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The National Football Museum
I loved it here!! My dad and I spent hours walking around, reading the information, looking at the disaplys, playing some of the games, watching short films and enjoying the history! It was a brilliant day out! And it's FREE to get in! There are donation boxes throughout the museum.
The museum is spilt into four floors. There are many displays of memorbillia that people have donated. There's art work and trophies. Throughout the museum, children are encouraged to join in the fun with interactive games (adults can play too!).
There is a 15 minute film called 'Our beautiful game' that talks about disability in football, children in footbal, the Sunday leagues, the Premier league and divisions, ladies football and more. I'd suggest to sit at the back as the screen is large - that way, you can see everything without having to move your head from side-to-side!!!
Everything from where football started out, who played, ticket prices and stadiums, to the massive disasters that have struck football and changed it to as we know it today are all covered within the museum. There are original Wembley turnstyles, wooden seats (still found at Everton!!) and the fashion stylings of some of our football legends. The very small 4th floor is dedicated to our Olympics.
You'll have an amazing time here and it's fun for all of the family!
Opening hours are: 10am-5pm Monday-Saturday, 11pm-5am Sundays and the cafe is open 8am-5pm everyday.
You can buy:
- a visitir's guide for £1
- credits for some interactive games and photographs
Equipment: An interest in football
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Home of my beloved Manchester United.
This is the red half of Manchester. Current all-seater capacity of around 77,800.
I have spent many a happy time in my seat in K-Stand and I'll try to give you a flavour as this page slowly builds.
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Home of the blue half of Manchester, Manchester City.
City moved into, the then named, City of Manchester Stadium after the Commonwealth Games of 2003, having previously played at Maine Road.
An all-seater capacity of 47,726. Away fans are currently given seats in one side of the South Stand at one end of the ground, in both the upper and lower tiers, where up to 3,000 fans can be accommodated.
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The Etihad Stadium belongs to Manchester City football club as is the football club that I have supported and followed from an early age. The City of Manchester Stadium otherwise known as "Eastlands" and "The Etihad Stadium" was first built for the common wealth games which was held in Manchester in 2002. The stadium became Manchester City's in 2003 after their old stadium "Maine Road" was demolished. Manchester City is also known as "the blues" and fans regularly chant the song "Blue moon" at football matches.
Although Manchester United is considered the more famous football team world wide. It is arguably said that more "Mancunians" actually support Manchester City than Manchester United. Manchester City famously won the premier league in 2012 after having not won the title for a massive 44 years.
Football/Match tickets and memorabelia can be bought on the website listed below. Tickets can be bought in person at the box office or via telephone.
Stadium and club tours operate and tickets can be bought for the following prices. Correct at the current date of August 2012: Adults £10, Senior and Under 16's £7.00 and Under 4's free of charge. The club also offers signed tours for people that have hearing impairments and require sign language.
Equipment: On match days the clubs colours are always appreciated - Blue!
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The Theatre of Dreams
Manchester United Football Club is possibly the most popular football club in the World, with over 330 million supporters worldwide, and is the most successful in the history of English football... They have a a record 19 league titles, 11 FA Cups, 3 European Cups, 1 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, several League Cups, and other trophies...
Even if there is no game, Old Trafford (or the Theatre of Dreams) is still worth a visit… The stadium (with a capacity of around 76,000) is the second-largest football stadium in England after Wembley, and is one of the finest in the World. You can visit the Manchester United Museum and Tour Centre. The museum covers every detail of United’s history, including an array of trophies, the tragedy of the Munich air disaster, and the drama of the 1998/99 treble season... The tour brings you though the players’ tunnel, to the dressing rooms, and inside the stadium...
The Theatre Of Dreams
It pains me to write this tip as I am a life long Manchester City fan but as they are one of the most famous clubs in the world I have to write about Manchester United's stadium Old Trafford.
The Old Trafford Stadium is also called the "Theatre Of Dreams" and is the 2nd largest stadium in England with a full capacity of around 75,000 people.
If you are not lucky enough to be in Manchester during a match day the stadium offers a museum tour which shows artefacts and showcases Manchester United's success over the years.
As of the current date (August 2012) The museum tour costs roughly £16.00 per adult. There are separate deals for families, students and families (see the website for details).
The football matches tickets can be bought at the stadium box office, on the website and over the telephone. As one of the Europe's leading football clubs the prices for match tickets are quite expensive but the price really does depend on which football team Manchester United are playing and which seats you choose.
Equipment: Casual clothes.
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MCFC Homecoming 2012
Well, what a season!! We had many highs and lows, but it all came good in the end! (Typical City giving us all heartattacks and making us wait till extra time!). I'm so lucky to have been at our final match vs QPR.
Once again I was one of thousands that lined the streets of Manchester to watch our boys in blue celebrate winning the League (season 2011/12)!!
The tour route of the bus (2 buses which carried the cup, players, staff, VIPs and players/staff family) went from Albert Square, outside our Town Hall.
Roads were closed so there were plenty of diversons for motorists and buses to contend with. Another well organised event! Well done Manchester!!
Equipment: Your voice, your passion, your love.
MCFC Homecoming 2011
Manchester City bring the FA Cup to the Etihad Stadium!!
We lined the streets of Manchester to watch the MCFC open-top doubledecker bus full of the Manchester City team, managers and VIPs show-off the FA Cup.
It was so exciting to see your team travelling a route around Manchester and then to the Eithad Stadium! We stood on Portland Street to see the cup and the lads. There were 1000s of people out to support their team.
The streets that were on the bus route were closed off to all vehicles. Police escorted the bus through all of its route and made sure no fans tried to get on the bus too!!
