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THE BLACK PEARL OF INCHICORE

Written by John White for Manchester United Then & Now “Cinderella Man” is the story of the Irish-American boxer James J. Braddock. He was a supposedly washed-up fighter who came back from obscurity and became the Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World from 13 June 1935 to 22 June 1937. On 10 November 1982, Paul McGrath

ROY KEANE – THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR

Written by John White for Manchester United Then & Now Sir Alex Ferguson described Roy Keane as the best he’s ever worked with, aspiring footballers and Reds everywhere worshipped the ground he walked on but above all else, Keano epitomised the unwavering spirit and desire to succeed which Manchester United stands for. The Cork-born midfielder began

Manchester United vs Southampton

Just another day supporting Manchester United. It is hard not to make things sound more dramatic than it is but when you are seeing actual conflict between players and staff it is hard to get behind United. However, fans always find a way and this troublesome United side are no longer Ole’s Odd Bunch they

MAN UTD, GEORGE BEST, SIR ALEX & ME – MEMORIES OF A BELFAST BOY – PART 3

Taken from Kicking Through the Troubles by John White (empire-uk.com) – Buy your copy now Pinheads or Stickies? The first thing I recall about moving to the Short Strand around April 1971 was an encounter I had with three older kids. I was out and about exploring the area when suddenly I was confronted by these three

Man Utd Transfer Failures On Display In FA Cup

Man Utd were knocked out of the FA Cup on Friday to Middlesborough in a penalty shootout. In the January transfer window Man Utd did not bring in a single transfer. A head scratcher at the very minimum, and a failure in many peoples eyes given their lack of depth in the middle of the

REMEMBERING THE BUSBY BABES

Written by John White for Manchester United Then & Now It was on this day 64 years ago that the heart and soul was cruelly ripped from the heart of Manchester United Football Club. In their first two away fixtures of the 1957-58 European Cup Manchester United used scheduled airline services to avoid the players from

MAN UTD, GEORGE BEST, SIR ALEX & ME – MEMORIES OF A BELFAST BOY – Part 1

Taken from Kicking Through the Troubles by John White (empire-uk.com) – Buy your copy now Introduction There are places I remember, All my life, though some have changed, Some forever not for better, Some have gone and some remain, All these places have their moments, With lovers and friends I still can recall, Some are

Manchester United vs Middlesbrough

Now is the time for Manchester United to prove themselves. Having let players go and Ralf Rangnick looking towards the youth team players this week it could be the way United are going to go for in the future with Rangnick in charge or not. In the FA Cup this weekend it is a great

MANCHESTER UNITED SQUANDER A 2 GOAL LEAD AT VILLA PARK

United boss Ralf Rangnick was missing some key players for the match against Aston Villa at Villa park yesterday. Cristiano Ronaldo was still dealing with a muscle injury to his hip and Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay were both suspended for the match. Harry Maguire was back in the side but started on the bench,

PLAYING WITH GHOSTS OF THE BUSBY BABES

Written by John White for Manchester United Then & Now On 5 February 1958, Bobby Charlton scored two goals for Manchester United in their 3-3 draw with Red Star Belgrade in a European Cup, quarter-final second leg tie with Dennis Viollet also scoring in the game. The result guaranteed passage for United into the semi-finals of

POOR MANCHESTER UNITED LIMP TO A 1-1 DRAW WITH NEWCASTLE AT ST JAMES’S PARK

Playing for the first time in 16 days, United struggled against a very game Newcastle United side.  Newcastle was full of confidence Monday night and it showed with Allan Saint-Maximin bagging an early goal in the 7th minute. Despite United having the lions share of possession for most of the match, the visitors were unable to

Manchester United v Newcastle Preview

Manchester United will square off against Newcastle on Monday in the Premier League. The match should go on despite the cancellations of previous Manchester United matches, but could still be cancelled. The Magpies have had a horrid last couple of seasons. If it wasn’t for Joe Willock and some good form late in last seasons

SIR ALEX & ME

Written by John White for Manchester United Then & Now I am very honoured to say that I got to know Sir Alex Ferguson very well when he was the manager of Manchester United. Indeed, I have fond memories of the Sports Dinners we attended together and the occasions when he visited my home in Carryduff,

United Draw Atletico; Fascinating Match Set After Re-Draw

Manchester United drew Atletico Madrid in the first round of the knockout stages on Monday. An error involving United occurred in the first draw, causing the re-draw. During the first draw United were drawn Villarreal, but because they played in the group they are not allowed to compete against each other in the first knockout

The First Irish Busby Babe – John “Jackie” Blanchflower

Written by John White for Manchester United Then & Now Belfast-born John “Jackie” Blanchflower made his way across the Irish Sea aged just 16-years old in May 1949 to join Matt Busby’s band of talented young players scoured from every corner of the United Kingdom and Ireland. Jackie was born in the Bloomfield area of east

Man Utd v Norwich City Preview

Man Utd take on Norwich City later on today in the evening matchup. Man Utd might be feeling good about themselves after the appointment of Ralf Rangnick. Rangnick handed key players rest during the week in a meaningless Champions League match and with an easy set of fixtures upcoming during the festive season there might

United’s Young Boys Knock Young Boys Out Of Europe With 1-1 Draw

United and Young Boys drew 1-1 in the Champions League Wednesday night to wrap up the group stage. Young Boys were knocked out of Europe. It was a litany of changes by Ralf Rangnick and it was expected. Plenty of youth in the side and on the bench were combined with fringe starting XI and

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