From August to May every year, these Manchester United fans keep quite the schedule. Beyond attending all the home games at Old Trafford, members of the local Manchester United Supporters’ Club in Manchester travel all over the country, Europe and, yes, the world to watch the Red Devils play. The Manchester United supporters football team takes things a step further. These match-going fans crisscross Britain each week to compete against the supporters of other teams, like Liverpool or Arsenal. In Manchester, they play their matches against the backdrop of the Theatre of Dreams itself.
“It’s an amazing privilege to be selected.”Match host Andrew Kilduff
It’s on this field – in the shadows of Old Trafford – that this season’s DHL UNITED. DELIVERED. Global Football Tour kicks off. Match host Andrew Kilduff is honored to be the first. He and the supporter’s club are using the opportunity to host a charity game to raise money for the Manchester United Foundation and other charities.
“It’s an amazing privilege to be selected,” said Andrew. “To be able to put on these tops and play with the Manchester United badge on our chests is incredible.”
Can’t dampen these spirits
On a rain-soaked September day, Andrew pitted the club’s veteran team of players over 35 against the main team, which travels the country to line up against other supporters’ teams. Despite the weather, the players were excited to sport United gear, do some fundraising and have a little fun.
“Everyone’s absolutely soaked to the bone today, I’ve got about an inch of water in my feet” said Andrew. “The rain has put a dampener on us, but definitely not put a dampener on the game today.”
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In fact, the players are downright delighted to be dancing in the rain – proudly sporting their yellow and red kits and fighting for the ball as if playing their biggest rivals.
“I think everyone’s enjoying the experience of playing for both the red team and the yellow team as part of the UNITED. DELIVERED. tour,” said Andrew.
“The rain has put a dampener on us, but definitely not put a dampener on the game today.”Match host Andrew Kilduff
So close, and yet so far
While many United supporters around the world can only dream of setting foot in Old Trafford, Andrew and his team know the pitch well. But most of them have never felt the grass under their feet and certainly none of them have kicked a ball on United’s most sacred ground.
“To play on the pitch at Old Trafford would be everybody’s dream,” said Andrew. “None of us have experienced anything like it.”
“We go to the games at Old Trafford week in and week out. We look at the pitch, we look at the players playing on it, and I think everybody here has had that dream of one day being able to play on the pitch.”
Now Andrew and his crew are one step closer to something that seemed eternally out of reach: Taking their game out of the shadow of Old Trafford and into the limelight of what the Manchester United Supporters’ Clubs call “the greatest stadium in the world.”
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