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.Phil1968

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I wrote a piece a few years ago on here about my father and his memories of United. He was born in Hulme in 1935 , had a really hard upbringing and started watching United as a kid in the 40s going to Old Trafford one week and Maine Road the next when we were away. His favourite team was the 1948 side which won the Cup and he often named the full eleven who played.

He told me about The Babes and it was because of him that I became a Stretford Ender in the 70s and 80s . I can still see him now bent over his little transistor radio listening to a United game willing us to score.
He entered a home 6 months ago as his dementia got so bad but every time I visited him I'd tell him how we were doing. Lately it seems all I was saying was Hi Dad we lost again .

Up until last week I was showing him pictures of that 1948 cup winning team and he still could name the players.
Anyway he passed on yesterday morning , a true red and a decent man. It'll be funny watching us tomorrow without being able to tell him the score on Monday . Good night Dad.
 

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Sorry for your loss Phil.

I lost my dad in 2012, he was a massive red too. I remember when we signed rvp and it really hit me that he's not here as we're both transfer Muppets.
 

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Thoughts with you Phil, lovely to have those memories to cherish. RIP
 

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Nice words Phil - my Grandad is also now in a home and has a similar story of following both Utd and City in the 50s and 60s (although he was unfortunately a City fan first and foremost).

It does hurt not being able to discuss the games with him properly anymore.

All the best to you.
 

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Such a vivid picture I got of your Dad now, thank you (and him). Best thoughts. My dad is gone since long, everything wasn’t perfect between us, but it struck me
now how particularily fond I still am of the memories of him always being able to list the full 11s of certain teams (like Netherlands 1974/78). It seems he’ll always stay in my mind through such details.
 

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Sorry to hear that, not many got to see United through all their best eras. Nice to see how things like football can bring people together.
 

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Sorry for your loss, Phil. Dementia is a horrible ordeal for all involved. RIP. Thanks for sharing such wonderful snippets of a true lifelong United fan.
 

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What great memories. Thanks for sharing. Sorry for your loss and rip to your dad.
 

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Wish you and your family patience in dealing with your sad loss. May he rest in peace.
 

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My sincere condolences!

Thank you for sharing the story, this made me smile!
What a red he was (and you too of course!).
 

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So sorry for your loss Phil. We are all here for you for whatever you need, even if it's someone to talk to. Your dad sounded like a great guy who lived a long and hopefully happy life after the troubling upbringing. RIP