Thoughts of a Manchester United season ticket holder
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
Green & Gold Heart Pumped By Red Blood?
It has been fairly joyous at Old Trafford in recent weeks. The team have reawakened in perfect timing to the fans finding their collective voice of disdain against the owners. The heat has definitely been turned up at the stadium of theatrical dreaming. Its a welcome change to the mediocre we have witnessed both on the pitch and coming from the Stretford End in the past months.
The day the idea was pitched about the Green and Gold this blog immediately put its weight behind it. Some people were surprised by this as they know my feelings on the ownership of the club. Others thought i was just being bandwagonesque to get a few more readers. Well....no. The reason i backed the idea was that i felt it was the right time to be free of the Glazers. That the Americans were making a mockery of the name they technically own. I felt that it was the correct time for me to take sides..so who to back? The owners or the fans? There was only ever gonna be one choice there.
The Green and Gold 'campaign' (for want of a better word) epitomises what the man on the street can do to show resistance. They are born of the clubs original colours..don't be fooled into thinking history began at the advent of the renaming to Manchester United Football Club (..a name we are no longer called..look at the badge) It surprises me that some fans have now taken this opportunity to voice their strange opinions on the subject...that we are Red and that that colour alone represents us as a fanbase. It makes me feel weird that there are some alleged card carrying United fans out there wanting to splinter away from a cause that only exists to benefit the club, not bleed it dry.
I think there are a few missing the point about our actions..even for it to be suggested that its all 'a bit Scouse' (How dare they!!!) I was perfectly prepared to give the Glazers time to run the club how they seemed fit..I never bought the notion that an Englishman or a United fan would automatically run the club better than them. Xenophobia is a pathetic entity. Now years down the line their tenure is starting to show fault-lines in the surface of Manchester United's good name...so its time for the fanbase to react. Also as i previous said, I'm not prepared to brick windows or run amock like idiots to prove a point. But i was prepared to sing and shout and scream and fly the flag..and that's where the Green and Gold fitted in perfectly.
Like it or not, the colours are having an impact, just as i knew they would. However, i will criticize MUST for missing a trick..i went to their hotel stomping ground before the Pompey game to acquire scarves only to find that they had sold out from an overbearing security guard who was causing more stress than restraint. So like everyone else i had to go to Jack the Lad to pay me fiver. This is not the merchandisers fault. They are business men. I do blame MUST though. They had minimal presence on the street besides some handing out information cards. The time was right to campaign and they missed a trick. However, the idea still thrived..it was just that MUST coffers could have been what benefited..but didn't. Shame. I'm sure a certain Red Knight, or whoever they claim to be could have stumped up for 100,000 scarves. Whatever.
The point though is that it is a great idea, and now everyone knows that we stand there together, at OUR stadium, as a collective. But we are missing one thing..and that's a decent protest song. Ive got no inclining to sing about Malcolm Glazer dying because its hollow. He could be dying as i write this and it wouldn't make a jack bit of difference about who owned the club. It would still be in the same hands. The old ones of 'we want glazer out' are all very nice but not very poetic..rather bland to the common ear. There must be a link there from our past (as the green and gold is) that we could re-ignite in vocal defiance. The Scousers have their Walking Alone somewhere song. City have Blue Moon. Even West Ham sing about blowing Michael Jackson's pet chimp. What do we have? Well yes we have a good variance of United ditties, but the time is right for us to produce a new anthem. We want a fresh start for our club. Its time that we had our own territorial hymn. The challenge is out their for someone to have the bright spark for it.
So the protest will continue. It wont be long until pretty much everyone inside Old Trafford will be in green and gold. I for one will continue wearing my NHFC colours. We will always be red, but it is also the colour of the Glazers brand. And i don't support a brand..i support a football club. One day i will wear my red colours again..but not until we find resolution for those that truly love Manchester United. Identify which side of the fence YOU sit on.
Love United..Couldn't Give a Damn About The Glazers.
Manchester United fan since the age of 9 when he saw Norman Whiteside curl the ball into a Wembley goal in the dying minutes.
He is an Old Trafford season ticket holder in the North Stand Tier 3...and cried tears of joy, on his knees with the many in Moscow.
Rob is a contributing author/editor at Man Utd blogzine 'The Faithful'