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01/02/2010 17:01


Sir Bobby Charlton

The United legend has fond memories of OT in the 1950's when his epic career began...

One of my earliest memories of Old Trafford was the day United won the league championship in April 1956 (the season before I made my debut).

The team was losing 1-0 to Blackpool until Johnny Berry equalised; then Tommy Taylor scored the decisive goal, the ball just creeping inside the post to clinch the title.

At that time it was usually Wolves who were the stumbling block in stopping us from winning the league. So to win the championship was just fantastic and it was really just the start of everything Matt Busby had planned for the club. The photographs went all over the world - United were becoming very famous.

I'll always remember the atmosphere when I played my first game against Charlton Athletic (in October 1956). The fans really used to cram into the ground in those days - I think there were 80,000 of them squeezed in for one cup tie against Hull City.

There was something about Old Trafford that made it really, really exciting. Maybe it was because of its location, right on the edge of Trafford Park, which at that particular time was the biggest industrial estate in Europe. Jimmy Murphy (assistant manager) used to tell us:

"You see all of those people going past the ground and going to their work. They think of nothing else but this football club, they dream about the match on Saturday. They have a mundane job and when they've finished it, and they come to watch your football match, you have to make sure you don’t bore them."


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