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Manchester United to make return visit to Loughborough University

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A ‘Manchester United Youth XI’ is returning to play at Loughborough University Stadium against the Students football team on Tuesday 21 October.

A United youth side played Loughborough Students two years ago, completing a 6-2 victory in front of a crowd of 1,500.

The team that played in 2012 included Mats Daehli, a senior international who played for Norway against England at Wembley earlier this year, and Jack Barmby who has been signed by Leicester City.

It will be the latest major sporting fixture to be held at the stadium, following previous visits by United, Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City and the Barbarians rugby team.

The matches between the two teams have also been arranged in memory of Mike ‘Doc’ Holliday, Loughborough’s legendary former head coach who is credited with mentoring a number of University graduates who have gone on to progress in the world of football.

Stuart McLaren Head Coach of Loughborough Students’ Football said:

“For one of the world’s biggest football clubs to have had a level of experience on their previous visit to want to return to Loughborough University speaks volumes for our programme and all who support it.

“Everybody connected with Loughborough Students’ Football Club is extremely excited about the match and we are proud to be able to acknowledge the contribution of such a great man in Mike ‘Doc’ Holliday.”

Paul McGuinness, the Manchester United Youth Team Coach said:

“Two years ago I promised to return for a second Mike ‘Doc’ Holliday Challenge match. Unfortunately due to our commitments in the UEFA Youth Competition we were unable to return last season.

“I am therefore delighted to be able to bring a Manchester United Youth XI back to Loughborough in a Challenge match named after Mike Holliday who was not only a great influence on my coaching career but also a very good friend of mine.”

The match kicks off at 7.30pm at Loughborough University Stadium, and ticket prices start at £10 adults, £5 Concessions, £1 under U12’s.

More information about the match, including ticket details and a link to purchase online, are available at


Notes for editors

Press release reference number: PR14/171

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. Loughborough is ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities and has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University in London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.


Rob Knott
PR Officer (Sport)
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