Manchester Football Clubs


United Football Club

Manchester United Football Stadium, Old Trafford
Manchester United Football Stadium, Old Trafford. Aerial Photograph Image Courtesy of © 2005

Throughout the
world, no matter where you find yourself, the name “Manchester” has
become synonymous with Manchester United Football Club, “Man-U”
or MUFC as it has become internationally known. Great footballing
names like George Best and Bobby
have become indelibly linked with the city which they
represented in football.
The names
of manager, Sir Alex Ferguson and
England Team Captain and former player, David
have become icons in the history of soccer football and
the club invariably appears at the very top of the Premier League.
United is now one of the most profitable companies in Great Britain,
and boasts probably the largest fan following of any club in the world.

Sir Matt BusbySir Alex Ferguson,MUFC Manchester United Football ClubDuncan Edwards

History of Manchester United

Founded in 1878,
United was originally called “Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway
Newton Heath”, but known irreverently then as “The Heathens”,
it became a professional football team in 1885 and adopted its present
name in 1902. it came from modest beginnings as a working mens’ social
club – in 1886 the team won its first trophy, Manchester Senior Cup.
As part of the short-lived Football Alliance, their main opponents
were Ardwick (later to become Manchester
F C). The team’s early fortunes, however, did not fare well,
and by 1902 they were declared bankrupt.
Only the efforts of full back, Harry Stafford, to raise the money
to get them out of trouble saved the club. His fortunate meeting with
local brewery owner, John Davies, resulted in Davies buying the club,
paying off their debts, and initiating a fresh start for Manchester
United. It was Davies who introduced the first red and white strips.
Later in 1902, at a suggestion by director, Louis Rocca, the club
changed its name to become Manchester United.
In 1903
United employed their first true manager, Ernest Magnell, who was
a fitness fanatic who drove the team on to higher and higher achievements.
Soon they became notorious for the outstanding quality of their football.
had been responsible for signing up several ex-Manchester City players,
including Billy Meredith, one of
the greatest players of his day. Meredith went on to lead the team
to victory and the winning of their first League Title, and a year
later to win the F A Cup against Bristol City.
The club
moved from its original ground at Bank Street to Old Trafford in 1910,
thanks to the benevolence of John Henry Davies. Hit by disaster when
the team plane crashed at Munich Airport in 1958, it had taken Matt
Busby, the manager, ten years to rebuild a team after losing eight
players in the disaster.
It was in 1968
that Busby’s European ambition was realised in their defeat of Benfica
by 4-1 at Wembley Stadium. The club led English re-entry into Europe
in 1990 after a five year ban resulting from the Heysel Stadium disaster.

“Busby Babes” and the Munich Air Disaster

On 6th February
1958, the plane carrying the Manchester United football team, crashed
on takeoff on a snow covered runway at Munich Airport, West Germany.
Seven members of the team died in the crash, and an eighth (Duncan
) was to die later from serious injuries.
Eight accompanying
journalists and three club officials also perished in the crash. United
were returning from a match with Red Star Belgrade after a 3-3 draw,
which had earned them a place in the European Cup semi-finals.
, the manager, along with Bobby
and defender Bill Foulkes
had survived the crash. But it was to take another 10 years before
Busby (and Manchester United) could replace his “Babes” with a winning
team, and recover from the tragedy.
(above right) is the “Munich Clock” which displays, above the entrance
to Old Trafford, the date and time of the tragedy – the clock stopped
permanently at that hour as a mark of respect and a perpetual memorial
to those who perished.


    Old Trafford Football Stadium.
    The Red Devils, Man-U, MUFC.

    Sir Matt Busby Way (formerly Warwick Road),
    Old Trafford Manchester M16 0RA
    Email: Tel: 0161 868 8000.
    Ticket Order
    Line: 0870 442 1999, weekdays from 9am to 5pm.

    South East Lower, 37 Wheelchairs, 37 Helpers.
    Executive Boxes, Fast Food, First Aid Station, Licensed Bar, Lift,
    Soft Drinks, Toilets, International Suite, Licensed Bar, Lifts, Soft
    Drinks, Toilets.
    Corporate Hospitality & Sponsorship Packages – Contact Commercial
    Department Tel : 0161-872 3488.
    Membership Office Tel : 0161-872 5208.

    Tel: 0161-868 8010.

    Tel: 0161-868 8888.
  • MUTV
    Tel: 0870-848 6888.

    Tel: 0161-643 5955.
    Tel: 0161-868 7000.

