafford video was produced by TheUglyInside and made publicly available via YouTube.

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League
Monday 27th August 2018, 8pm
Keith Clark (Tottenham Hotspur)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Old Trafford Ground?
 
It was my first visit to Old Trafford since the mid-1980's.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
A 4-hour drive from North London. The M6 is awful with more roadworks than there actually are clear sections. We booked someones driveway on Justpark for £8 near the cricket ground which was really easy, then just a 20 minutes gentle stroll to the ground, but there were lots of other matchday car parks in the area.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We used the KFC about five minutes walk from the ground as we arrived about thee hours before kick off. It was quite empty when we got there but soon filled up, they seemed really unprepared for the number of people that would be there with long queues and long waits for food, with ours and other peoples meals being messed up.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Old Trafford Stadium?
 
There is no doubt that Old Trafford is one of the more impressive grounds you will visit with plenty of good communal areas around and plenty of food vans. It seems quite touristy with lots of people looking like they were making their first visit and lots of foreign groups. It reminded me a bit of walking around London's West End with all the group photos going on.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
A real game of two halves with United all over us in the first half and with better finishing they probably could have been three up by half time. The second half was a completely different matter with Spurs well on top from the restart. Goals from Kane and Moura in the space of three minutes pretty much sealed the result with Spurs missing several other clear cut chances before Moura's third in the final few minutes capping a great result for Spurs. As with most away games the away fans completely outsung the home crowd but even when United were well on top in the first half it seemed very quiet from the home crowd with just a few chants every now and then, I expected much more from such a big crowd.
 
We wore our colours and never felt in any way under any threat or had any negative comments, had a good chat with a local lad while queuing to buy water even he commented on the fact that it seems like a tourist attraction. We walked all around the ground and all the stewards were friendly and helpful if you had a question. One important thing is they won't let you take any bags into the ground even people with small backpacks were made to go and hand them in for safe keeping during the game at the cost of about £5 which I imagine is a pain when leaving the ground and having to queue to get them back. A good view from all seats in the away section the seats felt quite small and poor legroom but who sits down at an away game?.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
It was definitely a good idea parking away from the ground as the traffic near the stadium was a nightmare. The roads were still quite busy until you reached the slip road for the Motorway then pretty clear all the way except for the dreaded M6 roadworks. But back home in Enfield in just under four hours from the final whistle.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A long but great day out with a fantastic result making it a much more pleasant journey on the way home.

Manchester United v Southampton
Premier League
Saturday 30th December 2017, 5.30pm
David Sims (Southampton fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Old Trafford?
 
I last attended a game at Old Trafford when I was nine years old in 2001. And like it or hate it, it is perhaps the most recognisable club ground in all of the UK. Also, Southampton won away here in both 2015 and 2016, so I had my fingers crossed that an upset was possible.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey was reasonable, having driven up from the south coast. I wanted to get to the ground an hour or two early, however massive congestion on the M6 near Stoke put paid to that. In the end, I arrived at the ground with just thirty minutes to kick off.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I walked towards the Old Trafford Stadium, passing through the Quays and the Lowry Building which was straightforward enough. I had a burger on the walkthrough, which was reasonably priced. I did hear some United fans saying they were looking forward to winning against a 'small team' in Southampton which got my back up but other than that, no issues.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Old Trafford Stadium?
 
Old Trafford has a very impressive layout and is a bit more spacious on the inside than I expected. Having attended the League Cup final at Wembley Stadium, the atmosphere reminded me a lot of that.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Firstly a massive shout out to the security and bar staff who couldn't be more accommodating to the thousands of away fans. It must be a tough old job, especially just four days after their last home game and over the festive season too. The away facilities are pretty spacious in the concourse and reasonably priced too. Both pre-match and at half-time I queued for just two minutes at most. Once out in the away section, the leg room is at an absolute minimum, but of course, nobody sits down in away ends! It was a very entertaining game, it ended 0-0 but both sides had half-decent chances to win it. It's very pleasing to come away from Old Trafford with a point, even though we were never really dominated. The United fans are very easily frustrated and it was very pleasing to see so many leaving long before the end of the game. Pogba had the ball in the net in the last few minutes, and the noise of 70,000+ people cheering at once is an amazing sound- an even better sound from our end though when it was disallowed! I can 100% see why Roy Keane used to moan about the 'prawn sandwich' brigade, as bar a small section of fans in the opposite corner to us the United fans were very quiet indeed. According to the BBC we invented a chant about all their fans being tourists, but I'm sure they must get that every week.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Pretty straightforward, there are a few bottlenecks on the pedestrian routes out north, over the bridges, but with so many people in attendance, it is to be expected.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A great game and very good facilities for the away supporters. I would definitely visit Old Trafford again.

