This weekend marks Manchester United’s return to the FA Cup – a competition that will always be special to actor and lifelong Reds fan Jamie Dornan.
The star of The Fall and Fifty Shades Of Grey enjoyed his first experience of following United in one of the club’s most memorable seasons in the cup, 1993/94. He was at Wembley Stadium to witness Mark Hughes’s spectacular extra-time volley which led to a semi-final replay against Oldham Athletic, before Sir Alex Ferguson’s men completed the League and FA Cup double later that season.
“I’d say that’s my favourite all-time United memory actually,” said Jamie, in an exclusive interview with MUTV and ManUtd.com.
“It was also my first game and that sets the bar, it was an incredible first match to be at. You’re charmed and taken by your first experience and I still hold that moment and that day very close to my heart.”
Jamie was a United season-ticket holder when growing up in Belfast and he credits becoming a supporter to his dad and to George Best’s influence in his native Northern Ireland. The actor was at Old Trafford for the Reds’ league clash with Arsenal in November and although his busy career means he is not able to get to the stadium as much as he’d like, he always looks forward to a visit.
“I just love the people in Manchester,” he told us. “I feel like they have a similar attitude to people from Belfast and I’ve just had so many great nights at Old Trafford and memorable occasions. I’ve experienced some not so good nights too but I only really remember the good ones.
“I still get that special feeling when you walk out and see the pitch when you come here, the place just does something to you, as do the memories that are created here. It’s a very special place.”