It takes a special kind of player to make it into United's top ten for the highest number of appearances. So it's good to see that Arthur's many reliable performances over the years are keeping him at number ten. He's still turning out today, as a regular pundit for MUTV.
Born in Edinburgh in 1957, Arthur Richard Albiston joined United as an apprentice at the tender age of 15, before turning professional two years later in 1974.
In his 14 years as a Red, Albiston was one of the only players to play under four separate managers, making 485 appearances. The success varied with each manager, although Arthur stuck to the task throughout, coming away with three FA Cups and a Second Division Winners’ medal.
Andy Cole - Pundit
Some players struggle to find the back of the net five times in a season, but on one glorious afternoon at Old Trafford Andy bagged five goals in one game and wrote his name in the United and Premiership history books. Away from the Theatre of Dreams, Andy has played for Arsenal, Manchester City and Newcastle United. In fact, it was up on Tyneside where he scored an astonishing 68 goals in just 74 matches for the Magpies - that’s when Fergie pounced.
During his career, Andy has also donned the white shirt of England on 15 occasions. But it’s in domestic football where he really shone. In 195 appearances for the Reds he scored 93 goals, ending his playing career as the second highest scorer in Premiership history.There are few players better qualified to offer their in-depth analysis and opinion and we’re proud to have yet another goal-scoring legend bringing insight to the MUTV action.
Paddy Crerand - Pundit
In his eight years at the heart of the United midfield, many opposing players felt the full force of a Crerand challenge. But now, as a commentator and pundit for MUTV, it's only the occasional referee, journalist or colleague who gets an earful.
Patrick Timothy Crerand was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1939. And after six years with Celtic, on the fifth anniversary of the Munich air disaster, he signed for the Reds in 1963. Valued at £56,000 and aged just 23, his commitment and contribution to United would go on to become priceless.
As the unsung hero of the holy trinity, Paddy made over 400 appearances for the club. In his time, he has lifted both the FA Cup and the European cup; he's no stranger to a league title or two either. He has also coached and became an assistant manager under Tommy Docherty.
Paddy has been a regular feature at the Theatre Of Dreams for nearly 47 years, and is as passionate and loyal to the cause now as he was the day he stepped out at Old Trafford.
Ali Shaw - Presenter
Before Ali was lured by the bright floodlights of Old Trafford, she had already made a name for herself on the small screen north of the border and down in London. Ali’s presenting pedigree is impressive; in 2009, she was the first woman to present the Scottish Premier League. She’s also anchored live football for Arsenal TV and Rangers TV, along with weekly live British Basketball coverage, and the weekday breakfast show on Setanta Sports News.
She kicked off her career in front of the camera on the weekly teenage magazine show, Skoosh. Ignoring the advice of never working with children or animals, Ali took them both on and presented a children’s animal show called Animates. She soon matured and since then has presented property shows, a live current affairs series and a suite of holiday programmes, as well as numerous sports shows.She says that working on children’s programmes like Animates prepares you for anything. “Trying to present to camera with a six foot python round your neck was the perfect preparation for tackling top-flight football.”
Stewart Gardner - Commentator & Presenter
The red half of Manchester will certainly recognise the excitable tones of Stewart Gardner, after he spent eight years commentating on all things United for BBC Radio Manchester. But since Stewart joined MUTV in 2007, the fans have been able to put a face to the voice.
It’s hard to be around Old Trafford for so long without falling for the pride, passion and history of this magnificent club. And although Stewart comes from Somerset, with a soft spot for Bristol City, he certainly considers himself an honorary red.
Today he makes the perfect sparring partner and companion for Paddy Crerand in the commentary box, for all United’s first team games. And whilst Paddy provides the punditry from the heart, Stewart’s commentary comes from the head. He also gets close to the managers, the staff and the players, with interviews before and after the matches.
Mandy Henry - Presenter
Mandy was just three years old when she took to the terraces for her first game. And since then she’s been hooked on all things football.
Before making it to the Theatre of Dreams, her career started in news and entertainment. First for Edinburgh’s Radio Forth FM, and then for the capital’s City TV channel. But it wasn’t long before Mandy secured herself a place on the sports team, reporting on rugby, golf, tennis and football. It was her passion for the beautiful game, which led to freelance roles with ITV and the BBC.
But Old Trafford awaited. And Mandy has been with MUTV ever since. Proud, passionate and always prepared to jump in at the deep end, Mandy also works with the Manchester United Foundation, who came up with the recent Sahara Challenge; in which she, Dennis Irwin, Andy Ritchie and a group of fans trekked across the hazardous desert.
Denis Irwin - Presenter
It takes a certain kind of player to muster up the will and the hunger to carry on playing at the highest level past their 38th birthday. And in Denis Irwin, Sir Alex knew he’d found someone special.
Denis was born in 1965, in Cork, Ireland. He joined United from Oldham Athletic, after impressing in an epic FA Cup semi-final against the Reds. As a reliable left back with an eye for goal, he excelled for both club and country, playing 529 times for United, and earning 56 caps for Ireland.
In 12 years at Old Trafford, Mr Dependable became the second most decorated player in the club’s history; cramming his trophy cabinet with seven Premier League winner medals, three FA Cup medals, one Champions League winners medal amongst other silverware from his acclaimed career. He even took home a Championship winners medal when he left United, after helping Wolves return to the top flight, in his penultimate year as a professional footballer.
Lou Macari - Pundit
There aren’t many players who’ve experienced the highs and lows of life at Old Trafford like Lou Macari. From midfield dynamo and tenacious striker, to post-match pundit and restaurateur. Lou’s seen all the different faces of the Theatre Of Dreams over the years.
