Are you entirely independent?
How is TRA funded?
Prior to March 2019, all funding for TRA came from the generous donations of our members. This was promoted through Twitter, our website, our forum and at games. In March 2019, after extensive consultation with our members (who were unanimous in support of the decision) we introduced a small annual membership fee to ensure we have the funds required to continue operating. This was set at £5 per year, which was considerably lower than the amount most of our members voted for as the amount they were prepared to pay. £5 will cover our costs for the 2019-20 season. We also made the decision to make membership free for anyone under the age of 18. We are committed to integrating youth into the culture we are creating and see this as an important step to achieving that.
What does TRA need funds for?
Whilst the organisers and members give their time for free, TRA do incur costs for things such as SMS used in communications, software development and database maintenance, promotional materials and website hosting. We believe a membership fee is preferable to sponsorship from commercial organisations or the Club, which could introduce a level of accountability and jeopardise our independence.
Who runs TRA?
How do I join TRA?
You can become a member by registering through our mobile app:
Can I donate to TRA?
All donations are very welcome and will contribute to the on-going work of TRA. Donations can be made via: https://www.theredarmy.co.uk/donate
How do I contact you with a question or problem?
If you have a technical question relating to either our Forum or Database please fill out a support ticket here and we will look into it for you
What are TRA are trying to achieve?
We want to return the once famous atmosphere to Old Trafford and reclaim our title as the loudest fans in England. We believe that the only way to achieve this is to introduce a culture of loud, largely youthful fans who are able to stand and sing together with their friends and like-minded Reds.
Isn’t this just another version of the ‘singing section’?
No. This isn’t about creating one standalone ‘singing section’. This is about changing the culture at Old Trafford in order to improve the atmosphere across the entire stadium. By allowing large groups of friends to stand together we believe that we can create an atmosphere more akin to what you experience at a Untied away game.
What are the club doing to help?
Over the past 2 years we have been negotiating with the club for the improvements and changes that we believe are essential to introduce a sustainable, natural atmosphere inside Old Trafford. If you would like to have your say on anything related to the 'match-day experience' then joining TRA and discussing your ideas with us is the only realistic way that you can do that.
How are you going to change the culture within TRA areas?
Over recent years Old Trafford has earned itself a reputation as a quiet ground to visit, where the traditional, loud support which was the heart of the Club for generations has been replaced by the silent, seated tourist with their megastore bags and poor understanding of our long standing supporting traditions.
TRA Sections within Old Trafford
How many seats are in your section & where is it?
Premier League: 1400
How do I apply for tickets?
TRA registered members apply for our sections on a match-by-match basis. A ballot then takes place and the Club send out paper tickets to all successful applicants and deactivate their ST for that match.
What is the criteria for the ballot?
Firstly, everyone must be a member of TRA and have paid their £5 fee (free for under 16s) to apply to relocate to a TRA area. After that, applications will be considered with priority given to supporters who fall into the following categories:
ST holders who have deomnstrated commitment to the atmosphere since 2014
Supporters 'referred' to us by other trusted TRA members
Number of previous applications made to TRA
Please Note: In all cases the club has the final say
Is there an age limit for TRA areas?
Club rules state that children aged 13 and above can attend unaccompanied. TRA have also set a lower age limit of 8 for young Reds provided they attend with a responsible adult due to the likelihood of explicit language and sometimes aggressive nature of the chants that are often aired amongst large groups of vocal Utd fans.
How will TRA deal with members who don't contribute?
Our members have already demonstrated real ownership of TRA areas and are very protective of what we have all worked hard together to achieve so far, a large part of this has been due to the introduction of Groups - a system which allows large or small groups of friends to stand together in TRA areas. One of the affects of this has been that any individuals who are either not pulling their weight or who are clearly non-TRA members, have been easy to identify and this has enabled us to develop a very loud, passionate, loyal culture within our areas.
Which other parts of the stadium will be TRA?
What exactly are Groups
The Club have agreed to allow TRA members to watch the match alongside their friends, we manage this through the use of Groups. To create a Group a TRA member simply uses our online system to bring together their friends into a single Group.
What about the 'Reclaim The Stretford End' campaign?
Whilst TRA have never been actively involved in this campaign, it is our wish that all vocal fans who are currently situated within Stretford End Tier 2 should eventually migrate down back into Tier 1, the original heart of the Stretford End.