Saturday, 30 January 2010
Newton Heath protest
If the above picture looks familiar, it should be. It's the Stretford End of Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United. But no, the red stand in the stadium have not been ripped off and replaced.
Actually, someone with a bit of imagination and computer skill had done a marvellous job to change the colours to green and yellow.
Green and yellow represent the original colours of Manchester United when they were still known as Newton Heath FC, the club formed in 1878 as the football team of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. Today, the colours have been restored to prominence as the emblem of resistance against the Glazer family, owners of Manchester United since 2005.
United are £716 million in debt under the Glazers and fans angry at the club's perilous financial position are stepping up their efforts to force them out.
"And while City are practically swimming in money, United are operating at full steam simply to avoid drowning in debt which, at the last count, stood at £716.5 million. Hence the optimism at of a bright future Eastlands and the fear among some at Old Trafford of difficult times ahead." - Mark Ogden, Daily Telegraph
Since the game with Hull City on 23 Jan 2010, fans are being encouraged to wear green-and-gold scarves as a colourful protest against the Glazers.