On This Day – Manchester United Play Home Game at Anfield

August 20, 2011

20-8-1971 Manchester United played their first home match of the 1971-72 season at Anfield in Liverpool. United had to play their first two matches away from Old Trafford due to hooliganism at the end of the previous season. The league game at
Anfield was played on a Friday evening in front of a crowd of 27,649. United won the game against Arsenal 3-1. The Gunners took an early lead through Frank McLintock, but goals by Gowling, Kidd and Charlton secured a home win.

Doc Martins

The next morning The Guardian reported these scenes before the game:

“As soon as the teams arrived on the field the Kop vomited scores of young ‘supporters’ of both sexes who ran down the field to the end where United were warming up. The police, although hopelessly outnumbered, did their best and removed as many as they could capture. When the invaders discovered that United would attack the Kop end they retraced their steps and suffered further losses.”

Photo: Joffley