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1: Old Trafford

The 76,000 seater stadium is the hub of the empire. On non match days the
museum, tour and Megastore attract thousands of tourists every week.

On match day, souvenir and fast food stalls line the roads around as well as
fanzine sellers. A good place to spot United heroes past and present is the
players car park at the South East corner. You can see the United stars array of
frighteningly expensive cars and you'll see the stars arrive if you're there early
enough (about 3-4 hours before KO.

In 1993 the Warwick Road North passing Old Trafford was officially renamed Sir
Matt Busby Way in honour of the great man. Favourite haunts of the fans on
match day are the nearby pubs, The Trafford, The Bishops Blaize (Wetherspoons)
and Samuel Platts. Lou Macari's chip shop is also round the corner and the
Classic sports shop has memorabilia. United also have the Red Cinema across
the canal in Salford Quays which shows important away games on the big

2: Carrington Training Centre

United's state of the art training facility six miles west from Old Trafford, deep in
the countryside of Manchester's suburbs. The site covers 70 acres and boasts 14
pitches of varying size. Inside the complex, there is training and rehabilitation
areas, physiotherapy, massage rooms and remedial and hydrotherapy pools.

Its not called fortress Carrington for nothing, fans can hang outside the entrance
in the hope of a player stopping to sign autographs but most zoom by in their
cars. Players won't autograph merchandise in case you sell it on E-bay and just
be careful you don't confuse it with another Carrington sports centre, Manchester
City have their training facility close nearby.

3: The Cliff

The Cliff used to be Manchester United's main training and practice grounds
facilities in Salford on the banks of the River Irwell. It has an outdoor training
pitch, indoor pitch, Gym, training area, sports hall and extensive injury treatment

Carrington replaced it in 1999 but the Cliff is still used for junior, academy and
Manchester United Women's games. United's "Football in the Community" project
HQ is at the Cliff, aimed to give something back to the local people by involving
schools and local children. Recently the England national team have used it for
training sessions when Old Trafford hosts internationals.

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4: Altrincham FC, Moss Lane

United's home reserve team games are played here. They play in the FA Premier
Reserve League (North) and the Manchester Senior Cup. The normal kick-off time
is 7pm on a weekday. Previously games were played at Bury's Gigg Lane.

5: Hale/Halebarns

Roy Keane is Hale's most famous resident living in a £1.5 million house. During the
World Cup fallout of 2002 he was seen walking his dog around the area. The
United captain and was also involved in a bit of bother at the local Golf course.
Ole Solskjaer also lives in the Hale and there are probably a few other red
heroes, both past and present in the area.

6: Bowdon

Several United players live in Bowdon. In his United days Ruud van Nistelrooy
lived in an apartment overlooking the hills.

7: Wilmslow

If you're strolling around the plush streets of this little village you might see the
great man himself flying by in his car - Sir Alex Ferguson lives here. Wayne
Rooney also lived in the area when his new house was being built.

8: Alderley Edge

Rio Ferdinand lives in the village of Alderley Edge. When Rio saw the house he
wanted there, United have a special estate agent who approached the owner
with a cash offer that was too good to refuse. Cristiano Ronaldo bought a
£500,000 apartment in Alderley Edge soon after his move from Portugal and
David Beckham used to have a flat here.

9: Deansgate

Giggsy has a £1 million penthouse apartment in the luxury No1 Deansgate tower
block. Just down the road is the Living Room, a favorite drinking haunt of United
players and celebrities. You might have a bit of trouble getting in though if you
want to meet the lads, as its a bit swanky. Recently United players held their
Christmas party at the nearby Prohibition bar.

10: Worsley

Giggsy is moving to the village of Worlsey. He is set to demolish a Victorian
mansion called "Silver How "and build an ultra-modern £1.9m red-brick mansion.
His six-bedroom home will be complete with gym and swimming pool. Giggs faces
opposition to his plan though, locals have objected to the proposal and are
kicking up a fuss.

