Dave Pennington

Dave Pennington


Elected in 2017

Dave is a life--long United fan. Watching home and away including Europe is a shared family passion. He's been increasingly involved in MUST over the last five years with a focus on delivering for our match-going supporters and is proud of the results that we have achieved. While we have our own Trust identity and focus, we deliver more through working with fellow Trusts and our national bodies. To that end Dave has led engagement and campaigning in both Supporters Direct (SD) and the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) and was recently elected to the FSF National Council. As a newly elected Board member Dave will lead our Refresh Campaign to recruit new Match Going members and to improve and increase the services that we provide for them.
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Duncan Drasdo

Duncan Drasdo


There are few people who have put in as many hours, worn as many hats, solved as many problems, and devoted as much of their personal time ensuring that MUST runs on a daily basis than Duncan. Nearly the entirety of MUST's administrative apparatus owes its existence and good functioning to his tireless work. He'd probably be upset that we wrote this, but maybe he'll also accept the immense gratitude and appreciation all of us have for his endeavours.
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Elected in 2015

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:

  • Election law (both local and parliamentary, and incorporating European, Scottish and Welsh elections)
  • Parliamentary boundary inquiries
  • Judicial Review (Public Law)
  • Local Government
  • Standards Board and Adjudication Tribunals for councillors
  • Parliamentary rules relating to the conduct of Members of Parliament.

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 and served through October 2021.

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Ian Stirling

Ian Stirling

Sadly, Ian passed away on 12th March, 2023, aged just 57 years

Everyone at MUST is heartbroken at the news that Ian Stirling, our much loved friend and colleague, has passed away.

Ian was a truly great man. Warm, compassionate, generous and funny. As his closest friends and family will confirm, no-one enjoyed a joke more than Ian, and there are few in our fanbase who have inspired such widespread affection and respect.

For many years he has been at the heart of championing fans' interests. He served as our Independent Supporter Liaison Officer directly helping countless fans in their dealings with the Club and other football authorities but his reach went far beyond that. He also served as our representative on the Fans Forum, making the supporters' case firmly and consistently. His stature with the club was such that in latter years he was asked to join the Fans Advisory Board where he spoke truth to power representing the interests of fans and our football club at the highest levels. It really is impossible to think of another United supporter who has done so much for his fellow fans.

The tributes to Ian have been flooding in from all over the world. We can’t really imagine our organisation without him but through the tears and emotion of today we are determined to continue his work to create a truly fitting legacy.

Away from football Ian was a devoted husband and father and we send our love to his wife, Lynn, and his daughter, Lucy and his many friends in Salford and Manchester and all around the world.

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JD  Deitch

JD Deitch


Elected in 2021

JD joined Shareholders United in January 2004 after his first trip to Old Trafford (13 Dec 2003, United 3-1 city). During United’s 2004 US Tour, JD recruited members and promoted Shareholders United across America. Up to and after the Glazer takeover, he worked behind the scenes building and maintaining MUST's websites and membership systems. From 2007 and through the Green and Gold movement, he would become instrumental in defining MUST's strategy with Duncan and the Board. After a number of years focusing on work and family, he has returned to active duty to help MUST achieve its goals. He was elected Chair of MUST in 2021.
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