Manchester United v Manchester City
Premier League
Sunday 10th December 2017, 4.30pm
Stephen Welch (Manchester City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Old Trafford Ground?
 
Like going to the dentists! I don't normally look forward to a Derby match due to the tension and the thought of getting beat than having to face people in pubs who say they are United fans but NEVER go to the game. However City were in a good run of form, but that doesn't necessarily mean a win as form usually goes out of the window. I never look forward to going to Old Trafford!
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Living locally meant a walk of about 30 minutes.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I went straight into the ground. Normally there is a bit of hostility between both sets of fans when you get near the turnstile to go in, but arrived earlier and didn't see any. Only thing I did notice was how many United fans had half/half scarves? Unbelievable!
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Old Trafford?
 
Although called the Theatre of Dreams where the match announcer must have mentioned it I don't know how many times, the concourse is a little dated and a bit cramped. I was in the Upper section to the left where the leg room was better than on the right hand side. What I found odd was you couldn't see City fans to our right as the rows were far higher.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
I have never been so disappointed at half time to be level. City were far superior. City had a good penalty decision turned down when Otamendi was held, United had a penalty rightly turned down. Jesus dived for City so no penalty. United seemed content on hoofing the ball to our keeper a few times. Atmosphere was tense as usual and the win was the right result given how the game went. Stewards were fine, didn't try the pies as I don't like giving the club money.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Was kept in for a good 30 minutes for some reason. Walked to the local dockyard where I met some red friends. Then a taxi to the local pub with them.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Great day out helped by the 2-1 result in City's favour.

Manchester United vs Newcastle United
Premier League
Saturday 18th November 2017, 5.30pm
Christopher Johnston (Newcastle United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Old Trafford?
 
I had never been to Old Trafford and had only started going to away games the season before. Newcastle had got off to a decent start in the league upon their return from the Championship. Though we had dipped in form I was hoping that a shock result would prevent any halt to our decent form.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I cheated and got the supporters coach which parked outside of the away end.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
There are many food stands outside and takeaways, plus a bookies nearby. There were plenty of home fans, though they made no attempt of communicating, and many of them did not seem to be local. Additionally, I was shocked to that there were public urinals in the middle of the streets near the ground, they offered little privacy, and nowhere to wash your hands. As it was the late kick off and I didn't know how far away Manchester city centre is away from the stadium I opted to watch the 3pm scores coming on the coach instead.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Old Trafford?
 
Old Trafford looks good from the two goal ends, however the Main Stand is rather small and looks to be in dire need of some sort of renovation. There was a massive queue from the 'home fans' to get into the megastore, which I had no intention of doing in. Inside the ground the need for renovations becomes more clear, however the seats appeared to be respectable with okay views (not that I or any of my fellow NUFC fans did much sitting). It's a decent sized stadium, and I get that fans of some other clubs may be in awe of the size of it, but being a Newcastle United fan I'm blessed to sit in a big and fairly modern stadium for home games, so it didn't give me that awe, and I could recognise where it needs a little work.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
We went wild when we got an early goal, one of the best celebrations of a goal I've been involved in. That didn't last long though and by half time we were 2-1 down, and in the second half their ability become more apparent and they went on to win 4-1. There were no chants from the 'home fans', only a cheer after every goal and at full time, I didn't even think they jumped up after any of the goals. If you are going for an atmosphere, don't expect any, the away fans create what atmosphere there is. In all honesty you could plant Old Trafford anywhere else in the country or even the world and you would get a similar level of crowd interest. Going to Old Trafford to experience a football experience would be like going to Disney Land Paris to get a fully authentic French experience.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
The supporter bus was escorted towards Salford, from there on we were subject to match day traffic until we hit the motorway. Don't expect a swift getaway, but it's not as bad as some places.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I went to Old Trafford, something that some football fans consider the ultimate experience. Having been I would consider this not to be true, I'm glad I went just to say that I have been, but to say it's a must for any football fan to go there would be far from the truth.

Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion
Premier League
Saturday 1st April 2017, 3pm
Steven Roper (West Bromwich Albion fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Old Trafford?

I've been to Old Trafford many times over the years, the first time being in 1974. But this was my first visit for several seasons.