11: Newton Heath

Man City's current home, The City of Manchester Stadium is just down the road,
but this area is where it all started for United back in 1878. Newton Heath LYR
started on a local pitch in Monsall Road. 500 yards down the Oldham Road, "The
Three Crowns Inn" was used as dressing rooms.

Opposite a chemical works in Bank Street, Clayton, they had their first stadium.
They then moved a short distance down to North Road. The stadium's are not
there any longer but the streets that they were named after still exist. On Bank
Street there is a blue plaque commemorating United's days playing there, on a
row of terrace houses, on the right as you drive from the chemical works.

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12: The Pennines

Gary Neville has splashed out on a new home - his own village in the Pennines
according to Ananova. com. Neville has bought a remote moorland hamlet, once
home to 60 people, called "Top O' Th' Knotts".

13: Manchester Airport

A good place to see United players as they jet off on or return from another
European adventure. They leave Manchester two days before a European fixture,
usually in the morning and nearly always return the following morning after the

14: The Trafford Centre

Manchester United players have often been seen spending some of their vast
fortunes, shopping in the Trafford Centre.

15: Hyde United

Manchester United play their Pontins League games at little Hyde United's home.
The Pontins League was originally the Central League featuring teams from the
Midlands and North-West. United play mainly youth and reserve players in this

16: George Best's Bachelor Pad

In 1969 George Best, then just 23, had a house built by architect Frazer Crane,
who also designed Best's city centre boutique. It took a year to build on a plot of
land in Blossoms Lane near Bramhall, Cheshire, at a cost of £30,000 and was a
modernist split-level design encased in glass with a flat roof.

Leading from the games room was a concrete disc surrounded by a moat. It was
faced in small white tiles and you could sweep down the drive into the
underground garage. A short walk down the garden was the swimming pool.

The Goldfish bowl could come straight out of one of the latest design magazines -
not one from more than 30 years ago. It had all the latest gadgets: hot air
heating pumped underfloor by a huge boiler, a TV that disappeared into the
chimney, remote-controlled curtains and garage door and intercom security.

Best had to suffer fans continually besieging the house and a ten-feet high fence
was built all round to keep out prying eyes. He sold the house for £40,000
staying only three years before being banished back to his Chorlton-cum-Hardy
landlady for breaking club rules.

17: Prestbury

Wayne Rooney persuaded his girlfriend Coleen McLoughlin that he had found the
home of their dreams after driving through the affluent village of Prestbury. The
19-year-old United forward noticed an 18th century local pub appeared to be
called the "Admiral Rooney".

Taking it as a lucky omen, plans were soon in motion to build a £4 million mansion
in the area. Only then did Rooney realise that the pub was actually
called "Admiral Rodney", after a famous British navy commander - the 'd' in
Rodney had become faded to look like on 'o'. Wayne took a fair bit of stick from
his team-mates over the blunder but the house is still going ahead and will have
four-bedrooms with an indoor swimming pool, cinema, games room and gym.

18: FC United of Manchester

The club set up by disillusioned United fan's angry at Malcolm Glazers' takeover,
play their games at Bury's Gigg Lane Ground.

The team plays in Division 2 of the North West Counties League. The Hierarchy is
as follows:

North West Counties League Division 2
North West Counties League Division 1
Northern Premier League Division 1
Northern Premier League (Unibond League)
Football Conference North
Football Conference National
League 2
League 1

:eek: Some really really wrong information on those posts Carly.
I'll go through it later and correct some points but two quick ones..

FC United play their home Games at Gigg Lane Bury, home of Bury FC.
They do not play in Division 2 of the North West Counties League,
they play in Northern Premier League Division 1.

There is NO Manchester United Womens team.

Altrincham FC, Moss Lane
United's home reserve team games are played here, no they are not.

Whatever your source for this info is, it's about 2 years out of date.:eek:


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I just stumbled across it when I was having a look around the net, lol.

Thought it looked pretty good.

You show me the out of date bits - and we can change it.....

Be nice for the boys and girls from abroad to see these things I reckon ;)
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