Man Utd G1 & G2 2003
1st Game Kick Off 10.45 am
Thirty delighted fans arrived to the sight of Old Trafford still flying the Champions League flags, evidence that the final had been held just 3 days before.
The glorious weather added to the good mood of spectators and players alike, and when the Premiership trophy arrived for the team photos, the smiles were beaming across everyone’s faces.
The game kicked off to a great start and saw a well-fought game unfold. The 4-1 result to the Home team was not indicative of the very exciting game. Arthur Albiston, played alongside the home team and Wilf McGuiness managed the Away team with volume from the sidelines and in the changing rooms!
Gordon Fenton, the Home team goalkeeper won man of the match, for a great performance. Ronan Sheehy, number 5, was awarded away team man of the match. Ronan came over from Northern Ireland, with quite a contingency including Christopher Campbell who played at number 16 on the away team.
2nd Game Kick Off 3pm
The scorching sun greeted the 30 Manchester United fans who arrived at Old Trafford to take part in the second Football Aid match. After their tour of the museum and the stadium, the players were led into the changing rooms, a good warm up followed and then the game kicked off.
The final result was 12-1 to the away team, with the home team recovering the one goal through a penalty kick taken by Gordon Scott, who had come down from Glasgow to play in the game. The Home team racked up the goals, with Dave Owens scoring four goals – we were not sure whether it was the heat or the thrill of the goals that led him to running around with his top waving above his head!
The game was fairly one-sided, but thoroughly enjoyed by all. The jet spa bath in the home team dressing room, helped to ease the pain of defeat! The man of the match for the home team was the goal-scoring Dave Owens, with a special mention to Michael Jolley. The Man of the match for the away team was the penalty-kicking Gordon Scott. Wilf McGuiness presented both players with match balls.
The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all involved, players, spectators and Football Aid staff alike. Thanks must go to all at Manchester United for their great efforts in helping to organise such superb Football Aid events.