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

I travelled on one of the official coaches from The Hawthorns. The coaches park up on the car park just outside Old Trafford and it is then just a two minute walk to the away supporters' turnstiles. For those travelling by car we passed quite a few car parks on the industrial areas between the motorway and the ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We went straight into the stadium from the coach park and had a drink and food there. Fans were mixing freely outside the ground and it was a decent atmosphere.

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

Old Trafford is huge in comparison to others in the Premier league. Three of the stands tower over the pitch, and the view from the away supporters section is excellent. My only complaint is that there is little leg room in the seats, and the seats themselves aren't particularly big. The concourse isn't all that big either, but it has ample food bars. Home and away fans are separated by a low fence, a narrow sterile area, and a line of stewards and Police.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.. 

From our point of view the 0-0 was a decent result as we spent most of the game defending. But the atmosphere wasn't as it once was at Old Trafford. The home fans weren't particularly noisy and there was no banter between the two sets of fans. Because the view is so good from the seats there is no reason to stand, but most of the fans still do. The stewards did their best to make everyone sit but in the end they just gave up. The stewards were all friendly and good natured. Food and drink was much the same price as it is at other grounds, and there is a vegetarian option in the way of cheese and onion pasties. The matchday programme is excellent.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Straight out of the ground and a two minute walk to the coach is the easy part. An hour later we were sat in traffic - still outside the ground! When we did eventually start to move it was very heavy going all the way back to the M6.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A well fought for point and seeing the ground made this an excellent day out. Apart from the disappointing atmosphere and tight leg room I can't really find fault with the ground. I think every football fan should visit Old Trafford at least once in their lives.

Manchester United v AFC Bournemouth
Premier League
Saturday 4th March 2017, 12.30pm.
Paul Sheppard (AFC Bournemouth fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Old Trafford?

I had just returned from holiday the day before so this was something to look forward to, especially after the bomb scare debacle of the previous season when we ended up watching the match in a sparsely populated away end in a generally strange atmosphere.

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

Very easy as I cycled the five miles from my home (I'm an exiled Cherry), which was a first for me, cycling to a football match!

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I wanted to pick up some tickets from the nearby Lowry Theatre so I parked my bike near there and just got a coffee from Pret A Manger in Media City before walking the ten minutes from the Lowry to the Old Trafford ground.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Old Trafford Stadium?

I had been to Old Trafford several times before and this was my fourth visit for a Bournemouth game but this time the atmosphere was much better and the view from the section I was in (E231), was excellent. The ground is obviously spectacular if a little quieter than one might expect.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

As others have said the home fans don't generate a great deal of atmosphere (typical of many of the bigger clubs in the Premier League) but the away end was buzzing, increasingly so as the match was action packed. Unsurprisingly United took the lead (a fortuitous goal scored by Rojo) but we equalised before half time through a well taken Josh King penalty. Shortly after it all kicked off and Surman for Bournemouth, ended up getting sent off (unluckily, by general consensus) for a second yellow after an 'altercation' between Tyrone Mings and Ibrahimovic. We then had to play almost an hour (if you include injury time at the end of each half) with 10 men and the draw we achieved was celebrated like a victory. Boruc was the pick of several heroic performances. Didn't have any food or drink but stewards were friendly enough and there was no attempt to ask the away fans to sit down during the match.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

I walked ten minutes back to Media City for my bike and then cycled past the metro that I would have otherwise caught back to Eccles. I cycled past Eccles Station at pretty much the same time and I was home within an hour of the match ending: Cycling is definitely the way to travel to and from Old Trafford, although I appreciate this not practical for the vast majority of away fans!

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Excellent day out: everything you would want from an away day with the exception of three points (although I was delighted to come away with a point, especially as United should have won by some distance). If you get a choice of where to sit inside Old Trafford, I would go for Block E231 if it is available. Here's hoping I get to go again in next season....

Manchester United v West Ham United
Football League Cup Quarter Final
Wednesday 30th November 2016, 8pm
Daniel Turner (Groundhopping the 92)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Old Trafford?

I was looking forward to it because to be honest Old Trafford is a ground that I'll probably never have the chance of visiting for a very long time! A West Ham fan I knew had a spare ticket for the away end which I didn't mind so I got that and a lift up there for just £20! A bargain!

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

We left Braintree at 2:15pm. I expected to be there just after six, however the traffic on the M6 was awful and we didn't park near Old Trafford until 7:30pm. Over an hour later than what we expected! Please book a car park space in advance, like we did,otherwise you'll be stuck finding one! This ensured we made the kick off!

