'Only the truly churlish or squeamish could deny that the sight of a dozen or so beery northern men urinating in unison has a certain power as a spectacle. Indeed, such a joint endeavour is not wholly different from the fine art of synchronised swimming.
'Yet, when the staff of the pleasant-looking Aylward school and nursery return to work tomorrow in their plush corner of northwest
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'For the Jamsheds, this was not a cheap weekend. Understandably wary of travelling down on the day, they left
'In the plastic bag Mohammed was carrying were five match programmes at £10 each. And then there were the burgers, legendarily priced at £8. "Well, I made sure we all had a huge breakfast at the hotel," smiles Mohammed. "But if the children get hungry I'll have to relent. It's not right though."
'So with £75 on petrol, £400 on a hotel, £360 on tickets, £50 on programmes, £10 on the underground, £30 on taxis, £32 on burgers and £11.60 on drinks to wash them down, the Jamsheds have spent £968.60 to welcome football home before extras. Who said football has lost the common touch?
'The Jamsheds were in delightful form, but in Wembley town, the atmosphere was more poisonous and few would doubt that prescience of Police Commander Robert Broadhurst's assertion that the FA Cup final needed 1,000 officers and "world-class policing". Police vans surrounded the Blue Check bar where United fans taunted passing
'And so, there it was. New Wembley in all its glory. In truth, little has changed. Outside at least, but, as Mohammed Jamshed concluded before the game: "If we win here today, I'll love new Wembley just as much as I loved the old."'