David Beckham, The Green & Gold


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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5 Responses

  1. Tom says:

    I’ll not renew and neither will the 3 mates I sit with in the Stretford End (not West Stand FFS). The price at £750 + compulsory cup games was already stretching some of us, now the time has come. I’d rather watch the games in the Bishps Blaze than put another penny in the Gimps from Florida’s pockets.

  2. Brenton says:

    Is there anything to the idea that the protest is particularly vitriolic because the owners are Jewish? I read it hypothesized elsewhere today.

  3. Jim says:

    @Brenton. No. American possibly, but not Jewish.

    Season-ticket renewals and sales for 10-11 at MUFC are *massively down. There is some talk of ST holders placing their ST money in a MUST account, with STs guaranteed when the Glazers sell. And I think it is a question of when, not if. Revenues from merchandising are down – and if that affects the new shirt sponsorship deal then the Glazers may very well be ready to sell before the end of 2011. Much of this “not for sale” posturing is simply a bargaining position to maximise the sale price.

    As for Beckham, it has never been about what he *says* but what he *does*. As someone else (possibly Pitch Invasion?) pointed out, there has never been a footballer more aware of the *image*. And the *image* of Beckham with a green and gold scarf around his neck is far more potent than him coming out and saying, death to the Glazers. The Glazers are clearly rattled, despite Avram’s demeanour – hence the embargo on players speaking to the press about the campaign and the draconian attitude taken by the club towards the protest, which has echoes of communist China about it (see http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/mar/12/manchester-united-ban-players-glazers). I’m happy to offer anyone a £10 charity bet that the Glazers will be gone from United before December 31 2011.

  1. March 12, 2010

    […] David Beckham, The Green & Gold “The Champions League match between Manchester United and Milan had been punctuated by what are now starting to become familiar images. The green and gold gold scarves and the “Love United Hate Glazer” flags are starting to feel like part of the furniture at Old Trafford, but the question that was on many people’s lips could probably best be summarised by a four letter acronym: WWDD? Beckham’s appearance on the pitch had been greeted with, in rapid succession, cheers, boos and laughter and, while he didn’t disgrace himelf on the pitch, his presence on the pitch was in itself a sign of the times – a practical demonstration of the gulf in quality between Manchester United and Milan.” (twohundredpercent) […]