Know the History - Get the Shirt — Ron Atkinson

Big Ron

Big Ron

From the late ‘70’s to well into the ‘90’s, Ron Atkinson was British football's King of Bling.  With hair neatly combed, tie done up to the collar, accessories of gold bracelets and ring, and the odd lay down on the sun bed, he certainly stood out.  Indeed, his love of the flash and bling earnt him the nickname of Mr Bojangles. He was born in Liverpool in 1939, and is the only scouser to manage Manchester United.  Ron’s been a bit of a one-off in many ways.  He once recorded an album, singing the songs of Frank Sinatra. Unfortunately for...


Manchester United 1983 - 1984

Manchester United 1983 - 1984

As the 1983 – 1984 football season began English clubs were still dominating Europe and the best players at the top clubs were British. There weren’t many foreign players knocking about in those days. Big Ron Atkinson’s Manchester United were a very entertaining team to watch that was filled with players that are seen today as United Greats. The late great Ray Wilkins, Big Norman Whiteside, Frank Stapleton, Kevin Moran and the original Captain Marvel himself Bryan Robson were all stalwarts of that early 80’s United side. United’s summer of 1983 was one to remember as they comfortably beat Liverpool...


Manchester United and the FA Youth Cup

Manchester United and the FA Youth Cup

As everyone knows United have such a rich history of youth football. It’s something that the club has prided itself upon, a long standing cornerstone of the Old Trafford club. Over time United’s reputation as a centre of youth footballing excellence became the envy of other football clubs around the world. Players such as Sir Bobby Charlton, Duncan Edwards, Ryan Giggs, Eddie Colman, George Best, David Beckham and Gary Neville have all featured for United in the FA Youth Cup. With that in mind it’s no surprise to learn that United have become the most successful club in the history...


Manchester United 1980-82 Away Shirt

Manchester United 1980-82 Away Shirt

As far the United board of directors were concerned, four seasons under Dave Sexton was enough, in came Big Ron Atkinson and for a time at least United certainly played a pretty tune. Despite an FA Cup final appearance in ’79 and finishing as runners up at the end of the 1979 – 1980 season, the board thought a change in management would be wise. They weren’t wrong, United’s football under Sexton wasn’t good, one thing I remember is that the team became draw specialists. However, one positive that came out of Sextons time at United was the signing of...


United In Blue 1981 – 1982

United In Blue 1981 – 1982

Big Ron arrived during the summer of 1981 to take charge of United, replacing Dave Sexton as first team manager. Sexton’s United had finished in 8th place the season before in the old Division One, yet despite winning their last seven games of the season it just wasn’t good enough for a club like United and the United board of Directors saw Atkinson as just the man to take United forward in the right direction. Atkinson was new chairman Martin Edward’s first appointment, Edward’s father Louis had passed away leaving his son to take the chairman’s seat. United fans were...


 

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