Manchester United have today confirmed that the singing section will become a full time feature at Old Trafford for the start of the 2014/15 season. The section will be housed within blocks N2401 and N2402, the area known as the old J-Stand. Fans United, of which SEF are part of, are delighted that the club have decided to install the section and realise that the decision has not been taken lightly. Fans United have held over 2 years of talks with the club and during that time have been involved in 2 trials of the section during the 2013/14 season. We are all understanding that some long term season ticket holders will be required to move seats and this hasn't been a decision that has been taken without full consideration. MUFC have outlined their reasoning behind the decision here on their official website www.manutd.com
Singing Section displaying their colours at the Fulham game trial
Fans United will now consult fans over giving the section a full time name(Possibly incorporating J-stand) and losing the "singing section" working title and to add our own identity to the section. It is now down to supporters to make the section work and to bring overall acoustic benefits to the whole of Old Trafford. As was shown with the 2nd trial, the section benefited not just the areas around it, but worked in tandem with The Stretford End. For further updates follow @sef_mufc and @fansunitedmufc on twitter.
SEF hope that the section will allow for fans to bring along their own United flags and we will be speaking to MUFC about this, as well as working on ways more flags can ne in place within all of Old Trafford.
Following the success of the initial singing section trial against Real Sociedad in the Champions League, Manchester United have given permission to the fans groups behind the campaign, the go ahead to stage a 2nd trial. Fans United this week met with United officials to discuss the next singing section trial and how to take forward the prospect of a full time section for the start of the 2014/15 season.
For the Fulham Premier League home game on Sunday 9th Feb, the North/East Lower quadrant will be used to house a 2nd singing section trial. The section more affectionately known as J and K stands, will play host to 2,661 vocal United supporters, an increase on the initial 1,431 who took part in the Sociedad game trial. The 2,661 singing section seats will be located within blocks N1401, N2401, N2402 and East 239. Manchester United have been personally telephoning all season ticket holders within those seated areas to explain the circumstances and to facilitate their moves to an alternative seat.
During the study into the most effective areas to house the singing section, Manchester United commissioned an acoustics engineer, who studied the atmosphere, crowd volume and acoustics within Old Trafford. The findings of this study identified that the L-stand quadrant (Current away areas as used for the Sociedad trial) and the J/K stand quadrant were the best suited location to house a singing section. The club committed to trialling a section within both of these identified areas to determine the best possible location for a full time section. During the Sociedad game, the acoustics engineer also recorded the sound levels from the singing section and monitored the impact on other areas within Old Trafford. These sound testing trails will again be in place during the Fulham game, to monitor the impact of the singing section.
As part of our initial singing section proposal which was submitted to Manchester United in Feb 2012, we stated that the section was needed for the more low key regular Premier league games. This trial against Fulham gives the ideal opportunity to test the effectiveness of a full time singing section in improving the Old Trafford atmosphere, not just within the singing section, but within the whole of Old Trafford.
SEF as part of Fans United hope that this trial will again be an outstanding success and that it can pave the way for a full time Old Trafford singing section in time for the 2014/15 season.
United We Stand editor Andy Mitten has written this superb article explaining the singing section and its background which has today been published in the Manchester Evening News, read it HERE
We realise that supporters have several questions with regards to the singing section trial and a Frequently Asked Questions can be found by clicking the heading at the top of this article.
Manchester United legend Bill Foulkes passed away aged 81 this week. A survivor of Munich, Bill made his debut in 1950 and played 688 times for the club. His Semi Final goal against Real Madrid in the Bernabeu in 1968 sent Manchester United through to the Wembley Final in which Bill played and secured the first ever European Cup by an English side.
Stretford End Flags have looked at how we can pay tribute to Bill and we have decided to produce a large 2 stick flag. The flag will measure 4m x 3m and will be produced in time for the Everton game on Wednesday night. The flag will then be used alongside the other 2 stick large flags for United's Euro home games.
We have decided to keep the design simple as it was felt that words were not needed. The design can be seen below.
In order to raise the £365 to produce this banner, we are seeking donations from Manchester United fans. Fans can pay via Paypal to JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING A running total of the amount donated will be kept on our forum page HERE
To win the pair of tickets for the Premier and the meal for 2 at Artisan simply follow @Sef_mufc @artisan_sf and @classof92film and retweet the @SEF_mufc competition tweet.
Also, like the Stretford End Flags Facebook competition feature and share it on your wall.
SEF have always encouraged United supporters to "Show Your Colours" and last weeks singing section was enhanced by a display of twirling scarves and the holding aloft of scarves during the singing of "We'll Never Die".
With the weather about to get colder and Christmas on the horizon, then why not treat yourself or a loved one to one of the new Savile Rogue Manchester United collection of quality cashmere scarves and their new range of hats. The new Savile Rogue collection includes the new Superking Scarf, the longest scarf yet at 2.1 metres (Imagine the twirl on that in the next singing section trial!!!) and to mark the launch of the Superking Scarf this Friday (1st Nov), we are offering one as a prize.
The Superking cashmere scarf is the world's longest, most luxurious, traditional football scarf in black, white and red. And being the king of football scarves, it arrives in a gold presentation box. To win a Manchester United Superking Cashmere scarf worth £89.95, simply email JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING using the message title "Scarf comp" telling us the answer to the following question - how long is the Savile Rogue Superking Scarf? Competition closes at 5pm on Fri 1st November.
If you fancy buying your own quality Cashmere Manchester United scarf or one of the new Savile Rogue Beanie hats, then visit the MANCHESTER UNITED SECTION OF THE SAVILE ROGUE website (Clik on this link to visit the shop)
Old Trafford came to life for Wednesday nights European tie against real Sociedad and the implementation of the singing section trial was deemed to be a major factor in the nights atmosphere.
1,400 Manchester United fans filled an area usually reserved for away fans at old Trafford and created their own United away day experience. From 25 minutes before kick off though to the final whistle, reds fans sung their hearts out, waved their flags and twirled their scarves. The impact of the section was not lost on the United players, with David Moyes and David de Gea acknowledging the section with waves during the game. After the game David Moyes, Phil Neville and Ashley Young were amongst United players and staff who hailed the section as a huge success.
Fans United, a group which comprises of SEF, will now meet with Manchester United officials to gage the verdict on last Wednesday nights trial and to look into ways of extending the trials and putting in place a full time section within Old Trafford.