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"I used to camp overnight to buy away tickets. One guy I knew from away match coaches was sat in a deckchair one night doing an impression of a Roy Keane tackle. The chair collapsed and folded up with him in it. I decided he was as mad as me and ended up marrying him!"

- Gail Millar
07/01/2010 10:58, Report by Rebecca Stephenson

Red Heads: Gail Millar

Name

: Gail Millar
Age: 48

Where do you sit? My first season ticket was in the Stretford End Paddock when it was still standing and then I moved to K Stand or East Stand Upper as it's now called. I switched to the South Stand around 1996.

How it all began
: I followed in my dad’s footsteps, he took me to my first game in 1974 – the season we were relegated. We won 1-0 though and I loved it; my dad had to drag me out at the end!

Best moment: There are so many like Moscow and the Treble, but I’d probably say winning the league in ‘93.

What other games do you watch? I watch the U18s on a Saturday morning unless the first team are a long distance away. I sometimes go to four games in a week if the first team and reserves both have matches.

Longest trip to watch the Reds: Volgograd was probably furthest, but the longest was to Warsaw for the Cup Winners Cup semi in 1991. I went by coach. It took from Monday night to Friday morning, only stopping for the match! I was like a zombie afterwards.

Any superstitions or rituals? I used to get the tram to home games and there was one that had ‘Manchester Champion’ on the side. I loved getting on that tram, as I was convinced it meant we’d win the league! These days I look out for two magpies on the way and I always wear the same socks.

Any other standout moments? I used to camp overnight to buy away tickets. One guy I knew from away match coaches was sat in a deckchair one night doing an impression of a Roy Keane tackle. The chair collapsed and folded up with him in it. I decided he was as mad as me and ended up marrying him!

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