Football hooliganism stalked the land in the 1970s and it left its unwelcome mark at Old Trafford.
By 1976, security fences behind the goals had been extended down both touchlines, presenting a grim image more in keeping with a prison yard than a place of entertainment, especially when viewed from the lower steps of the paddock terraces. But not even spiky iron bars could spoil the exhilarating fare served up by Tommy Docherty’s swashbuckling young team, which had shrugged off relegation and regained a top-flight place at the first time of asking in 1975.
By then, work had started on rebuilding the main stand. Included was a spacious executive suite that extended backwards towards the railway station and featured a window offering a panoramic view of the stadium. But to see the action, diners in the two restaurants had to move to seats outside - now covered with a cantilever roof to match the United Road and Scoreboard End constructions - or to new exec boxes. Soon these handsome facilities were paying for themselves, with some opened to the public at selected times or available for hire. This expensive but