Man United 1 Queens Park 1
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.