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Not a lot really I had just 20 minutes to get into the ground so it was a dash from the car park and getting a scarf for my collection to finding the turnstile as I just wanted to get inside as soon as possible! I've never climbed so many stairs, so quickly!

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

My first impressions of Old Trafford were good as I had imagined. In fact I couldn't quite believe that I was actually there!

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was great. There have not been many times recently that Old Trafford is treated to five goals in 90 minutes. So I was happy with the result and seeing a few goals! Atmosphere was better from the West Ham fans to be honest.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Pretty easy walks back to the car but took over an hour getting out the city but once back on the M6 south it was a stroll and I was in my warm bed at 3:05am.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A good day out that was almost ruined by turning up very late, I was worried I was going to miss loads of the game as traffic was atrocious and if it wasn't for a 8pm kick off we would of missed the first goal if it was a 7:45 kick off. But I was lucky enough to see out the full 90 minutes.

Manchester United v West Ham United
Premier League
Sunday 27th November 2016, 4.30pm
David (West Ham United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Old Trafford?

With Old Trafford being the biggest club ground in the country, I was excited to finally visit the stadium.

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

The public transport in Manchester is excellent. The trams are really good and from my hotel near the airport it was a simple journey to the Salford Quays area. 

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We met and drank in the Lime Bar. Mainly home supporters but they also serve away fans and there was no trouble whatsoever. Filled up with hammers nearer kick off and a good atmosphere. No issues and good friendly banter between supporters. Went in the Matchstick Man earlier on, but more of a restaurant than a pub. As the tram system is so good, you could also drink in the City Centre beforehand.

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

Old Trafford is an immense stadium, absolutely massive. The away end was a little cramped but I've been to far worse. Concourse was adequate but a little on the small side. Can't remember what they were selling pints for... don't generally drink in the stadiums but the stewards were good enough. No trouble.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Old Trafford is very quiet. Obviously the away end is noisy but it's quite disappointing that such a huge stadium lacks atmosphere. As previously mentioned, no issues with the stewarding, can't comment on food and drink prices as can't remember (!). Game was a 1-1 draw. West Ham went one up after about 90 seconds and was a good match. Very defensive display from us. View is excellent, some parts of the away end are very high up but where we were sat was awesome. It's a spectacular arena!

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

The tram system puts extra staff on and although it was very busy (sheer numbers exiting the stadium) it all ran smoothly. A few mouthy home fans were trying to get a rise out of the "Cockney ****'s" but no trouble to speak of. The stadium is well served by trams and there is a mainline train station. Of course you can opt to walk a bit after the game to find a less busy stop but the trains/trams will all be busy. But nothing worse than London clubs and the underground system. 

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Was an excellent game, great beer and atmosphere before. Locals are legendary for their friendliness and I experienced this first hand. Old Trafford is an amazing stadium and one I'll definitely be returning to at some point in the future.

Manchester United vs Burnley
Premier league
Saturday 29th October 2016, 3pm
James Gregory (Burnley fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Old Trafford?

After previously beating Everton 2-1 last week, and with Old Trafford Manchester being the largest ground in the league, then was going to be one of the biggest away games of the season so I was certainly looking forward to it.

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

We were going from Preston, so travelling towards Manchester was fine however once we started to come within 10 miles from the ground the match day traffic certainly did build up. So I would advise others to leave in fair time and give yourself a bit of a cushion.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Before the game we had a bit of time so we decided to do a lap of the Old Trafford ground, which showed off the spectacular exterior of the stadium.

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

Inside the stadium, it was nice and big! Seats were quite cramped however this was irrelevant as we were standing up all game.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself was dominated by United but after and unreal game by Tom Heaton and a bit of luck ended up with Burnley scrapping a 0-0 draw which was a fantastic result for an away trip to old Trafford. The atmosphere was great in the Burnley end but the united fans were virtually unheard for 95% of the game which was awful considering the amount fans in the stadium.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground wasn't as bad as getting there before the game. After staying on after the game for at least 30 minutes and then taking a 30 minute walk to the car afterwards meant that we seemed to have missed a fair chunk of the traffic.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall, it was a great day at Old Trafford which was added to by an even better result.

Manchester United v Liverpool
Europa League, Round of 16, Second Leg
Thursday 17th March 2016, 8pm
Rob Lawler (Liverpool fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Old Trafford?

It was a big game between two bitter rivals in the first meeting between us in Europe. Liverpool had a great chance of going through with a 2-0 lead from the first leg at Anfield.

