When Supergrass frontman Gaz Goombes found himself in Manchester with side-project The Hot Rats, he couldn't resist a visit to the home of his favourite football club...
First thing's first: why United?
I just did what my older brother did, really. I was probably only about five or six years old when I saw all his posters of Norman Whiteside on the wall. Ever since then, which would have been about 1982, I’ve been hooked.
What are your earliest United memories?
It’s probably not one of the earliest but the FA Cup final from 1985, when Kevin Moran was sent off against Everton, is one of the most vivid. I remember watching that around at my uncle’s house and I loved the kit from that season with the white stripes down the side. I had one of those shirts, which I loved.
How often do you get to see United in action?
I got to a few home matches last season but managed to attend quite a few away games, too. It’s great to follow United away from home – I went to the Lille game a couple of years ago in Europe when things kicked off a little bit in the stands… But United’s away fans are so good, it’s a really good vibe.
Who was your first United hero?
I remember writing to Jim’ll Fix It when I was about eight years old, asking to meet Bryan Robson. I was infatuated with the idea of meeting Captain Marvel. It never happened, though. I was gutted. But Robbo was definitely my first footballing hero.
First United game?
It was a Manchester derby! I think it was October 1982 and I came with my dad. I remember it was an incredible atmosphere – that’s what really stood out for me.
What emotions does being inside Old Trafford stir up?
It’s mad! I’ve never been inside the ground when it’s empty. It’s incredible.
Where were you when United won the Treble in 1999?
I was there in Barcelona! Supergrass got an offer from Radio 1 to play a few songs as part of some celebrations that were happening in the city so we got given free tickets to the match. I got to take my girlfriend and my two brothers and it was totally awesome. It was probably the most stressful match I’ve ever been to. The tension was unbelievable and for the last