100th Anniversary Of Old Trafford

Sports News - February 03, 2009
Today Man United celebrate 100 years since Old Trafford first opened. Old Trafford has the second largest capacity of all the English Stadiums, the first being Wembley. The famous stadium first opened it’s gates to the masses in a game between Manchester United and Liverpool on the 19th February 1910.

Old Trafford has been Man United’s home since 1910, expect from 1941 to 1949 when the stadium was bombed during the Second World War. During those eight years, United had to share Maine Road with fierce rivals Manchester City.

During the period of 100 years, Old Trafford has been rebuilt and expanded and will now hold a capacity of 80,000.

Old Trafford has held many special and important sporting occasions including the FA Cup semi-finals, 2003 UEFA Champions League final, UEFA Euro 2006 and 1966 World Cup. In other sports the Theatre of Dreams has also held the final of the 2000 Rugby League World Cup and has hosted Rugby League’s Super League Grand Final since 1998.

The current record attendance came in 25th March 1939 when 76,962 fans watched a FA semi-final game between Wolves and Grimsby Town. The lowest ever attendance Old Trafford has ever seen came in May 1921 when only 13 people saw Stockport play Leicester.

The record attendance for a Man United game came in 2007 when 76,098 people watched United beat Blackburn 4-1. The lowest ever attendance for a United game came on the 29th April 1950 against Fulham where only 11,968 people attended.

Old Trafford has also staged the record League win between United and Ipswich in which United won the game 9-0. The biggest ever loss saw United lose 7-1 to Newcastle in 1927.

Old Trafford was nicknamed ‘The Theatre of Dreams’ by Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton after all the success and domination Man United has had in football.

Recently there has been talk about United extending the South Stand which could see Old Trafford have a capacity of 98,000. That would make it the 8th biggest football stadium in the world.

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