So talk us through your time at United...
I began working on matchdays as a cashier for the Manchester United Development Association which was the fundraising arm of the club. Sir Matt Busby’s granddaughters worked with me and the great man would come into the office for a cup of tea while he waited for them. I went full-time in 1976, before the club asked me to run the new membership scheme eleven years later. I’ve been in my current role since 2003.
Setting up the membership scheme must have been a big undertaking?
It was, but it was fantastic to see how it grew over the years. It was the same with the supporters’ branches – we went from having 66 to 250 during my time there. Another big part of my job was running coach travel to all domestic away games and when English clubs were allowed back into Europe in 1990 we began sorting travel abroad for our Cup Winners’ Cup campaign which, of course, ended on a great note.
Have you always been a fan?
Yes. I first came aged six-years-old with my dad and brothers, and later with my wife Bernadette and sons Paul and David. My grandchildren Thomas and Emily have been brought up in the red tradition as well. I saw the Busby Babes in action and the likes of Best, Charlton, Stiles, Cantona, Keane, Giggsy, Scholesy all stand out as some of the club’s true greats. Denis Law was my big hero though.
What’s your favourite United memory?
That’s a tough one. I didn’t miss a game, home or away, for 16 years when I started in membership and experienced some unbelievable moments. Winning the title in ’93 was incredible, but I’d have to say the Treble.
You work closely with the players in your current role – what does it involve?
I deal with any non-media related business involving the players, from both internal and external sources. I basically try to take the pressure away from them so they can do what they do best on the pitch.