From a young age I have been a big fan of the great man that is David Beckham, so when I heard he would be lacing up his boots one more time for a Unicef Charity football match at Old Trafford, I jumped at the chance to try and get tickets! With a little bit of luck we managed to get some great tickets, sat behind the goal at the East end of the stadium.
Our journey to Manchester started from Exeter at 8am in the morning, with my parents traveling with us too. Kick off was not until 3pm but we wanted to allow plenty of time in case of traffic… oh were we glad we left when we did! With a short pit stop for breakfast on the way it took us over 7 hours to reach our destination. We were stuck in all sorts of traffic, roadworks and queues to the point where we missed the first 4 minutes of the match, something I was gutted about. We kicked my parents out of the car so that they wouldn’t miss the start and we eventually found our car park. We got out of the car and ran as fast as we could all the way round to the other side of the stadium (we were parked in the West side car park and our seats were in the East end of the stadium). When we got there we were grateful to not have to queue to get in, however security was tight due to the tragic circumstances in Paris that Friday.
The game was all in aid of the charity UNICEF, a charity which David Beckham has now been an ambassador for 10 years. To read more about it you can do so by clicking this link David Beckham 7. Before the match at Old Trafford, he had played seven games in all of the seven continents around the world in nine days, something that is admirable in its own right.
It was a great team line up with some brilliant players and some great old faces –
GB & Ireland – Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson
David Beckham (Captain), David James, Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Sol Campbell, Peter Crouch, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Jamie Carragher, Darren Fletcher, John Terry. Subs: David Seaman, Ashley Cole, Trevor Sinclair, Michael Owen, Alan Smith, Gary McAllister.
Rest of the World – Manager: Carlo Ancelotti
Luis Figo (Captain), Edwin van der Saar, Cafu, Mikael Silvestre, Fernando Couto, Robert Pires, Patrick Kluivert, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Clarence Seedorf, Park Ji-sung, Ronaldinho. Subs: Dwight Yorke, Landon Donovan, Fernando Hierro, Raimond van der Gouw.
Before kick off there was a performance from Andrea Bocelli and a minutes silence to remember those who had lost their lives in Paris on Friday Evening. The whistle was blown and the match got under way. It was a great match with two goals scored by GB & Ireland in the first half, one header by Paul Scholes and a striker’s goal from Michael Owen. At half time fans were treated to a performance by Rita Ora, soon after this the match was back underway. The second half had a moment that a lot of you may have seen on Facebook, David Beckham – Number 7, was called off the pitch to be substituted with Number 7 – Brooklyn Beckham! The crowd went mad at this and it was a nice moment to watch as they swapped over on the pitch.
The match carried on and a little later Sol Campbell sustained an injury… meaning David Beckham came back on and played with his son. The ball was passed back and forwards between them, with the crowd loving every second of it! Two further goals were scored another for Great Britain and Ireland (another from Michael Owen) and one for The Rest of the World (by Dwight Yorke). The game ended 3-1 to Great Britain & Ireland.
Despite missing the first 4 minutes of the match, we enjoyed every bit of it and it was lovely for Dave to finally watch a match at the Theatre of Dreams.
After the game ended we waited for a lot of the fans to leave making it easier to get out and made our way back to the car. We thought the car park would be a nightmare to get out of but it wasn’t too bad, I think most of the problems were all the road works going on in Manchester.
Eventually we got to our hotel and checked in. It was a beautiful hotel on the outskirts of the city in Worsley, it was called the Worsley Park Marriott and is set in lovely grounds with a bar and restaurant. After we checked in we made a quick dash to get changed and went to get a table in the restaurant, we were starving having not eaten all day due to the traffic! When we arrived at the restaurant and found it to be quite expensive. We noticed on the way into the hotel that there was a pub next door Worsley Old Hall so we decided to try there. When we walked into the bar it was quite busy but we were lucky enough to find a table. We were given some menus and our drink orders were taken. Mum and I are fans of Cider, when we were given the menu we were surprised to find that one of their guest ciders was from Sandford Orchard in Crediton, a few miles away from where we live, of course we had to have a pint each!
Dave was also very happy as it turned out we had arrived on Pie Week! So of course pies were ordered for the boys and Mum and I went for Crispy Beef Salad.
Only having a salad Mum and I had a pudding between us, which was delicious. It doesn’t look it from the photo but I can assure you it was lovely!
We were very impressed with the food in the Worsely Old Hall. On the way out of the pub I spotted a familiar face, I couldn’t quite place him at first but eventually it clicked that it was Tyrone from Corrie! I was far too embarrassed to ask for a picture with him so you will just have to believe that we saw him. Having finally had something to eat and drink after our long day we headed back to our hotel for a good snooze. The rooms were nice and spacious and had everything we needed.
In the morning we had decided to head back to the Worsley Old Hall for breakfast as the hotels was quite pricey. Oh were we glad we did. The pub in the day light looked lovely from the outside.
We enjoyed a lovely breakfast of pancakes and full english, even the tea cups and tea pots were pretty and came with a delicious piece of country fudge
After our breakfast and watching a couple attempting to take a Christmas card picture with their two Great Danes (very funny to watch, especially when it all went wrong) we headed back to the hotel to check out and head on to Trafford Centre to do a bit of Christmas Shopping. Traffic again was mad but we were glad we went, as we were in two minds about it. We arrived quite early so not much was open, however Dave was in his element as the Lego Store was one of the few shops to open early, once he had demolished our bank balance on lego we left to see what else was open. The Trafford Centre has a huge selection of shops and we really enjoyed the trip there, I would highly recommend it if you are ever up that way, great for Christmas Shopping! And the Christmas decorations were lovely too.
Anyway I think I have rambled on enough in this post. All in all we had a lovely weekend in Manchester and perhaps wouldn’t go back for a little while… or at least until the roadworks are finished, but our hotel was lovely and the pub was great and even better company.