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"Me and the guy behind me always listen to The Stone Roses' This Is The One on an iPod before games, and we take it with us when we go to away games or cup finals. Apart from that, my only match ritual is shouting!"

- Mellissa Travis

20/01/2011 11:08, Report by Steve Bartram

Life in the Stretford End

Mellissa Travis

, 24, from Sale, tells us about life following the Reds from her seat in the Stretford End… 

Tell us about yourself as a fan…
I’ve been a Red for as long as I can remember. We got season tickets in the Family Stand, we were there for a good few years and made plenty of friends. That’s where I learnt by my first football chant… about the referee! We moved up to the Stretford End when I was about 15 and we’ve been here ever since.

What’s the best thing about your section of the ground?
It has a really decent bunch of people and we’re all pretty vocal. The unfortunate side effect of moving to the Stretford End so young was that it made my language even more colourful – the guys who I sit near now have a swear box for me! I go to the youth games as well, and I was told off by a steward in a Youth Cup tie at Anfield for my animated behaviour towards the referee. My passion for the team gets the better of me sometimes!

Do you have any match rituals or superstitions?
Not really although me and the guy behind me always listen to The Stone Roses' This Is The One on an iPod before games, and we take it with us when we go to away games or cup finals. Apart from that, no, the only ritual is shouting!

What have been your favourite moments in your current seat?
I’d have to say one of the derbies from last season – the 4-3 league win and the Carling Cup semi-final were both brilliant games. This season’s 7-1 win over Blackburn has to feature too, that was an incredible performance.

Who are your favourite players, past and present?
I love Nemanja Vidic because he’s so solid and I was a huge fan of Jaap Stam for the same reason. Giggsy is probably my all-time favourite though – I used to have a life-sized poster of him on my wall when I was younger!

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