B-b-b-b-b-b-b-b-b, bam bam bam bam. Earworms aplenty! The RRF is delighted to make its latest offering available to you all, this time in the form of refined day to evening wear! ;-)
We, as matchgoers, are always faced with the challenge of wanting to act a bit giddy in club colours at the match, but not necessarily wanting to attract undue attention or be refused entry to every pub and club in town on the evening. Fret no more, now you too can have one hat for both occasions. Red, white and black striped for the daytime, and then turning the thing inside out, black with subtle Manchester crest stitching in black for your nocturnal activities.
The hats will be on sale via the Frillies at Course You Can Malcolm before the match in the next week or two. There are 50 to be had. All profits made will go to Malcolms, and therefore to the club.
Having caught the early flight on a Friday, I had plenty of time to take a wander around Manchester for once. I spent a bit of time around Shude Hill and Ancoats, and a great vegan burger here, I decided to head up to Moston. Although I’d been to Newton Heath to see the proposed site there, I’d still not got around to seeing the new one for the ground in Moston. With that in mind, I got off the tram at Moston/Newton Heath and turned right instead of left this time. After a bit of walk I got to the Ronald Johnson playing fields. The place is now overgrown and the perimeter fencing already taken down in preparation for the build. Only the old gates remain. We’ve all got our community shares certificates now, so it can’t be long till work really begins.
I then wandered on to the Miners around the corner. It looked closed, what with the renovation work going on, but a sign offered reassurance and I found the cafe open around towards the back. I just went in for a cup of tea, but I ended up getting the full guided tour. Not only are the people there dead friendly, and pro-FCUM, but they’ve been busy. They have gradually been developing the place, so now there is a cafe (full of books on United), a pool hall (complete with info stand about FC), an art gallery room showing paintings by local artists, and now a CINEMA! At some point they want to set up bunk beds too and have a hostel. The place is amazing! They seem to be open most of the day too and on evenings, with things like films or football on. I can’t help thinking they will be very good neighbours once we move to Moston, although it’s well worth a visit before then.
With a big smile on my face from having taken a look around, I caught the tram and a bus back down to South Manchester and went out with fellow RRFers for a pint.
2. AFA sticker with St Georges Cross that provoked discussion amongst friends about antifacism and how/if that sits with national pride (assumed by the inclusion of the flag in the sticker design). Also in the picture the slightly dodgy named “Pyro Crew” which I assume is from Celtic.
3. Random street art. I just liked the height it was pasted up at and the nice lines of the black and white images.
4. Sticker for the march against the Tories, largely ignored by their mates in the media.
Sometimes with these international friendlies, you play (ok watch) 90 minutes, drink too much, have a laugh, but thats it. With the similar historys of Babelsberg and Manchester (both political and industrial), Im glad that this time around the relationship continues. A youth exchange programme has been set up. Even better, you can read about it here on this new blog.