Flashback: Blackpool v United Cup Final 1948

As Manchester United travel to the seaside on Tuesday night for the first time since 1974, younger fans may regard Blackpool as a newcomer to top flight football but that was not always the case. It was one of England’s leading clubs after the war with legends like Sir Stanley Matthews and Stan Mortensen striking fear in everyone they faced. Their 1948 FA Cup final meeting with Manchester United was described at the time as “one of the greatest cup finals in history”. United had reached Wembley via a seemingly impossible route that saw them face first division opposition in every round. After beating Aston Villa 6-4 in round 3 they had to face league champions Liverpool who were beaten 3-0. That was followed by a 2-0 victory over Charlton then a 4-2 win against Preston. Centre forward Stan Pearson scored a hat-trick in the 3-1 semi final defeat of Derby at Hillsborough before facing Blackpool in the final.

A Liverpool fans concern for OUR football’s future

When we emphasise that Truly Reds is a Manchester United blog for Manchester United fans, it may sound like the bleedin’ obvious but there’s a reason why that basic statement needs to be made on this occasion. Truly Reds has written in the past about the rising costs of watching football and how the game as we know it faces a bleak future. It’s a future which every fan should be worried about whether they support United or any other club which is why the following essay from a Liverpool fan is being featured in this Manchester United blog. Just replace any reference to LFC with United or any other Premier League club and these comments become equally applicable.