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13/01/2010 20:34


Jon Grant on West Brom 1978

United fan Jon recalls his first trip to OT from the Midlands, plus his favourite...

My first visit to Old Trafford was in March 1978, a 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion. I'd been a United fan from the age of 12, the season we were relegated.

All my mates were Albion fans and I went with them in the old Warwick Road end. Back in those days away ends were full and West Brom brought about 8,000 fans that day.

Although I was with the Albion fans, it felt great being in the ground, seeing great players gracing the Old Trafford pitch and enjoying the attacking football United played at the time. It's a memory I will hold for ever.

The Barcelona match in 1984 is another vivid memory, when Remi Moses marked Maradona out the game. We had a flat tyre on the M6 going to that game...

The ultimate one for me was the semi-final vs Barcelona in 2008. I've experienced many European nights but this one was electric. I was at Old Trafford all day and the build up was superb. The Bishops Blaize was rocking, the scarves and flags inside the ground were fantastic, the singing was non stop and when Scholesy scored it was deafening.

After the final whistle we were in the tunnel in the North Stand and no one was moving. Then in the distance a United fan put his young son on his shoulders. He had one of those inflatable Champions League trophies and when he raised it above his head, the fans went wild. It was magnificent, it brought a tear to my eye. I didn't want the day to end.


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