Club Centenary
August 7th 1978 v Real Madrid


United celebrated their centenary with a 4-0 win over Real Madrid in front of a packed Old Trafford.

Sammy McIlroy and Jimmy Greenhoff both grabbed a couple of goals a piece and Alex Stepney saved a penalty from Pirri, the only surviving member of the Madrid side beaten by United in the 1968 European Cup semi-final.

Before the game there was a parade of Supporters Club branches and then a host of United's most illustrious post war stars were presented to the 49,397 crowd.

Appearing in alphabetical order, the players included John Aston Snr., Jackie Blanchflower, Warren Bradley, Shay Brennan, Francis Burns, Johnny Carey, Bobby Charlton, Henry Cockburn, John Connelly, Jack Crompton, Jimmy Delaney, Stan Pearson, Jack Rowley and David Sadler.

Sir Matt Busby and Jimmy Murphy, the pair responsible for the dramatic transformation in the club's fortunes, were the last onto the pitch.

United's side for the match was: Roche (Stepney); B Greenhoff (Nicholl), Albiston; McIlroy, McQueen, Buchan (captain); Coppell, J Greenhoff (Ritchie), Jordan, Macari and McCreery (Grimes).