Manchester United legend Bill Foulkes passed away aged 81 this week. A survivor of Munich, Bill made his debut in 1950 and played 688 times for the club. His Semi Final goal against Real Madrid in the Bernabeu in 1968 sent Manchester United through to the Wembley Final in which Bill played and secured the first ever European Cup by an English side.
Stretford End Flags have looked at how we can pay tribute to Bill and we have decided to produce a large 2 stick flag. The flag will measure 4m x 3m and will be produced in time for the Everton game on Wednesday night. The flag will then be used alongside the other 2 stick large flags for United's Euro home games.
We have decided to keep the design simple as it was felt that words were not needed. The design can be seen below.
In order to raise the £365 to produce this banner, we are seeking donations from Manchester United fans. Fans can pay via Paypal to JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING A running total of the amount donated will be kept on our forum page HERE
To win the pair of tickets for the Premier and the meal for 2 at Artisan simply follow @Sef_mufc @artisan_sf and @classof92film and retweet the @SEF_mufc competition tweet.
Also, like the Stretford End Flags Facebook competition feature and share it on your wall.
SEF have always encouraged United supporters to "Show Your Colours" and last weeks singing section was enhanced by a display of twirling scarves and the holding aloft of scarves during the singing of "We'll Never Die".
With the weather about to get colder and Christmas on the horizon, then why not treat yourself or a loved one to one of the new Savile Rogue Manchester United collection of quality cashmere scarves and their new range of hats. The new Savile Rogue collection includes the new Superking Scarf, the longest scarf yet at 2.1 metres (Imagine the twirl on that in the next singing section trial!!!) and to mark the launch of the Superking Scarf this Friday (1st Nov), we are offering one as a prize.
The Superking cashmere scarf is the world's longest, most luxurious, traditional football scarf in black, white and red. And being the king of football scarves, it arrives in a gold presentation box. To win a Manchester United Superking Cashmere scarf worth £89.95, simply email JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING using the message title "Scarf comp" telling us the answer to the following question - how long is the Savile Rogue Superking Scarf? Competition closes at 5pm on Fri 1st November.
If you fancy buying your own quality Cashmere Manchester United scarf or one of the new Savile Rogue Beanie hats, then visit the MANCHESTER UNITED SECTION OF THE SAVILE ROGUE website (Clik on this link to visit the shop)
Old Trafford came to life for Wednesday nights European tie against real Sociedad and the implementation of the singing section trial was deemed to be a major factor in the nights atmosphere.
1,400 Manchester United fans filled an area usually reserved for away fans at old Trafford and created their own United away day experience. From 25 minutes before kick off though to the final whistle, reds fans sung their hearts out, waved their flags and twirled their scarves. The impact of the section was not lost on the United players, with David Moyes and David de Gea acknowledging the section with waves during the game. After the game David Moyes, Phil Neville and Ashley Young were amongst United players and staff who hailed the section as a huge success.
Fans United, a group which comprises of SEF, will now meet with Manchester United officials to gage the verdict on last Wednesday nights trial and to look into ways of extending the trials and putting in place a full time section within Old Trafford.
If you have already submitted your details via email or the MUFC online website form, to relocate to the singing section for the Sociedad trial game, you need to ring the ticket office today in order to process your application. One person can ring on behalf of a group of mates, as long as you quote each membership number.
Supporters who are currently located in a more expensive seat, will have the price difference refunded.
Those who currently sit in cheaper seats, will not have to pay more to move into the section for the trial game.
Ticket office number is 0161 868 8000
After almost 2 years of campaigning for an Old Trafford Singing Section, Manchester United have now given permission for the trial to take place at the Real Sociedad European home game. Fans groups including SEF, Rednews, United We Stand and Reclaim United have come together under the group banner "Fans United" with United song composer Pete Boyle fully behind the much needed singing section.
Fans United met up with representatives from the club last Friday. Manchester United reiterated their support to helping fans to establish a permanent singing section at Old Trafford. The first step is a test to see if we can generate enough fan interest and to demonstrate that we can self-police a successful singing section during a match. For a number of reasons, the club are not able to permit this test for the Capital One Cup game against Liverpool. The most important thing we need to ensure is that this first test passes off without major incident. It was thought best to choose a game that could best ensure this.
To make sure we don’t lose momentum, the club have instead offered the current away fans section [South East Quadrant/L Stand/Blocks E230 & E231] for the Real Sociedad match on Wednesday 23rd October.
It is our responsibility to now make this work. The club will offer help and support, they will work with us with regards to allowing flags into the section, help with the arrangements around a march to the ground, find areas for us to put up banners in the section – but it’s up to us to make sure it is a success and that we work with the stewards to self-police.
