Manchester United's stadium announcer pays a visit to Bloomfield Road
Manchester United's PA announcer gave a helping hand to The Seasiders last weekend as they took on Sheffield Wednesday.
Alan Keegan, who has been working at Old Trafford since the turn of the Millennium, was invited down to Bloomfield Road to be the voice of Blackpool Football Club for the day.
Keegan took time out from his matchday duties to talk about how the opportunity came about and how different it is working for the Barclays Premier League champions as opposed to a Championship side.
“I know Blackpool are currently looking for a new announcer,” he explained. "I got an email and a call from Matt Williams asking if I fancied a trip to help them out. He told me how Blackpool are a great Northern club with great history, so he gave me a good sell.
"He asked if I’d come and help them out and I was only too willing. The set-up and process was a bit different, but at the end of the day a game of football is a game of football.
"Paul Ince was also a legend at Old Trafford - a real top class player - so there was the connection there too."
Keegan previously worked as a stadium announcer at United's arch-rivals Manchester City and at Wembley Stadium prior to landing a permanent role at Old Trafford, a job which he describes as just 'incredible'.
“I worked at Manchester City before I started at Old Trafford, although I’m a big Manchester United fan,” he added.
“I’ve done a lot of stadium stuff over the years and get to go all over the world with United so it’s an incredible job.
“With all the sponsorship and commercial elements it’s a full-time job and one which takes me to some amazing places. It’s a real pleasure to be part of such a football institution.
“I’d have to say the peak for me was the Champions League final in 2008. It was a long time since United had been in a Champions League final after 1999, and what a game it was. Ronaldo scored and I was honoured to announce it."
Keegan also brought along family members to Bloomfield Road on Saturday, in what was a day to savour for them.
“The memories are fantastic. I brought my wife and son to the game on Saturday and we all had a brilliant day.
“I’ve always loved coming to Bloomfield Road, so hopefully I’ll be back here watching United next season.
“I’m pleased to have played a very small part in a match day and I’ll definitely be back," added Keegan.