Mags checked her car, retraced her steps, but no luck. Admitting defeat, she headed to the ground.
“You want to watch the match! I couldn’t really do much else. We rang United and the Metrolink the next day – nothing. I never thought I’d see it again.
“I’m not even a slightly sentimental person. I was going to bury it with Dad when he died in 2002. He said that would be lovely, but he wasn’t sentimental either, so I didn’t! I put an ‘Eric the King’ banner on his coffin instead, which really irritated the family. But sod it; he was my dad!”
An appeal for the scarf was placed in United Review for the Liverpool match. Within days, an email arrived – from a friend of fellow season ticket holder Mick Carney, who suspected Mick had the item.
“I was shocked,” Mags recalls. “I phoned Mick [who doesn’t have email or internet access] and he was out walking. Then he got into his house but didn’t have his glasses. I kept saying, “Does it have the Wembley ‘77 patch on the right-hand side?’ And he’s saying, ‘I can’t really see!’”