A Truly Dedicated 12th Man…
One of our very valued customers Simon Lewis, Head of Production at JD Williams was extremely excited to share with us the news that he featured on the July issue of the Manchester United brochure, The 12th Man.
12th Man Cover
For anyone unaware as to who or what the '12th man' is, it refers to the football crowd and supporters, the first eleven men being the players on the pitch. Manchester United have named their brochure mailed to season ticket holders at Old Trafford, the 12th Man in honour of the dedicated football crowd that support them throughout the season.
The opportunity to feature on the cover of this brochure is a rare and rather exciting opportunity and only given to the most dedicated of Manchester United fans…. and we can certainly report that Simon is exactly that.
We must also say what a great cover he makes! At Gould, as paper suppliers to the publishing industry, we are always fascinated by magazine, brochure and catalogue covers and this is no exception.
Simon at the photoshoot for the 12th man brochure
We asked Simon to give us just a few examples of just how dedicated he is and share with us some of his favourite moments supporting this world famous football team so far:
As part of being 12th man Simon was able to put his questions to Mexican striker Chicharito. His favourite goal he scored was against Chelsea on route to winning the title in 2011. Simon has a different one in mind;
Simon's interview in the 12th Man brochure
Simon has also travelled abroad following Manchester Utd, including his trip to Barcelona for the 1999 Champions League final. This year he went to Munich for the Champions League quarterfinal and in 2008 he had a daytrip to Moscow for the Champions League final win against Chelsea.
We also asked Simon what his most memorable moment from the 2013-2014 season was:
Simon at the photoshoot
In recent years Simon has even started to collect 'Manchesters', after realising that there are 31 in the USA. It's early days and he has just 4 so far, these are; Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The rules are that Simon needs to get his photo taken wearing his United shirt next to an appropriate sign. In an unusual and surprising twist on the original Manchester, the local high school teams in Georgia are the Manchester Blue Devils.
This love of football is very much a family affair, Simon's son Jamie (aged 11), is just as football crazy as his dad, being a season-ticket holder as well for four consecutive seasons now. A couple of years ago Jamie started to collect Manchester United scarves, mostly match day and has an amazing total of 57 hung around his room, together with posters, flags, shirts and a couple of life-sized players.
Jamie also appears in the Man Utd promotional video for the 2014/15 season at exactly 1 minute 55 seconds!
And the journey of a dedicated football fan doesn't stop there - Simon states that "in my first season after retiring I'm going to go to all home and away matches, European, domestic and pre-season tour."
With all these experiences combined we can see exactly why Simon was selected for the 12th Man cover. We wish Simon all the best of luck in his quest to take photos of all the Manchester's he can find and congratulate him on his cover feature on the July edition of the 12th Man.