Monthly Newsletter - August
Pre-Season Meet and Greet
30th July 2011
7pm – Late
Charles Dickens Tavern
290 Collins Street
Community Shield – vs. Manchester City
7th August 2011
10pm – Late (11.30pm Kick Off)
Charles Dickens Tavern
290 Collins Street
OTHER VENUES TO BE ANNOUNCED
City (N) 7th August – CC
West Brom (A) 14th August – PL
Tottenham (H) 22nd August – PL
Arsenal (H) 28th August – PL
Welcome to the first edition of the Manchester United Supporters Association of Australia Newsletter. It’s been an interesting opening month for the Association, with the launch of this, our very own website, as well as our Twitter and Facebook accounts. The theme for the month has been very much web-based, focusing on getting the site right, working out what’s good content wise and what isn’t. Overall most of our features have been recieved well, and most seem happy with the quality of content we have provided on the site. In just four weeks, we have accumulated 250 followers on Twitter and another 334 “Likes” on Facebook. These are terrific milestones to have reached so soon, and are indicative of the numbers of Manchester United fans that exist around the country. These numbers grow by the day as word of the Association spreads and as we become more active in the Australian football community.
Lets not kid ourselves though. Getting the word out was the easy part. What comes next is going to take time, and that is mobilizing that support. The underlying goal of this Association,apart from being a reliable online resource for Manchester United fans, has always been to increase the activity of Australian Manchester United supporters. This means networking fans, getting fans into pubs throughout the season, get Aussie United supporters talking about the club, the issues surrounding the club and making sure that United fans no longer support the greatest club in the world in isolation. This will be the focus of the coming months, and it will kick off tomorrow night with our first official meet up at the Charles Dickens Tavern in Melbourne. For those of you who live outside of Melbourne, we ask for your patience but more importantly, we ask for your initiative. Use this Association as your resource. Use our Facebook page, our Twitter feed to locate fans in your area, tell us about where you go to watch United or talk to us about your ideas. We are here to make supporting Manchester United even better.
Manchester United supporters have been far too quiet throughout Australia, and after experiencing Manchester in all it’s glory earlier this year, it is my wish that Australian fans might be privy to as similar an experience as is possible from the other side of the world. United are a team that ought to be celebrated together, not in isolation, and with kick off times as early as 10pm at some times during the season, there is no reason why Manchester United supporters should not enjoy a fantastic night out with fellow supporters on the weekend a we cheer the lads on together.
Ask yourself, where were you the night Wayne Rooney put the bitters in their place with what was probably one of the greatest goals ever scored at Old Trafford? Where were you when Park turned David Luiz inside out with a fantastic defense splitting past, putting Hernandez through to destroy what little hope those rent boys from London retained of winning the Premiership in the first 40 seconds of the title decider at Old Trafford two months ago? If the answer to either is, ” alone at home”, then ask yourself where you would rather be next time such a moment occurs. Are you going to be sitting at home by yourself? Or would you rather be in a pub amongst other fans as passionate as you, screaming your head off, and singing your heart out? The season kicks off on the 7th with the traditional Charity Shield clash, and just to spice it up a little we’re playing those boys from across the way. Where are you going to be when it kicks off?
Bookmark this website, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, as we will constantly be updating you as to where you can go and meet other United fans for games, wherever you may be. around the country. Back this Association and back your Club.
There have been quite a few announcements over the course of the last month, mainly in the area of affiliation and event announcements. Here’s the latest:
In our opening month, we have been delighted to affiliate with a number of Manchester United sites, forums, supporters groups and networks, providing you with a fantastic number of resources to learn more about the club, as well as being able to see a wide range of opinion. As it stands, we are affiliated with the following groups:
- 7Cantonas - 7Cantonas is a project set up with the ambition of creating the most in-depth analysis of the club and combining that with a fanatical aspect, these are two philosophies that seem to exist at opposing or conflicting ends of the football supporter spectrum. The two can co-exist and can do so providing you, the reader, with a thoroughly engaging experience.
- UnitedZone forums - Your one stop shop for all Manchester United discussion. If it has to do with United, there are users from all over the world discussing it. There’s also a top class media room, which you need to earn access to with quality posting, and some great discussion about the wider world of football too.
- Manchester United New Zealand Supporters Club - Pretty self-explanatory, they are the Supporters Club for Manchester United fans in New Zealand, and the people you want to get in touch with if you’re ever visiting New Zealand and don’t want to miss a game.
- Red Talk - A wonderfully fresh approach to Manchester United fan opinion. These lads from Tasmania have their own YouTube video blog in which they discuss all things Manchester United. There really isn’t anything else like it.
AGENDA FOR AUGUST
As discussed at the beginning of this newsletter, a lot of this coming month will be about maintaining the excellent start the website has made, but more importantly turning Twitter followers and Facebook “likes” into bodies in the pub on matchday. We want you out of your house, and into the pubs, talking United with your fellow fans, and watching Manchester United the way they ought to be watched. Make sure you regularly check this site for all the latest United and Association news and events, and make this season your best yet as a United supporter. Sky has not done us Aussies many favours in terms of kick off times and dates, but we will strive to provide and inform you of as many gatherings around the country as possible on matchday.
In tandem with this objective, we are always looking for United supporters to contribute to this webpage. We love to run fan opinion, and if you would like to join our writing team, please get into contact with us. Furthermore, if you and some friends are regular pub-goers, give us a tip, and we will promote that destination for all the United fans in your area. We strive to be the number one resource for United fans all over the country, and that includes those of you who are part of official Supporter Clubs. We are not here to hinder you, we are here to help you grow, and we encourage you to use us to that end.
The Manchester United Football Club Supporter’s Association makes accessibility one of it’s highest priorities. It is vital that we maintain open contact with fellow Manchester United supporters and we are always open to hear from fellow supporters. Feel free to get in touch to share your opinions, volunteer for greater involvement in the Association or for anything else you might like to share or ask of us. We are also looking for people to share their experiences and pictures from their own trips to Old Trafford to post on our blog! Any writers who would like to provide the occasional opinion piece are also welcome.
There are a number of different ways you can get in touch with us: