The giving vein; report on Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United 1 December 2013

01 12 2013

Match Report by United Fan Paul James.

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The milk of paradise; report on Bayer 04 Leverkusen v Manchester United 27 November 2013

27 11 2013

Match Report by United Fan Paul James

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Advice for reds when attending the Leverkusen game

25 11 2013

by Dale Haslam, MUST Committee member for away fans issues and editor of RedsAway (now on UWS)

- GMP officers attend these games to provide specialist knowledge of our support to local police and stewards. This is their only role. They are not the police abroad – and there are absolutely no exceptions to this.

- Officers do monitor and record behaviour which in some circumstances may support an application for a civil banning order or lead to a club ban.

- When approaching the turnstiles, refrain from discussing how someone without a ticket could hypothetically get in. GMP spotters are ready to overhear these conversations and previous experience tells us that they may stop and talk to you for doing so.

- If stopped by someone claiming to be a GMP officer, ask to see proof of identity before engaging in any conversation or providing any personal details to them. If the officer refuses, walk away and remove yourself from the situation. You should be ready to make a complaint later about the officer’s reluctance to identify him or herself.

- Once presented with the proof of ID, you may wish to call GMP’s switchboard 00 44 161 872 5050 to validate that the officer is a GMP representative.

- In conversation, be polite at all times, while remembering that the officer has absolutely no authority outside of the UK.

- Also bear in mind that the officer may seek assistance from a member of the local police and, if you end up speaking to the local police, speak to them in a courteous manner and comply with their requests.

- If a GMP officer asks to see your ticket, do not comply. They have absolutely no reason to do this (though a local steward or a local police officer does). Walk away and remove yourself from a situation.

- If you have any ticket-related issues on the day of the game, United has a dedicated helpline – based at the ticket-collection point in Cologne – and the number is 07775 220 964

- If you wish to make a complaint about unreasonable GMP conduct while in Germany, you can contact IMUSA via comms@imusa.org or The Football Supporters' Federation via info@fsf.org.uk or Twitter: @FSF_FairCop

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Remembering David Marshall; A brittle glory; report on Cardiff City v Manchester United 24 November

24 11 2013

This report is by way of a tribute to my friend Doctor David Marshall, born in Manchester before the war, a witness to Matt Busby's first great team and a lifelong United supporter, who died in Brisbane the night before the match. He always liked it when I dug out words which made him reach for the dictionary. God rest you, David. Match Report by United Fan Paul James

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MP John Leech has today held talks in Abu Dhabi with City owners over Safe Standing at Etihad

18 11 2013


Press Release

Office of John Leech MP 

Date: 18th November 2013.

Embargo: None 

Leech holds talks with City over Safe Standing

South Manchester MP John Leech has today held talks in Abu Dhabi with the owners of Manchester City regarding implementing safe standing at the Etihad Stadium.

Seven current Premiership clubs have stated they would support the introduction of safe standing.  Several countries in Europe and worldwide, like Germany, Austria, Sweden, Canada and the United States, have “safe standing” for domestic fixtures. In Germany, at Borussia Dortmund , tickets are about £14 Euros (£12.50) and the capacity is 80,600.

The Football Supporters Federation have reported 92% of fans would also support the introduction.

John, a 29 year season ticket holder at City and the Lib Dem Spokesperson for Sport said,

“Safe standing will lead to cheaper tickets and a better atmosphere at matches.”

He went onto say,

“Every week thousands stand in seated areas supporting the team they love - they deserve proper safe standing areas.  It is much safer to allow standing areas and give fans the proper choice of how they want to watch the game.  I hope, with the upcoming expansion to the Eitihad stadium, to convince City to be the Premiership  club to take a stand and introduce measures to make football cheaper and more accessible.”

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For more information contact Simon Ashley on 07879 891 150

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Dennis Viollet Documentary

15 11 2013

A year ago we were approached by Rachel Viollet, The Daughter of the late Manchester United and Busby Babe legend Dennis Viollet. About a project that is a great opportunity for all United fans to get involved and create a film about one of it's historic players. We follow up the story a year on below......

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MUST Executive team meet with United’s Ed Woodward

13 11 2013

MUST's PresidentChairman and CEO met with United's Ed Woodward in London, at his request, on Tuesday 12th November 2013.
 

