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Dare to dream

"Having been scarred by the events of the previous year, and not enjoying a league success in my lifetime, it was finally time to dare believing that the long wait was over."

02/05/2013 16:10, Report by A Marshall & N Coppack
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Hazy days: 20 years on

20 years ago, the Reds ended a 26-year wait for the league title and Inside United asked the media team for their memories of that momentous season..

Adam Marshall was at University and vividly remembers the Reds' game at Palace, three matches from home.. 

I’ve experienced some incredible atmospheres while following United, but I genuinely believe none can match the one generated at Selhurst Park on 21 April 1993. It seems difficult to fathom nowadays but I had no idea title rivals Aston Villa were trailing Blackburn Rovers, having kicked off earlier, as I made my way into the United end. On entering the ground, it became abundantly clear that a party was in progress. Having been scarred by the events of the previous year, and not enjoying a league success in my lifetime, it was finally time to dare believing that the long wait was over. ‘We shall not be moved’ was chanted over and over again but, while Villa lost 3-0, it took some time for the Reds to break the deadlock on the night. Mark Hughes and Paul Ince scored late on and I’ll never forget rushing to the front of the terrace for the midfielder’s clincher and screaming in celebration at Eric Cantona as he turned to face us. The title was in touching distance and the joyous mood continued on the way out of the ground, with one fan in front of me belting out James Brown’s 'I Feel Good' to the amusement of those around him! It still may not have been done and dusted but the sheer ecstasy and relief of that night flooded out of every person in the away end that evening and it’s a night I will never forget.

Nick Coppack was a young kid on the other side of the planet but that year’s title race still had a resounding impact on him..

I was only 11 at the time and besotted with football, despite growing up halfway around the world, in Australia. I’d set my alarm for 1am on a Sunday morning, wake up and, still tucked up in bed, listen to the BBC World Service’s live feed on my shortwave radio. On Monday nights we’d get a Match of the Day-style round-up of the weekend’s action on television. For the rest of the week, my best

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