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Manchester United's Billy Meredith
Manchester United's Billy Meredith
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English Cup first round, January 12, 1907

The Fratton Park attendance record was broken as 24,329 fans turned up to see Pompey draw with the mighty Manchester United in the first round of the English Cup.

The gate receipts were £1,101 and two shillings, with Pompey pulling in their first four-figure crowd and three times the average that had recently been attending the club’s Southern League matches.

United, who were lying mid-table in the Football League first division, started Billy Meredith – arguably football’s first superstar.

The visitors took the lead through John Picken but Jack Bainbridge grabbed an equaliser for Pompey after the break.

United, roared on by their large contingent of supporters, went 2-1 ahead against the run of play with a goal by George Wall.

But Pompey exerted heavy pressure on the United goal and John (Sailor) Hunter levelled the scores with a grand shot a few minutes before the end.

Pompey went on to win the replay 2-1 at United’s Bank Street ground, with goals by Hunter and Bill Kirby.

POMPEY: George Phillip, Jim Thomson, Roderick Walker, Tom Bowman, Albert Buick, E McDonald, Jack Bainbridge, Bob Dalrymple, Bill Kirby, John Hunter, Arthur Elston.

MANCHESTER UNITED: Harry Moger, Dick Holden, Tommy Blackstock, Dick Duckworth, Charlie Roberts, Alex Bell, Billy Meredith, Dick Wombwell, Alex Menzies, John Picken, George Wall.