Man United 1 Queens Park 1

Billy Meredith

Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Queens Park Ran­gers 1, Eng­lish FA Char­ity Shield, Stam­ford Bridge, April 27, 1908. The fir­st ever Char­ity Shield mat­ch was played be­tween Fir­st Di­vi­sion Cham­pi­ons Man­chester Uni­ted and South­ern Lea­gue Cham­pi­ons Queens Park Ran­gers in April 1908 wi­th Billy Mere­dith scor­ing for The Reds and Frank Can­non net­ting for The Hoops.

In 1907, Man­chester Uni­ted man­ager Ern­est Man­gnall had sig­ned sev­er­al new play­ers, in­clud­ing goal­keeper Her­bert Broom­field, left-back Ge­orge Sta­cey, and centre for­ward Ja­mes Turn­bull, and the Bank Street club went on to win the Foot­ball Lea­gue title for the fir­st time in their his­tory the fol­low­ing year, fin­ish­ing wi­th 53 points col­lec­ted from 38 ga­mes played. In the FA Char­ity Shield en­counter ag­ainst little fan­cied Queens Park Ran­gers, how­ever, Mangnall´s Man­chester Uni­ted fell be­hind af­ter el­ev­en min­utes when in­side-right Frank Can­non dribbled goal­wards and sco­red pa­st net­mind­er Harry Mo­ger. Shortly be­fore the ha­lf-time break, Uni­ted were duly awar­ded a pen­alty by mat­ch of­fi­cial John How­croft af­ter Char­lie Ro­berts had be­en fouled in­side the eight­een-yard box, but the sub­sequent spot-kick from Sta­cey was su­perbly saved by Ran­gers goal­keeper Char­lie Shaw. Man­chester Uni­ted were on level terms, how­ever, as Billy Mere­dith fired a shot from out­side the area pa­st Shaw and in­to the back of the net on the hour ma­rk. As the sec­ond ha­lf of the tie wore on, Uni­ted had sev­er­al op­por­tun­it­ies to win the ga­me, but in the end Queens Park Ran­gers held on to a draw. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Harry Mo­ger, Ge­orge Sta­cey, Her­bert Bur­gess, Dick Duck­worth, Char­lie Ro­berts, Al­ex Bell, Billy Mere­dith, Jim­my Ban­nis­ter, Jim­my Turn­bull, Sandy Turn­bull, Ge­orge Wall. Sub­stitutes: No­ne. Queens Park Ran­gers Te­am: Char­lie Shaw, John Mac­Don­ald, Joe Fidler, Evelyn Lin­tott, Johnny McLean, Samuel Down­ing, Fred Pent­land, Frank Can­non, Percy Skilton, Al­fred Gittins, Billy Bar­nes. Sub­stitutes: None.


Ernest Mangnall Quickfacts

Bol­ton born Ern­est Man­gnall star­ted out his ma­na­geri­al ca­reer wi­th Burn­ley in Mar­ch 1900 be­fore he was ap­poin­ted man­ager of fel­low Sec­ond Di­vi­sion club Man­chester Uni­ted in Oct­ober 1903.


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