Former United goalkeeper Jack Crompton, alive for 88 of those 100 years, joined chief executive David Gill to formally open the exhibit, and the ex-Red joked: “I have to stress that I didn't play in the first game... I was on the bench!”
"Old Trafford's a wonderful place,” he continued. “I have some really great memories of playing here and being here. It has had an amazing history and I'm incredibly privileged to have played just a small part in a little piece of it.”
The new exhibit, which tells the stadium’s story and will remain open for the next 12 months, is the club’s latest commemoration of Old Trafford’s anniversary, following the enormous frieze which currently adorns the East Stand frontage and recent editorial content across all branches of club media.
Local artist Harold Riley will be presenting awards on Monday, 22 February to school pupils whose entries stood out from 250 paintings of Old Trafford. Each picture now adorns the Family Stand concourse, and there’s plenty more to come around the stadium.
On Sunday 14 March, when United host Fulham, supporters attending the game will be issued with copies of the programme from the stadium’s inaugural game. At half-time, relatives of all 11 United players from the opening game, plus descendants of the Reds’ manager and club secretary, and the stadium architect, will take part in a special ceremony to mark the club’s celebrations.