Take me home, United Road

Trip Start Aug 10, 2013
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Trip End Aug 22, 2013


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Sunday, August 18, 2013

    Today was the day that I/we had been waiting for most of the trip. Today was the day we went to Old Trafford to see the home of the greatest football team on Earth, Manchester United. We took a short walk to the stadium after a good breakfast, and were able to take some pictures of the statues and photos outside the stadium, and the stadium as well. We went in and bought our tickets for the tour. We had to sprint through the museum to get to the stadium tour. Our tour guide, Michael, was a lifelong United Supporter, and we started on the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand, and made our way to see the hospitality room, the kit room where they change for games, new entrance tunnel, the old traditional tunnel by the dugouts, which is the only original piece of the stadium that was built in 1910, and the dugouts themselves, where the players and managers sit during the game.
    We also went back through the museum. It was amazing. We passed first through a David Beckham room, The trophy room, which holds all the trophies they have won over the years, and a Bobby Charlton room, who is one of the biggest legends in United history, let alone football. We passed through a history room, that detailed some of the biggest moments since they began in the 1880's as Newton Heath, to winning their 20th League title last season. We moved through another level that held all their different uniforms over the years, and a room that was a hall of fame for the players, with exhibits for greats like Bobby Charlton, George Best, Roy Keane, and Eric Cantona. 
    The next room had a hall of fame for the most prolific managers of the team, Sir Matt Busby, Sir Bobby Charlton, and Sir Alex Ferguson. We came to a neat hallway that had some of the traditions of local fans, habits of players, and history of some of the activities that happened around and during games, including the history of having marching bands play for all the opening ceremonies until WWII. The final level of the museum was dedicated to the historic Treble win of 1999. It was exciting to see all the footage and pictures of the win. The high point of the day was, while waiting for a movie piece to start, a gentleman came out and started to put some jerseys and boots on a table and he pulled out a Paul Scholes jersey. I told the guy Scholes was my favorite player, and he told me to pick it up and get a picture of me holding it. It turns out it was the jersey he wore in the 2008 Champions League Final against Chelsea in Moscow. It was one of the greatest things ever. 
    After Liz was able to pry me away from Old Trafford, we went to check out what else the Salford Quays (pronounced Keys..... Go Figure) had to offer. They have a very nice walkway, as well as a good sized outlet mall, and The Lowry Theatre, which puts on different musicals and Broadway shows. We also went for a walk through the Imperial War Museum of Manchester. It is a nice historical museum of the wars that have shaped society since the 1900's. It started with WWI, and went all the way up to the Attacks of 9/11. It was very informative, and gave a very nice historical depiction of the conflicts. It also had interactive exhibits, as well as ones that focused on things like women during war, the commonwealth and territories of Britain during war, and how these things have shaped the way we have built society in the last century. 
    Tonight we are gonna grab some dinner, and pack up tomorrow and head for London for the last leg of our journey. Glory Glory Man United... The Reds go marching ON ON ON!!!!!
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