06/01/2010 10:44, Report by Rebecca Stephenson
My seat in the stadium
Paul Henry, 49, from Stretford, follows the Reds at Old Trafford from his seat in the North-East quadrant (aka J Stand!)... Tell us about yourself and your seat…
I stood in the old Scoreboard End for my first game - a 2-0 home win against Wolves in 1968. I then had a League Match Ticket Book in the Stretford End Paddock, before moving to J Stand in 1980. I’ve been in my current seat in J Stand (I won't call it the North East quadrant!) since 1992. It's diagonally opposite the tunnel, above the corner flag at the old Scoreboard End. I also watch United away - I've travelled all over the world, including places I’d never heard of like Lodz, Kosice and err… Northampton!!
What’s your favourite moment in your current seat?
There are dozens, but the best was this season against City. We’ve had loads of last minute ‘experiences,’ but I can’t remember one where we went from delighted to totally deflated to completely euphoric in just a few minutes!
Best thing about where you sit?
Definitely the banter with those around us. I sit with my other half, Pat, plus friends I’ve made at the games. We all get on really well.
What are your matchday routines and rituals?
I always have some pre-match drinks with friends outside – I like to spend a few hours at the top of Sir Matt Busby Way, outside Lou Macari’s chippy. As for rituals, I usually miss a goal! We often score early in the second half and after finally getting served at half-time I’m usually still finishing my beer! I'm totally engrossed during games… I’m a singer, analyser, complainer, moaner, joker… anything apart from quiet!