January 1, 2010

2009-10 FA Cup, Third Round Proper (64 clubs).

Filed under: 2009-10 FA Cup — admin @ 8:47 am


2009-10 FA Cup Third Round,  Sunday, 3 January- Manchester United 0-1 Leeds United.  Beckford (19th minute).  Old Trafford,  attendance: 74,546 (capacity: 76,212).

From Two Hundred, ‘Match of the week 2, Manchester United 0-1 Leeds United’ by Ian King {click here}.


The biggest rivalry in this weekend’s FA Cup Third Round matches is Manchester United v. Leeds United,  on Sunday.  About 57 kilometers (36 miles),  and the Pennine Chain,  separate the two cities.  The rivalry between Leeds United and Manchester United is part of larger rivalry between regions that has gone on since at least the 15th century, {see this ‘Leeds United AFC and Manchester United FC rivalry’, from}.  

It is appropriate that the two combatants today wear colors which echo those of the two warring houses of Lancaster and York,  with the red rose of Lancashire represented in the Manchester United jerseys,  and the white rose of Yorkshire represented in the all-white kit of Leeds United. 

Manchester United have worn red jerseys since the club changed it’s name in 1902,  from Newton Heath Lancashire & Yorkshire Railways FC to Manchester United FC…{see this (a small chart of NHL&YRFC/early Manchester United kits);  MUFC full kit history here (Historical Football}.

For the FA Cup final of 1909,  Manchester United wore a change strip that featured a red rose of Lancashire (as well as a large red chevron under the collar…a design feature also in the club’s 2009-10 kit).  You can see that 1909 FA Cup final jersey {here (}  One hundred years ago,  Manchester was still considered part of Lancashire (the concept of Greater Manchester didn’t exist then). 

Leeds United started out in 1919 in royal blue and white vertical stripes until 1934,  when the club introduced yellow to form blue and yellow halves on their jerseys,  circa 1934 to 1948…{see this “Leeds United FC, Colors and Badge’}.

By 1956,  Leeds United began wearing blue with yellow trim on their jerseys.  This lasted until 1961,  when coach Don Revie chose to have the squad wear all-white gear,  in emulation of Real Madrid,  who were of course the most successful club in the world then.  Leeds have kept the all-white look ever since 1961.  In 1984,  the club began sporting a badge that had the white rose of Yorkshire,  with a yellow and white football inside {here}.  They kept this crest until 1998,  when their current badge was introduced,  which includes the white rose at the top of the sheild. 

Thanks to the FA site {click here}.   Thanks to,  for attendance figures and percent capacity figures {click here}.   Thanks to the contributors to the pages at {click here}.   Thanks to .

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