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