Liverpool and Manchester United are old hands at playing each in the football season’s annual curtain-raiser – the Community Shield.
The close rivals have notched up five memorable clashes between them – in 1965, 1977, 1983, 1990 and 2001.
Liverpool won in 2001, United in 1983 and there have been three draws when the shield was shared.
The Football Association Community Shield, or Charity Shield as it used to be known, is played between the winners of the Premier League (First Division) and the winners of the FA Cup.
Proceeds from the game are distributed to community-based initiatives and charities around the country.
The fixture was first contested in 1908 when Division One champions Manchester United drew 1-1 with Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge. A replay was held for the only time in the shield’s history and United won 4-0.
The score was 2-2 when Liverpool played United in the 1965 Charity Shield at Old Trafford. The annual match was traditionally hosted by the league champions before it moved to Wembley.
Willie Stevenson and Ron Yeats scored for Liverpool while George Best and David Herd replied for United. The shield was shared.
The 1977 match between the two clubs ended in a 0-0 draw in front of a crowd of 82,000 at Wembley. Liverpool were the league champions and United FA Cup winners.
United got the upper hand in 1983, beating reigning champions Liverpool 2-0 with a brace from Bryan Robson. It was Liverpool’s first competitive game under Joe Fagan, who had been promoted from the coaching team to replace Bob Paisley.
The two teams drew 1-1 in 1990 with a goal from Clayton Blackmore for United and a penalty from John Barnes for Liverpool.
It was the last time the shield was shared as regulations brought in two years later allowed for extra time and a penalty shoot-out.
In 2001, the two teams met at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, as Wembley was being refurbished. It was Liverpool’s 19th appearance and United’s 21st.
FA Cup holders Liverpool took the lead in the second minute through a Gary McAllister free kick and went 2-0 up in the 16th minute when Michael Owen scored.
Ruud van Nistelrooy replied in the second half, but Liverpool triumphed 2-1 to win the shield for the 14th time. It was United’s fourth consecutive loss in the competition.
Liverpool and Everton have met three times in the Charity Shield.
It was a red-letter day at Goodison Park in 1966 when the newly-won World Cup was paraded on the pitch by England players Alan Ball and Ray Wilson from Everton and Roger Hunt from Liverpool.
Hunt scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory.
Everton won the 1984 Wembley clash thanks to an extraordinary own goal by Liverpool ‘keeper Bruce Grobbelaar. The ball was blocked on the line by Alan Hansen but ricocheted back into the net off Grobbelaar’s shins!
The shield was shared in 1986 as Liverpool and Everton drew 1-1. Liverpool did the double in 1985-6 so Everton played as league runners-up.
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