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In the thick of it

22 May

Champions League

Liverpool, 25 May 2005 – I am at a pub close by to the main railway station in Liverpool. Liverpool win at the footie in a distant city. The city erupts in joy, with cars hooting madly in the gloom, people waving flags, and general merriment. We go on to a dodgy nightclub and dance the night away, even if as a blue I am grinning through clenched teeth.

Manchester, 21 May 2008 – I am at a pub close by to the main railway station in Manchester. Manchester win at the footie in a distant city. There is the occasional half-hearted poop from one or two cars. I see a few people in football shirts getting off a tram, with maybe two flags in total, and even then seemingly at half-mast. I get the last train home.

Strong anecdotal evidence emerges that suggests that only one person in Burnage supports Manchester United. He was wearing his CRONALDO top, whilst everyone else who alighted the train was conspicuous in their civvies. Stands to reason, wot? The majority of onboard support seemed to be heading off to leafy Heald Green and didn’t seem to be as happy as you’d have thought they would be.

Still – best to try and keep all the trophies in traditional Lancashire. Well done.