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“They Are Forcing Us Away” – Residents Near Manchester United’s Old Trafford Complain About ‘Nightmare’ Experiences

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on sportskeeda.

These are the first two paragraphs.

As Manchester United chase glory on four fronts, residents living near Old Trafford are contemplating moving away due to the chaos caused by the club’s success.

With the 74,000-seater stadium attracting hordes of visitors each week, streets surrounding Old Trafford have become a hotbed of anti-social behaviour and parking mayhem.

Strangely, I’ve never driven to Old Trafford, as the three times, I’ve been there, I’ve always been by train.

The first time I went to Old Trafford, in the 1960s, I took a steam-hauled shuttle train between Manchester Central and Manchester United Football Ground stations.

I am fairly close to both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur stadiums, but there is no trouble from parking, as both stadiums have good and adequate public transport.

When I came back from Reading last Sunday, there were a surprising number of supporters on the train going to the Tottenham Hotspur stadium

February 26, 2023 - Posted by | Sport, Transport/Travel | , ,


  1. By comparison to the London teams, public transport to very large capacity grounds is non- existent. There is just not the huge carrying capacity of the underground and frequent 6/8/10/22 car overground trains.

    Comment by chilterntrev | February 26, 2023 | Reply

  2. It’s very variable!

    Manchester City for instance seems to have a better tram connection than United.

    Norwich and Ipswich are both close to the main station. Greater Anglia also made sure, everybody got home after a very late running evening cup replay.

    Newcastle and Sunderland have their own station on the Metro.

    Comment by AnonW | February 26, 2023 | Reply

  3. Both Wembley and St. John’s Wood (Lord’s) have special variations of parking restrictions to protect residents parking requirements, prohibiting match day parking. Why not Old Trafford. The rest of the impact of crowds is hard to deal with other than policing/stewarding (paid for by the ground) and abundant public transport to drain away the crowds, and maybe temporary restrictions of pubs/restaurants to pre-booked reservations (potentially limited to local postcodes), similar to New Years eve.

    Comment by MilesT | February 27, 2023 | Reply

  4. One of the features I pick up is the rivalry (sometimes animosity) between some Man U and some Man City supporters. I am not a football supporter at all. However, my thoughts about parking are that Man U fans could probably park at the Trafford Centre – huge car parks and they are rarely full. It isn’t a very long walk from their to the stadium. Despite wracking my brains, I can’t think where Man City stadium is – I drive past Man U on visits to family members. So I can’t comment on its transport system.

    When I have been organising any sort of activity which had 2 or more sides to it I learnt very very early on to NEVER have a red group and blue group because chaos will descend when people get put in the colour of the side they don’t support. Usually have orange, yellow, green etc (another team in the area has a sort of maroon and blue strip). It is all taken very seriously.

    A lot of the houses in the vicinity of Old Trafford are terraced houses with no front gardens. So the noise will be very very loud. Would the complainants be a completely different set of people if the fans were Man City?

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | February 27, 2023 | Reply

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