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We can confirm that for the Real Madrid game, the Sir Alex Ferguson stand will have a special flag mosaic laid out on it. Rather than using the usual sheets, this mosaic will be created using small flags. Each seat in tier one and two will have a colour coordinated flag on it, which will create an Manchester United Bar Scar design. The use of flags will allow this mosaic to create a moving effect. Supporters will be asked to wave the flags as the teams come out of the tunnel and during the UEFA Champions League music. The use of flags will also allow the flags to be used at other times during the game, to give a longer lasting effect. (An artists impression of the mosaic).
The Busby Babes surfer flag will be on the Stretford End lower and East lower will have the club Crest United badge surfer flag, both of these surfers will be unfurled as the teams leave the tunnel.
New MUFC TIFO flags will also be waved on the pitch by members of the armed forces.
Fans are encouraged to get into the ground early and the Old Trafford PA system will cut off the music around 5 minutes before kick off to allow the fans to make the noise and create the atmosphere.
Fans are encouraged to bring along their own scarves and flags and to Show Your Colours! If you are on Twitter, Please spread the hashtag #showyourcolours and also follow @sef_mufc for more up to the minute info.
The SEF banners, usually placed soley on the Stretford End, will also now be used on all of the Old Trafford tiers, continuing from the Stretford End along the quadrants and the Sir Alex Ferguson stand to East Stand.
After years of lobbying by SEF, Manchester United have now given guidance on what flags they will allow fans to bring into Old Trafford. Currently no woodern sticks or large flag poles are allowed, but we are continuing to work with Manchester United to find a solution on this. The small stick flags sold outside the stadium are likely to be refused entry or sticks snapped off them if the sticks are made of wood, only flags with plastic sticks will be allowed entry, so please be aware if purchasing these flags.
Fans Flags will be allowed entry if they are under the height of 1 metre and no bigger than 2 metres wide. This is roughly the size of the flag shown in this photo
In order for flags to be hung over the tier, they must not exceed a height of 1 metre and flags over this size are likely to be removed or tucked up by stewards.
Flags over the 1m x 2m size will be permitted, but they must be fully fireproof and have a full fire certificate provided when asked by a gate steward. All flags currently made by www.barmyflags.co.uk conform to this safety standard and have documentation to prove it. Flags over this height will not be allowed to be hung over the tiers.
SEF is currently seeking some areas within Old Trafford where fans own flags can be hung and we are requesting that hanging hooks/wires will be in place to assist fans with hanging them. Once we have further information, then we will instruct fans on how and where they can be hung.
Supporters flags can be hung over the metal fences at the front pitch side of Old Trafford, as long as they do not cover any exit gates. For European games, flags can also be draped over the green mesh on the front 2 rows of seats.
For Mondays FA Cup game with Reading both SEF and Reclaim United are encoraging supporters to bring along their own flags and scarves in order to create a "March To Wembley" atmosphere. Reclaim United are also organising a pre-match fans walk along Sir Matt Busby Way, info on meeting times can be found on their website.
As the teams lined up in the players tunnel ahead of the Manchester United v Everton game on February 10th, the Busby Babes surfer flag was unfurled onto the Stretford End. The flag remained in a static position, which allowed for the design to be clearly visible and as the teams broke away from the pre-match handshake, the flag surfed across the lower tier of the stand.
Relatives of the Busby Babes and surviving members of the Munich air crash watched the flag unfurl from their seats in the directors box and the grandson of Harry Gregg tweeted SEF to say how great the flag was and how all the families thought it was a superb emotional tribute. As the flag was unfurled, the Old Trafford crowd broke out into a rendition of "The Red Flag" and the visiting Everton supporters all stood to applaud the flag.
We have obtained a few fan photos of the flag, which can be seen below
A Youtube video of the flags unfurling can be seen HERE Thanks to Angus Mitchell for his clip.
The flag will be used for all big Manchester United home games.
We would like to thank everyone who submitted designs for this flag, everyone who has donated towards its cost and to Gary Neville and Manchester United in their help with the funding. We would also like to thank XG-GROUP for their manufacture and delivery of the flag within such tight timescales, they were a pleasure to deal with.
"We'll Never Die!"
The Stretford End Busby Babes surfer flag will be unveiled as the teams line up in the tunnel shortly before kick off on Sunday. The surfer flag design was chosen by Gary Neville, who stated that the image of the Busby Babes last ever line up is used by Mancheter United to inspire and motivate the players. We hope that this flag will inspire and motivate not only the players, but the Old Trafford crowd as it makes its way over the Stretford end lower for all big home games.
For the Everton game, the flag will be laid out at the players tunnel side of the Stretford End and it will surf across the stand, before being retrieved by stewards before it gets to the corner quadrant. Please conform with the stewards when they ask for it to be put away. We envisage that the flag will remain out during the teams pre-match handshake.
The funding for this giant flag has come from Stretford End Flags (SEF), Gary Neville and Manchester United. In order to provide our part of the funding, we have collected fans donations towards this flag. We have a target figure of £2,000 that we need to raise and to date we have collected £1,439.56. Fans can make a donation via the information on our donation page or by sending a paypal payment to JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING a totaliser to show the ammount colected to date can be seen here TOTALISER More information on the surfer flag can be found in the article further down this page. For updates via Twitter please follow @sef_mufc
On the 55th anniversary of the Munich air disaster, our thoughts are with the victims, their families and the survivors of the crash.
Today at Old Trafford, a silence and the singing of The Flowers of Manchester, will take place under the Munich plaque at 3pm. For those who cannot attend today, a tribute will also be held under the plaque at 3pm on Sunday, prior to the Everton home game. The Words to The Flowers of Manchester Can be found at Munich58.co.uk Fans are encouraged to print off a copy and to take it along.