Manchester United v West Brom December 1978

No one chooses “their” team. Our teams rub off on us in early age like burdock seeds, then dig in. I found my team aged seven. Turning the (black and white) TV on when bored one warm day in May 1976, I found myself watching my first FA Cup Final, and, being a British patriot back then, started to cheer on the losing team. Who duly lost…

Here are most of that team who were my first footballing love, still losing. It’s one of the best single Youtube videos I’ve come across. The excellence of the commentary deserves some late recognition for more than one reason, as you’ll discover. Ron Atkinson’s comments at the end are interesting too, for different reasons.


They may not have been a great side, but these players feel more like my team than any who have pulled on the shirt before or since.

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