What’s been going on? Attended the Former Players ‘do,’ organised to recognise Denis Law and Franny Lee being honoured with CBE ‘s and Steph Haughton's MBE which followed Alex Williams MBE. Fred said that Steph couldn't attend as she had to stay at home to do the ironing. C'mon guys, it was virtually an all male do, see the funny side.
Buzzer said that Franny rang him up and said “I’ve got the CBE” Mike replied saying “I’m the Ambassador to Sheikh Mansour of Abu Dhabi. Fuck Off!!”
Fred Eyre announced that next year’s ‘do’ had already been organised and it would not be on a Thursday so that United ex players could attend. Comedian Mick Miller told us that his wife fancied being on the Jeremy Kyle show, so he told her he’d just shagged her sister so they could go on the show!
I got Franny to autograph my Bolton v City programme from 1960 when he made his debut for Bolton, at 16, and Denis autographed my Luton v City programme from 1961 when he scored 6 goals that didn’t count in the end. He also signed the Charlton v Huddersfield programme from 1956, a game in which he is named in the programme but missed the game through injury. Charlton, 5-1 down with ten men and twenty minutes to go won that game 7-6. Incredible.
It was a lucky night for brother Frank who won a pair of cuff links, and I won 4 tickets for a Lancashire cricket match of my choice, in the raffle.
Had a letter printed in the MEN re Maureen joining in with United’s legendary selective memory syndrome, which was responded to by some pillock called Jim Dunn who confirmed ULSMS by failing to mention that City were in the Chimps League and not United. In fairness they did print my response, but edited bits out.
Sue and I met up with Vicky Kloss at the media centre to discuss the anti-City bias, more of that later.
Then it was AC/DC at the Etihad with Ellie, my 15 year old granddaughter. Parked up in Funboy’s parking spot opposite the East stand car park and strolled across to entrance C and up to our level 2 seats. Brilliant gig, I wrote to the MEN postbag and they printed it in today’s edition. No quick getaway after the gig though as some prick decided to close the road onto Alan Turing Way and we had to drive all round the houses to get back to Ashton New Road.
On the same night Sue and Marnie went to see Gary James’ film at the Dancehouse. Maybe they’ll do a write up on it!
As for the Euros. Marseille has a reputation and any England and City fans who’ve been to Russia know what they’re like. I’ve always said that Football hooliganism should be treated like nuclear disarmament ie we’ll sort ours out if you sort yours. We’ve pretty well done our bit but the Ruskies haven’t. So you get an imbalance. Russian Ultras v our nice supporters. Not quite as simple as that but you get my drift. As for the segregation in the ground, no further comment required. World Cup in Russia? Farcical. England were unlucky to draw the game and Raheem didn’t do himself any favours. I thought David Silva was back to his best for Spain.
So England v Wales up next. Welsh fans usually scrap between themselves, Swansea and Cardiff plus the Russians will be hovering so let’s see if lessons have been learnt. Any bets?Dave