On Saturday, Manchester United take on Fulham in the 4th round of the FA CUP. Supporters groups have called on making this game a true FA Cup atmosphere and supporters are encouraged to bring along their own scarves and flags. A pre match fans march is being organised by Reclaim United and info on their plans can be found at http://www.reclaimunited.co.uk United fans are encouraged to sing all of the classic Wembley terrace songs and Pete Boyle will be leading the fans march with some classic songs.
SEF have requested that the clubs PA system play some of the classic United FA Cup final songs before the game and at half time. We are also seeking clarity as to what supporter flags/sticks will be allowed access into Old Trafford on Saturday, to ensure that fans flags will be allowed in. Once we have this info we will update via this site and Twitter @sef_mufc
SEF fully support this call and encourage supporter activities that improve the colour and atmosphere within Old Trafford. We will be promoting Euro Flags nights for Manchester United European home games and we are shortly set to announce news on our new giant Old Trafford Surfer flag.
As we look ahead to United's European home game with Real Madrid, SEF will be designating the game as a Euro Flag night, encouraging supporters to bring along their own flags and scarfs. To gear up for the night and in good timing for the current snowy weather, Savile Rogue are offering United fans a special offer on their range of Manchester United scarfs and socks.
We have had some very positive news from Manchester United this morning. United are now in favour of the use of surfer flags within Old Trafford and we will be looking into the possibility of how we can best use these surfer flags for the bigger games and European games. We currenly have a large MUFC club Crest surfer as seen in the attached pic and we will also be seeking ideas for a new surfer banner design, which we hope to get funded and produced. (These surfer flags cost in the region of £5,000).
We will also be allocated more space within Old Trafford to hang banners, so banners will no longer be restricted to The Stretford End. We will look into getting the Sir Alex 25 years banner fixed on the Sir Alex Ferguson stand and also into using other banners on the remaining stands.
Once we have more information, we will keep you updated, but in the meantime, keep thinking of ideas for a new surfer flag. Ideas can be submitted on the SEF FACEBOOK PAGE (Hit the like button to follow) or on the SEF FLAG FORUM
The 26th November will mark 20 years since Eric Cantona joined Manchester United and transformed the team into title winners.
Manchester United supporters will be showing their affection for Eric, with a special week of tributes to pay homage to the great man. #cantonaweek kicks off with a supporters charity evening in honour of Eric, at The Bishops Blaize pub on the Friday night (23rd Nov). Hosted by Pete Boyle, tickets are £2 and are available from The Bishops. A special tribute message from Eric himself will be played on the screen during the night.
For the QPR and West Ham home games, supporters are encouarged to pay tribute to Cantona, by bringing along Cantona flags, banners, shirts and masks. A full repetoire of Cantona terrace chants will be the order of the day during both games.
Prior to the West Ham game, a supporters Cantona march will take place before the game. Supporters are to meet at 7pm at the corner of the Bishops/Red Star sports where they will march to the ground at 7:30pm. Supporters are again encouraged to bring flags, banners and Cantona masks to the march.
New fans venue, Red Square will be hosting Cantona themed activities in their venue before both home games.
The new Paul Scholes banner, as designed and voted for by Manchester United Fans, made its Stretford End debut at last nights game against Newcastle. The banner can be seen here (Thanks to Heidi for the picture)
SEF would like to thank all supporters involved in the design of the banner and those who have donated towards the banners cost. All Stretford End banners are funded by YOU, the fans and this banner has cost £375 to make. To date, we have received £228.50 in donations towards this banner.
Stretford End Flags is backing calls from Manchester United, for supporters to keep the aisles and gangways clear during Sundays visit to Anfield. Last season, as a result of previous persistent standing in the aisles, Liverpool City Council reduced United's away ticket allocation by over 1,000 tickets. Whilst the allocation was increased for our FA Cup visit, it was still below the maximum allowed allocation. For this seasons visit, supporters groups have worked towards having a return to the full allocation and as a result, Liverpool City Council have increased the allocation, although once again it is still short of the maximum allowed allocation. Liverpool FC have not sold the back two rows of seats within the Manchester United section and supporters are asked to keep these rows clear, as well as ensuring no supporters are stood within the aisles and gangways. Supporters are asked to cooperate with stewards and police requests on the day, to ensure that these areas remain clear. Any standing in the aisles could result in further reductions in our allocation, not just at Anfield, but also for future visits to Goodison Park.
During Sundays visit, Liverpool FC will be paying respect to the 96 victims of the 1989 Hillsborough tragedy, following the release of new evidence last week. Stretford End Flags support Sir Alex Ferguson's calls for Manchester United Supporters to respect this occasion and to further refrain from indulging in the type of chants that have been highlighted by the media over the last week. We are lead to believe that both Liverpool FC's own stewards and local police will be monitoring the behaviour of both clubs supporters and anyone participating in chants of a derogatory nature run the risk of both ejection and banning from other games.
Stretford End Flags values the role that our supporters play in motivating the team and has lobbied for a full ticket allocation at our away games. SEF will continue to provide submissions to visiting clubs officials and local councils who threaten to reduce our ticket allocation.