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Sandy Turnbull’s story III: The opening of Old Trafford and more controversy

Sandy Turnbull’s story III: The opening of Old Trafford and more controversy

February 19th 1910 saw the curtain rise on the new Old Trafford home, a venue considered the most modern in the land, with tip up seats and a playing surface akin to a billiard table. The setting was perfect. The result was certainly not. As on the previous Saturday, United shared seven goals with their [...]

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Sandy Turnbull’s story II: United’s first ever FA Cup

Sandy Turnbull’s story II: United’s first ever FA Cup

So, A. Turnbull was now on the Manchester United pay-role, making his debut in red, along with his former blue team mates, against, ironically enough – Aston Villa and he ran out behind captain Charlie Roberts to a rapturous welcome from around forty thousand supporters. The pitch, however, wasn’t as welcoming as the fans, as [...]

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Sandy Turnbull’s story I: From City to United

Sandy Turnbull’s story I: From City to United

The noise was deafening, incessant, vibrating through his whole body, making the hairs on the back of his neck stand on end, creating a nervous tension, a feeling surpassing all others. But this wasn’t a familiar arena such as Hyde Road or Ewood Park, nor was it the more familiar, much loved environs of the [...]

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Jack Crompton – Our last living link to the 1948 Cup Final

Jack Crompton – Our last living link to the 1948 Cup Final

On July 4th, Jack Crompton, the last living link to Manchester United’s 1948 FA Cup winning side past away. Jack was 91 years young, the goalkeeper in that first post-war trophy winning team, a gentleman, a truly likable man, who still found pleasure in watching his beloved United, in particular the Reserves, and would often [...]

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A truly memorable figure in United’s history

A truly memorable figure in United’s history

Everyone has their favourite player. Many make their preference known by forking out a few extra pounds when purchasing a replica shirt and having the name of that particular individual emblazoned across the back. If replica shirts were part of a supporters match day attire back in the early seventies, rather than tartan scarves and [...]

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Memories Of The Cliff

Memories Of The Cliff

Mention the Cliff to the majority of those (I almost said supporters) who visit Old Trafford on a match day during this and recent seasons and they would more than likely get the impression that you were making a reference to some aging pop-star. But for others, who take pride in the history of United [...]

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Rising from the Wreckage

Rising from the Wreckage

Around midnight, a knock came to the door of No.9 Archie Street a nondescript house like many others on the Ordsall Estate, a short walk from Old Trafford. There were similar unwanted knocks at other doors in the Manchester, Yorkshire and Ireland. Answering the door, Dick Colman came face to face with an airline official, [...]

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