It was really well organised. Well done Manchester! CTID
Equipment: Your voice!!
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The only football team to come from Manchester!
My one love, Manchester City Football Club!
Get yourself down the the Etihad Stadium to watch a game of football.
Check the website for ticket information and dates.
Equipment: - Your ticket!
- Your glasses!
- Your voice!
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The Etihad Stadium
This is where you can come a have a tour around where Manchester City play or come to a game to watch Manchester City play.
Tours around the stadium are held often and you sometimes get discounts if you book online using the website I've listed below. It has a souvnir shop to buy a little something City!
This stadium was originally built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games which were held in Manchester, with the view of Manchester City Football Club moving into the stadium from Maine Road.
The stadium needed to be changed to become the football stadium Manchester City wanted, so when the Commonwealth Games finished, the transformation work began.
The pitch was lowered and a third tier of seating were put in on two of the four stands.
In 2003, City played their last game at Maine Road (vs Southampton) and moved into 'The City of Manchester Stadium with a capacity of 48.000.
1880 was when a football team was formed which would evolve into Manchester City. We are a club that has a great history. We have had ups and many, many, downs. A true City fan is the fan that was there supporting the mighty Blues in the late 90's. We were in divison 2, and as I write this now, we are top of the premier league; 2 points clear and a goal difference of 9. This is an exciting time for the team and the fans! Come on you Blues!!!
Theatre of Dreams-Old Trafford
Old trafford is one of the most famous football stadium on the planet and home to the most famous team-Manchester United.The ground which was rebuilt and refurbished in the late ninties holds more than 80000 people now and is one of the biggest stadiums in Europe.
We took the tour of the stadium back in 2002 and it was my first time since 1991 that i had been and was not disapointed.As well as the pitch and seating you get to see behind the scenes such as the players changing rooms and the bar and restaurant and V.I.P and museum and trophy room areas.A great day out for fans and well worth the money.
Opening times-9.00am till 5.00pm seven days a week.
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The Jerusalem of British Football
For many people across the UK, Manchester is simply associated with two words: Manchester United. You either love 'em or hate 'em. For North Americans, only the New York Yankees can really compare to these mixed passions.
One of the most successful clubs out of all of Britain and perhaps Europe's various clubs, Manchester United are known for their aggressive attacks, trademark red and white jerseys, fanatical fans. David Beckham, once Manchester United and perhaps Britain's best and most famous player at the moment, sadly transfered to a team in Madrid in 2003.
Manchester is also home of football club Manchester City, who remain arch rivals of United, although at this time, their record wasn't as good.
Old Trafford, United's home playing field, is hollowed ground for British football fans, much like Lambeau Field and Fennway Park are for American sports fans. "The Theatre of Dreams," as it's sometimes known, is the largest football stadium in England. Many important events throughout the Beautiful Game's history have taken place on its field.
Last but not least, perhaps one of the best ways for someone like yourself who may come from a country where soccer isn't a passion, and who doesn't have the time to see a home game, the best way to experience this is any major pub or club, where big-screen TVs show the game live as it happens. There you'll experience a truly unique, foreign but otherwise familiar feeling, as the crowd shouts, ooooohs, and anticipates the next goal. Even if you don't know the players' names or the teams or even how British football clubs operate, you'll soon find yourself truly locked in the excitement of the crowd and moment. I highly recommend it!
Equipment: Throughout Manchester and the surrounding region, you can purchase footballs and Manchester City/United football jerseys in sports-related outlets. Don't be surprised if you see a lot of pictures of football players in the stores as well as in pubs: very often they're like the lifeblood of the city.
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The Manchester Derby
Matches between the two Manchester teams are usually sold-out well in advance and there will be a large number of regular supporters who cannot get tickets. If you are trying to get a ticket as a visitor you might be lucky but be prepared to have a back up plan. I suggest you look for large pubs or bars near where you are staying that show sport and plan to go to one of those to watch the game. The atmosphere in the city will be buzzing with excitement and everyone will be talking about the game. People will be talked about as Reds (Manchester Utd) or Blues (Manchester City). I suggest you do not wear either colour and don’t obviously support one team until you know whether those around you are Reds or Blues. The rivalry between these two teams is fierce and will be even more so after Manchester City were taken over in 2008 and had a lot more money to spend on top players. There is always a lot of tension in Manchester when the local derby game is played, especially afterwards, but as long as you are a bit careful and take the sort of precautions you would in any large city I’m sure you will enjoy it, wherever you watch the game.
Equipment: It is best not to wear either red or pale blue colours in the city centre around the time of the Manchester derby.
My blue heaven
I couldn't add a page on Manchester and miss out Manchester City! The City of Manchester Stadium was built for the Commonwealth games held here and we moved in after they moved out. Critics say that the fans are much quieter since the move, I'd say they've not been there long enough to call it home yet. (Plus there's not much to shout about at the moment!)
Manchester City football ground
Visited manchester citys ground to watch Arsenal away at 5.15pm on 26 August 2006.
A frustrating day with arsenal hitting the woodwork twice, nowhere near there best and losing to a penalty.
To get to the ground we walked from the city centre, route as follows -
Piccadilly, London Road, Store st, Ancoat street, Pollard St, Merril St, Ashton new Road. (away fans entrance on this main road). Took about 20 mins walk, and definately more comfortable
option when leaving than being crammed in over crowded illegal buses.
saw one bus with its fron rubbing the ground !
Along the walking route is clear signs pointing the way.
MCFC were still selling tickets for this game and it was not a sell out.
The stadium was originally built for the Commonwealth games in manchester, and is also used for other major events such as concerts.
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