Posted: 11/23/2009
Title: TRAGEDY (minor) AT OLD TRAFFORD

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      Nothing to worry about fans! it's only me! I tripped over a raised steel traffic guard outside Old Trafford. We had a couple of complimentary tickets from one of the players and I went to one of the First Aid rooms inside the stadium and was attended by Les and friend from St. John Ambulance. They thought my wrist was broken so called for a doctor. Such was my importance !!, that 3 doctors showed up in 5 minutes(they have 7 on duty game-day). I chose Dr John Butler from Hope Hospital in Salford, a Featherstone Rovers rugby league fan.

      They put my hand in a bandage and made a sling for my arm and gave me pain pills. I 'escaped' to me seat just as the players came out of the tunnel. We were seated with WAGS, wives, girlfriends and kids of players and staff 12 rows up above the tunnel in the South Stand. GREAT VIEW !!

      The world watched United won easily 3-0 in front of 75,169 fans in the THEATRE OF DREAMS !! What a great opening goal by Scotland captain Darren Fletcher in the 35th minute. Michael Carrick and Valencia did the rest of the damage in front of the fans in the Stretford End to my left. He didn't score but Michael Owen was wizzing and weaving all over the place. It's a good job I had rented an automatic car and not a stick shift, with only one useful, right hand.

      Sunday at The Reebok Stadium 20 miles away from Manchester on the M6 motorway, for Bolton Wanderers v Blackburn Rovers, a local 'derby'. Rovers brought almost 5,000 fans to pack the South Stand and make a noise. It had some effect since they won 2-0 including a tragic own goal past Finnish 'keeper Jussi Jaaskalainen, while England goalie Paul Robinson had a quiet afternoon. A nice get well tonic for manager Sam Allerdyce, laid low at home by a forthcoming operation, while Gary Megson remains unpopular with the home Trotters fans. Wanderers have not had a 'clean sheet' all season, and this was their fourth defeat in a row, conceeding 15 goals in those matches. David Dunn scored the first goal after 32 minutes, but it was Rickets own goal on 73 minutes which deflated home enthusiasm. 21,777 was a very good crowd for Wanderers, overshadowed by the two Manchester clubs nearby.

     NINE goals for Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane over Wigan Athletic. Heady times at The Lane for Harry Redknapp, and all my friends who support them such as Dave and Mats.

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