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The home of all things Manchester, particularly United
Fans of any sport will argue at length that the emotion they feel for their sport and their club is the strongest. That surge of emotion which courses through people when “Swing Low” echoes from the stands as England face Scotland at Twickenham or as the All Blacks go into the Hakka, the thrill of watching Ali and Frazier toe to toe even after all these years has not diminished and for scale the superbowl, the world series and at the very pinnacle, the Olympics are sights to behold and can trigger emotions which are with you for a lifetime.
If a survey were to be held however, it would inevitably be football which provoked the strongest emotions and affected the greatest number of people most deeply. No other sport can entrance the same number of people week in week out as football and as a spectacle dedicated to only one sport, the World Cup must stand as the highlight of the world sporting calendar. Football can justly claim to be the first truly global sport with almost every nation fielding an international team and huge armies of supporters watching more live and televised football than any other sport.
And if the beautiful game can claim to be the foremost sport then there is only one team who can rightfully claim their seat at the head of the table. More column inches worldwide than any other, headlines on both front and back pages, riches beyond the dreams of any other club and a fan base which covers the entire globe. For all the great individual teams who have come and gone, the great teams of Real Madrid, Juventus, Ajax, Liverpool and Celtic, one football club stands head and shoulders above the rest...
This wiki is a tribute to both United and the city that forged the greatest football teams the world has ever seen.
Manchester United Football Club is an English football club, based at Old Trafford in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and is one of the most popular football clubs in the world. The club was a founding member of the Premier League in 1992, and has played in the top division of English football since 1938, with the exception of the 1974–75 season. Average attendances at the club have been higher than any other team in English football for all but six seasons since 1964–65. From their lowly beginnings as Newton Heath in 1877 to the dominance of United in the Sky era, Manchester United have always best defined the highs and lows of football. [SOMEONE EDIT THIS PLEASE - WEASTE, YOU CAN'T LEAVE IT BLANK]
Manchester is a large industrial city situated in the Lancashire plains on a bowl-shaped land area to the West side of the Pennine Mountains of Bronte Country and The Peak District in the North West of England, a region steeped in history. It is bordered to the North by the Pennine Moors, and to the South by the Cheshire plains, and to the West by the great sea port of Liverpool.
It is an urban area consisting of 10 political boroughs (The City of Manchester, The City of Salford, Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Tameside, Trafford, Stockport, Wigan) with a population of approximately 2,250,000 (The county of Greater Manchester has a population of approximately 2,500,000), and is considered by many to be the second city of the United Kingdom.
The centre of the city is mostly located on the East or Left bank of the River Irwell, which is the major boundary within the urban area, physically marking the place where The City of Salford (located on the West or Right bank) stops and The City of Manchester begins. As we will see, it is this location near the Irwell, its junction with the rivers Medlock and Irk, and also the river Mersey (Yes, Manchester is the largest city on the River Mersey) that made Manchester what it is today. Inevitably, the confluence of these rivers means that there is one commodity that Manchester has in abundance: Water. This has given the name of "The Rainy City" to Manchester, which in truth is unfair, as average rainfall is less than many other UK cities, and is more comparable to Rome. Rain isn't normally heavy in Manchester, but at times is a constant drizzle. Maybe Manchester deserves the name "The Humid City".
Stating the obvious, Manchester is home to probably the most famous football club in the World. Manchester United (but you will already know this if you are reading this wiki). The name of Manchester is known around the world today more likely because of Manchester United than the achievements of the city itself. Other than Manchester United, many people wouldn't know about and/or hold stereotypes of Manchester as being a dirty and rather ugly place, yet know very little about it. Hopefully this section will show Manchester in its true light, that of a vibrant, multi-cultural, modern, and increasingly knowledge based city with ambitions to be amongst the European elite.
An interesting note is that there are 33 Manchesters in addition to the original in England, all are in the USA, 8 of which are cities.
So much to answer for.
A brief history of the men and women who have helped make Manchester greater
If you're offered a Salford Kiss and think you might accept then you should check here first. A working dictionary and tongue in cheek look at the living language of Manchester and the surrounding region from it's industrial mill roots when it were grim up north to modern terms that have slipped into the vermancular.
Want to know a bit about the site? Its illustrious history? Its makeup and its inhabitants? It's culture, its ways and its words? Look no further than here.
The Wiki is a resource by the fans, for the fans, so we have an open call for people who are interested in adding to and improving what we've got.