The legendary Manchester United Football Club opened Britain's first purpose-built football museum in 1986. It charts the ... More
Manchester United Museum & Trophy Room
The legendary Manchester United Football Club opened Britain's first purpose-built football museum in 1986. It charts the history of the team for over 100 years. From its birth in 1878 to the present day. Using photographs, sound and video, the museum excels at capturing the imagination and transporting it to important games and events which have marked United's eventful history. With over 1000 exhibits and displays (where you can do things like add your own match commentary or check out the Fanzone), there is plenty to see. You can also join a guided tour of the stadium. These are held at regular times throughout the days on which the museum is open. Note that tours are not included in the standard admission price.
as a life long united fan, (over 300 games) I took a group of school kids to OT for the tour. Old Trafford is one of the most revered sporting venues on the planet, host not just to united one of the five most famous clubs in the world but Champions league finals, European championship and world cup final matches and other sports such as rugby league. Nearly all the gods of the game have all played here, United are steeped in legend and a history which few sporting institutions can match, so all set for one of the great tours, not a chance. Our guide, who was a united fan, told us nothing, he had a group of wide eyed young lads who were baying for a taste of what it means to be not just a player but a supporter of united, instead he lead us through a series of corridors and doors to the executive seats the dug outs the home changing room and the disabled area. Nothing about each or any facts, the Munich tunnel was brushed over with a wave of the arm, the guide even got some basic facts wrong and the video at the end was at best an average sixth form effort.
United should perhaps send their guides or at least our one on a customer service seminar and a visit to Lords, The Hawthorns, Wimbledon, Trent Bridge and even Selhurst park to see guides operate with passion and enthusiasm for their stadium.
The tour feels like nothing more than an excuse to fleece the many thousands of united fans out of a few more quid. Thankfully the museum is a joy and the other staff we encountered on the day were excellent. Barry if you read this learn some patter, tell us some stories and make it a day to remember for all the right reasons, all we learnt was that you had a good value meal in Adelaide before a test match
Even if you hate Manchester United (which I personally do) this tour is one of the greatest things to do in the entire U.K.
To go as behind the scenes at Old Trafford as this tour does is a treat. The private areas (at least on match days) that the tour takes you through are amazing. It's like being part of the club. You even get to march out down the player's tunnel (one line for Manchester United supporters and one line for everyone else).
The guides are funny (and the guide I had was even a Liverpool supporter), though if you don't like football, some of the jokes and history might go over your head.
I am 13 years of age and hate football but ..i quite enjoyed going around on the tour. The tour consisted of going into the teams changing room and looking at the museum which i think anyone would enjoy even if you dont enjoy football.
I was there in Nov for the Chelsea match and im already going back in May to see the lads pick up their trophy! The BEST place in the world BY FAR the atmosphere is AMAZING the stadium it self is second to none. The tour is great gives you a good look at what the players life is like before a match and everything that goes on before and after. The Museum is just amazing it brings back so many memories as well as creates new ones and also gives you a look at the history of the club in a way you've never seen it before.
On the wall between the museum and the museum shop is a great list of years and players who signed for United in each year. HOWEVER, I saw no mention of goalkeeper Harry Sharrat who played a few games in, I think, late '58 after the Munich crash. He was a teacher at Salford Grammar School at the time and I well remember seeing him play at least one game at Old Trafford.
manchester united is the best football team in the world there is one thing i am upset about is that beckem should of stayed with them as if it was not for them then he would not be where he is now thankl for all the boys at manchester
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