A corporate investigation on behalf of Manchester City Football Club & Fortean TV.
For years, residents of the Manchester area have talked about the alleged curse of Maine Roads ‘Manchester City Football Ground’. Of course, when your favorite football team is on a loosing streak then its easy for fans to blame the paranormal in some way. However, there may be more to this than meets the eye.
We decided to take on the case after being contacted by Fortean TV. We started by interviewing those that work at the football ground. A security officer told us that whilst patrolling the grounds at night his dog (that was a well trained by the police) would suddenly stop and turn the opposite direction. When the security officer tried to get his dog nearer to the stands it would start crying and eventually struggle to the point of becoming vicious with him. This went on for a while and he could not understand why the dog was acting like this. It was fine working anywhere else.
He remembered one particular evening when the dog started acting unusual again. Becoming use to this he went the direction the dog wanted to. As he turned something caught his eye. He saw what looked like a cart and horse slowly travelling through the fencing as if it passed write through it. This he immediately interpreted as some type of ‘ghostly manifestation’. He quickly vacated the ground and eventually left his job several weeks later.
A local resident named Susan Read who also works at the ground as a cleaner described an incident that frightened her so much that he refused to carry on working at the ground. She was collecting rubbish one night when she heard a muttering sound. She looked round to see a lady in a dark long dress with a dark coloured frock over her shoulders. The woman looked at Susan then just slowly faded away. Susan was rather upset, in fact she was crying at the time. She explained to her boss what had happened and was never to return. Susan now works as an officer cleaner.
The fans themselves also told us that on occasion footballers and even the manager had in fact ‘peed’ at each corner of the pitch so to rid the alleged curse. Conducting research found that the land which is now where the football pitch lies was once owned by the gypsies and they were forced from their homes when construction of the ground began. It is these so called gypsies which are supposed to be responsible for the curse.
Manchester City’s present problem may not be entirely down to bad football, external factors may be playing a major part in their struggle at the bottom of division one. Stories and Encounters with apparitions and curses to be more specific, and one time winger Roy Clarke believes it is time the gypsies curse was exorcised.
The legend of the curse first started in 1922 when the club moved from Hyde Road to Maine Road, a croft where gypsies regularly camped and traded. The resident were all too aware of their door to door selling and the curses they supposedly implicated on those that offended them. A club official apparently threw the age old traveler's off the land without so much as a word of warning.