Fan Stories: I still get glimpses of my first game
In more straightforward times, Andy Greenhow would have celebrated 60 years of coming to Old Trafford by taking to his seat in Tier Two of the Stretford End.
“My dad was in Stretford CID and helped set up some of the security at United in the ’60s – he was probably on duty at my first match!”says Andy.
“So my grandad took me.
“There’s still glimpses of it in my mind’s eye, and I’ve looked it up many times since. The ironic thing is I can’t remember our three goals – only the Fulham one!
“But I remember being at pitch level at the corner of the Stretford End and what’s now the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand. I couldn’t get over it.
“I remember a lady coming round the sides with drinks – as a seven-year-old, that’s important! – and a seller on the bridge back out towards Chester Road. Grandad bought me badges for our scorers: Bobby Charlton, my absolute hero, Dennis Viollet and Albert Quixall.”
“It was a given I’d be a Red,”he explains,
“My birthday is 6 February – I was four when Munich happened – but it was a very cultural thing. We’d see the players getting on the coach around Urmston Lane, because some were billeted out there. We grew up around people who knew them. My aunty used to go dancing with them in the Stretford Locarno in the ’50s! Duncan Edwards... the whole lot.”
“I took him to his first game, against West Ham, in ’93 and that was very special,”he admits.
“I’ve got two grandsons called Ole and Ted [Theodore], which, honestly, is an accident! But I intend to take them and my granddaughter, Bea, one day.”
“what Alex did was outrageous”– but also harbours a fondness for the Tommy Docherty era.
“I was at the first Second Division game at Leyton Orient, and it was just an amazing experience.”
“I just want to get there again. I so, so miss the matchday experience,”he confesses.
“When you live away, you accept it’s not going to be as regular, but when you’re a season-ticket holder and you’ve loved the team for so long, it’s difficult. It’s part of your way of life. I’m a Stretford Ender, born and bred.”