The United Ramble Team
Here at United Ramble we like to have a broad spectrum of opinion on Manchester United.
Rodger (Stephens) Ramble – Executive Editor
Rodger is the founder, owner and editor of the United Ramble website. Been a match going red, both home and away for years and loves nothing more than a pint of the amber nectar while talking about Manchester United both past & present. All articles posted on the website that are from ‘Admin‘ are associated with Rodger.
Ciaran O’Connor – Author & Contributor
Ciaran is a Business and Marketing graduate who has an ever-growing thirst to venture into the world of sports journalism. As opinionated as he is, Ciaran took the plunge into blogging in an effort to air his views on the great debate surrounding the importance of Michael Carrick (he is a big fan by the way). On the back of this, Ciaran subsequently began writing opinion pieces for Stretty News and has also joined the writing team at the reputable United fansite at RedMancunian.
In general, Ciaran centres his articles on topical issues surrounding United and he prides his pieces on creating debate and questioning. Whilst you may not always nod you head in unionism or agree with what he writes, he is more than happy to debate and opine over all things United. Ciaran’s own blog can also be found at Fergies Hairdryer.
Having been inspired by the traditionally strong Irish affiliation with United, he has had an unwavering connection with the club for as long as he can remember. Having only ever really been accustomed to the burgeoning success of the last two decades Ciaran is most certainly of the opinion that if you can support through success you must support even more through the tough times that may lie ahead. His most treasured memories include witnessing Ronaldo’s free kick against Portsmouth and that famous night in Moscow.
His favourite United player of all time is none other than Paul Scholes, not only is he the greatest player he has ever witnessed (and he has witnessed a few), but he feels he epitomises everything a professional footballer should be. Like Scholes, Ciaran’s pieces aim to be as decisive as his passes, as clinical as his finishing and as hard hitting as his tackles.
Mark Nevin – Author & Contributor
Mark began supporting United in 1974, when they were in the second division and cut his teeth on Tommy Docherty’s flamboyant mid-seventies side. Favourite player back then was Sammy McIlroy, though he can’t really recall why.
He worked as a freelance football journalist in the late eighties and early nineties, covering non-league matches all over the country and one of his treasured memories remains witnessing a game at the old Yeovil ground, with its famous slope.
Nowadays, he can be found knocking about in the East Stand, bar scarf round his neck and United fanzine usually in hand. He also gets to pretty much every Under-21 game and loves nothing more than seeing a player like Januzaj burst through those ranks and into the first team. His favourite United moment is the day Murdoch was stopped from buying the club, favourite United player of all time is Paul Scholes and the best player he ever saw, for United or anyone, remains Cristiano Ronaldo.
Mark is the author of A Deeper Shade of Red, a book that charts his experiences of the United v Liverpool rivalry during the seventies and eighties.
Geoff Fitzpatrick – Contributor
Geoff is a Commerce graduate starting to cut his teeth as a blogger in the hope of one day becoming a fully fledged sports journalist. Geoff began writing football blogs for Betpack.com in 2012
Geoff has been an avid United supporter for as long as he can remember and has made the journey from Dublin to Manchester to go to the Theatre of Dreams countless times. Geoff’s first visit to Old Trafford came in 2001 for the first leg of a European tie against Bayern Munich. Although United lost 0-1, Old Trafford is a special place on a European night and the atmosphere had a profound effect on him. His fondest United memory is without question the 2008 Champions League final victory over Chelsea.
Geoff sees United Ramble as the perfect outlet to combine his love for writing and all things MUFC.