Mark Chapman was born in Sale, near Manchester, in October 1973. He works for both Radio 1 and Radio 5 Live and is one of the most well known radio personalities in the country. Mark has been attending United matches since October 1981, his first match being the day United beat Wolves 5-0 and Bryan Robson signed his first contract with the club, there on the Old Trafford pitch. Robbo is Mark’s all time hero.
He says, "It has changed so much from when an eight-year-old boy from Sale, South Manchester was taken to Old Trafford for his birthday by his Dad and fell in love with Manchester United Football Club. Glazer is a businessman. He needs to make money just to cover interest payments on his debt. I am not helping this man make money out of my football club. And that is what it comes down to. He sees it as a business and not a sport. In that respect he isn't that different from a lot of people at the top of the game.The plc kept the club in profit. Glazer has put them in debt. I have kept my ticket for next year because if I gave it up, it would go to somebody who would treat Old Trafford like Disneyland. I can still protest though. I won't buy a programme, or a shirt, or a scarf or a duvet cover for my son."
United's Norwegian striker (and part time Elvis impersonator) will be forever remembered for his winning goal against Bayern Munich in the 1999 European Cup Final. The reds number 20 has been immortalised with his own banner hanging from the Stretford End. Signed by Sir Alex Ferguson for a mere £1.5 million in 1996, Ole soon became an indispensable member of the team that was to go on to win the 1999 Treble. And who could forget his 4 goals in 10 minutes against Notts Forest when he came on as sub? A successful striking partnership with Teddy Sheringham was followed by the arrival of Ruud van Nistelrooy and the duo immediately started to hit it off with Ole scoring 26 goals in their first season together. Recently, injury has blighted his career but with a career record of 115 goals in 199 apearances we are looking forward to the 'Assassin' making his 200th and to many more goals in the red shirt of United.
On being asked to become a Patron of SU/MUST Ole said: "I am honoured. I think it is important that the club remains in the right hands. I am absolutely on the supporters' side and think the club is in very good hands as it is today. I am a United fan myself and only want what is best for the future."
Tony Lloyd is a Labour Party politician and the inaugural Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester. Born in Stretford, and serving as a Trafford councillor from 1979 to 1984, in 1983 Tony was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Stretford, before being selected for the Manchester Central seat when it was created in 1997. As an MP, he was an opposition spokesman between 1987 and 1997, a Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office between 1997 and 1999, and Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party from 2006 to 2012. Tony continued as a constituency MP until October 2012, when he stepped down to contest the 2012 Police and Crime Commissioner elections in the Greater Manchester Police area.
In 2011, the Manchester Evening News listed Lloyd among its 250 of the Most Influential People in Greater Manchester, describing him as "a major figure on Labour politics in Greater Manchester", and introduced him as "the most powerful man in Greater Manchester" on his victory as the region's inaugural Police and Crime Commissioner in 2012. In a directory of MPs produced by The Guardian, Andrew Roth described Lloyd as "well informed, thoughtful and realistic regionalist and internationalist".
In March 2011 he tabled an early day motion in the House of Commons for Ryan Giggs to be knighted.
His reason for becoming a Patron is that, "In a world of the continued growth of corporate owners of football clubs, the ordinary supporter needs a stronger voice and a collective voice. Shareholders United is a very potent way of making our voices heard."