ManUtd.com sits down for a chat with one of United's longest serving employees…
Good morning Ken... what time do you usually arrive at Carrington?
Usually just before 9am, depending on the traffic.
We hear the manager often breaks into song around the training ground…
Erm, I wouldn’t describe it as singing!
What’s your favourite dish in the canteen?
The soup is sensational. It doesn’t matter what flavour, just as long as it’s nice and creamy.
Ryan Giggs is in his 19th full season in the first team – what number are you at?
48. We lived in the same street as the late club secretary Les Olive and knew him and his family well. My mum and my aunt started working here in the 50’s and ran the first laundry room at Old Trafford. Mum stayed for around 28 years, while my aunt clocked up 35. I joined in 1960 and my son has recently started working in the museum. I’m delighted we’ve been able to keep the family tradition going.
Can you remember your first day?
Yes, very well. I was appointed by Les [Olive] as an office junior and joined as a 15-year-old straight from school. I remember Les introducing me to the manager, Mr Busby as he was then, and him saying to me ‘whatever Mr Olive tells you to do, do it!’
Did you pitch in on matchdays as well?
Yes, I’ve always worked the games. I remember we played Everton at Old Trafford soon after I’d joined and one of my jobs on a matchday was to go round checking the turnstiles. That night we were short of gate staff and I ended up operating the turnstile myself!
Tell us about your current role as club secretary?
Well, I look after the rules and regulations that govern the operations at the club involving organising fixtures – both domestic and European - and registering players. I also oversee various club projects, such as the Munich 50 year commemorations, the Best, Law and Charlton statue and any trophy presentations. My matchday role has changed greatly. At one time I’d go round checking all the toilets had enough