Trev Smith recently wrote to Manchester United to ask if Sir Alex Ferguson would formally open our new clubhouse. Unfortunately Sir Alex has a busy diary, but not to be put off Trev asked if any of the players were available. They too were too busy but Trev asked if we could have a signed match ball and also if they could do something to present it to me on behalf of the Club. All this went on without anyone’s knowledge, so you can guess at my amazement and delight to hear that Trev, knowing I was attending the United v Wolves game, had arranged for the Player Liaison Manager, Barry Moorhouse to contact me. Barry and United kindly invited me to meet him before the match and hopefully meet some players.
I duly met Barry last Saturday and he then took me to the Players’ Lounge. Whilst drinking a cup of tea, Chief Executive David Gill and Rio Ferdinand popped in. A certain Mr Rooney sat signing some boots and I was introduced to Ryan Giggs, interrupting him making a cup of tea for Mike Phelan. I then had photos taken with Giggsy, Darren Gibson, Macheda, Diouf and Jonny Evans! Looking round, I realised I was the only non United staff member there! What a day, what a one off opportunity – and all down to Trevor Smith. Well done Trev and my personal thanks for organising! And a big thank you to United too – no one ever gets to hear of this side of the club!
The signed ball will go in the Club Trophy Cabinet.
Pictures below – me with some of the players. I’m the one wearing the scarf!!