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Red Alert, he’s back!

Hide your wives or girlfriends, children and treasure and most of all, increase your intake of pain medications and Valium, because I’m back baby YEAH! Yes tis I the one and only Grognard (Groggy to his friends) reporting once again on the world of Manchester United and footy in general.

After a long absence and self imposed exile I have returned to offer up my take on what has been happening and what is going to happen to our beloved Red Devils. For those of you who are not familiar with me and for those of you who just don’t give a crap let me just say that I used to be a regular contributor on this site for a number of years.

Although I built a bit of a cult following on here and I had a loyal following of members who liked and appreciated my take on all things football, there were just as many if not more who thought I was an irritating tosser and wind bag or the offspring of some dark sex act between Rafa Benitez and Jose Mourinho.

Many months ago I left Red Rants in a fury over differences I had regarding content and attitude with our blog leader Ian. Let me say right now that I was the guilty party. Although I stand by my beliefs and views, I was wrong to express them as I did on this forum and I was wrong to have placed Ian in such a terrible position. Let me say right now that I was never kicked off the site. I just stopped writing articles and my ego could not handle what I felt at the time was censorship. Fact is I was just going through a dark period in my life and Red Rants was a perfect vessel for me to spew my hidden venom under the veil of controversial football topics.

I was a bit too abrasive, showed a great deal of disrespect to United, Fergie, Ian and I seemed to get into a lot of arguments with other members who felt I was losing it or crossing the line. Well I wasn’t losing it and in most cases I stand by what I wrote thematically. It’s the harshness in which I wrote things that I erred in. Above all, I should have been more mature and strong when it came to taking criticism. Bottom line was I was one of the old guard on this site and I didn’t care for the restraints and new direction Ian was taking the site. Fact (as Rafa would say), I was wrong. Fact, this was not my site to take liberties with. Fact, I apologize to Ian and to everyone and anyone I offended or upset with my harsh and abrasive way of offering my opinions.

So why then am I back? Well there were a number of reasons really. What might surprise you all to know is that although Ian and I really got into it over my lapses of judgement in the past, we both shared a mutual respect and like for one another. We had our major disagreements but still respected each other and understood that deep down our parting ways on Red Rants was for the good of the site at the time and not anything personal. I was not banished but I just felt exhausted and frustrated and to be honest, my attitude and abrasive way of pointing out all the problems I saw with United were just rubbing too many people wrong. It was time for a self-imposed exile or hiatus.

It’s been over a year now or close to it but a lot has changed with club, world of football and with me. Ian and I had kept in touch and when he broached the subject of me coming back. He didn’t have to ask twice. At the best of times I used to be controversial but I also offered up solid opinions and knowledge on our club and the game of football. I used to be the straw that stirred the drink at Red Rants and although I was not everyone’s cup of tea, I definitely got opinions and traffic flowing on Red Rants. I am hoping to do so again.

Although I am Canadian born and raised, I love the game and adore Manchester United as if I was born a Mancunian and raised on the proper red side of the tracks. I have followed the game for over forty years and consider myself well informed and highly opinionated. My opinions are my own of course and they have often got me in trouble in the past. That no longer will happen. It took an old goat like myself a while to figure out that it was silly, stupid and just folly for me to get upset with everyone’s views on what I wrote, even if their opinions or replies would get personal. An old school grunt like me still has a hard time wrapping himself around the whole concept and universe that is the world-wide web and so I needed to grow up and realize that opinions on my views or on my self didn’t really matter coming from complete faceless strangers thousands of miles. So why get so upset and bent out of shape if some people would lambaste me with hatred and venom after one of my infamous rants?

Well all I can say to you good folks today is that I have grown and learned from my mistakes and I have mellowed. I love footy and I want to partake in all the conversations and debates about our club as it enters an entirely new generation under a new manager. These are exciting times and need I say perilous. We just do not know what David Moyes will bring to the table. Hopefully he will become Fergie Version 2.0 and the beat will go on. As Bob Dylan once wrote and sang, “The times they are a changing”. And so am I. I look forward to the upcoming season and to get back to ranting about football and shooting the bell with some of my old friends on Red Rants (you all know who you are). Now it’s time for some football and for Manchester United to carry on it’s proud tradition. And I want to go along for the wild ride. Always red and not yet dead.




  1. Nuevo

    28 June 2013 at 09:26

    Let me be the 1st one to welcome you back Groggy. Good to hear from you. I have wondered often over the past year abt your take on certain issues and i know you are still remembered by others on here as well. So yeah I am sure there will be plenty of fireworks on here again.

