Old Trafford – The Theatre Of Dreams
Old Trafford, the iconic home of Manchester United, was once described by Sir Bobby Charlton as “the theatre of dreams,” and as the world famous stadium nears its 100rh anniversary, the words of the former United and England star have never seemed so apt.
Opened in 1910 after United decided that their old Bank Street Stadium was unsuitable, Old Trafford has undergone many changes. But in its 97-year history, Charlton’s theatre of dreams has come to symbolise football’s standing as a global game.
Most of the world’s great players
- Eusebio, Maradona, Platini, Ronaldinho, Cruyff and the like – have plied their trade on Old Trafford’s hallowed turf, as have the cream of United’s own crop from Best, Charlton and Law to Cantona, Beckham, Van Nistelrooy and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Old Trafford was a venue for group matches during the 1966 World Cup and 1996 EURO and it has regularly hosted FA Cup finals and semi-finals. In 2003, the UEFA Champions League final between AC Milan and Juventus was staged there.