United Stadium & Museum Tours

0161-868 8631.
Opening Times:
Hourly Tours from 9.30am to 5.00pm. Open Monday through to Sunday
9.30am to 4.00pm. Matchdays from 9.30am to kick-off. Museum closes
30 minutes prior to kick-off on match days. Megastore opens Mon-Sat
from 9.30am-5.30pm, Sunday from 10.30am-4.30pm.
Please check before setting out – times may have changed.
Museum & Tour : About �8.50 per adult, �5.75 per child, �23.50 per
family. Museum only : About �5.50 per adult, �3.75 per child, �15.50
per family. Children under 5 years go free. Educational Visits: School
and College student parties at £2.00 per student – teachers
go free.
Please check before setting out – charges may have changed.
Coffee Shop, Legends’ Café, the Red Café, Souvenir Kiosk,
wheelchair access, ample car parking. On-site Megastore
sells souvenirs & memorabilia, as well as football equipment, books,
magazines and videos.
Getting There:
Numerous buses from Central Manchester, and local Metrolink train
station at Trafford (400 yards). Advanced telephone booking is strongly
The Tour:
The tour includes – the Trophy Room, with cups and honours dating
back to 1908; the Roll of Honour, with players names dating back to
1886; The United Years, a stroll through the Club’s history from Newton
Heath to the present day; Kits through the Ages, the Legends’ Corridor,
The Munich Disaster, Learn how to be a Commentator, Virtual Old Trafford…and
much more.

Supporters & Fans Organisations, Publications, Etc.

  • Official
    Supporters Club

    Membership Office – Tel: 0161-868 8450.
  • Man United
    Disabled Supporters’ Association
    Contact: PO Box 141, South DO, Manchester M20 5BA.
    Tel: 0161-434 1989.
    There are some 104 dedicated spaces at Old Trafford set aside specifically
    for disabled supporters. Currently, wheelchair users and blind people
    are not charged for seats.
  • Independent
    Man United Supporters’ Association (IMUSA)

    The political voice and pressure group of Man United fans, set up
    to protect fans’ interests against big business. To join, contact:
    IMUSA, PO Box 69, Stretford, Manchester M32 0UZ.. They have a website
    at, and can be emailed via:
  • Fans’ Forum
    Set up in 2000 is an organisation intended to allow fans a legitimate
    method of communication between themselves and Man United Management
    and Directors.
  • Manchester
    United Development Association

    A supporters’ organisation designed to provide fund-raising activities
    for the Club. They provide the pools, draws, Cash Dash, among other
    fund-raisers to improve the fabric and facilities at the stadium.
    Contact – Tel: 0161-868 8600 or via the web at
  • Association
    of Former Players

    Raises cash for various charities and publishes “Legends”
    a magazine about past players (magazine subscription is currently
    £12 per annum). Currently has around 260 former Man United players
    in membership. Contact/Subscription:
    Association of Former Manchester United Players,
    PO Box 92, Old Trafford, Manchester M16 9XW.
  • United Magazine
    “United” the official Club magazine, sells for around
    £3.00 and sells around 75,000 copies a month.
  • Man Utd Radio
    Broadcasting on 1413 AM and receivable for around 5 miles from Old
    Trafford with live match commentary on matches of the day.
  • Man Utd Fanzines
    — “Red News”- – (£1.00). The oldest Man Utd
    fans magazine. Humorous, detailed and gossipy.
    — “Red Issue” — (£1.00). Sharp and cutting,
    particularly about rival teams. Authored by supported, Richard Kurt.
    — “United We Stand” – (£1.50). Edited by Andy
    — “Joe Royle’s Head”- – (£1.50).
    Recent newcomer designed specifically for younger Man Utd supporters.

United Related Websites

There are currently
around 750 websites devoted to Man United Football Club – these are
just a few of the major ones:

  • Banners
    Specialising in banners seen at Old Trafford.
  • IMUSA – the Independent Manchester United Supporters Association
    a fans’ pressure group (see above).
  • Shareholders
    United Pressure group website with latest information
    on campaigns, general news and gossip.
  • M-U-F-C Independent website with message/bulletin board
    and fans forum viewpoints.
  • Red Café Up to date information taken from reliable Press
    Association sources.
  • Red Issue A very pro-Man United “reds” view. Good
    local pubs review.
  • Red News Articles and features on Man Utd related issues
    and culture.
  • Red Org Facts, figures and statistics on Man Utd since its
    earliest days.
  • United Online Run by Polar Internet with material accumulated
    from several other websites. Good source of up to date news and views.
  • United We
    Stand The website of the same named Fanzine (see above).
    News and opinion, mostly from Press Agencies and local newspapers.
  • US Suporters’
    Club That’s right! There is an American Man Utd supporters
    club! Lists bars and clubs where Man Utd matches are screened in the

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