Look forward to that pic, Ed.
Rangers' link fascinating - great pic on p.3.
As for your Rangers to MUFC journey ... might have been MCFC! ;-) There's been big connections between Gers and City for years (often via Ulster from what I've seen). Been to many away games from 70s onwards when there's been large contingent of Rangers fans following City. Most memorable and surreal (and drunken) was journey back to Manchester on last train from Blackpool with a large crew with several crates of brown ale and endless renditions of (I think, memory particularly impaired) "The Sash My Father Wore" and "The Red Hand of Ulster" or similar titles.
Bit off topic I know, but wondered if you or roytonboy came across similar in Manchester?
The old "Rangers-Celtic" chant on the Kippax was always much louder for the Rangers bit.
In 1978 I was working 'on the baths' (as opposed to 'on the bins' - not sure which had the lowest social standing!) in Manchester. We had a Glaswegian Rangers fan working with us, complete with King Billy tattoos. Whilst in Manchester he supported CIty. 3 of us went to watch a cup match at Nottingham Forest one night and called in a pub on the outskirts of Nottingham. It was full of Forest fans so we just sat quietly in a corner. When a large group of Forest fans were leaving one of them shouted "Come on you Reds!" quick as a flash Gary, who was a nut-case, jumped up and shouted "Come on you Blues". The pub went quiet and they all turned round - one of them walked over to us. Billy, the Ranger fan stood up to meet him. Billy was wearing a Rangers scarf with a City badge on it, the Forest fan looked at it and, in a broad Glaswegian accent, said "I like your scarf, pal." Smiles broke out, weird handshakes were exchanged and all passed off amicably. Phew, - I really don't know what I was doing playing with those rough boys!
In 2006 I went with a mate to the 90th commemoration of the start of the Battle of the Somme. On a hot day we walked about a mile to the Thiepval Memorial for the ceremony. On arriving we got a beer and sat down on a grass bank next to a 'military' band. I got chatting to one of the bandsman who had a Manchester Accent, First question is usually "Where are you from?" "Blackley" he answered. (Elwood, you already know where this is going!) Once we got talking it became apparent what they were. "Oh, you're a lodge band!" I exclaimed. "Oh yes" he beamed, pulling the sash from out of his pocket to show us. In my experience, one and one usually makes two so my next question had to be, "You'll be a City fan then?" "Yes, I'm a big Blue" Before you can say 12th July, he's inviting us to Southport for the Orange Day parades! Bear in mind he didn't know us from Adam, and for all he knew we could have been Catholics of Irish descent, but he just made the assumption that as I was a City fan, I must hold similar views to himself! To use the favourite phrase of journalists, we made our excuses and left.
Edited by roytonboy - 6/12/13 at 9:33am