A range of subjects were discussed - including safe standing, fan engagement but primarily the financial and emotional benefits, for both the club and fans, when supporters meaningfully participate in ownership. 


For MUST it was a welcome opportunity to meet face to face with the club's management to put our thoughts and views across and we are grateful to United's CEO for taking the initiative.


We believe this will be first of regular meetings.

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Reds urged to keep Cardiff aisles clear

11 11 2013

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Old Trafford - Asset of Community Value - official decision notice from Trafford Council

11 11 2013

Notice of Decision
 
Nomination of land or premises as an asset of community value
 
Land or premises:
 
The Old Trafford Football Stadium consisting of a football pitch, spectator stands, 
 
surrounding forecourt areas & car parks set out in the title plans with title numbers 
 
GM724607, MAN26591 and GM36528.
 
Reasons for the decision:
 
(i) The community nomination includes all the information required by law and was 
 
properly made by MUST which is an Industrial and Provident Society which applies at 
 
least part of its surpluses for the benefit of Trafford residents and whose activities are 
 
partly concerned with the Trafford area.
 
(ii) The primary use of Old Trafford Football Stadium is for football matches. It is a 
 
stadium of iconic and international value which engenders civic pride in the local 
 
community of Trafford, Salford and Manchester. 
 
(ii) It furthers social wellbeing and recreational and sporting interests for the local 
 
community by engendering interest in the sporting and recreational activity of football; 
 
providing opportunities for the local community to socialise, particularly those who might 
 
otherwise be isolated socially and helps to provide the local community with a sense of 
 
identity. 
 
(iii) Manchester United have made it clear that there is no prospect of the football club 
 
moving from the stadium therefore it is realistic to think that there can continue to be use 
 
of the stadium which will further social well-being and social interests. 
 
Effect of the decision:
 
Consequences of Listing
 
The land remains on the list of assets of community value for a period of 5 years from 
 
the date of this notice unless removed earlier under the provisions of the Assets of 
 
Community Value (England) Regulations 2012 (the Regulations).
 
Inclusion of the land in the list of community assets is a local land charge under the 
 
Local Land Charges Act 1975.
 
The Council must apply to the Land Registry for a restriction to be added to the 
 
registered title of the land that “No transfer or lease is to be registered without a 
 
certificate signed by a conveyancer that the transfer or lease did not contravene section 
 
95(1) of the Localism Act 2011”.
 
Under section 95 of the Act an owner must notify the Council by writing to the Corporate 
 
Director, Economic growth and Prosperity at the Town Hall, Talbot Road, Stretford, 
 
M32 0TH if they wish to make a relevant disposal of the land. Relevant disposal is 
 
defined in section 96 and (subject to exemptions in section 95(5) and Schedule 3 of 
 
the Regulations) means, a freehold disposal or the grant or assignment of a qualifying 
 
leasehold interest, with vacant possession.
 
A moratorium period is triggered by notification the purpose of which is to allow any 
 
community interest group to submit a written request to be treated as a potential bidder 
 
for the land. Owners are advised to refer to the Localism Act 2011 and the Regulations 
 
in full and to seek legal advice if they wish to dispose of the land. A disposal of listed 
 
land which contravenes the requirements of the Act and Regulations will be ineffective.
 
Under the Localism Act 2011 you cannot be compelled to sell your property at less than 
 
market value or to a community interest group. The purpose of the legislation is to give 
 
interested community interest groups the time and opportunity to prepare a bid.
 
Right of Review
 
In accordance with section 92 of the Act the owner of the land is entitled to request a 
 
review of this decision. The review will be carried out by a senior officer of the Council. 
 
A request must be made in writing and received by the Council within 56 days of the 
 
date of this notice or such longer period as the Council may agree in writing. 
 
The Council will complete the review within 56 days of receiving the request or longer if 
 
agreed with the owner in writing. A request must be addressed to Corporate Director, 
 
Economic growth and Prosperity at the Town Hall, Talbot Road, Stretford, M32 0TH 
 
Right to Compensation
 
An owner or former owner of the land is entitled to claim compensation from the Council 
 
where they have incurred loss or expense in relation to the land which would be likely 
 
not to have been incurred if the land had not been listed.
 
A claim for compensation must be made in writing within 91 days of the loss or expense 
 
being incurred; must state the amount of compensation sought for each part of the claim 
 
and be accompanied by supporting evidence.
 
