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Manchester United’s IPO is today

(Reuters) – Manchester United (MANU.N) will make its New York Stock Exchange debut on Friday after a flotation that disappointed the English soccer club’s American owners and has enraged some of its fans.

Soccer is the world’s most popular sport, but the setback for the initial public offering underlines the limited appeal of even its biggest names for investors.

The IPO priced at $14, below the $16-20 range the club’s bankers had been seeking. It valued the 19-times English champions at only $2.3 billion and shaved as much as $100 million off the proceeds expected for the team and its owners.

This is what greeted me at 5:30 when I walked by

Hopefully I’ll run in to some of these fans today…(mildly NSFW, I should add)

As Mark Steyn said about the clip above

Is Sheena Easton really the official Man Utd song? Or is Desson Thomson correct and the film is inadequately researched? Who knows? The point is, having got thoroughly rat-arsed, Scotty and Coop come round the next morning and realize that that pleasant breeze riffling through their hair is because they’re on the top deck of a topless double-decker bearing the legend “IF YOUR [SIC] NOT A MANC YOUR [SIC] A WANK” hurtling down the left-hand side of a French autoroute because Vinnie Jones thinks driving on the right is for Frog nancies. “Fook off, tossers!” he yells at the oncoming Renaults and Citroens.

Who can say this ten minutes doesn’t capture the essence of England at least as well as the entire Merchant Ivory and Richard Curtis oeuvres rolled into one? Scotty and Coop stagger down the stairs to the lower deck to find the lads already awash in the first 15 early morning pints. “You guys have a completely different level of swearing over here!” marvels Coop.

It remains one of the finest scenes ever committed to celluloid.

8 Responses to “I’ll Take It Over FacePlantBook”

  1. tree hugging sister says:

    Sure glad we, the AMERICAN TAXPAYER, could help them, a BRITISH SOCCER CLUB at the start on their bazillion dollar making way…

    GM pays $600m to sponsor Manchester United

    The ouster of General Motors Co.’s global marketing chief is related to a hugely expensive sponsorship deal with England’s Manchester United soccer club for which GM is paying twice as much as the team’s previous automotive sponsor.

    “Twice as much”. Yup. That’s this President’s M.O. about pretty much everything ~ Government Motors foreign soccor sponsorships, unemployment rates, national debt…you name it, he doubles or triples it.

  2. Dr Alice says:

    I have GOT to see that movie.

  3. Mr. Bingley says:

    It has some very very funny moments, Doc!

  4. Donna D. says:

    Wonder if Wayne Rooney rang the bell?

  5. Ave says:

    Bend it like Bingley-ham?

  6. Mr. Bingley says:


    As you know, Dearest Ave, the only thing I’m bending these days is my elbow…

  7. Kathy Kinsley says:

    “It remains one of the finest scenes ever committed to celluloid.”

    I’m not so sure of that. But it’s certainly one of the most quintessentially English scenes ever committed to celluloid!

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