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13/01/2010 20:11


Ernie Bernardy on Liverpool 1980

Ernie from Luxembourg recalls some of his favourite trips to Old Trafford, and a link between them...

I was barely eleven years old when I watched United win the European Cup against Benfica. That was the day I became a United fan.

There was no internet then, no televised league matches and English newspapers were available only once a week in Luxembourg so my only chance to follow United was by listening to BBC Radio!

On 5 April 1980, I made my first visit to Old Trafford. I sat in South Stand (Block 48 - Row G - Seat 5!) Kenny Dalglish put Liverpool 1-0 up, but Mickey Thomas equalised and Jimmy Greenhoff lifted the roof by scoring the winner in his first full match of the season following an injury lay-off. There was a full house (57,342), the Stretford End was on song, it was no place for faint hearts.

5 April 2003: Another Liverpool encounter, this time with my elder son Jeff, who on that day celebrated his 15th birthday. United provided the perfect present for him with a 4-0 demolition of the Scousers!

5 April 2009: With my sons Jeff & Jim, I attended United’s victory over Aston Villa; it was the day that Federico Macheda put his name on the football map. I’ll be back at Old Trafford for the Chelsea match in April; it might not be on the 5th, but as long as United win, I won’t care!

Another memorable match for me was the Champions’ League semi-final match against Barcelona in 2008. Scholes' wonderful winning strike, the relentless support from the fans, the tension until the final whistle. I was rewarded with a kiss on my cheek by a (male) stranger, but well, United were on their way to Moscow and that was all that mattered!


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