In 1985 a group of Manchester United fans in Sligo got together and formed the Sligo Branch of Manchester United Supports Club, membership now stands at approximately 200 members.
In the early days, the Branch got an allocation of 20 – 30 tickets for 2 games during the season. Currently the Sligo Branch holds 10 season tickets for Old Trafford, and their membership of approximately 270 members (2017-18 season) entitles the Branch to 20 extra tickets which they have the option to take up for each game.
The availability of tickets and increased transport options have allowed Branch Members to make some memorable trips to Manchester over the years to see United win Premier Titles and great European nights including Quarter and Semi Finals, and Champions League and Europa League, FA Cup, League Cup finals and Charity Shield games.
The Branch has a very enjoyable social scene with The Embassy Rooms in Sligo their meeting point. Branch meetings take place on Friday nights every 3 weeks while fans can watch televised games in the Embassy, who kindly supply finger food. A pre Christmas dinner is also held is the Embassy for members and partners.
The highlight over the years has got to be the visit of United stars who have attended the annual dinner dances. Famous names to grace the Yeats County included first team players Paul Parker, Nicky Butt, David May, Steve Bruce, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes former players Norman Whiteside, Paul McGrath, Steve McClaren while United Assistant Manager and Old Trafford legend Sir Alex Ferguson.
In 2016 and 2017 former United manager Ron Atkinson and double winner Andre Kanchelskis came to our Branch for a book signing and Q & A.
The Branch hold an Annual Draw with proceeds going to local charities in Sligo with over €160,000 having been raised thus far.
pictured is a cheque been presented to Martin Gallahgher on behalf of the Northwest Hospice, Sligo. Summer 2016.
In November 2014 Branch Members attended the United v Crystal Palace game to celebrate the Branches 30th anniversary. Before the game, Sir Bobby Charlton, Bryan Robson & Andy Cole presented members with a signed framed jersey to mark the occasion.
In September 2017 United released figures of the top 50 Manchester United Supporters Clubs around the world. Our Sligo Branch is placed 26th overall, 5rd in Ireland and 2nd in the Republic.
Others on this list include, Scandinavia, Hong Kong, Muckamore, Dublin, France and so on. Not bad for a regional town in the Northwest of Ireland.