of a lifetime --:I am a big fan of Manchester
United Football Club. I hoped one day to see they play live other than
watching them on TV. I was really surprised in early October when my
father told me he had booked
tickets for all of us to visit Old Trafford. Most of the lads in the class
wished they were coming as well, as did my teacher but we only had
The flight to
Manchester only took 35 minutes, which was shorter than the time it took
us to travel from home. When
we arrived in Manchester Airport, we took the Manchester Flyer, which is a
train, to the centre of Manchester. As
it was nearly 1 o'clock, we only had time to drop our bags in Jury's Hotel
and get a taxi to Old Trafford.
Our seats were in the South Stand and were situated next to the players
tunnel. All the seats are red
in colour and when you look across to
the other side of the stadium, you can see the name Manchester
United written across the
seats when they are empty. About
45 minutes before the game started, both sets of players came out to warm
up. My favourite player Mark
Bosnich, was warming up in the goal next to us.
playing brilliantly and deserved the second goal, which was also
scored by Andy Cole. The final score was 2 -0 in favour of
Manchester United. I really
enjoyed the match and as the day ended and we made our way back to
the hotel, I was really looking forward to the next day as we had a tour
booked to visit the stadium.
At 10.20 am the
official tour started. First
we were brought into the press room were the press gather before the
match. Next we went to the room, were all the players have their
meal before the match. The
meal is prepared by their own chef and usually consists of either chicken
or fish. There are two
exceptions to this; David
Beckam is allowed to eat bran flakes and Roy Keane is allowed to eat baked
We visited the
players dressing room next. This
consisted of three rooms; a warm up room, (which was Eric Cantana's idea)
shower and jacuzzi room and changing room.
The jacuzzi was huge and took up to eight players.
The tour guide told us that at half time the players are given
bananas and Jaffa cakes to boost their energy for the second half.