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08/04/2013 13:57, Report by Steve Bartram
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Christian's musical musings

United Review caught up with TV and radio presenter Terry Christian ahead of the Manchester derby..

“When it comes to music, I'd have to declare United narrow winners over City in a very high scoring game.

United's famous pop support stretches a long way and goes beyond bands and artists from the Manchester area but, in Manchester itself, famous reds include Ian Brown, John Squire and Mani of The Stone Roses while Reni is a blue. Oasis had Paul McGuigan, Noel and Liam Gallagher in the blue camp while Bonehead and Tony McCarrol were Reds.

"Attitude-wise, the inventor of Manchester attitude, Mark E Smith of The Fall, is a blue while John Cooper Clarke, The Happy Mondays, The Courteeners and Tim Burgess and Mark Collins of The Charlatans and MC Tunes are United.

"Icon of Indie music worldwide Ian Curtis of Joy Division was a blue despite being born in Old Trafford, as was the drummer Stephen Morris, whereas Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook were both Reds. The Smiths again were a band divided, with Morrissey and Andy Rourke being United fans and Mike Joyce and Johnny Marr favouring City.

"On the pop music side of things, multi-million sellers from Manchester like Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits (once a programme seller at Old Trafford), Mick Hucknall of Simply Red fame and Graham Gouldman of 10CC were all Reds while Jason Orange of Take That is a massive blue. Indeed, Graham Gouldman famously wrote 'It's Nice To Be Out In The Morning' for Herman's Hermits a song which is a hymn to Manchester and mentions Old Trafford, Charlton, Best and Law in its lyrics.

"You could easily build two super-groups, one red and one blue out of Manchester's musicians, but with the strong personalities and sheer awkwardness, you would expect some punch-ups on stage!

"My earliest Derby memories were of close games won 2-1 or 1-0 by either side with a fair few draws scattered around . My first-ever derby match at Old Trafford though was in the 69/70 season when United knocked City out of the FA Cup 3-0. It was a strange period as United had been on the receiving end of a 4-0 drubbing at Maine Road in the league six weeks or so earlier and, later that season, we were beaten 2-1 at Old

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