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1997 FA Charity Shield

The 1997 FA Charity Shield (known as the Littlewoods FA Charity Shield for sponsorship reasons) was the 75th 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 3 August 1997 at Wembley Stadium and contested by Manchester United, who had won the 1996–97 FA Premier League, and Chelsea, who had won the 1996–97 FA Cup. Manchester United won the match 4–2 on penalties after the match had finished at 1–1 after 90 minutes.

1997 FA Charity Shield
1997 Charity shield.jpg
The match programme cover
Manchester United won 4–2 on penalties
Date3 August 1997
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereePeter Jones (Leicestershire)

The 1997 Charity Shield was a game of several "firsts". Manchester United's only goal of open play was from Ronny Johnsen, who scored his first goal in a competitive game for them. It was the first competitive appearance in a Manchester United shirt for Johnsen's teammate Teddy Sheringham, who had joined the club from Tottenham Hotspur five weeks earlier. It was also the first competitive appearance in a Chelsea shirt for goalkeeper Ed de Goey.

Match detailsEdit

Chelsea1–1Manchester United
M. Hughes   52' Johnsen   58'
Di Matteo  
2–4   Scholes
Attendance: 73,636
Manchester United
GK 1   Ed de Goey
CB 20   Frank Sinclair   26'
CB 5   Frank Leboeuf
CB 6   Steve Clarke
RWB 11   Dennis Wise (c)   30'
LWB 17   Danny Granville
DM 28   Jody Morris   46'
CM 8   Gustavo Poyet
CM 16   Roberto Di Matteo
SS 25   Gianfranco Zola
CF 10   Mark Hughes   77'
GK 13   Kevin Hitchcock
DF 2   Dan Petrescu   90'   46'
DF 29   Neil Clement
MF 4   Ruud Gullit
MF 16   Paul Hughes
FW 9   Gianluca Vialli   77'
FW 22   Mark Nicholls
  Ruud Gullit
GK 1   Peter Schmeichel
RB 12   Phil Neville
CB 6   Gary Pallister
CB 5   Ronny Johnsen
LB 3   Denis Irwin
RM 8   Nicky Butt
CM 18   Paul Scholes
CM 16   Roy Keane (c)
LM 11   Ryan Giggs   72'
CF 9   Andy Cole
CF 10   Teddy Sheringham   43'   72'
GK 17   Raimond van der Gouw
DF 2   Gary Neville
MF 7   David Beckham   72'
MF 14   Jordi Cruyff   72'
MF 15   Karel Poborský
MF 23   Ben Thornley
FW 13   Brian McClair
  Alex Ferguson

Match rules

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

See alsoEdit