21 Aug 2019 by John Edwards

Reds and Robins, pie and a pint - what's not to like?

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There's a debate that has been raging for years about the respective merits of football at the highest level and further down the pyramid, where Altrincham's players ply their trade.

Venues like Old Trafford and The Etihad Stadium may host sporting spectacles that have television companies falling over themselves to fill Premier League pockets, but how does that compare to the buzz of living every kick of an Altrincham performance, in the knowledge it can be discussed with the participants over a pint afterwards!

There's only one answer for most Alty fans, but why not have the best of both worlds? Why not marvel at the skills on show at the pinnacle of the English game and sample the unique feeling of being part of the fabric at Alty all in one afternoon?

That's the experience on offer when Farsley Celtic visit The J.Davidson Stadium in the Vanarama National League North on the same day Manchester United travel to Southampton in the Premier League, on Saturday, August 31st. By wending your way down Moss Lane a couple of hours earlier than usual, you can follow both games - and help yourself to cut-price refreshments into the bargain!

At 12.15pm, one of the two turnstiles situated on Moss Lane, between the main stand and the sponsors' lounge, will be opening to allow supporters access to the Community Sports Hall, where United's game against Southampton will be screened live.

As you prepare to take your seat to see if Ole Gunnar Solkjaer's men can maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign, you can avail yourself of an offer of £3 for a pint or £5 for a pint and a pie that will be available until 2pm.

All that, plus, of course, the main event at 3pm, when Phil Parkinson's mighty Robins take to the field against Farsley and give their all to the cause of building momentum for another tilt at promotion.

It adds up to a bumper afternoon of sporting action that's not to be missed, so circle the date and get along early to take full advantage.


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