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“Beckham crosses it in, Sheringham gets a flick..and Blanchette has won it! Manchester United are kings of Europe!!”

September 3, 2009
I could have been one of Fergie's Fledglings...

I could have been one of Fergie's Fledglings...

“The Year is 1989 and i am 12

All the big clubs in England want to sign me and a scrap for my signature begins”

Well…a boy can dream. I was lucky enough to meet the whole United team at their hotel in Selsdon, Croydon when they played against Charlton at Selhurst Park. How my parents swung it i will never know. I had my pictures taken with most of the squad that day, and Bobby Charlton who said that he had the same tracksuit that i was wearing (hopefully a few sizes bigger than mine)

I had cultured a double chin over the previous year due to one too many cans of coke, and had hoped that Fergie would mistake me for a young Paul Gascoinge and sign me, but alas, I couldn’t down 6 pints of Newcastle Brown in half an hour, so my disguise failed.

It was an amazing day, and the two people i most enjoyed meeting were my hero Bryan Robson, and Sir Alex (then known as just ‘Alex’) In spite of the having a game that day they spent some quality time with me..something i will never forget. Robbo asked if we had tickets for the game, pulled out a wad of them from his pocket and handed us three. They had stamped “Guest of Bryan Robson” on them…i still have them to this day.

I was also offered a seat on the team coach to travel with the players to the match, but my mum said we had the car with us..if i had been the sort of kid to kick and scream it was at this point i would have done so..but i did as i was told and travelled in our Mini Metro to Selhurst Park!

A once in a lifetime opportunity missed..but so so lucky to have this day etched into my memory. Only down side: Charlton beat us 1-0.


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6 Comments leave one →
  1. September 3, 2009 8:39 pm

    i am ridiculously jealous of u

  2. September 4, 2009 12:09 am

    saw this on your blog the other day, was gonna leave a comment but white texts on black background does euphoric things to my eyes and i got distracted.

    is that your little autograph book?

    • September 4, 2009 9:02 am

      yes i still have that autography book somewhere

      Sir bobby and alex signed on the same page…a few years later John Salako came to do a training session with the team i was playing for in Crystal Palace..he signed it on the page next to theirs and asked whose signatures were they..i told him and said i bet he wished his contract had those signatures on them..he said “too fucking right!!”

  3. Rite$h permalink
    September 4, 2009 7:16 am

    U r very lucky indeed

  4. March 15, 2010 7:34 pm

    You are very very lucky!
    Little bad quality on photos, but article is good!
    Keep it up!

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