We have celebrated by putting together a MUDSA 25th anniversary booklet charting our achievements and ongoing ambitions — MUDSA 25
The booklet looks back to why and how MUDSA was formed including, of course, the vital role played by Phil Downs MBE. It illustrates how we have worked with the club – during a period of massive expansion at Old Trafford – to ensure improved facilities for disabled fans. It shows how disabled fans have democratically decided that they prefer in the main to be seated next to one another at Old Trafford.
The booklet fondly remembers the marvellous trips abroad to European Cup finals, particularly Barcelona in 1999 and Moscow in 2008. The launch of the Ability Suite in 2003 is celebrated and for those that don’t know we issued a 10th anniversary booklet on this in 2013 and it remains available online.
There is a marvellous selection of photographs new and old – many thanks to Julie and Jackie Hall in particular on this – and the booklet is packed with interviews with members, some of whom are sadly no longer with us. The booklet also includes interviews with former Manchester United captains Gary Neville and Steve Bruce and they demonstrate a mutual respect and genuine friendship. Finally, the booklet highlights how important MUDSA is in the lives of many disabled fans.
MUDSA would like to thank author Mark Metcalf, photographer Mark Harvey and designer Jamie Leeming for making this booklet possible.