Australia recently saw its fourth Manchester United supporters club achieve official status last month, and now Adelaide is getting serious about becoming the fifth.
United fans have become increasingly active in recent years, with Brisbane and Perth joining the long-established clubs of Victoria and New South Wales, and now Adelaide are keen to get amongst the action.
Adelaide red Michael Lansdell is leading the charge from Adelaide, where he says there are plenty of committed fans.
“I got to Adelaide about 10 years ago,” Lansdell said.
“There’s never been an official group here. I think one started about five years ago, but nothing really came of it.
“So me and my friend Shayne Foster last year decided we would try and get something going again.”
Lansdell admitted it had been tough at times, but is glad to finally be seeing some traction.
“A lot of the time last season it would just be me and Shayne at the pub,” Lansdell said.
“But I just kept trying to pump it up and pump it up and this season we’ve seen much better turnouts.
“We’re getting around 40 people at the pub on our best nights and Shayne and I just try to remain consistent and get to the pub whenever we can.”
Lansdell said the growing Adelaide supporters group gets together for games at the Strathmore Hotel at 129 North Terrace, Adelaide.
“It’s a good location and they have been very good to us,” Lansdsell said.
The Strathmore Hotel has offered the group discounted drinks on matchdays, but the group’s best offering yet comes this weekend for the Manchester derby.
“I organise the events so we’ve teamed up this weekend to organise a meal before the match at the Strathmore,” Lansdell said.
“They have put together a Manchester United Strathmore menu for us which will get underway two hours before kick-off to try and get as many people through the door as possible and create a great atmosphere for the game.”
The group is active on Facebook, where it promotes most of its activities and can be found by searching, “MUFC Adelaide Supporters Club” in the search bar or clicking HERE.
Lansdell said he had received plenty of interest through the page, but wants to see more people voting with their feet.
“We have around 1000 likes on the page, so we know there are plenty of eyes on what we are trying to do,” Lansdell said.
“But we have a lot of early kick offs coming up, so hopefully we can get more and more people down.”
From there, the goal is to achieve official membership, just as Perth did last month.
“We need 50 people to sign up to OneUnited (Manchester United’s official club membership) through us to become official,” Lansdell said.
“So we’re just trying to get more people through the door and go from there.”