1996 FA Charity Shield

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1996 FA Charity Shield
1996 Charity shield.jpg
The match programme cover
Date11 August 1996
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereePaul Durkin (Dorset)

The 1996 FA Charity Shield (also known as the Littlewoods FA Charity Shield for sponsorship reasons) was the 74th FA Charity Shield, an annual football match played between the winners of the previous season's Premier League and FA Cup competitions. The match was played on 11 August 1996 at Wembley Stadium and contested by Manchester United, who had won the Double of Premier League and FA Cup in 1995–96, and Newcastle United, who had finished as runners-up in the Premier League. Manchester United won the match 4–0 with goals from Eric Cantona, Nicky Butt, David Beckham and Roy Keane.

The game saw new signings Jordi Cruyff and Karel Poborský make their debuts for Manchester United, though neither of these players had particularly successful careers at Old Trafford and both had left the club within four years. The day before the game had seen the surprise sale of one of Manchester United's longest serving players — Lee Sharpe.

The game saw Newcastle United give a debut to £15 million world record signing Alan Shearer, who would remain at the club until his retirement as a player 10 years later and break the club's goalscoring record in the process, though he would never win a major trophy with them.

Match details[edit]

Manchester United4–0Newcastle United
Cantona Goal 24'
Butt Goal 30'
Beckham Goal 85'
Keane Goal 87'
Attendance: 73,214
Referee: Paul Durkin (Dorset)
Manchester United
Newcastle United
GK 1 Denmark Peter Schmeichel
RB 12 England Phil Neville
CB 6 England Gary Pallister
CB 4 England David May
LB 3 Republic of Ireland Denis Irwin Substituted off 46'
RM 10 England David Beckham
CM 8 England Nicky Butt Substituted off 41'
CM 16 Republic of Ireland Roy Keane Yellow card 40'
LM 11 Wales Ryan Giggs
CF 18 England Paul Scholes Substituted off 65'
CF 7 France Eric Cantona (c) Yellow card 65'
GK 17 Netherlands Raimond van der Gouw
DF 2 England Gary Neville Substituted in 46'
DF 19 Norway Ronny Johnsen
MF 14 Netherlands Jordi Cruyff Substituted in 65'
MF 15 Czech Republic Karel Poborský Substituted in 41'
FW 13 Scotland Brian McClair
FW 20 Norway Ole Gunnar Solskjær
Scotland Alex Ferguson
Man Utd vs Newcastle 1996-08-11.svg
GK 1 Czech Republic Pavel Srníček
RB 19 England Steve Watson
CB 5 England Darren Peacock
CB 27 Belgium Philippe Albert Yellow card 16'
LB 3 England John Beresford
RM 8 England Peter Beardsley (c) Substituted off 75'
CM 4 England David Batty
CM 7 England Rob Lee
LM 14 France David Ginola Substituted off 77'
CF 9 England Alan Shearer
CF 10 England Les Ferdinand
GK 15 Trinidad and Tobago Shaka Hislop
DF 2 England Warren Barton
DF 6 England Steve Howey
MF 18 Northern Ireland Keith Gillespie Substituted in 77'
MF 20 England Lee Clark
FW 11 Colombia Faustino Asprilla Substituted in 75'
FW 28 England Paul Kitson
England Kevin Keegan

Match officials

Match rules

  • 90 minutes
  • Penalty shootout if scores level
  • Seven named substitutes
  • Maximum of three substitutions

See also[edit]