After that season finished I joined secondary school and this is when I was introduced to rival football fans. Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and randomly one West Brom fan all thinking their team was the best.
Strangely enough I happened to be in a minority being a united fan except for the girls who all loved Ryan Giggs, as did I, but for very different reasons.
In my 3rd year of secondary school I got to visit Old Trafford. My friend and fellow red Ashley had an older cousin that had got tickets to watch the united game with his wife but they couldn’t make it so they landed at our feet. Amazing.
“Who we got this weekend Ash? Is it Arsenal? Liverpool? Chelsea?
Visit to the Theatre of Dreams
Turns out we were playing Derby County. Who cared? No-one. We were going to see our beloved team at the place they loved playing the most, ‘The Theatre of Dreams’.
Before we even set foot in the ground our wildest dreams came true. Just happens to be the Denis Law and Pat Crerand book launch outside the ground.
Just a normal day, oh wait, we get to meet them, shake their hands and (cue drum roll) have our match day programme signed. Wow! In all honesty the game was rubbish; Giggs first half goal and a Denis Irwin second half goal, but what an experience.
Greatest season of all time
I board the coach for the journey home all the way remembering that I must not tell my mum or dad that I dropped the programme signed by the legends in the Old Trafford urinals.
Aged 15 I witness the greatest season of all time. United leading on all fronts. Win our last game against Spurs, beat Newcastle in the FA Cup final and then finally see off Bayern in the champion’s league, would make my team one of the most successful teams in football history.
Like most united fans, I was confident we could win all three games. My mates all joined together to share their love of football and hatred of Manchester United by cheering on the opposition in every game. Closing in on the Treble