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Man United vs Yeovil Town: Down memory lane.


Yeovil Town will host their glamour tie against the mighty Manchester United, in the 3rd round of the oldest cup competition in world football, on Sunday 4th January 2015.

What a tie this will be, as it is by far Yeovil Town’s biggest match for almost 70 years. The sides have met twice before, both times in the FA Cup. Here we take a walk down memory lane and have a look at those matches.

Their first encounter was in the 1937-38 season. It was the FA Cup 3rd round, and the match was held at Old Trafford on the 8th of January.

Man United’s team that day was: Thomas Breen, William Roughton, Hubert Redwood, George Vose, Jimmy Brown, William McKay, Bill Bryant, Thomas Bamford, Jack Rowley, Stan Pearson and Henry Baird.

Man Utd ran out 3-0 winners in the match, with goals from Bamford, Pearson and Baird. Played out in front of a crowd of 49,004

There is an interesting side story from the match. A group of cyclists rode bicycles up to Manchester (220 miles) to watch Yeovil play at Old Trafford. When United heard about this they gave them all a free ticket to the match in the old D stand. Those were the days.

A decade later the two teams met again. On the 12th of February in the 1948-49 season. United were the holders of the cup as they had beaten Blackpool the previous season 4-2 at Wembley.

This time it was the 5th round of the FA Cup, and the match was played at Manchester City’s old ground, Maine Road. This was because of the work still being carried out at Old Trafford after the damage during the war. The attendance for the match was an incredible 81,565.

The United team that day was: Crompton, Carey, Aston, Cockburn, Chilton, McGlen, Delaney, Pearson, Burke, Rowley and Mitten.

United totally dominated the match and ended up scoring a hat full of goals as they ended up winning 8-0. The scorers were: Mitten, Burke (2) and the prolific striker Jack Rowley bagged himself five goals.

How times have changed from those days.

I sincerely hope that Yeovil Town enjoy their day in the spotlight, but not too much of course. I am expecting a comfortable win, and for United to go on a long cup run all the way to Wembley.

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John Aston: The United unsung hero of 1968


Every Manchester United man was a hero in that unforgettable 1968 European Cup Final but a young John Aston was the most unlikely one. He can recall the details of the day he ruled Europe as if it were yesterday, from the fezes on Wembley Way to a celebration dinner featuring the Joe Loss Orchestra and the £2,000 bonus which helped him buy his first house. Aston explained to Matt Barlow in an exclusive interview for Mail Online ‘Strange because some things from last week seem like 10 years ago’ smiles Aston, but really not that strange. It may be 43 years ago, but not every day do you eclipse George Best, Bobby Charlton and Eusebio with a man of the match performance as Manchester United seize their place in history as the first English team to win the European Cup.

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A 50 year old dream which NEARLY came true


A few seconds, just for a few fleeting seconds, I thought that a dream was about to come true at Upton Park last Saturday. Manchester United had somehow come back from two goals down to lead 4-2 with a few minutes remaining and Nani was getting prepared to come on as a late substitute. My mind suddenly went back to the sixties with images of George Best, Brian Kidd, Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and John Aston terrorising opposition defences with a frightening array of  fire power. It was never going to happen again I thought. Imagine Antonio Valencia on the right, Chicharito and Wayne Rooney in the middle, Nani on the left and Dimitar Berbatov sitting just behind them – as Charlton used to do all those years ago. The icing on the cake was Ryan Giggs coming forward from his totally foreign left full back position in the second half! This was the stuff that dreams are made of and only Sir Alex Ferguson could have the vision to even contemplate it.

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