Fan Stories: United has been my constant in life
The lengths United fans will go to watch their beloved team are legendary. Missed weddings, abandoned careers, mind-bending travel routes... the lot.
“I’ve got an obsessive disorder... I think!”he laughs.
“I don’t do things by halves, and United has been an obsession, basically. It’s all I’ve known. I’ve barely missed a game domestically in 30-odd years.”
“Once I reached secondary school, I found that independence,”he explains.
“From 12, I travelled all over on my own. I was going to places like Charlton on the train. I was so naive. I didn’t even know where Charlton was from Euston!
“I’d get in some sticky situations. My parents would get calls saying: ‘You need to pick your son up.’ ‘Right, where is he?’ ‘Birmingham New Street.’ Did they know what I was doing? No! I cringe now, but I was dipping Dad’s wallet for a tenner [so I could go]!”
“Around 14-15, I started going home and away with the Reserves too. This will sound pathetic, but when my mates were meeting girls round the back of school, I’d be off to Oldham to watch the Under-18s. I was a late developer! It was all about United. I’d be at Carlisle on Tuesday afternoons for Pontins League games.”
“It sounds corny, but whatever’s happened in my life – splitting up, not living with the kids – United’s your constant,”he admits.
“Any issue I’ve had, it’s always been there for me.”
“mad into”United too, and they go everywhere together.
“He’s probably at the stage I was at: you want to travel, you want to see different things, feel different things. His mates support Blackburn and Burnley too, so he’s got no-one to go with. He’s really got into it and we’ve had some fantastic times the last few seasons. In Europe, too. We’ve really hit a bond.”
“I can’t wait to get back,”says Stu.
“There’s a big wide world out there. We need to get back out there seeing it.”