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A day in the life of George Roberts (53) is a groundsman at Old Trafford Football Stadium (the home of ManchesterUnited.) He lives in Middleton with wife Catherine (49) and son William (11).

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George Roberts (53) is a groundsman at Old Trafford Football Stadium (the home of Manchester United.) He lives in Middleton with wife Catherine (49) and son William (11). I get up at seven to the sound of my alarm clock which plays a nice Elton John tune. My wife Catherine wakes up with me. I go and wake up William who needs to get ready for his day at school. I then go for a shower and get dressed into my smart work clothes. I've always liked to look smart; I've got a few expensive designer suits in my wardrobe and a nice pair of shoes. Then I head off downstairs, turn on the telly, and make myself some breakfast which usually consists of a fried egg with some bread, a glass of orange juice and a nice hot cup of tea. After breakfast I sit and watch the breakfast new on BBC1, or read the early morning papers which are delivered every morning direct to my house. After saying goodbye to Catherine and William, I head off to work at around 8 o' clock. The journey from my home in Middleton to Old Trafford normally takes around 25 minutes but an early morning jam in Manchester can make the journey take over 45 minutes, so I always set off a little early. ...read more.

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Normally, though, I just eat in the Old Trafford sandwich bar, getting a double bacon sandwich with a bottle of water and some sort of dessert. They have lots of weird and bizarre desserts on offer there. I always tend to try one of the new ones which I haven't tried before. At around 1.30 it's back to work. The first thing I do after lunch is to go and visit the chief groundsman Mike in his office. I'm his assistant in some ways. I'm his right hand man as most people call it. However my ambition is to become chief groundsman myself. It would be a huge honour for me if I was promoted to chief groundsman. Anyway, in his office we chat about what we've done on the pitch and what we should and shouldn't do. I mostly know what we should and shouldn't do but there's always something new you learn every day. He then tells me how to prepare fro the next match, how to keep the pitch ready and in perfect condition leading up to a home match. My work is very tough nowadays as there are normally at least one or two matches in a week - The premiership, Champion's League, F.A cup and Worthington cup. But I still take pride in my job and enjoy it very thoroughly, as I have been a Man U fanatic since I was 10 years old and I have always wanted to work only for this club. ...read more.

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I impressed a lot of the locals that day and nowadays they keep asking me what I've been doing at the job and if I've met any players down there. At around half seven or eight in the evening I arrive back home and watch T.V again whilst chatting to the family. William is always asking me if I chatted to any players or the manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Usually the answer is "no". William is a Man Utd fanatic just like me. Catherine thinks we're both mad, but I don't think so! We've both got season tickets to all United's home games. In my opinion I think Manchester United should win the premiership again this season, especially with their new signings, but they will have tough opposition by clubs like Arsenal, Leeds United and Liverpool. Sometimes in the evenings I call my mother in Cornwall. She lives on her own in a little bungalow by the sea-side. My father died when I was only 19 from a heart-attack. My mum still hasn't recovered from the tragic incident some 34 years ago. I go and visit her every couple of months to comfort her. At around 11.00 I go to bed. Sometimes I go to bed reading one of my books from my large collection, but normally I just take my sleeping pill and doze off, awaiting my next day of work when it'll all start over again. Adeel Ahmed 10.1 1 ...read more.

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