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

A quick dash up the M62 on the Spirit of Shankly coach which went from the Rocket pub at the beginning of the motorway.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Not advisable to drink in any local pubs especially with a scouse accent so just a few drinks before we got on the coach and then straight into the Old Trafford ground.

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

Old Trafford is a large and modern stadium and does look impressive at night. However their fans were a bit subdued, especially as there was a fantastic atmosphere at Anfield the previous week. The stewards were really friendly and had a laugh and a joke with the away fans.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

A funny moment before the kick off where a Man Utd fan with long hair and a green parka on decided to goad the Liverpool fans, he was then run over by a Liverpool fan in a disability scooter to great amusement in the away end! Coutinho scored an away goal on the stroke of half time which effectively ended the tie. The Liverpool fans sung non stop during the half time break. Only bad moment was at the end where a few Liverpool fans "outed" themselves in the Man Utd end by unfurling a Liverpool flag which resulted in a massive brawl and seats being ripped out.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

A Police escort back onto the motorway and arrived in Liverpool within 30 minutes. I think I got home quicker than most times I have been to Anfield.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out :

A good night out tarnished by a few idiots on both sides fighting at the end. surprised that the police let us walk out at the final whistle and run the gauntlet back to the away fans coach park.

Manchester United v Southampton
Premier League
Saturday 23rd January 2016, 3pm
Eric Spreng (Southampton fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Old Trafford?    

I have lived in Scotland all of my life but I have supported Southampton since 1968 when I was nine years old and my father took me to The Dell. My parents had lived in Southampton when they were first married in the 1950's and at the time that I went to the Dell they were down visiting friends.

I managed to secure two tickets for the Southampton end for this game and my friend and I (a neutral) took our wives down to Manchester for the weekend. They went shopping and we went to the match.

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

We drove down to Manchester on the Friday and stayed in the Malmaison opposite Piccadilly Station. It was no problem getting the tram out to the ground, getting off at Old Trafford tram stop beside the cricket ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

We got into a pub near the ground (cannot remember what it was called !) and had a couple of pints between about 12.30pm and 1.30pm and then made our way up to the ground. Everyone in the pub was more than friendly and welcoming.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Old Trafford Stadium?    

As we walked up to the Old Trafford ground I could not believe how busy it was, fully an hour and a half before kick off. We walked all the way round the ground to soak up the atmosphere before entering at the away turnstiles at the south-east corner of the ground. The view from our 'seats' in the 5th row was absolutely brilliant. The legroom for two big guys was a bit tight, but that did not matter as we (and just about every other Southampton fan) stood for the entire match. It is a wonderful stadium, but I must admit that I really was amazed how quiet the Man Utd fans were.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

The only downside of the day was my pre-match pie, which seemed to have a bit too much gravy in it and kind of collapsed in front of me! I did not really want a pie, but we had ordered two beers, a pie, and a packet of crisps and the price was £12.10 - due to some complicated 'offer' ordering another pie and another packet of crisps brought the price down to £12 (well we are Scottish!). The stewards were first class - friendly, helpful and informed.

The game itself was perhaps not a classic, although I do not think that Ronald Koeman quite got the credit that he deserved from the media for his tactical astuteness. The atmosphere at the Southampton end was absolutely superb - I haven't sung as much in years! Saints fans were all excited about Charlie Austin's signing and chanted his name regularly. After Koeman had made the double substitution with 20 minutes to and Southampton started to get on top, the Saints fans started singing 'and we've still got Charlie on the bench', taunting the Man Utd fans that Charlie was going to come on and score the winner! Which indeed he did with only three minutes left - cue absolute bedlam amongst the 1,800 Southampton fans!

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We could not believe how straightforward it was to get back into town. We made our way back to the tram stop beside the cricket ground and got straight on the first tram that came along. We were back in the pub in Piccadilly just after 5.30pm!

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Living 500 miles from St Mary's I don't see too many Southampton games in the flesh, but this has to be my greatest Southampton experience. Despite Man Utd's problems they don't lose a lot of games at Old Trafford, but Koeman undoubtedly out-thought Van Gaal tactically and it was great to witness. Add to that the excitement of Charle Austin's debut and the result and it was a great day to be 'In That Number'.

Manchester United v Southampton
Premier League
Saturday 23rd January 2016, 3pm
Alex Squires (Southampton fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Old Trafford ground itself?    

