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Red Issue is a Manchester United fanzine. A source of Manchester United news and gossip, it has been in production for well over 15 years and has become the best selling fanzine related to the club. Some reports even claim that it is the best selling football fanzine in the United Kingdom[1]. Published monthly during the domestic football season, the magazine also lends its name to cult internet forum popular amongst supporters of Manchester United and FC United of Manchester, as well as several other teams. Other popular Manchester United fanzines are United We Stand and Red News. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Manchester United Football Club are a world-famous English football club, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and are one of the most popular sports clubs in the world, with over 50 million supporters worldwide. ... A fanzine (see also: zine) is a nonprofessional publication produced by fans of a particular subject for the pleasure of others who share their interest. ... Manchester United Football Club are a world-famous English football club, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and are one of the most popular sports clubs in the world, with over 50 million supporters worldwide. ... A typical Internet forum discussion, with common elements such as quotes and spoiler brackets A page from a forum showcasing emoticons and Internet slang An Internet forum is a web application for holding discussions and posting user generated content. ... United We Stand is a Manchester United fanzine which first appeared on the streets of Manchester in the autumn of 1989. ... It is proposed that this article be deleted, because of the following concern: advertisement If you can address this concern by improving, copyediting, sourcing, renaming or merging the page, please edit this page and do so. ...



The fanzine is a mostly satirical affair, often making jokes at the expense of one of Manchester United's own players - possibly even more than rival teams' players. Subtitled "The United Fanzine", its views are often highly critical of United's performances, though that is not to say it is against the club - it lines up with the viewpoint that the hardest people to please are the most loyal fans. Satire is a literary technique of writing or art which principally ridicules its subject (individuals, organizations, states) often as an intended means of provoking or preventing change. ...

There are a number of regular pieces in the fanzine that appear almost every month:

  • Editorial: views by the editor on recent United performances and United news.
  • The Word on the Street (known as Backbeat from 1995-2005): Snippets of gossip regarding United, the club's players, transfer rumours and the like. Collected by 'Woodward and Bernstein' via e-mails from private sources amongst both mag readers and football insiders, and also from the Red Issue forum's Sanctuary section, it's not unusual for a story to appear here before any tabloid newspapers pick up on it.
  • Life of Smiley: A play on the Lightning Seeds' track "The Life of Riley", a columnist's views on United, accompanied by happy or sad smiley faces depending on the subjects in question.
  • Mr. Spleen: Another regular column, usually far more critical of Manchester United and the teams' players than the editorial or Smiley.
  • Comics: Comic strips are a regular, often taking the rip out of Man Utd's main rivals Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea. "Bertie Magoo (The Bitter Blue)" and "Sticky Fingers (The Thieving Scouse Bastard!)" are two favourites.

Red Issue is closely associated with the Manchester United Supporters' Trust (MUST), and regularly carries featured articles about the trust, encouraging fans to sign up with them. The fanzine was heavily against the proposed takeover of Manchester United by Rupert Murdoch, and then against the takeover of the club by American businessman Malcolm Glazer. Newspaper sizes in August 2005. ... Lightning Seeds are an alternative pop/rock band, largely the brainchild of writer, singer and guitarist Ian Broudie (born August 4, 1958, Liverpool, England). ... Liverpool Football Club are an English professional football club based in Liverpool, Merseyside, who play in the Premier League; they are historically the most successful club in the history of English football, having won more trophies than any other English club. ... Arsenal Football Club (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) are an English professional football club based in Holloway, north London. ... Manchester City Football Club is an English professional football club based in the city of Manchester. ... Chelsea Football Club (also known as The Blues or previously The Pensioners) are an English professional football club based in west London. ... The new name for the Manchester United fans group Shareholders United, as of mid-January 2006. ... Keith Rupert Murdoch AC, KCSG (born 11 March 1931) is an Australian born United States citizen who is a global media executive and is the controlling shareholder, chairman and managing director of News Corporation, based in New York. ... Malcolm Irving Glazer (born May 25, 1928 in Rochester, New York) is an American businessman and sports-team owner. ...


