Imagine the slack-jawed look of incredulity you’d get as you tried explaining to a Mancunian railroad worker in 1878 how the club he’d just established with his co-workers to play a few games of football against other local railroad workers, would go on to become a globally recognised brand valued north of £3 billion, with a passionate global fanbase at least 30 times the size of the entire UK population at the time. …

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