In 1963, five years after the Munich air disaster, Manchester United struggled in the league. They had to fight until the very last day of the season to avoid relegation, but avoid it, they did, and Matt Busby headed into the FA Cup Final with a team of, what he called, ‘big game players’.
Leicester, who’d just finished fourth in the top league, were asked to play in white by the BBC because their usual blue home jerseys would be indistinguishable from the red of United in a black-and-white television broadcast. Pathé showed colour highlights of the game as a newsreel broadcast in cinemas—it’s available on YouTube now, and it’s excellent.
The crowd, who are sat several postcodes away from the pitch, separated from the action by a running track, are throwing toilet roll like streamers. There’s an image of a mustachioed man in a flat cap, smoking a pipe with the side of his mouth. Young fans wear huge rosettes in the colours of their respective teams, and the Royal Marines band plays to the almost 100,000-strong crowd.
United started strong. Their gloveless goalkeeper David Gaskell punches the ball away from Leicester’s onrushing outside-left, Mike Stringfellow, and nearly bare knuckle knocks Stringfellow’s noggin clean off his shoulders in the process. Not long later, Bobby Charlton plays a ball across the edge of the box for Denis Law, who cushions the ball as he turns, Bergkamp-esque, and puts a lovely, placed shot into the far corner, past Gordon Banks. Leicester are fighting for their lives, there are goal-line clearances and desperate defending, but it’s not enough. Bobby Charlton is left in roughly 25 square miles of space on the left, and his shot is fumbled into the path of David Herd, who pokes it into the empty net. 2–0.
Leicester try to fight back, but it ends 3–1 to United, and as Paddy Crerand, Noel Cantwell, and Maurice Setters celebrate with the crowd, throwing the trophy into the air, Gerry Cranham is there to capture it. You can see him on the Pathé footage, just as the commentator claims that this Cup win is proof that Matt Busby has rebuilt Manchester United.
Here is that moment on a tee. Short sleeves, pre washed fabric, 100% cotton. Beautiful.
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