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
title in 1911.
Weeks later, Old Trafford was chosen to host one of the FA Cup semi-finals. In 1915 it hosted the final, between Chelsea and Sheffield United - later known as the ‘Khaki Cup Final’, because most of the 49,557 crowd were in uniform. The first international at Old Trafford was played in 1926 between England and Scotland, when 49,000 saw the Scots win 1-0.
In the space of a year, the stadium set two attendance records – 70,504 was the largest pre-war crowd at Old Trafford for a United league match (in this case, Aston Villa on 27 December 1920) while the lowest attendance of 13 saw Stockport County play Leicester City in 1921, in a game moved from Edgeley Park which had been closed due to crowd trouble.
When the Railway Stand roof was extended a few years later, it marked the first of several improvements that would lead to Old Trafford being developed beyond recognition. Unlike many rivals who are leaving their city-centre homes to find space to expand, Davies’ choice of location has meant the ground has been able to grow with the club.