In consultation with the club we have agreed to limit the singing section to a manageable number. We will therefore keep the number of fans in the singing section to a maximum 1,400 fans. We now need to all pull together and get 1,400 fans to fill the section and make it a great atmosphere. The way it will work is as follows :-
1) Season ticket holders and members should immediately register their interest to be in the singing section by emailing their name, season ticket/membership number and the number of tickets they would like to JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING
2) On Monday 30th September, interested season ticket holders will be asked to call the ticket office and confirm that they want to transfer their current seats to singing section for this game. This will be sorted over the phone.
3) The club have agreed to honour upgrades and downgrades. Therefore the club will refund the price difference to fans moving from more expensive seats and not charge the extra for fans moving from less expensive seats.
4) If the full allocation of 1,400 seats are not taken by existing season ticket holders, the remaining seats will be made available to non-season tickets holders as long as they are members and who have registered their interest at the email address.
The club seem very committed to helping us make this work. Now it’s up to us.
We will be publishing further answers to questions over the next few days, but the key first step is for you to register your interest by sending your name, season ticket number and details of mates that you want to sit with to JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING That way, we’ll know we have enough fans to make the night a great success.
Its up to you to help create this United away game atmosphere within Old Trafford and help to improve the overall atmosphere for home games. If the trial is a success, then we will hold further trials with increased numbers in there.
When is the Singing Section test taking place?
At the CL game v Real Sociedad on Wednesday 23rd October. Real Sociedad have taken a big ticket allocation so we’re expecting a great atmosphere from the away fans.
How many seats will be in the Singing Section?
For this 1st test, we have limited the number of seats to 1,400. This has been agreed in consultation with the club and ourselves. Our view is it’s best to start with a manageable number and then if the test is successful we can request to increase the number for future matches. Limiting to 1,400 seats in 2 blocks enables us to ‘kill’ some of the end of aisle seats as an extra safety precaution and to make sure we keep the aisles clear.
Where will the singing section be?
Where the away fans usually sit. Older fans will remember it as ‘L Stand’. It is the South East lower quadrant, blocks E230 and E231. For this game, the Real Sociedad fans will be in the East Stand Upper Tier. The acoustics in this section are very good and the hope is that it will encourage the East Stand lower and the North East quadrant to join in. We expect the Stretford End to be noisy as usual.
Are we allowed to stand?
Old Trafford, like all stadiums in the Premier League is governed by rules around persistent standing. The stewards in this part of the ground are used to dealing with away fans and the club will help us to be self-policing, so we are being asked to work with the stewards to make sure there are no issues. The key is to find the balance between a great atmosphere and being responsible. We shouldn’t block walkways, swap seats or give the stewards any major cause for concern. If there are any unruly fans, we should look to solve it ourselves with the stewards so we can show we can self-police.
How do I apply?
Send an email over the next few days to JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING On the email include your full name, your season ticket or membership number and how many tickets you want. Season ticket holders will be given 1st preference to swap from their current seat into the singing section for this match. If some of the 1,400 seats remain available, they will be offered to members on a 1st come 1st served basis.
What happens after that?
We’ll confirm receipt of your email once we’ve worked with the club to verify your membership number and to check we have all the details we need. Then on Monday 30th September you need to ring the ticket office and confirm that you want to swap your seats from where you are. On the 30th, we suggest one of you phones with all the season ticket/membership numbers of your mates to hand.
Can I ask to sit with my mates?
Yes, you can ask and the club ticket office will do what it can to make sure this happens. Include this request in your email to JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING and in that email include the names and season ticket/membership numbers of everyone in your group. Then follow up this request when you call the ticket office to confirm on 30th September.
What if my current season ticket seat is cheaper or more expensive than the seats in the Singing Section?
We have agreed with the club that they will honour the difference. In other words, if you currently sit in a cheaper seat than the singing section seats, you won’t be asked to pay more. If you normally sit in a more expensive seat than the singing section seats, the club will refund the difference.
Are we allowed to bring in flags and banners?
Any flag that is 2m x 1m or smaller is permitted into the ground for any match, so these are allowed. We will also be working with the club to get permission to bring bigger banners in. We’ve agreed that these bigger flags will be safety checked and brought to the ground in the days BEFORE the match, then stored at the stadium until match day. The club have also agreed to work with us to find areas for us to put up banners on the walls in the singing section area.
Can we do a March To The Stadium before kick off?
Yes. The stadium officials are keen to work with us on this, but all they ask is that we get to the ground in time to get everyone in safely for kick-off. Ideally, we want fans inside the section 30 minutes before kick off so the players can get the feel of the section during the warm up.