The Shield: From the beginning
- 04 August 2011 14:37
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
The Community Shield now kicks off the season as one of Wembley's highlights of the year, but it has come a long way since its predecessor, the Charity Shield, was first staged in 1908.
The Old Trafford men prevailed, but only after a 1-1 draw. The replay, in which QPR were well beaten 4-0, is the only Shield match to go to a second game.
Various formats were tried over the years, including in 1913 an Amateur XI versus a Professional XI. The champions and the FA Cup winners first met in 1921, and in 1930 that became the norm.
Notable exceptions include 1950, when England's World Cup team faced an FA team that had toured Canada that summer, and the 1961 version, when Tottenham - who won the Double - played an FA XI.
It left the Foxes as one of only two Shield holders who had won neither the title or the Cup. Brighton had their day in the sun when they won it as Southern League champions in 1910.
During the 1980s and early 1990s a draw meant each team held the trophy for six months, but since 1993 penalty shoot-outs have decided any stalemate.