1948 FA Charity Shield

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1948 FA Charity Shield
Event FA Charity Shield
Date 6 October 1948
Venue Highbury, London
Attendance 31,000
Weather Cold[1]

The 1948 FA Charity Shield was the 26th FA Charity Shield, an annual football match held between the winners of the previous season's Football League and FA Cup competitions. The match was contested by Arsenal, who had won the 1947–48 Football League,[2] and Manchester United, who had won the 1947–48 FA Cup,[3] at Arsenal Stadium on 6 October 1948.[4] Arsenal won the match 4–3,[4] with six of the seven goals coming before half-time. Arsenal's goals were scored by Reg Lewis (2), Bryn Jones and Ronnie Rooke, and Manchester United's were scored by Jack Rowley, Ronnie Burke and an Arsenal own goal.[4]


The FA Charity Shield was founded in 1908 as a successor to the Sheriff of London Charity Shield.[5] It was a contest between the respective champions of the Football League and Southern League, and then by 1913 teams of amateur and professional players.[6] In 1921, it was played by the Football League champions and FA Cup winners for the first time.[7] After a ten-year absence due to the suspension of football during World War II, the Charity Shield made a return in 1948.

Arsenal qualified for the 1948 FA Charity Shield as winners of the 1947–48 Football League First Division. It was the club's sixth league title and striker Ronnie Rooke scored 33 goals in the campaign to become the division's top goalscorer. The other Charity Shield place went to Manchester United who beat Blackpool to win the final of the 1947–48 FA Cup. Manchester United's progress in the competition was unique as the club was drawn against teams from the First Division in every round. Their home ties were staged at three different grounds as Old Trafford was being repaired from the damage sustained in the Manchester Blitz.[8]

This was Arsenal's eighth Charity Shield appearance; prior to the game they had won five Shields (1930, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1938), and lost two (1935, 1936). By contrast Manchester United was undefeated in the Charity Shield; the club was winners in their previous two appearances in 1908 and 1911.[9]



6 October 1948
Arsenal 4–3 Manchester United
Lewis Goal Goal
Jones Goal
Rooke Goal
[10] Rowley Goal
Burke Goal
Smith Goal (o.g.)
Arsenal Stadium, London
Attendance: 31,000
GK 1 England George Swindin
RB 2 Wales Walley Barnes
LB 3 England Lionel Smith
RH 4 Scotland Archie Macaulay
CH 5 England Leslie Compton
LH 6 England Joe Mercer
OR 7 England Don Roper
IR 8 Scotland Jimmy Logie
CF 9 England Reg Lewis
IL 10 England Ronnie Rooke
OL 11 Wales Bryn Jones
England Tom Whittaker
GK 1 England Jack Crompton
RB 2 Republic of Ireland Johnny Carey
LB 3 England John Aston
RH 4 England John Anderson
CH 5 England Allenby Chilton
LH 6 Wales Jack Warner
OR 7 Scotland Jimmy Delaney
IR 8 England Johnny Morris
CF 9 England Ronnie Burke
IL 10 England Jack Rowley
OL 11 England Charlie Mitten
Scotland Matt Busby

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Weather forecast". The Times (London). 6 October 1948. p. 5. 
  2. ^ "Arsenal – Club Honours". Arsenal.com. Arsenal. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Manchester United – Trophy Room". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Manchester United Season 1948/49". StretfordEnd.co.uk. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Abandonment of the Sheriff Shield". The Observer (London). 19 April 1908. p. 11. 
  6. ^ "The F.A. Charity Shield". The Times (London). 7 October 1913. p. 10. 
  7. ^ Ferguson, Peter (4 August 2011). "The FA Community Shield history". mcfc.co.uk (Manchester City FC). Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "The Hard Way". The Football Association. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "English Community Shield: Honours". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "A Pleasant Revival". The Times (London). 7 October 1948. p. 2.