Man Utd 8 Swindon Town 4
Manchester United 8 Swindon Town 4, Stamford Bridge, English FA Charity Shield, September 25, 1911. Football League Champions Manchester United defeated Southern League Champions Swindon Town 8-4 in front of a 10,000 crowd at Stamford Bridge. Harold Halse scored six of the goals for United, while Sandy Turnbull and George Wall added a goal each.
The FA Charity Shield was introduced in 1908 to succeed the Sheriff of London Shield, also known as the Dewar Shield. The 1911 FA Charity Shield was contested between Manchester United, winners of the 1910–11 Football League, and Swindon Town, winners of the 1910–11 Southern League. The Wiltshiremen hauled themselves into the lead when a brilliantly delivered cross from Archie Bown found England forward Harold Fleming who hammered the ball past Manchester United shot stopper Hugh Edmonds and into the goal in the sixth minute of action. Despite the early blow, Ernest Mangnall´s United troops soon responded as former Manchester City marksman Sandy Turnbull managed to beat Swindon goalkeeper Len Skiller just two minutes later in the match. Harold Halse then produced two goals in quick succession to make it 3-1 to Manchester United before Freddy Wheatcroft reduced the arrears for Town in the 15th minute of proceedings. The Mancunians continued their attacking pressure, though, and they were rewarded for their offensive play as Halse found the back of the net for a third time a couple of minutes later. And although a penalty goal from Billy Tout the 43rd minute gave The Robins some renewed hope, the game was more or less put beyond their reach when Halse hit his fourth goal of the day three minutes past the hour mark. But the scoring was not over yet as Halse registered two more goals for Manchester United while George Wall made the score 8-3 in favour of the Bank Street club before Bob Jefferson nettted a late consolation goal for Swindon in the final minute of the clash. Manchester United Team: Hugh Edmonds, Leslie Hofton, George Stacey, Dick Duckworth, Charlie Roberts, Alex Bell, Billy Meredith, Mickey Hamill, Harold Halse, Sandy Turnbull, George Wall. Substitutes: None. Swindon Town Team: Len Skiller, Harry Kay, Billy Tout, Frank Handley, Charlie Bannister, Billy Silto, Bob Jefferson, Harold Fleming, Freddy Wheatcroft, Archie Bown, Sammy Lamb. Substitutes: None.
Harold Halse Quickfacts
Hailing from London, Harold Halse played for Wanstead, Newportians, Barking Town, Clapton Orient, and Southend United before he joined Manchester United for a transfer fee of £350 at the back end of the 1907-08 season. After scoring on his debut in a 4-1 Division One victory against Sheffield Wednesday at Bank Street on the 28th of March 1908, Halse went on to notch up an impressive 56 goals in 125 first class appearances for the team before he signed with Aston Villa for a fee of £1200 in the summer of 1912.