1992 - 2 May; United beat Spurs 3-1 in the final league game in front of the Stretford End terrace
1993 - New £12m West Stand, at the Stretford End, is completed
1993 - United bring the league championship trophy to OT for the first time in 26 years
1994 - Plans announced for a new three-tier North Stand
1996 - New North Stand takes capacity to over 56,000
1996 - OT hosts five European Championship matches
1996 - Sir Matt Busby statue installed
1998 - Pele opens new museum in the North Stand
2000 - Second tiers on the East and West Stands increase capacity to circa 67,500
The spring of 1992 was a time of emotional turmoil for many Manchester United fans. Not only had the league title been snatched by Leeds United – making it a quarter of a century since the Championship pennant had fluttered at Old Trafford – but the Stretford End was due to be demolished at the season’s end.
Following Lord Justice Taylor’s report into the Hillsborough tragedy, United had announced plans to redevelop the spiritual home of their most passionate supporters. The revered terrace at the western end of the ground was to be replaced with some 10,500 seats, including a relocated family section, 46 executive boxes, assorted restaurants and lounges. The dressing rooms were also to be relocated, with the players now reaching the pitch through a retractable security tunnel.
The final league game for which it was possible to stand on the Stretford End was the 3-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on 2 May 1992. There was just time for United to beat Crystal Palace in the second leg of the FA Youth Cup final, and then Norman Whiteside held his testimonial at Old Trafford before the bulldozers