1902 - John Henry Davies becomes involved with Newton Heath and the club is renamed Manchester United
1906 - United's Bank Street ground has the first covered stand in England
1908 - Still at Bank Street, United are league champions for the first time
1909 - Site for a new stadium is found near Trafford Park; Scottish architect Archibald Leitch is appointed to design it
1910 - 19 February; the very first match at Old Trafford ends United 3-4 Liverpool
1915 - 24 April; OT hosts the FA Cup final, Sheffield United 3-0 Chelsea, attended by 49,557 (pictured above)
1920 - 27 December; biggest pre-war crowd for a United league match, 70,504, sees the Reds lose 3-1 to Aston Villa
1926 - 17 April; First international match at OT ends England 0-1 Scotland
Newton Heath finally left North Road for Bank Street after being evicted following a disagreement about charging admissions. After he had changed the club’s name to Manchester United and changed their strip to red and white. Davies turned his attention to the stadium. By 1906, Bank Street had the first covered stand in the country and a capacity of over 50,000.
With money behind the club, United were storming the Football League, and won their first title in 1908. Manchester’s population had risen to 2 million, and with the introduction of a new five-and-a-half-day week, the workers had more time on their hands. Football began to increase in popularity, and Davies began planning a totally new 100,000-capacity stadium to ensure his club capitalised.
Details of the new stadium had been revealed in March 1909 as United were on their way to the first FA Cup triumph of their history. The stadium and the ground that it was built on would cost Davies and the club £60,000 – which means Rio Ferdinand’s transfer fee could have bought United’s home 500 times over, give or take the odd row of seating.