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13/01/2010 22:21


Paul Stackhouse on Newcastle 1985

US-based supporter Paul remembers a game from the rampant start to 1985/86...

I have been a lifetime "long distance" supporter of United, currently living in Portland, Oregon, USA.

I first visited OT as a 17 year-old when I lived in Aberdeen. I drove three of my friends to our first United game at home to Liverpool in 1983 (we drew 1-1) and we stayed at a relative's home in Carnforth on the way back north that night.

A couple of years later my family had moved to Newcastle where, much to my new friends' anger, I remained a loyal Red. I remember one particular night game at OT against Newcastle that I attended because we were absolutely fantastic. We only won 3-0 but it could have been more. It was when Peter Barnes was on the left wing (1985/86 season).

I was friends at the time with the son of Newcastle manager Wille MacFaul. The game wasn't televised but I got hold of the tape of the full game (minus commentary) from him. I guess I enjoyed Peter Barnes running rings around the Magpies defenders better than his dad did because he let me keep the tape!

I was lucky enough to be at the Nou Camp in '99 (I was living in Belgium at the time and drove 14 hours overnight to get there). I've been in the States for the last 10 years, but I visit OT whenever I get back to the UK. I brought my son Robbie for the first time in 2006, when we thrashed Fulham 5-1 on the opening day of the season.

Not being able to get to games is one of the biggest things I miss by being abroard, but I get to see most of them live on TV. My love affair with United continues...


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