Manchester United Football Club is located in the North of England, in close proximity to their Derby rivals, Manchester City. Home to world-class football, Manchester is big enough to accommodate for both football club’s egos. The city’s unique character is defined by its impressive mix of old and new; contrasting both industrial and modern landmark buildings in a thriving cultural scene.
Reflecting the contrast in the city, here are ten interesting old and new facts about Man United. Whether an avid fan of the ‘mighty reds’ or a ‘true blue, test your knowledge of the following:
1. New Beginnings: Manchester United FC was originally founded in 1878 as a works team for the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Depot at Newton Heath, under the club name Newton Heath L&YR F.C. It wasn’t until 1902 when Manchester Breweries Director J.H. Davies saved the club from bankruptcy in 1902 that the club was renamed Manchester United.
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2. Theatre of Dreams: Manchester United’s home ground, Old Trafford, was built in 1909 and the club played their first home game against Liverpool FC on 19 February 1910; losing 4-3.
3. Always Remembered, Never Forgotten: On February 6, 1958, 8 Manchester United players lost their lives in a plane crash in Munich, Germany, that was carrying the team home from a European Cup match. R.I.P. Geoff Bent, Roger Byrne, Eddie Colman, Duncan Edwards, Mark Jones, David Pegg, Tommy Taylor, Liam Whelan.
4. The Original Red Devils: Under the management of Sir Matt Busby, Manchester United took the intimidating nickname, the ‘Red Devils’, from Salford Rugby Club, who toured France under the same name whilst also wearing red shirts!
5. Football Mascot: United’s devilish mascot, Fred The Red, arrived as the club’s sixth mascot in 1994. Previous mascots include a canary called ‘Michael’, ‘Major’ the Saint Bernard Dog and a goat ironically named ‘Billy’!
6. Champions League Winners: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored the winning goal for Manchester United in the 1999 Champions League Final, sending them to victory!
7. Most Appearances: Welsh footballer Ryan Giggs has dedicated fifteen years to Manchester United, signing on 29 November 1987; Giggs has had a record 909 appearances for the Red Devils!
8. Looking to the Future: One of the latest players to be signed in 2012, 23 year old Shinji Kagawa from Japan has so far in his professional football career scored over 75 goals in over 160 appearances.
9. Mad about footballs: The Manchester United online store currently stocks 17 different club branded footballs (August 2012).
10. Discounted Shares: Manchester United F.C shares were slashed to $14 per share, rather than an expected $16-$20, ahead of their debut on the New York Stock Exchange on 10 August 2012. However; the club is still estimated to be the richest football club in the world, valued at $2.3bn (£1.5bn), ranking them above Real Madrid who were ranked by the annual Forbes magazine as being worth a close $1.88bn (£1.21bn)
How many of the facts did you know? Test your friends and show off your impressive knowledge of the boys in red!
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