Chas became a Committee Member in 1997, shortly after organising the very first of MUDSA’s social events — a celebrity quiz night.
He was the stage manager for Cannon and Ball, back when they were big and also managed groups like Teenage Fanclub and Pixies along with his wife, Shirley. His skill set is particularly suited to events, organising just about anything and interacting and co-operating with all different kinds of people.
Shirley and Chas organise the MUDSA Annual Dinner and have also organised MUDSA trips to four European Cup Finals plus many MUDSA trips to Wembley and Cardiff to watch Manchester United.
Chas is a C5 tetraplegic (incomplete) full-time wheelchair user due to transverse myelitis.
MUDSA Family Events Organiser
Ann-Marie is from North Wales was co-opted onto the committee in 2004.
She started off helping Richard Higgins (a former committee member) selling the badges on a match day. When Richard emigrated to Australia, Ann-Marie took over organising the MUDSA Christmas Party with help from Chas. Then, when Marian Calland finished on the Committee due to ill health, Ann-Marie took over organising the trips to the Aon Training Complex (formerly known as Carrington), the MUDSA Bowling event and then, along with Chas, she introduced an evening at Belle Vue Dogs.
Ann-Marie has also organised Q&A nights with first-team squad members and she still produces a badge every season for MUDSA and orders all the merchandise for the organisation.
She became a complete paraplegic wheelchair user in 1993 following surgery on a tumour on her spinal cord.
Sue joined the Committee, applying for the post of Treasurer after Rose Cullum left in 2003.
Apart from the usual money-related things likerecord keeping, banking, paying invoices, reconciliations and producing reports, Sue helps out at the events. She has worked in banking and finance all her life and brings this level of professionalism to MUDSA accounts.
She cares for her husband Paul, who has M.S. and is his matchday companion.
You can usually find Sue at the bottom of the ramps on home matchdays, collecting entries to the MUDSA half-time draw. Feel free to say hello and have a little flutter when you see her.
Rollin’ Reds Deputy Editor
Des is from North Wales and has been a MUDSA Committee member since its inception in 1997. Since then he has been responsible for a number of roles within the Organisation. These have included designing the very first MUDSA pin badge and selling our merchandise on the platform, organising the Christmas parties and writing for and editing Rollin’ Reds magazine for many years before handing the reins to Jamie.
He is currently still in involved in the production MUDSA’s media output, proof reading every publication before it goes to print.
Des sustained a spinal cord injury at T11/12 in 1984 and first attended Old Trafford as a wheelchair user in 1995 .
Rollin’ Reds Magazine and Website Editor
Jamie became a committee member in 2011 after volunteering to help with the production of Rollin’ Reds magazine.
His skill set is ideally suited to this task as he’s spent his whole career, since 1990, working as a graphic, website, and newspaper designer.
Jamie is a C6/7/8 incomplete tetraplegic full-time wheelchair user following a surfing accident in 2006.
MUDSA Visually Impaired (VI) Members Representative
John is an engineer by trade and was co-opted on to the Committee in 2013 as theVI Supporters Representative. This was due to the resignation of Nigel Taylor. In 2014 he was elected on to the MUDSA Committee.
John is on hand if anybody needs any help or advice and can be found in the Ability Suite on matchdays selling MUDSA merchandise with his daughter, Emma who is visually impaired.
Emma has been a MUDSA member since 2005.