Man Utd superfan sells home Australia to watch the Reds

Derrick Howarth Credit: MEN Syndication

Selling 'Old Trafford' has allowed Manchester United superfan Derrick Howarth to watch his beloved Reds again even though he lives thousands of miles away in Australia.

The fanatical 83-year-old sold his home in Perth, called Old Trafford, and used part of the proceeds to pay for the 60,000 miles or so he has travelled watching his heroes.

Born and raised less than a mile from Old Trafford, Derrick emigrated to Australia in 1965 and this year attended his first FA Cup Final since United’s victory over Leicester City in 1963 – a game which also doubled as a ‘wedding present’ for his wife.

Derrick is now planning to be in the stands for Jose Mourinho’s first home game as manager, attend Wayne Rooney’s testimonial and the Charity Shield and has visited the grave of his favourite player Duncan Edwards.He said:

The father-of-one, who has two grandchildren, has been an ardent United fan since attending his first home match against Wolves in 1947.

The former Massey Ferguson worker has been staying with his sister-in-law Beryl Howarth at her home in Stretford.

Peter Howarth praised his uncle’s ‘unbelievable passion’ for United and said he ‘puts us all to shame’.

Peter, a 55-year-old United season ticket holder who lives in Stretford, said: