This afternoon will be the fourth time I will be watching Manchester United play in Malaysia.
My debut witnessing was when they came to our shores for the second time in 1981. I was still a stringer with The Malay Mail, and managed to do three side-stories, with seniors Ooi Kok Chuen and Joe Carlos, covering the visit.
Below are the three articles I did.
Ironically, it was the only articles I did on MU despite me being a full-fledged Malay Mail sports journalist from the end of November 1981.
The 1995 visit saw Johnson Fernandez covering the visit, the 2001 with Rizal Hashim and Fariq Rahman.
The 1995 visit which saw MU brought to our shores by Glomoir World of Sports, even saw the players visit the Balai Berita, arrangement of Glamoir World Of Sports boss, Datuk Abdullah Hishan. That year was the New Straits Times' 150th anniversary celebrations. The MU entourage to the NST was led by then club chairman, Martin Edwards. Among the star players present were captain Steve Bruce, Peter Schmeichel, Dennis Irwin, Paul Parket, Gary Pallister, Roy Keane and Lee Sharpe.
Tickets for the matches in 1995 at the Shah Alam Stadium were priced at RM 20 and RM 30. Current prices on the left.
This afternoon, of course no longer with the main stream media, I will only will blog.
Read the history of MU's visit to Malaysia here (Rizal Hashim, The Star)