Once upon a United…

Date: 19/01/1980

Programme: Manchester United vs Aston Villa

We’ve touched on the commercialisation of Manchester United before, touching on Pauline and the chance to win a walkman by identifying a mystery player (hint – it’s Billy Garton)…but the tentative steps to being a commercial juggernaut occurred much earlier, in fact in Uniteds home programme against Villa, the back page is devoted to Uniteds commercial scene, so lets have a look…


Anoraks, head squares, and the chance to hang out with the oddly sinister Barry Moorhouse – they were tentative steps, a long way from dreams of Beijing domination and Manchester United cola for sure. One thing we do know is if you have an MUFC lottery sellers T-shirt, treasure it, it’s some truly quality “merch” (and not our last look at the bygone era of Man Utds commercialisation, you can be sure…)


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