As part of the OT100 celebrations that took place on Sunday, a number of special guests had a dream day out in M16.
Several relatives of the very first players to play in the maiden match at Old Trafford were invited along, being dined in the Europa Suite before taking to the field to greet the crowd and witness the half time burial of a time capsule.
ManUtd.com caught up with several members of the party, and found a group beaming with pride. Iain Emslie, grandson of forward Harold Halse who travelled all the way from Perth, didn’t need asking twice to take up the opportunity of representing his grandfather.
He said: “It was an easy choice to come. I knew that Harold played for United, but it was news to me that he played in the first match here. I’m very proud of him for being such a big part of the history.”
“It’s a wonderful gesture by the club to invite us,” added the grandchildren of Sandy Turnbull (Old Trafford’s first ever goalscorer) – a sentiment echoed by Tony Easton, the great grandson of stadium architect Archibald Leitch.
“It says a lot about the club that they invited us here,” said Tony. “Although Archie designed many stadiums, United are the only team who have invited us back to celebrate this sort of thing.”
Captain Charlie Roberts was represented by grandson Ted. “I’m proud that my grandad was captain," he said. "He was the first Captain Marvel. He was influential off the pitch because he was founder of the Football Players' Union.”
Peter Homer, second cousin of goalscoring forward Tom, declared himself “honoured” to be invited to Old Trafford, adding: “Seeing him on the programme and what he achieved was fantastic. I’m chuffed to know a relative of mine scored in that game. Tom never lost his love for football, he watched United after he retired. It’s been a great history and to celebrate 100 years is fantastic.”
United’s third goalscorer that day, left-winger George Wall, was represented by his grandchildren. “We’ve always been aware of George’s career,” they said. “We saw a lot of our grandad and we’re very proud of him. I think it’s generous of the club, we feel privileged to be here. The club have looked after us really well.”