We have been getting some brilliant results at Old Trafford recently, like the win last season or the 1-1 draw the year before. With a recent upturn in fortunes on the pitch and the fact Charlie Austin was set to make his saints debut, there was reason to be optimistic.

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

As we live up near Leeds as exiled fans, we would be facing a shorter journey than most Saints fans. We used the Transpennine express train from Leeds into Manchester Piccadilly station, so fairly straightforward.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

After looking around the area for any pubs as we were pretty early, we came across the Piccadilly Tavern, just up the road from the station. The pub served good food and alcohol at reasonable prices. I wore my Saints colours, but there were quite a few Saints fans present, and we received no hassle from the home fans. When we left we jumped in a black cab and made the journey to the ground pretty easy.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Old Trafford Stadium?    

The sight of old Trafford's huge stands as you approach the ground is a truly amazing sight. Once in the away end, the allocation seemed a lot smaller than it has done before. The legroom between the seats leaves a lot to be desired although we were stood up for the duration of the game. We were housed in the older stand in one corner and the sight of the other three stands is incredible.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

The game itself was extremely uninspiring for the neutral, and neither of the sides looked like scoring in the first half, but we seemed the better of the two sides. The United fans were turning on the team and van Gaal once again. In the second half, we started to play well and came close a few times but couldn't quite find the back of the net, Victor Wanyama coming the closest with a header from a corner. Saints fans were delighted to see Charlie Austin coming off the bench and within seven minutes he won a free kick at the expense of Adnan Januzaj. Fellow sub James Ward-Prowse placed a very accurate ball into the box which found the head of Austin who headed home his first ever goal in saints colours. The goal sparked jubilant scenes down the away end as Saints were on the way to an old Trafford win for the second season in a row. Down the home end however, boos were ringing out until after the final whistle while Saints fans were singing joyously. We were able to see the game through to the final whistle much to the disgust of home fans. All in all a fairly unexceptionable game until the last few minutes which were incredible.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We started to walk back towards the city centre when we saw a few buses heading for Piccadilly. We jumped on one, the 255 service. It was packed but it was also efficient, and it meant we could catch an earlier train than planned which was another bonus.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall a brilliant day out and a fantastic result. Will definitely return!

Manchester United v Middlesbrough
League Cup Fourth Round
Wednesday 28th October 2015, 8pm
Adam Featherstone (Middlesbrough fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting Old Trafford?    

Getting the opportunity to visit Old Trafford is always something to look forward to and especially when you support a team from a lower league looking for a cup upset. In addition Boro were taking over 10,000 fans to the game so being part of that and experiencing the atmosphere added to the anticipation.

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

We drove down and the traffic getting into Manchester was a bit of a nightmare. Coming from the east, the M62 was pretty much nose to tail the whole way. As this was a night game we were travelling in rush hour traffic which didn't help things so I imagine for weekend games it wouldn't be as bad. Coupled with this was the unusual decision to allow Manchester City to play Crystal Palace at home on the same night. Car parking was relatively easy. We just put Old Trafford into Sat Nav and parked in one of the private car parks which are dotted along the road leading to the ground. We paid £5 which wasn't too bad.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

Due to the aforementioned traffic issues we didn't get there in time to go to a pub or do much before the game. A few of us were in colours and we had no bother at all from any of the Man United fans.

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

 It is as I expected an impressive ground which stands quite isolated which adds to the effect. It didn't seem as big as I had expected given that it is home to the most successful club in the country. The away stand for this cup game was behind the goal opposite the famous Stretford End. The Man United fans weren't the best in terms of creating an atmosphere but I suppose for them it was a mundane sort of game. European nights, big Premier league games etc.. will probably be better.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

The game was, for the neutral, pretty uninspiring but was unforgettable for any Boro fan. We matched them through the whole 90 mins and into extra time and had a few decent chances to win the game. It ended 0-0 after 120 minutes and went to pens where we won 3-1. Seeing Rooney miss their first pen was just the start and then Carrick and Young (note that these were all England internationals) fluffed their lines which sparked pandemonium amongst 10,000 Teessiders and gave us one of our most memorable victories. During the game there were a few 'handbags' getting thrown around amongst supporters but stewards and police officers quickly prevented the situation from escalating.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was easy enough but unfortunately we had to endure a painfully long slog home thanks to road closures. Having said that I would have done it ten times over after this game.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A fantastic day out for any Boro fan that was there. The only down side was the travelling difficulties but was worth it for the result.

