Love United, Hate Glazer: F.C. United of Manchester, Red Knights and ‘Green and Gold’
When Malcolm Glazer and his family seized control of Manchester United, they leveraged much of the acquisition debt back on to the club. This prompted some fan groups to mobilise. Indeed, Crowther’s fan diary (2006) suggested that every Manchester United supporter remembers where they were when they heard the news that Glazer had bought 75 per cent (plus one share) of the club on 12 May 2005, after supporters had been sceptical of his motivations since he had begun buying shares in the club two years earlier (see Guttersnipe’s quote). While Crowther may have exaggerated, the purchase created consternation among many supporters and divided opinions about what course of action should be taken (Brown 2007; 2008). Brady’s fan diary (2006) detailed one of the first forms of protest: on 21 May 2005, Manchester United played Arsenal in that season’s F.A. Cup final. Under the gaze of the global media, many Manchester United supporters dressed in funeral attire for the game, to signify their belief that the club had ‘died’.
KeywordsSocial Movement United Supporter Football Club Ticket Price Credit Crunch
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