Posted Friday, September 16, 2011 - 17:51
Ex-Manchester United defender Gary Neville visited the Trafford Centre to sign copies of his autobiography ‘Red’ for loyal supporters purchasing his book today.
Fans attended in their hundreds to catch a glimpse of their club’s former captain in the hope of meeting him face-to-face.
Even an impromptu rendition of ‘Gary Neville is a red’ greeting the most-capped England right-back in history as he entered the WH Smith store.
Neville reduced one more-excitable female supporter to tears and many were thrilled by their few minutes with the man – despite a small number of people questioning who he was.
Brothers Paul and Chris Rowles queued for three hours – with some fans waiting for five hours – and were not put-off by the long delay.
Chris said: “It’s worth it to see such a legend for your club.”
However the brothers were slightly disappointed as they were refused the opportunity to have a photograph taken together with Neville unless they bought another book.
Tony Devine – who waited since 9am – was slightly disappointed as Neville refused to write ‘I 8 Scousers’ in his copy of the book.
Despite a large number of people attending Neville’s session, it would appear enthusiasts are expecting Paul Scholes’ book signing to be busier.
Scholes – a former team-mate of Neville – is due to sign copies of his autobiography in Selfridges on Thursday 29September – an event which United fan Ryan Kitchen is eager to attend.
Ryan said: “We’ll be back for Scholes. There might be a few more people for that.”
REDS FANS: Ryan Kitchen, Tony Devine and Matthew Devine