The former Scotland international and striker-turned-midfielder moved to United from Celtic, for a fee of £200,000. He immediately went to work repaying the manager, with a goal on his debut. Lou spent the next 11 years at Old Trafford, scoring a further 96 goals in over 400 appearances throughout the Seventies and Eighties.
A fiery Scot, with 24 international caps to his name, Lou experienced a turbulent time in his early days at Old Trafford. He was part of the team that was relegated to Division Two in ‘74, and part of the side that won the division, returning to the top flight the following year.
Helen McConnell - Presenter
First and foremost Helen loves watching sport and all things related, so whilst studying Sports Studies at university it made sense to begin a career in sports broadcasting. During her time at university Helen began working freelance in Northern Ireland reporting on Irish league games, motorsports, cricket, hockey athletics and even a bit of fishing.
Helen has always been a massive football fan, particularly growing up in a family of Reds with two older brothers who either put her in goal in the back garden or made her watch George Best and Manchester United videos on days off school. But rather than being forced into loving football and Manchester United it came naturally to her and so from a young age Manchester United was the only team Helen knew anything about.
Working at MUTV is Helen’s dream job and she attends every home game and likes to travel to as many away games as a fan. Helen is still in awe of the Theatre of Dreams, each time she comes to work she is reminded of how lucky she is to breathe the same air as United legends past and present.
Sammy McIlroy - Pundit
You’re 17-years old. It’s your debut. And it’s derby day in Manchester. You’d be forgiven for letting a few nerves in. But there were no jitters, butterflies or cold sweats stopping Sammy Mcllroy. Instead, he scored one and set two up in a 3-3 thriller at Maine Road, which instantly endeared Sammy to United fans.
He was born Sammy Baxter Mcllroy, in Belfast, 1954. And was just 15 when Sir Matt Busby made him his last ever signing for the club. Sammy spent 11 years at Old Trafford, playing 391 times and always grabbing goals when the Reds needed them most.
Sammy also secured 88 caps for his country, playing for Northern Ireland in the ’82 World Cup and leading them in ’86. Today he manages Morecambe, where he’s been for the last five years following spells with Macclesfield, Stockport and Northern Ireland.
Playing with true grit and never shying away from the fight, Sammy never failed in giving his all for the cause.
Gary Pallister - Pundit
The 6ft 5in frame of the formidable Gary Pallister was enough to send a shudder down the spine of any striker who dared to venture into United's
18-yard box. Especially when paired with the uncompromising commitment of an equally fearsome Steve Bruce.
Born in the coastal town of Ramsgate in Kent, Pally was just 24 years old when he left Middlesbrough; breaking the British transfer fee record for a defender. And in the following nine years, he more than made up for the £2.3m that United parted with to bring his talents to Old Trafford.
In over 400 appearances for the club he lifted three Premier League titles, three FA Cups, a European Super Cup and a sackful of other silverware that requires a good polish every now and then. He was also capped 22 times for his country, which should easily have been more.
Andy Ritchie - Pundit
It took just three years, thirty-two games and thirteen goals, but Andy Ritchie managed to cement his place amongst a special group of players that will forever be regarded as favourites at the Theatre of Dreams.
Becoming a Red was Ritchie’s birthright. He was born in Manchester on November 28th at the start of the Sixties, and made his debut for United when he was just 17. Three years later he was gone, but not forgotten.
His second club was Brighton & Hove Albion, followed by Leeds United, and then Oldham Athletic. It was here where he left possibly the biggest impression of his career, most notably on a young Paul Scholes, who made Ritchie his hero from a young age.
His managerial career has put Andy in the hot-seat on a number of occasions, enjoying mixed success with clubs such as the Latics, the Tykes and the Terriers, but now he’s lining up once again as a Red on MUTV.
David Stowell - Presenter
The year that David joined MUTV was also the start of the season that saw the return of the Premier League Trophy to Old Trafford. And since then, both have been made to feel very welcome.
Before 2006, Stowell previously enjoyed impressive spells at both the BBC and ITV. Firstly working alongside Hammond, May and Clarkson on Top Gear; then as a presenter, reporter and commentator for ITV news. He also did his bit working for Sports Relief.
Football has never been too far away from David, and after having trials at Cardiff City he finally found his feet. Firstly playing in Northern Spain and then a little closer to home for Barry Town in Wales. It was this passion for the game that eventually drew him to United. And since joining, David has done nothing but feed the Red fever.
Mark Sullivan - Reporter
Mark is the man with his ear to the ground. In fact, his eyes and ears are all over the Old Trafford ground. As our dedicated reporter, he fronts Manager's Press Conference and United in Press. Rest assured, if it's on the grapevine, you'll hear from Mark first.
And as the countdown to kick-off ticks away, he can also be found in and around Old Trafford mixing with a few of the players, and a few thousand fans. He’ll talk about tactics, team news and tattoos of red devils, just so long as it’s about the team.
His knowledge and enthusiasm for the Reds is infectious, especially when interviewing the likes of Rooney, Rio, and even his very own United hero, Robbo. He can also be spotted reporting from the touchline at both the Reserves and Academy games. But by far, his proudest moment for MUTV was meeting Nelson Mandela on United’s pre-season tour of South Africa.
Mickey Thomas - Pundit
Every generation of footballers has a character like Mickey Thomas. In the three years that Mickey played for the Reds, he left a permanent impression on fans, players and colleagues alike. Today, he’s back with his same old mix of humour and charisma for MUTV.
Michael Reginald Thomas was born in Mochdre, Wales, in 1954. He was taken on by Wrexham at the age of 15, and made his debut two years later.
After helping Wrexham storm to the Division Three title, and gain them a giant-killing reputation with a decent run in the FA Cup, he joined United for a fee of £300,000. He started where he left off, getting stuck into a staring midfield role, which endeared him to the United faithful. In the three years that followed, Mickey played 110 games and scored 15 goals.