Barry started watching United in the early 60's. He's in the unusual position, as a Mancunian born and bred, that he saw United away from home before he saw them at Old Trafford. That first game was against Liverpool at Anfield in 1960. After that he managed to get to the occasional game (his father supported football rather than one club so the early years he was taken all over the north of England to watch matches). The first game he can remember attending on his own was the 67/8 Charity Shield v Spurs at Old Trafford. He was stood on the Tunnel at the Scoreboard End when Pat Jennings scored in a 3-3 draw. After that he started travelling to games home and away all through to the early 80's and has stood or (since the conversion) sat in the same place on the Stretford End since 1969.
Worst games seen on his travels -York, Bootham Crescent in the 2nd division. How were they allowed to have a ground that bad in what is now called the Championship? Southampton at Wembley - not for the game but for the result. It was his first ever Cup Final and he'd driven down for the match. After the game he was passing Birmingham before he spoke to anyone he was so disgusted in the result.
Best Game seen - Barcelona in 99 - alright not a great game but what an evening of highs and lows.
Barry is a Director/Trustee of a Local Charity and is also the Estates Manager for that Charity. Because of his involvement in the Office Rental Sector with his Charity, he was able to assist in the procurement and relocation to the new MUST office at Old Trafford in 2008.
Barry joined SU/MUST as a full member in 2004, and has been an active member ever since, helping run events like Chubb Club and Champions League Screenings and the SMB100 event, as well as being a willing pair of hands when it's needed (when isn't it?) in the office.
Barry's ambition is that one day, as members of MUST, we will once more have a say in how the club we all love is run - no matter how long it takes.
Barry was co-opted onto the Board in December 2009 following Margaret Orhan's decision to stand down. He will take on the role of Company Secretary and Patrons Liason, a position ratified this year (2010) by his election to the post at the AGM.
Born, bred and educated in Manchester, Gerald qualified as a solicitor in 1976 having decided that life as an Automobile Association repairman was not really for him. Gerald founded Steel & Shamash solicitors in 1981, and has acted as solicitor to the Labour Party since 1990.
Gerald is recognised as one of the leading practitioners in the country in his areas of expertise which are:
He is recognised in the Legal 500, and by Chambers and Partners as amongst the Best of the UK (Band 1) within the category of Parliamentary & Public Affairs: Electoral Law.
He is the Labour Party's election lawyer. He acts for both the National Executive Committee and National Constitutional committee on disciplinary matters, and in giving general advice. He advises both national and local politicians on Standards in Parliament and local government. He has represented the Labour Party on parliamentary and local government boundary reviews, and at ministerial meetings and conferences.
His position as solicitor to the Labour Party, and the Society of Labour Lawyers, has closely involved Gerald with legislative reform of electoral law. In this capacity he meets regularly with Ministers and has contributed to a number of consultations, most recently in the development of the Electoral Administration Act 2006.
He has also advised and represented members and officers of the Labour Party throughout the recent police investigation into 'Cash for Honours' and election funding.
Crucially, from a United point of view he has been a fan since he was 8 - how time flies! And if he hadn't become a lawyer he says he wouldn't have minded playing up front for United. His most used article of clothing is his United scarf.
Gerald was elected to serve as Chair of M.U.S.T. at the AGM in July 2012.
Ian has been a passionate, vocal supporter of fan ownership since joining SU/MUST in 2004. Born in Blackpool but a Salfordian by choice. He grew up in Salford with Old Trafford as his back drop and attended his first game in 1973 - a reserve match which cost just 5 pence to get in.
He strongly believes that football clubs should benefit the community and fans rather than a corporate asset of distant owners who are only motivated by profit. He would like to see a day when football fans are valued for the contribution they make to the club in terms of passion and pride and not for how much money can be squeezed out of them.
The first thing he would like to see when MUST have achieved their aims is to get 'Football Club' back on the badge.
He is also an active member of IMUSA.
JD has worked hard to organise an SU/MUST presence in the States. With the help of too many Reds to mention, he planned and carried out Shareholders United's events for the 2004 US Tour which included getting thrown out of two stadiums and having many of our boys sign the NOT FOR $AL£ banner. Since then he has been increasingly involved behind the scenes with MUST in a variety of capacities.
JD's first pilgrimage to Old Trafford was the 3-1 defeat of the Bitters in Dec 2003 and he has since returned to pick up his honourary flat cap, meet good friends, and watch United.
By day JD works in market research though his responsibilities just seem to keep getting in the way of what he's doing with MUST.
Nick's a lifelong southern Red whose first United memory as a kid was a newspaper front page in 1966: George Best coming down the steps of an airplane with a sombrero on his head under the headline "El Beatle!" having just beaten Benfica practically single handed. United and the Beatles - what glamour, what a decade!
His first game was Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in 1971. United won 2-1 with goals from Gowling and Willie Morgan (no Georgie though - never saw him).
On growing up, Nick went to Oxford and studied law, then straightaway afterwards joined a rock band with some friends, including a guitarist who played with Ugly Rumours, Tony Blair's band. (He's always been well-connected!). After failing to make No 1 (much less TOTP), he went back to law with tail between legs but at least "got it out of his system" (or so he tells us).
A lawyer specialising in corporate law in emerging markets, Nick's been with SU/MUST since the SUAM campaign, poking people with a legal stick occasionally and generally getting in the way. Having spent much time among the good and humorous people of Manchester et ses environs, he feels he's accurately described by the line "lifelong, soft, southern git; middle-class ponce, knob head Red".
The first football match Paul ever attended was Bristol Rovers v. Manchester United on Sat 7th Jan. 1956. It was the 3rd round of the FA Cup. He was 4 years old as he watched the Rovers smash 4 goals past the stunned United keeper from his Dad's shoulders. Two years later the tragedy of Munich was to rob the world of the Busby Babes. As his Dad was a lifelong Rovers fan, Paul followed in his footsteps and was unaware of the significance of all this at the time. Little did he know that 17 years later he was going to emigrate to the Republic of Mancunia. At that point his acquaintance with the Reds was renewed and now everything is red. (Although he still checks the Rovers results every Saturday...there's still that little bit of blue in the blood!)
Paul joined Shareholders United because he believes that football has gradually been taken away from grass roots supporters. How many fathers can afford to take their 4 yr olds to matches now? He believes that the only way that real supporters can gain an influence in their club is to own it. Paul therefore supports the idea of a democratic ownership by fans of their clubs by means of not-for-profit organisations. Manchester United is the legacy of those supporters on whose shoulders it has been raised. It is a community asset and must remain so. It must never be allowed to fall into the hands of a few rich men whose only thoughts are for the profits not the football.
'I believe the Manchester United Supporter's Trust is the ONLY organisation which can defend Manchester United from such a fate. I will fight for the right to own my club until my last breath.