There’s no such thing as too much Manchester United for some people.
The coverage of English football and indeed the Red Devils has increased ten-fold in Australia since the early 90s, but still, United fans want more.
That’s why Perth Manchester United Supporters Club member Stuart Darwell wants MUTV in Australia.
He’s not alone, either.
Darwell moved to Perth in 1992.
“It was sort of at the time United started having success and when I first got here you got maybe two paragraphs a week about football,” Darwell said.
“Then I’d have to go through dodgy AM channels to listen to games before the internet or get the British Soccer Weekly.
“Then Foxtel got the rights so I’ve had that since I started my apprenticeship because my parents wouldn’t pay for it.
“I’d earn about $92 per-week and I’d spend $24 of that on Foxtel, but this is where we’re getting too.
“Now we have Foxtel, the internet and United is the biggest club in the world but we don’t have a proper MUTV channel.
“You can subscribe online which I did for a bit, but my internet connection wasn’t great so it wasn’t worth the money.
“They run this promotion of #getcloser, but we can’t get closer.”
Darwell said he knew he could access MUTV content on streaming sites for free but felt it would be better for all to go through the proper channels.
“These things are available online for free if you want to cheat and rip off the club,” Darwell said.
“But even then the apps shut down and it’s frustration, so that’s why I’ve started the Facebook page and the Twitter account even though I’m a bit of a Twitter virgin.
“I’ve asked people who have joined up to write to Foxtel, to write to the club and ask why we can’t have it.
“I’ve written to Foxtel myself and asked, but haven’t got very close.
“It’s a no-brainer for me because even if it was $10 a month, I reckon they’d get heaps of subscribers.
“It’s the biggest club in the world and there are thousands and thousands of fans in Australia so I think for United it makes sense to show MUTV in Australia.”
Darwell thinks getting MUTV in Australia is achievable, but it might take a bit of people power to show Foxtel and the club just how much support and interest there is throughout the country.
“All I’ve done is set up the Facebook page and the Twitter account,” Darwell said.
“Whoever wants to help in any capacity is welcome, but I’ve got all the addresses to email and we need everyone to email them.
“The only way we will get it is if we go all in.”