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Delia Smith inspires Man Utd fansPETER WALSHLast updated: 14/03/2010 14:09:00 Delia Smith Manchester

United fans unhappy with the financial situation the American business

tycoon has left the club in have launched a green and gold protest at

games which is based on the colours of United''s predecessors Newton

Heath.The campaign has been gathering momentum over the past

few weeks with thousands of supporters sporting the colours - which are

not too dissimilar to Norwich City''s green and yellow - in increasing

numbers.Beckham, who returned to Old Trafford as a player for

the first time this week since leaving the club, picked up a scarf at

the end of AC Milan''s 7-2 aggregate defeat in the UEFA Champion''s

League match in what has been described as an “iconic” moment for the

protest.But it is another iconic figure, who lives a little

closer to home, that has been used as a “recruiting agent” in the weeks

prior to Beckham''s intervention.Duncan Drasdo, chief executive

of the Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST), which has organised

the protests, has revealed that Delia Smith, celebrity chef and Norwich

City joint majority shareholder has been used to rouse United fans into

joining the protests.Delia famously took to the Carrow Road

pitch at half time during a Premiership clash with Manchester City in

2005 to issue an impassioned “Let''s Be Avin You” rallying cry to

supporters'' in the club''s bid to beat the drop.And Mr Drasdo

said it is that image which has adorned a number of internet sites used

by fans of United to galvanise support for the protest movement.He

said: “One of the things we''ve seen on sites is that image of Delia

shouting Let''s Be Having You. They''ve been using her as a recruiting

agent for the campaign. It''s a fantastic image.”But it is not

only Delia who has been helping the campaign. The green and gold

scarves are being produced up in the North west, but protesters had

considered turning to the Canaries'' club shop for traditional-type

scarves when they were struggling to meet demand.Mr Drasdo

said: “People suggested going down to Norwich to see if we could buy

any scarves up in bulk. The colours are slightly different but a lot of

people have made the connection.“When we started people thought

what are all these Norwich City fans doing at Old Trafford. But it gets

people talking and gets it spreading like a virus on the internet.”It

is believed fans wearing the green and gold scarves at Wembley where

United met Aston Villa in the Carling Cup final last month, were

taunted by supporters'' of the Birmingham-based club with chants of “Are


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