Whaley Bridge ‘wins’ Premier League trophy – for an hour

Whaley Bridge had a unique chance to see the Premier League championship trophy, when it was brought to the White Horse pub for a short visit, part of a tour arranged by holders Manchester United.

More than 70 members of the High Peak  branch of the Manchester United Supporters Club  crowded into the Horwich End pub.  They queued to be photographed with the trophy, alongside United legends Paddie Crerand and Mickey Thomas.  Old Trafford mascot Fred the Red also turned up.

David Rhodes from Whaley Bridge, founder and chairman of the High Peak branch, brought along grandsons Scott, eight, and Taylor, five.  Former Welsh international Mickey Thomas, showing mock horror, covered up the name on Taylor’s Liverpool shirt.  Paddy, who played for Celtic, was more relaxed with Scott’s green and white hoops. 

David Rhodes and grandsons with Paddy Crerand and Mickey Thomas

Sixteen month old Megan Baker, in a United mini-shirt, was  nearly small enough to sit inside the trophy.  She wanted a good look and touch as her dad Stuart, a member of the supporters’ club, held her up for a photograph.

Littlest fan: Megan Baker with dad Stuart checks if the trophy is real


The High Peak branch  has 400 members in the Whaley Bridge, New Mills, Buxton and Glossop areas, as well as a strong contingent in Marple.  The trophy visited the Navigation pub in Marple after an hour at Whaley Bridge.

David Rhodes founded the club in Novermber 2000.  For information phone him on 01663 732 484.