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Manchester United Stadium Tours


Q: I’m a bit of a stickler for dugouts in the north of England, anything for me?
A: Why yes, how about this exceptional tour of Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United and one of the most iconic footballing locations in the world.
Q: Yes, yes, but the dugouts?
A: Yes they are very much on the list. You’ll stand exactly where Alex Ferguson used to stand and now the new man does. Plus you’ll visit the players’ tunnel and the home team dressing rooms. You’ll sit in the heights of the North Stand for a bird’s eye view of the pitch and walk down the famous tunnel.
Q: How long will I get in the dugouts?
A: What is it with you and dugouts? The entire tour is around two hours and you can spend as long as you wish in the club museum at the end.
Q: Will there be someone on hand to answer my many dugout related questions?
A: Yes, there will be an expert guide who knows all about the history of the club and the stadium. They can answer questions about dugouts or anything else.
Q: There will only be dugout related questions. I would also like to bring my children Doug and Out?
A: Right. Yes, we have tours for children and families. Minimum ages vary, so check the details on the description page for all the information. Of if you are still unsure, just check with the supplier or ask us.
Q: Other than Doug and Out, will I be alone? Alone with the dugout?
A: No, this is a group tour, so there will be other people alongside you. There will be a maximum of 34 fellow footballing (and dugout) fanatics.
Q: And obviously, I don’t want any great big, dirty footballers knocking about when I see the dugout...
A: Not a problem, the tours don’t usually take place on match days or on other event days. There may be a chance that your tour is postponed if the venue is suddenly required (like a FA Cup replay or something) so check with your supplier before you go.
Q: Great, see you in the dugout.
A: I’m frightened.

Fun Facts

  • 1. Central Manchester has been inhabited since the Romans built a fort called Mamucium there in AD79. I don’t know for sure, but the site is now, almost certainly, a Starbucks.
  • 2. Manchester United was formed in 1878 as Newton Heath LYR Football Club by the Carriage and Wagon department of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway depot at Newton Heath. They must have been great at training! (Yes!)
  • 3. After the original club got into financial trouble, local businessmen invested in a new club and on 24th April 1902, Manchester United was officially born. Because it’s really difficult to be unofficially born – I tried, not easy.
  • 4. In 1997, a woman cited her husband’s ‘obsession with football and Manchester United’ as grounds for divorce. You don’t need a divorce, you need Trisha (if Trisha’s still on).
  • 5. Sir Alex Ferguson's first game as manager of Manchester United was on November 8th 1986 when he lost 2-0 to Oxford United. Back then of course, he wasn’t SIR Alex Ferguson, but rather Lord Boothby Fargington. Unless someone’s been messing with his Wikipedia entry again.
  • 6. The first ever game at Old Trafford took place on February 19th 1910 against Liverpool, who won 4-3. Luckily the First World War was just around the corner to take everyone’s minds off the defeat.
  • 7. From 1941 to 1949, following the bombing of Old Trafford during the Second World War, the club shared Maine Road with local rivals Manchester City. Let’s hope they are both as magnanimous when the inevitable Third World War begins.
  • 8. Before the Old Trafford football stadium was built, the site was used for games of shinty, the traditional game of the Scottish Highlands. Presumably by Scots who were very, very lost.
  • 9. The highest attendance recorded at Old Trafford was 76,962 for a 1939 FA Cup semi-final between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Grimsby Town. Or, as I have dubbed it, ‘The Ultimate Clash of the Titans’.
  • 10. Man United mascots have included a canary called ‘Michael’, ‘Major’ the St Bernard dog and a goat named ‘Billy’. I’m assuming they all ate each other during an ill-thought out kennelling exercise.