Stockport away was one of those days when everything seemed right in the world. A 2-1 win away from home, following a number of defeats, and getting to meet up with loads of reds, some of whom have otherwise drifted away from FC, and with it live football.
One of those friends was in the pub on the evening. “Drifted away” would put his story mildly. Betrayed by the club would be a better description. I’m lucky enough to have never experienced such a thing. For about 8 years straight, I believed the club could do no wrong, since then we’ve had a more troubled time. Writing an article about it is almost therapeutic, and whilst hopefully providing something interesting to read, it has also helped me reflect and try to understand what is going on.
Whilst I’ve not been betrayed by the club, I’ve often felt bitter disappointment. For many of us, FC started off as a protest by Manchester United fans. Obviously things evolve and move on. I remember a time-served red telling me years ago (the blue jumper and cargo trousers he wears should give most of you an idea who it was), that he’d knocked FC on the head because he “couldn’t accept the idea of falling in love with a club that wasn’t Manchester United”. I couldn’t understand it at the time, but on reflection he had a point. FC still has an intrinsic link to MUFC, but it took an alternative path the moment we made flags relating to FC or sang new songs. That was just the start. 10 or so years is a long time. Change is inevitable. My own relationship with the club has changed over that time too.
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