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Stretford Rangers: Happy 100th Anniversary to "Manchester" Side

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 21: Manchester United fans wave green and gold scarves during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 21, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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True BlueCorrespondent IAugust 19, 2010

As a proud Manchester City fan there are very, very few times in my life when I would gladly celebrate anything about Manchester United, AKA "The Rags." But this year I am willing to make a point of joining in any festivities that the Rags may have planned.

For those who don't know, this year is the 100th anniversary of a truly seminal moment in the Rags' history.

In fact, it could be argued that it is the seminal moment.

It seems strange then that the Rags PR and Marketing department have decided to slightly mislead the public. Surely 100 years is something to be proud of?

So here is what the Rags website says.

Now that is great isn't it? I agree it's great. In fact, it's absolutely bloody marvelous.

But I and many other Manchester City fans will be celebrating for another reason.

It is also the 100th anniversary of the Rags moving out of the City of Manchester and becoming residents of Stretford, in the Borough of Trafford.

The true Manchester club stayed within the City boundaries, and stays there still.

Now when a US baseball, basketball, or American football franchise moves (as they often do), then they get renamed after their new home town.

As the Rags have US-based owners, it seems only right and proper that we follow suit, and in celebration of the 100 years of Rag-free Manchester they should change their name.

So here, on Bleacher Report, we have a world's first. 

A public vote on the new name for what is currently known as Manchester United.

And let us all properly celebrate the history of Trafford's preeminent soccer franchise.

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