1996 FA Charity Shield

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.

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

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 detailsEdit

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

Match officials

Match rules

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

See alsoEdit