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Famous English Soccer Meet Attracts Lots Of Houston Fans

If you follow a sports team halfway around the world, it’s fairly easy to watch the games online or by satellite. But what if you’re treated to a game right at home?

Manchester’s crosstown rivalry has been played since 1881, pitting Manchester United against Manchester City. But for the first time ever, this year’s Manchester Derby was held outside the UK.

Matthew Clifton is a Manchester United fan who was there from Mississippi. He’s seen the team on their home turf but he was excited to attend a game that didn’t involve a long trip.

“I usually wake up early to catch every game that I can,” said Clifton. “Now in the days of technology I can watch on my phone, anywhere like that. And I have the service to watch the games. I’m a dedicated fan I guess you would say.”

Over by the players entrance we met another Manchester United fan, Brett Forbus of Houston, who was hoping to get some autographs. He said it was his first time getting to see the team in person.

“It’s awesome,” said Forbus. “ It’s one of those dreams as a kid that you look forward to trying to do one day. And so to see them locally is awesome but I hope to see them in England as well.”

The preseason game was brought to Houston as part of the International Champions Cup, which has organized European exhibition games in the U.S. and China. 

The final score from Thursday night’s game: Manchester United won 2-0 against Manchester City.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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