Name Paul R
Manchester United v Arsenal
FA Cup 6th Round
Monday 9th March 2015. 7.45pm
Paul R (Arsenal fan)

Why you were looking forward to going to the ground:

Because I rarely get to go to away games so the chance to go to the biggest club ground in England with just under 9,000 Gooners was too good a chance to miss.

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

I took the official club coach and there was a fair bit of traffic north of the M6 Toll (not helped by the fact we had to go back to the services because the coach driver left some behind!) and around old Trafford. Again our driver couldn't find the coach park and we were going round in circles for a while.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I walked from the coach park to the ground with my Arsenal colours on full show but received no real issue from that. Apart from when I went to purchase a £3.50 programme, a United fan started singing that song about Wenger that they have (Which I will not elaborate on but most should know which one I mean) I just walked away. When entering you get your ticket checked then searched.

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

I was in E336 (which is normally the home end so this review is really for cup away fans or United home fans) and you have to climb a lot of stairs to get up there and I didn't see a lift there at all. I was second row from the back and the steps there are very steep so you have to be careful. Because of the roof overhang I couldn't see much of the rest of the stadium. There was a wall between us and the home support and there is a large amount of corrugated iron on the back wall and the dividing wall which is great for banging on (though the stewards don't like it for some reason) The seats are very cramped and close together so you may end up needing to stand. I noted a lack of a video screen and the electronic scoreboard which wasn't very good at giving information and right at the back you can barely hear the PA system.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The concourse was packed so I didn't get to order any food but I managed to get a £4 decanted Singha before getting to my seat. Arsenal fans were singing loudly even before the game had started. The match itself was a great cup game with Arsenal taking the lead through Monreal before Rooney equalised for United. In the second half, Welbeck scored and Di Maria get sent off (which because we were so far back, we could barely see it) When it comes to atmosphere, it was all created by the Arsenal fans, there was very little coming from the United fans. This was helped by the stewards being lassez-faire with us (which I later discovered one of them was an Evertonian!) only stepping in when we strayed into the aisles but that was because it was that cramped. The atmosphere was also helped by the low iron roof so there was amplification of our chanting as well.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

You exit the same way you come in, through the steep steps (which the wire mesh is also great for banging) The coach park was easily signposted but finding the coach in the maze of them was hard. It was slow leaving the ground until we got back to the motorway.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A great night out, well worth taking two days off work to go. One of the best atmospheres I have ever experienced and would certainly go again if I could!

Manchester United v West Ham United
Premier League 
Saturday September 27th 2014, 3pm
Jess Rumsey (West Ham United fan)

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

This was the first time I have visited the ground since 2007 where we stayed up on the final day with a goal from Carlos Tevez. I was curious to see whether we could win again, seven years on...

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

I took the train from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly where enroute I met my friend. We had a lot to catch up on and time passed travelling with predictions and analysis of previous games. On arriving at Piccadilly we got another train to Old Trafford railway station, which is only a short walk away from Old Trafford.

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

I'd previously visited Manchester in May for the game against City so I sort of knew my way around Manchester. I took my friend to a pub i knew of from my last visit called the Waldorf where both home and away fans were drinking.

We then got the train to Old Trafford and entered the stadium of which I then grabbed something to eat and drink. We had no trouble with the home fans. They all seemed friendly and up for some enjoyable banter.

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

It was a long time since I last went and I seem to remember the away fans being more behind the goal on my last visit. None the less the view was good from where I was sat. The concourse was fairly spacious and I managed to get served quickly. I was fascinated by the amount of banners around the stands. And the tributes to Sir Alex Ferguson.

View From The Away Section

View From The Away Section At Old Trafford

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

For the first 20 minutes of the game West Ham never got out of first gear, quickly conceding 2 goals. However we managed to get a goal before half time. In the 2nd half West Ham dominated the match but unfortunately couldn't find and equaliser.  Well not one that wasn't given for offside anyway!

I felt the atmosphere from the home fans was very subdued and towards the end the fans were clearly nervous. Our fans however were in fine form and supported the team pretty well. I do feel there could have been more toilets on the concourse. Having been at the opposite end to the female toilets. I had to make y way through the concourse crowd at half time. Otherwise the stewards and facilities  were pretty well organised.

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

I left the game just after the final whistle and got on the train from Old Trafford to Piccadilly and was back in the town centre within 20 minutes. Of which I met my friend for our journey home.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Despite having lost. Our fans were pretty consistent and our team played a proud performance.

