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Gary Neville with Joe Tedesco.

MUSC Malta is celebrating 60 years of United love

The Malta branch of the Manchester United Supporters Club - the oldest group in the world - is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

To mark the occasion, the group have planned a series of activities throughout the season. The first involved a team of ex-Reds, including Ronny Johnsen and Wes Brown, playing a charity match in Malta against a Valletta FC veterans side.

The celebrations were continued in late January, too, when a contingent of 61 fans flew to Manchester to attend a lavish gala dinner.

There were many United legends in attendance that night, with the likes of Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Bryan Robson, Denis Law and more all on hand to raise a glass to some of our most loyal supporters.

For Joe Tedesco, it was among the highlights of his decade as MUSC Malta club president. “It was one of those nights which will remain in our memories for ever,” he told United Review, our official matchday programme.

“It was a fantastic tribute to the history of our supporters club with Q&As, live entertainment and capped up with an auction for some fabulous prizes. We are overwhelmed with the positive reactions received from those who honoured us with their presence on the night.

“We are now planning a dinner in Malta, looking at early June. It should be the culmination of our celebrations.”

Malta has developed a special relationship with United and many of our fans have even dropped by on their travels to see the Supporters Club over the years.

“The foundations of our Supporters Club in Malta were built one year after the Munich disaster,” said Joe. 

“The bond between Malta and Manchester United started to grow from those days. Eighteen months after the Supporters' Club started to operate, Sir Matt had sent a Manchester United team to Malta to play a friendly game against a Malta League Selection.

“Over the years, players, their relatives and officials from Manchester United made the trip to Malta at some point in time.

“There is something about Malta which keeps attracting people with United connections to come and visit our lovely island. Gary Neville says it’s the people and I have to agree with him!”

Why our Malta-based fans are celebratingVideo

In 2017, the club bought their own premises in Msida which houses a bar, mini megastore, big screens TVs and a spacious committee room.

“Two years ago we have kicked off a project thanks to the help of many, including Gary Neville. We have now set up a Manchester United Supporters' Club Malta Trust and purchased the premises,” Joe explained.

“We had to take a loan but hopefully this will all be paid during the coming eight years. Once the loan is paid the club members will own the supporters club. This will guarantee a premises for the ever-growing Manchester United fanbase where they can always come and feel at home.

“Apart from managing the premises and our members’ expectations we work a lot to keep our Old Trafford connections as healthy as possible and we are also very active to support local charitable causes.

“The club is here to remain. If I am still around when the club reaches the 100 years, I will be 87 years old. I hope I will live long enough to see those celebrations but if I won’t be here, the supporters club will surely be.

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