    I hope to hear plenty from you now that we have chosen the “Unproven One” over the “Happy One” and with your favorite Anderson still “scorching” the Old Trafford Turf. 😉

    • Grognard

      28 June 2013 at 18:40

      @Nuevo: Thanks mate. It’s sheer heaven to be back and I curse the day I went on sabbatical. I am back and as opinionated as ever but I also have mellowed greatly. So controversy you can count on, fireworks, I strictly doubt it. 🙂

  2. Dan

    28 June 2013 at 09:44

    Great to have you back Groggy! Looking forward to read your take on certain issues!

    • Grognard

      28 June 2013 at 18:43

      @Dan: Thanks Dan. I have plenty in the tank and have lots to say. I am so looking forward to this season and believe it or not, with more positive feeling and optimism than many would dare attribute to me. I guess we can safely say that it is a fresh start for both United and myself. Now please Moyes, get rid of Anderson, Lindegaard, Evra and even Rooney. Make the cleansing process complete.

  3. markdegea

    28 June 2013 at 10:04

    I am new here but i am a regular reader. Nice work and insightful write-ups as well as comments. Hope i will be loved and welcomed into this happy family. Hahahaaha up moyesy. Up united

    • Jonny

      28 June 2013 at 11:08

      @markdegea: happy family? has something changed in the year or so that i’ve been MIA? 🙂 😈

  4. Stephen

    28 June 2013 at 10:04

    Grog, Will this be like all your previous comebacks. Starts off all sweet and sugary and ends all bitter and sour?!

    • Grognard

      28 June 2013 at 18:47

      @Stephen: Prepare to be shocked mate. Fact is my latest departure was for quite a long time and not for a month like in the past. Give me the benefit of the doubt and a fair chance to prove you wrong. I’m still opinionated but I doubt that I will let negative and rude remarks to my views bother me like in the past. I’m just happy to be back and ranting and conversing about United and footy in general mate. 🙂

  5. Sean

    28 June 2013 at 10:26

    So you start your comeback with a massive rant about yourself and no insight on any of the massive stories in the press/ floating around the transfer world…. bored of the comeback already

    • Grognard

      28 June 2013 at 18:50

      @Sean: Unlike you Sean, I have a long history on this blog of both good and bad moments. I felt I owed it to many who knew me well to explain my return. As for the football issues of today, go up a few notches to the article titled “Where do we go from here?” and you will hopefully find a little more of what you require and less about myself. It was not my intention to bore you, so sorry for that.

  6. Jonny

    28 June 2013 at 11:06

    Welcome back Groggy!

    If you’re still in vancouver maybe we can catch a game together this season.

    P.S. it’s great that you’re back. now quit writing about yourself and talk about United! 😈

    • Grognard

      28 June 2013 at 18:57

      @Jonny: Me Me Me, it’s got be about me. 😉 😉 😀 Thanks for the welcome mate. I seriously sat on the fence about writing this piece as I knew many would not take to it well, especially those who were not aware of me from the past. I did it to inform those of you like yourself who were familiar with me and who remember my infamous ways. Now that it is over with, trust me I am sticking to football. As for taking in a Whitecaps game, I guess I’m up for slumming it. Not really a fan of the club or league as I only watch and support quality. Still, touching base and hanging out with a mate from this blog and a United fan would be great. 🙂

  7. tonymontanna4united

    29 June 2013 at 02:53

    Wa-hey the grogster returns.
    Great to see you back mate. You were always one of my favourite posters here, old place hasn’t been the same since you left, so fantastic to see you back again. Hope your presence will be a regular occurrence now rather than a quick visit every now and then.

    • Grognard

      29 June 2013 at 04:54

      @tonymontanna4united: Tony Montana it’s great to hear from one of my old buds on the blog. Thanks for the warm welcome. I’m back and I’m planning to say. Although I write what I feel and sometimes that can be controversial, I do plan on watching my behavior more. I’ve mellowed and am in a better place these days and to be honest, I just don’t get worked up as easily as I used. People can disagree with me all they like, I refuse to get into shitting duels. This should ensure my stay will be long this time. I missed the gang and I am noticing a lot of missing members from the old gang. Perhaps you can let me know who is still on the blog and who has left for other pastures? Look forward to conversing with you mate. 🙂 🙂

      • tonymontanna4united

        29 June 2013 at 12:29

        @Grognard: Great to hear mate.
        The old gang are still around, but were a lot smaller in numbers than we once were. RedDevilEddy seems to have disappeared, Craig likewise. Moscow was here until recently (I remember him on here when Moyes was appointed) but haven’t seen him for a while.
        Other than though I think were pretty much as we were fortunately.

        • Grognard

          29 June 2013 at 23:15

          @tonymontanna4united: I’m sorry to hear that Craig and Eddy have left. A couple of my favorites. Craig and I always got a long well and I always had a soft spot for Eddy. Now that I’m back, hopefully they might notice and come back themselves. If United sell Nani, there is no way Craig will return and if Anderson goes, Eddy may slash his wrists. 🙂

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