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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Manchester United's Old Trafford Centenary: 10 games that define 'Theatre of Dreams'

February 19, 1910: Manchester United 3-4 Liverpool A diving header by Sandy Turnbull, a 26-year-old Scot who was to die seven years later in the trenches, christened Old Trafford. United had moved from their crumbling Bank Road ground to their new home, one described in the Sporting Chronicle as "the most handsomest, the most spacious and the most remarkable arena. As a football ground it is unrivalled in the world, it is an honour to Manchester and the home of a team who can do wonders when they are so disposed." They were not so disposed that afternoon as a 3-0 lead was squandered against an already familiar foe.
February 19, 1959: Manchester United 3-0 Sheffield Wednesday "United will go on" said the cover of the matchday programme. Less than two weeks earlier the Munich air disaster (pictured) had ended the lives of eight of the Busby Babes and elsewhere in the programme blank spaces were left where the names of the likes of Roger Byrne and Tommy Taylor should have been. Two youth team players, Shay Brennan and Alex Dawson, scored the goals that earned United in the sixth round of the FA Cup. They were to go on to lose to Bolton in the final.
20 September, 2009: Manchester United 4-3 Manchester City This was supposed to be the season that Manchester turned blue. But an ex-Liverpool red ensured the status quo remained. Up popped Michael Owen; that Old Trafford clock once again frozen, the 90 minutes gone and six more as well. Owen pounced on Ryan Giggs's ball in the electric manner of old to snatch back a game Rio Ferdinand's howling error had seemed set to hand to City. Craig Bellamy scored twice to cancel out Darren Fletcher's double after Rooney and Gareth Barry had exchanged early strikes.

Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United, has been open for 100 years.

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The ground's place in the folklore of British sport is firmly established, and to celebrate, here we remember ten games that define the 'Theatre of Dreams'.

Source: Independent



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