Plenty of United fans travel great distances to visit Old Trafford but few will have covered more ground than the USA branch of the Supporters’ Club, who attended this month’s Liverpool match on their latest trip to Manchester.
Although the result wasn’t ideal, losing 3-0 to two Steven Gerrard penalties and a late Luis Suarez strike, the 20 members experienced a weekend to remember after taking a stadium tour with Norman Whiteside and meeting up with fans’ favourite Quinton Fortune.
As branch founder Peter Holland explains, the long journey was well worth the time and effort: “Of course, everyone was bitterly disappointed with the result, but it didn’t dampen our spirits and the trip proved to be a huge success once again.
“Norman was a very personable man and he made our tour of the stadium extremely enjoyable, providing lots of information on his playing days with United and Northern Ireland. It’s a pity his career had to end at such a young age.
“Quinton is another wonderful ambassador for the club and he was very engaging with our members. We had a great conversation with him and the story of his road to professional football was an inspiration to everyone.”
As part of the trip, the branch members also met up with MU Foundation chief executive John Shiels to discuss fundraising ideas and donate t-shirts from American sports teams.
“I always ask our travelling members to bring the jersey of a sports team from their home town. We then give them to the Foundation, who can pass them on to various children’s charities. It’s another benefit to our trip and we can’t wait to come back.”