Red Issue has a tendency to give nicknames to football players and managers, even at the first mention of them. A few select ones are:

  • David "Capable Hands" Gill: sarcastic view of Chief Executive David Gill's control of the club.
  • The Gimps: nickname for Malcolm Glazer's three sons, all of whom participate in the running of Man Utd after their opposed takeover.
  • Lord Snooty, or That Cunt Richardson: title of Kieran Richardson, a player whom many United fans dislike both on and off the field.
  • 20Legend: Ole Gunnar Solskj√¶r, cult hero among the fans.
  • The Djemba Twins: nickname for Eric Djemba-Djemba, a player viewed by many as not being good enough for the club.
  • Liar23: David Beckham's departure from the club left a split view among fans, though not all took to this name.
  • Dippers: One of many nicknames given to scousers.
  • Balsawood Man: nickname for the frequently injured United striker Louis Saha.
  • WGT: The Wobbly-Gobbed Tosser aka Rio Ferdinand (NB-a nickname not universally welcomed by readers)

David A. Gill (born 5 August 1957 in Reading, Berkshire) is currently Chief Executive of Manchester United Football Club, vice-chairman of the G-14 management committee, and a member of The Football Associations board. ... Malcolm Irving Glazer (born May 25, 1928 in Rochester, New York) is an American businessman and sports-team owner. ... Kieran Edward Richardson (born 21 October 1984 in Greenwich, London) is an English footballer currently playing for Sunderland. ... Ole Gunnar Solskjær (born 26 February 1973 in Kristiansund, Norway) is a former Norwegian footballer who spent the vast majority of his career playing for Manchester United. ... Eric Djemba-Djemba (born May 4, 1981 in Douala, Cameroon) is a football player who currently plays as a defensive midfielder for Burnley (on loan from Aston Villa) and the Cameroonian national team. ... David Beckham David Robert Joseph Beckham OBE (born May 2, 1975) is an English footballer born in Leytonstone, London. ...


The magazine can be purchased from sellers at both Manchester United home and away matches, and from branches of Aleefs Newsagents in Manchester City Centre, from sellers at breakaway club F.C. United of Manchester's home games at Gigg Lane, Bury. In addition, it is available on subscription the fanzine's website. This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... Football Club United of Manchester (FC United of Manchester, FC United, FCUoM or FCUM for short) is a semi-professional English football club based in Bury. ... This article is about the town of Bury in North West England. ...


The Red Issue website runs in conjunction with the fanzine, and contains links to the online forum. It contains Manchester United related news, is updated throughout the week, and carries match previews and results from the club's games. News posted online is usually very brief or taken from major newspapers such as The Times and The Guardian - every Monday a news item entitled "Views from the Broadsheets" is posted, with various articles about the weekends United game displayed[2]. The Times is a national newspaper published daily in the United Kingdom (and the Kingdom of Great Britain before the United Kingdom existed) since 1788 when it was known as The Daily Universal Register. ... The Guardian is a British newspaper owned by the Guardian Media Group. ...

The website carries the same satirical tone to the fanzine itself, and advertises it on many pages. Rather than acting as a replacement for it, it acts as a more regular port of call for minor Manchester United related stories, usually with a short comment by the editor preceeding them. Furthermore, it carries similar viewpoints to the magazine (such as a sarcastic love for the cliche'd word 'massive' when used in aftermatch interviews[3]). Clich (from French, imitative) refers to: an overused phrase or expression, or the idea expressed by it; a situation, theme or characterization which has become common; a thing (as a style of clothing) that has become overly familiar or commonplace. ...

External links


  1. ^ Red Issue at Alpha Soccer.com.
  2. ^ Views from the Broadsheets.
  3. ^ Edwin Happy with Victory Over Everton.



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