In late 2007, Inside United explored the links between football and music in Manchester. Here we revisit that piece in three parts. Here's part two...
Joy Division co-founder Peter Hook grew up near Old Trafford and used to hang around on matchdays, nipping in for free late on when the gates were opened early for the forebears of today’s "traffic beaters".
As he got older he started going to games more often. But as music took hold, he admits losing interest. Football was no longer part of the circles he moved in. “During the punk years, it just wasn’t cool. Going to football was something your old man did. It was far too normal!”
His connections with United didn’t end entirely, though. “I got George Best’s job,” he says. “At the Manchester Ship Canal Company, where he worked when he was an apprentice. I actually sat at the same desk. How weird is that?”
Indeed, who’d have thought it today – footballers needing another job to pay the rent?
By the end of the 1970s, Hook’s antipathy had spread to a wider audience: the violence endemic among both football and punk’s followers meant only the most rabble-rousing bands (such as Angelic
"I’ve been seen once or twice on the terraces... I once bought a Manchester United hat, which I think was 12 shillings, and somebody ran up behind me and pulled it off."
- Morrissey, The Smiths