With UCFB preparing for the Manchester Campus expansion ahead of the 2023-24 academic year, we are looking at some of the best places across Greater Manchester for our football fanatic students to visit.

From stadia to museums, there is plenty across the region to please any football fan:

1. Premier League Grounds

When you hear the words ‘sport’ and ‘Manchester’ there’s barely any doubt the first things you think of are Manchester United and Manchester City.

The two gigantic clubs offer stadium tours of Old Trafford and the Etihad Stadium, as well as restaurants, megastores and facilities unrivalled by most footballing cities.

2. Football League Grounds

Only a quick venture on one of Manchester’s trams, buses or trains out of the city centre could give you so much more access to a wide range of clubs, such as Wigan Athletic, Bolton Wanderers, Stockport County and Salford City.

Furthermore, the non-league scene in Greater Manchester is an incredible one, with clubs like Rochdale, Oldham Athletic, Altrincham, Curzon Ashton, Ashton United, Hyde United, FC United of Manchester, and many more.

A lot of our students go on placements and work experience at a range of Manchester’s non-league clubs. To find out more, click here.

3. National Football Museum

One of the UK’s most famous museums, the National Football Museum is home to the world’s largest public collection of football collections and archives.

The museum has more than 40,000 items, and is able to teach even the brainiest of football fans about all things about domestic and international football.

4. Maine Road

One of the country’s most famous former stadia. Maine Road, the former home of Manchester City, was knocked down in 2003.

The area is now a housing estate, but thousands of football fans visit the site every year, where you can still see the centre circle of the world-famous pitch.

5. Murals

Manchester is a very proud city, and very proud of the people who represent the two Premier League football clubs. Murals can be seen across the city, including ones of Pep Guardiola and Marcus Rashford.

And with the people of Manchester showing no sign of diminishing pride in their football clubs, don’t be surprised to see more pop up around the city.

To find out more about the undergraduate degree options on offer at our Manchester Campus, click here.