If a claim is made the Council will consider the claim as expeditiously as possible. A 
 
request must be addressed to the Corporate Director, Economic growth and Prosperity 
 
at the Town Hall, Talbot Road, Stretford, M32 0TH.
 
Further information about Assets of Community Value can be found on the 
 
Department for Communities and Local Government website. This includes links 
 
to the relevant legi

Notice of Decision 

Nomination of land or premises as an asset of community value 

Land or premises:

The Old Trafford Football Stadium consisting of a football pitch, spectator stands, surrounding forecourt areas & car parks set out in the title plans with title numbers GM724607, MAN26591 and GM36528. 

Reasons for the decision: 

(i) The community nomination includes all the information required by law and was properly made by MUST which is an Industrial and Provident Society which applies at least part of its surpluses for the benefit of Trafford residents and whose activities are partly concerned with the Trafford area. 

(ii) The primary use of Old Trafford Football Stadium is for football matches. It is a stadium of iconic and international value which engenders civic pride in the local community of Trafford, Salford and Manchester.  

(ii) It furthers social wellbeing and recreational and sporting interests for the local community by engendering interest in the sporting and recreational activity of football; providing opportunities for the local community to socialise, particularly those who might otherwise be isolated socially and helps to provide the local community with a sense of identity.   

(iii) Manchester United have made it clear that there is no prospect of the football club moving from the stadium therefore it is realistic to think that there can continue to be use of the stadium which will further social well-being and social interests.  

Effect of the decision: 

Consequences of Listing 

The land remains on the list of assets of community value for a period of 5 years from the date of this notice unless removed earlier under the provisions of the Assets of Community Value (England) Regulations 2012 (the Regulations). 

Inclusion of the land in the list of community assets is a local land charge under the Local Land Charges Act 1975. 

The Council must apply to the Land Registry for a restriction to be added to the registered title of the land that “No transfer or lease is to be registered without a certificate signed by a conveyancer that the transfer or lease did not contravene section 95(1) of the Localism Act 2011”. 

Under section 95 of the Act an owner must notify the Council by writing to the Corporate Director, Economic growth and Prosperity at the Town Hall, Talbot Road, Stretford, M32 0TH if they wish to make a relevant disposal of the land.  Relevant disposal is defined in section 96 and (subject to exemptions in section 95(5) and Schedule 3 of the Regulations) means, a freehold disposal or the grant or assignment of a qualifying leasehold interest, with vacant possession. 

A moratorium period is triggered by notification the purpose of which is to allow any community interest group to submit a written request to be treated as a potential bidder for the land.  Owners are advised to refer to the Localism Act 2011 and the Regulations in full and to seek legal advice if they wish to dispose of the land.  A disposal of listed land which contravenes the requirements of the Act and Regulations will be ineffective. 

Under the Localism Act 2011 you cannot be compelled to sell your property at less than market value or to a community interest group. The purpose of the legislation is to give interested community interest groups the time and opportunity to prepare a bid. 

Right of Review 

In accordance with section 92 of the Act the owner of the land is entitled to request a review of this decision.  The review will be carried out by a senior officer of the Council.  A request must be made in writing and received by the Council within 56 days of the date of this notice or such longer period as the Council may agree in writing.   

The Council will complete the review within 56 days of receiving the request or longer if agreed with the owner in writing.  A request must be addressed to Corporate Director, Economic growth and Prosperity at the Town Hall, Talbot Road, Stretford, M32 0TH  

Right to Compensation 

An owner or former owner of the land is entitled to claim compensation from the Council where they have incurred loss or expense in relation to the land which would be likely not to have been incurred if the land had not been listed. 

A claim for compensation must be made in writing within 91 days of the loss or expense being incurred; must state the amount of compensation sought for each part of the claim and be accompanied by supporting evidence. 

If a claim is made the Council will consider the claim as expeditiously as possible.  A request must be addressed to the Corporate Director, Economic growth and Prosperity at the Town Hall, Talbot Road, Stretford, M32 0TH. 


 

Further information about Assets of Community Value can be found on the Department for Communities and Local Government website. This includes links to the relevant legislation. 


 

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Fire and Ice; report on Manchester United v Arsenal 10 November 2013

10 11 2013

Match Report by united fan Paul James

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