Manchester United v Sunderland
Carling Cup Semi Final Second Leg
Wednesday January 22nd 2014, 7.45pm 
Rory Murphy (Sunderland fan)

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

Sunderland had won the first leg 2-1 thanks to a Giggs own goal and a Borini penalty. Sunderland had one foot in the final for the first time in 22 years. Man Utd weren't exactly in fine form so I was really confident. Old Trafford's obviously a famous stadium and this was my first visit.

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

We set off from the North-East at 3pm hoping not to hit traffic. There was a bit of traffic on the M62 but apart from that the journey was fine. We reached Manchester at about 6pm. We had a cousin that lived near Old Trafford and he was fine with us parking there.

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

Me and my mate got a bite to eat from a burger van and headed towards the away end. The home fans seemed fine with the surrounding Mackems.

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

The ground is HUGE. Maybe not as nicely designed as the Emirates but when you're in the stadium you can really see how big it is. Sunderland brought 9,000 fans down on a cold Wednesday night in January which is great for a club that's been in a relegation battle for the last few years. We were allocated the usual corner and the upper tier of the East Stand. I was up in the God's in the East Stand and the long climb was worth it for an incredible view.

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

Well, what a game. United took the lead from the former Sunderland loanee Jonny Evans and the game was pretty dull. The Sunderland fans were excellent and tried to suck the ball in the net. United fans were very poor. Their away fans are excellent but very quiet at home. The game finished 1-0, 2-2 on aggregate so it went to extra-time. The game still didn't really pick up until the 119th minute. Sunderland were passing it round the box and the ball went to Phil Bardsley, he unleashed a shot and De Gea fumbled it in. We went ballistic. Just as we started singing "que sera, sera" United scored and it went to penalties. The penalties were truly awful and the penalties were 2-1 in Sunderland's favour with Rafael stepping up to take the last one to either make or break Sunderland's Wembley hopes. Mannone saved it and that was it. We were going to Wembley!

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

We stayed back for half an hour to celebrate with our fellow Sunderland fans. We got out of Manchester and the journey home was fine. We got home at 1.30am and went straight to bed!

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

What a great day. Best day I've had while supporting Sunderland.

Manchester United v Chelsea
Premier League
Monday August 26th 2013, 8pm
Marcus Walker (Chelsea fan)

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

Old Trafford is the biggest club stadium in England so naturally it’s always an away day you look out for when the fixtures are released! This would be my third time to the ground as an away fan going with Chelsea every time.

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

We took the train from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly which took a little over two hours so not too bad. From there we took a taxi to Salford Quays to find a pub before heading to the ground. The ground is huge and very impressive from the outside so naturally easy to spot.

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

Before the game we went to the Lime Bar in Salford Quays which was a mixture of Chelsea and Manchester United fans. There was a lot of chanting from the numerous travelling Chelsea fans and the Manchester United fans weren’t impressed and a few even came over to tell the Chelsea fans to quieten down. The police all of a sudden popped out of nowhere to keep an eye on our fans which was a bit of a shock but they only intervened a couple of times. Manchester United v Chelsea is a bit of a rivalry nowadays so it was a bit hostile walking to the ground.

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

The ground from the outside looks very impressive. It’s huge, seating 80,000 fans and the exterior is well done. The away end is in the South East corner of the stadium where the maximum allocation is 3000. Chelsea had sold out all 3000 tickets so there was a large police presence outside the away end but it’s easy to spot because of this! There was a lot of police and sniffer dogs too which was a bit of a shock but entrance wasn’t too much of a hassle.

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

The game was a 0-0 for Mourinho’s first away game of the season at the home of the Champions and it’s a result that all Chelsea fans would have taken prior to kick off. The atmosphere from our fans was brilliant with non stop chanting throughout. I expected a lot more of the United fans though especially the ones in the Stretford End. There was good banter between the two sets of fans and a couple of United fans were escorted out of the East Upper due to badgering from our away support. The stewards seemed friendly though. The facilities are good in the concourse and it’s spacious. The queues for food and drink were very long so we didn’t bother so we joined in with the chanting and bouncing fans in the concourse.

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

As it was an evening kick off we stayed overnight in Manchester. We headed straight back to the centre and took the tram from Old Trafford to Piccaddily station. There were long queues and it took a while. Both United and Chelsea fans were chanting at each other with a mixture of banter and hostility.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall it was a top away trip. The stadium is very good and very accommodating to travelling away fans. It would have been great to return to London with all 3 points but we’ll take a point and move on.

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Updated 2nd September 2018

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