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The best away day: Terrace Edition collate the greatest ever football aways

“If you could go back and do one away match from your past all over again, what would it be? Only one. The away day of all away days.”

That's the question Terrace Edition posed to their followers on X (formerly Twitter). If you're not on the platform or haven't seen the responses, we've collated some of the best because it's a wonderful collection of happy memories.

We can all get frustrated at modern football's lack of concern for the match-going supporter and rightly so, but it's nice once in a while to think of the incredible impact the game has on our lives each week. Lifetime memories made every weekend up and down the country.

The replies to Terrace Edition included some which tugged at the heartstrings, lads remembering those they've lost.

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It's a reminder to any of you traversing the country today with mates: make the most of it!

We've collated some of the most common responses, unsurprisingly coming from the biggest teams in the country, whose larger fanbases mean they dominated the replies.

That being said, responses varied from Nuneaton to Moldova. If you want to see the full range of choices, check out the original thread on X.

Manchester United best away day of all time

1999? Maybe. But that's a final. It's different. Several Manchester United fans picked out something different: Villa Park, 2002. The FA Cup Third Round.

“Best there ever was. Best there’ll ever be,” wrote one.

Another common choice was Ewood Park away when a Wayne Rooney penalty sealed United's 19th title. Nineteen was a crucial number as it took Sir Alex Ferguson's side above rivals Liverpool, who then had 18. You can imagine why that day might stick in the memory.

Others chose Astana in 2019 when a few hundred Reds made the long journey to bitterly cold Kazakhstan for a dead-rubber UEFA Europa League match. It was some commitment, and one rewarded with a defeat, yes, but also the most unique experience.

Liverpool fans best away day

5-0 at Old Trafford? It's hard to beat that, and Liverpool fans were gleefully remembering their triumphant day over their bitter rivals in 2021. Clips of their supporters singing “Ole's at the wheel” were happily shared once again.

Others chose a different day at Old Trafford, a UEFA Europa League tie in 2015, a tense evening in M16 and another where the visitors left with a famous victory.

Arsenal fans choose best away day

Anfield '89 is the obvious choice. Arsenal winning the league at Anfield by coming from behind in the dying moments against runners-up Liverpool. But, sad though it is to say, there aren't quite so many Gooners around who attended that match as there once was.

Other matches popping up regularly from an Arsenal perspective in the ‘best away day' discussion were Valencia, as recently as 2019. The Spanish city is an obvious choice. Easy to get to, sunshine, an iconic stadium in the Mestalla, stunning views of sunset over the city from the frighteningly steep away end.

Our favourite response

We loved one response in particular, and we think you'll see why.

@vocnorth said:

“The fog abandoned game at the Racecourse, Wrexham v Colwyn Bay.

“They'd just beaten Arsenal in an FA Cup game the week before dubbed the biggest upset in FA Cup history.

“But Colwyn Bay were flying high under Bryn Jones, we'd won the league the year before and we'd win the league that year too.

“It was a tight game but the Bay had all the momentum, then the midfield general Peter Donelly banged a 30 yard screamer into the net and that moment will never leave me. We were the giant killers killers. We were walking on air.

“Then the fog rolled in. We cried cheat, but the truth was I couldn't see the halfway line. Match abandoned with us on top. That high to low was a perfect microcosm of supporting a team. We beat them in the replay btw ;)”

If you're off on an away day today, enjoy it!

Harry Robinson

A freelance writer and broadcaster, Harry has worked for or featured in/on Manchester United, FourFourTwo, The Independent, The Manchester Mill, UEFA, United We Stand and many others. He's the author of The Men Who Made Manchester United and hosts the Manchester United Weekly Podcast and United Through Time. A Stretford End season ticket holder, Harry travels around Europe to watch his team.

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