CLUB NEWS

12/03/2010 18:41, Report by Adam Bostock

Stadium set for centenary match

Sunday 14 March will be a very special matchday at Old Trafford as United officially celebrate 100 years since the stadium opened.

Fulham is the first weekend home fixture since the anniversary and as such, various plans are in place to mark the milestone - including the presence of some specially-invited guests.

Relatives of the 1910 United team - and of then chairman J H Davies and stadium architect Archibald Leitch - will be entertained at Sunday's game.

A time capsule containing United memorabilia will be sealed by the relatives and buried close to the centre tunnel – the only remaining part of the original stadium.

A replica of the programme from the inaugural match - against Liverpool on 19 February 1910 - will be distributed to every fan passing through the turnstiles.

One hundred free tickets have been issued to local residents through the Gorse Hill Partnership, a link-up between United and Trafford Borough Council.

Banners in the North Stand tunnel tell the story of OT's development, while the artwork of local school children is on display in the Family Stand concourse.

A special 100 Years of Old Trafford magazine will be on sale around the ground.

Club secretary Ken Ramsden says, "The club is immensely proud to have been at Old Trafford for 100 years. To celebrate the centenary with our supporters is very important."

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