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					Football and English are two international languages that are understood all over the world.
This Premier Skills story can help you with both of these world languages.                                              Manchester United
It doesn’t matter if you’re a football fanatic or you know nothing about the beautiful game – there
will be something interesting here for you. There are 20 stories in the series – one for each Barclays
Premier League club . Each story has activities written by English teachers to help you learn.

FANS UNITED                                                                                                                        Manchester

                                                                                                                                                       Established:    1878

Imagine this. You are                                                                                                                                  Home:
                                                                                                                                                                       Old Trafford
the Chief Executive of                                                                                                                                 Nickname:       The Red Devils

Manchester United, one                                                                                                                                 Colours:        Red and white

of the Premier League’s
most successful and best                                                                                                 ACTIVITY 1

known clubs. How do                                                                                                      What do you think?
you spend your day?                                                                                                     Does your football clu
                                                                                                                                               b give you the chance
                                                                                                                        to have your say? If so,
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Discussing contracts and transfers
with some of the world’s best
players? Representing your club at
meetings with the Premier League
and FIFA? Supporting England’s                                                                                           ACTIVITY 2
bid to stage the 2018 World Cup?
                                                                                                                        Match the numbers from the text with the
Yes, you might do all of these things. But do you                                                                       correct phrases:
think the Chief Executive will also find time to meet   fan – in my case, someone who runs a supporters                 1 15                  a a category of fans
regularly with representatives of the 76,000 fans       club. The other members of the Forum feel the                   2 76,000                         b average weekly
who regularly come to home games at United’s            same way. We represent the views of our group,                                                     Premier League
Old Trafford stadium?                                   and after meetings give feedback to them.’
                                                                                                                         3 16-21                         c number of members
Is it part of the Chief Executive’s job to discuss      Manchester United clearly take the Fans                                                            of the Fan’s Forum
the quality of the hot dogs and hamburgers sold         Forum seriously. The Chief Executive, a very                     4 350,000                       d a World Cup year
in the stadium on match days, or how easy it is         busy man with many commitments, chairs the                                                       e average Manchester
                                                                                                                         5 2018
for disabled fans to get into the ground?               meetings and listens attentively to the fans                                                       United home crowd
                                                        opinions. Brian, a life-long United fan, thinks
Well, it is at Manchester United. All of these things
                                                        the Fans Forum really works.
are discussed when David Gill, Chief Executive
of Manchester United Football Club, meets the           ‘I feel very privileged to be part of the Forum
                                                                                                                         ACTIVITY 3
Fan’s Forum.                                            and to know our voice is heard. Others will take
                                                        my place, but the forum will continue.’                         Complete the text below using the following
What is the Fan’s Forum?                                                                                                words (words can be used more than once):
At every home game over 76,000 fans come                                                                                with, to, of, in, from.
to Old Trafford. What sort of people are they?                                                                          Manchester United is one of the most famous
Like other Premier League crowds (on average                                                                            clubs____the Premier League.
over 350,000 people attend Premier League
                                                         YOU ARE THE REF                                                The Fan’s Forum has representatives ________
                                                         by Keith Hackett and Paul Trevillion
games each week), these fans come from all                                                                              different types of fans. Each member of the
                                                                                                                        forum represents their group ______meetings.
walks of life, men, women, and children, united
                                                                                                                        They meet________officials of the club and
by their common passion for their team.                                                                                 discuss a range______issues. They might discuss
                                                                                                                        transport ……and……the ground. The officials listen
The Fans Forum is an attempt to reflect the
                                                                                                                        ______ the fans. Brian is a member_______the
diversity of the crowd, and give it a voice.                                                                            Forum. He gives feedback_____the meeting
It consists of 15 members representing different                                                                        ______his group.
sections of Manchester United's match-going
support. There are representatives from
supporters clubs around the country, fans aged
16-21, those aged over 65, season ticket holders,                                                                        ACTIVITY 4
disabled fans, fans from the ‘family’ stand, fans
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who are local residents, and so on. Members                                                                                                               to find out more
                                                                                                                         about the Fans Forum. Is there any
of the Forum change every two years.                                                                                                                         thing similar in
                                                                                                                         your country?
They meet several times a year with officials from        Copyright Guardian News & Media Ltd 2009.
                                                                                                                         Search terms (search in English
the club, including the Chief Executive.                                                                                 Manchester United fans forum
                                                          A defender is on a yellow card. His team
The meeting might cover a range of issues,                is winning 4-0 and have made all three
or look at one issue closely, such as stadium             substitutions. However his manager is
safety and transport getting to and from the              worried that the player is still being careless               meeting to his group.
ground. In the latter case, representatives               and could easily be sent off . He calls you
                                                                                                                        a member of the Forum. He gives feedback from the

from the police and transport authorities would
                                                                                                                        and from the ground. The officials listen to the fans. Brian is
                                                          over and says he wants to take off the player                 discuss a range of issues. They might discuss transport to
also be invited to attend, and the fans would ask         and voluntarily go down to 10 men. You know
                                                                                                                        in/at meetings. They meet with officials of the club and

them questions.
                                                                                                                        of fans. Each member of the forum represents their group
                                                          his side have a very important match the                      The Fan’s Forum has representatives of/from different types
                                                          following week. What is your decision?                          Premier League.
A Fan’s View                                                                                                              Manchester United is one of the most famous clubs in the
Brian Houten is a member of the Fan’s Forum.             perfectly allowed to reduce his own team in this way.                                                                  Activity 3

We asked him what he thinks of the idea.                 simply have to follow the laws of the game, and a manager is                                    1 – c, 2 – e, 3 – a, 4 – b, 5 – d
                                                         protect his team for the match next week isn’t relevant. You                                                           Activity 2
‘When I am at a meeting, I am not there as myself,       The fact that you believe the manager is attempting to
but as someone who represents a certain type of

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