2001 FA Charity Shield

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2001 FA Charity Shield
Date 12 August 2001
Venue Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Referee Andy D'Urso (Essex)
Attendance 70,227

The 2001 FA Charity Shield was the 79th FA Charity Shield, a football match played between the winners of the previous season's Premier League and FA Cup competitions. The match was played on 12 August 2001 between 2000–01 Premier League champions Manchester United and 2000–01 FA Cup winners Liverpool. The match ended 2–1 to Liverpool, the fourth of five trophies they would win in 2001.

New Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy scored a consolation goal on his debut - the first of 150 goals he would score for the club in all competitions, in a five-year spell which averaged at 23 goals per season. Liverpool midfielder Gary McAllister, in his 37th year, became one of the oldest goalscorers in a Charity Shield when he successfully converted a second minute penalty.

The game was marred by a series of hooligan incidents occurring near the stadium. It was being played the day before a Cardiff City game; a group of Cardiff City fans entered the Prince of Wales public house in the city to find it occupied by Manchester United fans staying in the city overnight. A series of running battles between fans of the two clubs followed, resulting in 22 arrests (including two boys aged just 11 and 13) as well as a man suffering stab wounds and a police officer suffering a broken arm. On the day of the game, an army of around 50 Cardiff and Liverpool hooligans were seen attacking United supporters in the Wood Street area.[1]



Founded in 1908 as a successor to the Sheriff of London Charity Shield,[2] the FA Community Shield began as a contest between the respective champions of the Football League and Southern League, although in 1913, it was played between an Amateurs XI and a Professionals XI.[3] In 1921, it was played by the league champions of the top division and FA Cup winners for the first time.[4][a] Wembley Stadium acted as the host of the Shield from 1974.[5] Cardiff's Millennium Stadium was hosting the Shield for the first time; it took over as the venue for the event while Wembley Stadium underwent a six-year renovation between 2001 and 2006.[5]

Liverpool qualified for the Charity Shield by winning the 2000–01 FA Cup. They beat Arsenal 2–1 in the final, courtesy of two goals from Michael Owen after Fredrik Ljungberg had given Arsenal the lead.[6] Manchester United qualified by way of winning the 2000–01 FA Premier League, their third successive league championship. They finished ten points clear of second placed Arsenal.[7]

Liverpool were appearing in their 19th match in the competition. They had won seven outright (1966, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1989), shared five (1964, 1965, 1974, 1977, 1986, 1990) and lost five (1922, 1971, 1983, 1984, 1992). This was Manchester United's 21st appearance in the competition, they had won ten, (1908, 1911, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1983, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997) shared four (1965, 1967, 1977, 1990) and lost six (1948, 1963, 1985, 1998, 1999, 2000).


12 August 2001
Liverpool 2–1 Manchester United
McAllister Goal 2' (pen.)
Owen Goal 16'
Report Van Nistelrooy Goal 51'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 70,227
Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex)
Manchester United
GK 1 Netherlands Sander Westerveld
RB 6 Germany Markus Babbel
CB 2 Switzerland Stéphane Henchoz
CB 4 Finland Sami Hyypiä
LB 18 Norway John Arne Riise Substituted off 84'
RM 13 England Danny Murphy Booked 35' Substituted off 72'
CM 16 Germany Dietmar Hamann
CM 21 Scotland Gary McAllister
LM 20 England Nick Barmby Substituted off 72'
CF 8 England Emile Heskey
CF 10 England Michael Owen
GK 19 France Pegguy Arphexad
DF 23 England Jamie Carragher Substituted in 84'
DF 30 Mali Djimi Traoré
MF 25 Croatia Igor Bišćan Substituted in 72'
MF 11 England Jamie Redknapp
MF 15 Czech Republic Patrik Berger Substituted in 72'
FW 37 Finland Jari Litmanen
France Gérard Houllier
Liverpool vs Man Utd 2001-08-12.svg
GK 1 France Fabien Barthez
RB 2 England Gary Neville
CB 6 Netherlands Jaap Stam
CB 27 France Mikaël Silvestre
LB 3 Republic of Ireland Denis Irwin
RM 7 England David Beckham
CM 8 England Nicky Butt Substituted off 66'
CM 16 Republic of Ireland Roy Keane
LM 11 Wales Ryan Giggs
SS 18 England Paul Scholes Booked 17'
CF 10 Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy
GK 13 Northern Ireland Roy Carroll
DF 5 Norway Ronny Johnsen
DF 12 England Phil Neville
DF 24 England Wes Brown
MF 15 England Luke Chadwick
FW 19 Trinidad and Tobago Dwight Yorke Substituted in 66'
FW 20 Norway Ole Gunnar Solskjær
Scotland Sir Alex Ferguson


  1. ^ The Premier League replaced the Football League First Division at the top of the English football pyramid after its inception in 1992.[8]


  1. ^ "Hooligans". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Abandonment of the Sheriff Shield". The Observer (London). 19 April 1908. p. 11. 
  3. ^ "The F.A. Charity Shield". The Times (London). 7 October 1913. p. 10. 
  4. ^ Ferguson, Peter (4 August 2011). "The FA Community Shield history". mcfc.co.uk (Manchester City FC). Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "The FA Community Shield history". The Football Association. Archived from the original on 5 July 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Owen shatters arsenal in Cup final". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 12 May 2001. Retrieved 25 May 2015. 
  7. ^ King, Ian; Mulrine, Stephen (15 February 2006). "England 2000/01". Rec. Sport. Soccer. Statistics. Foundation. Retrieved 25 May 2015. 
  8. ^ Fynn, Alex (2 December 2001). "Continental or the full English?". The Observer (London). Retrieved 3 July 2014. 

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