On offer here is a Colour Laser Print, taken directly from ORIGINAL AUTOGRAPHS, which I own. Added to them are Pictures and Artwork, depicting the Manchester United Team and Staff from the 1909 F.A. Cup Final.
The photo at the top of this print is of the Players and Staff of the 1909 Manchester United Cup Winning Team, posing proudly with the F.A. Cup. They are as follows:
Standing: Mangnall (Secretary and Manager), Bacon, Picken, Edmonds, Murray (Director), Moger, Davies (Chairman), Homer, Lawton (Director), Bell, Deakin (Director).
Seated: Meredith, Duckworth, Roberts, Turnbull, West, Stacey.
Front: Whalley, Hofton, Halse, Wall.
The players are also 'profiled' down either side of the A4 sized print.
The Signatures are obviously the focal point of the print and as you can see, I used a picture of the Manager to fill the space on the Autographed paper.
The finished print is Laminated with a High Gloss Finish for Protection. This makes it Great for Framing and furthermore it is actually cleanable, unlike any unprotected photo or
My Original Signatures cost me over £1,000 and I have been offered £2,500 for them, but I am keeping them as an Investment.
The Unique print, with the additional photo and Artwork looks better than my Original Autograph's on their own and the Man United fans that I've shown it too were Very Impressed and all agreed that this really does represent an Absolute Bargain.
What a Fabulous piece of UNIQUE and affordable Manchester United Memorabilia. <P>
ADDITIONAL PRINTS sent with this one are optional and only £3 each, with no extra postage cost.
The Route to 'The Final'
Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion 1 - 0
Second Round: Manchester United v Everton 1 - 0
Third Round: Manchester United v Blackburn Rovers 6 - 1
Fourth Round: Burnley v Manchester United 2 - 3
Semi-Final: Manchester United v Newcastle United 1 - 0
Final: Manchester United v Bristol City 1 - 0
The 1909 Football Association Cup Final
On 16th March 1872, the very first FA Cup Final was contested by Wanderers and Royal Engineers, with Wanderers winning by a scoreline of 1-0.
Fast forward to the 37th FA Cup Final On 24 April 1909.
Being 'fist timers', playing in the FA Cup Final was Massive for both Bristol City and Manchester United.
Arguably, Manchester united were made favourites, having won the League Championship the previous season. But Bristol City were no pushovers, having beaten United 1-0 just 2 weeks earlier. So you could expect a close contest.
The match took place at Crystal Palace, in front of 71,401 spectators.
Referee: Mr J. Mason (Staffordshire)
On the day of the match, United had injury worries, with inside left 'Sandy' Turnbull continuing to struggle with a knee injury.
Turnbull was desperate to play and when the big day came, he told his manager, Ernest Mangnall that he'd be ok. Mangnall, needing further convincing, got exactly that when Club Captain, Charlie Roberts, urged him to throw caution to the wind and play him, adding, "He might get a goal and if he does, we can afford to carry him.?
It proved to be the right decision for Mangnall, for after 22 minutes of mostly Bristol dominance, a rare United attack led to their inside-right Harold Halse shooting against the crossbar. The rebound fell kindly in the path of 'Sandy' Turnbull, who repaid Mangnall's faith in him by driving the ball past the Bristol goalkeeper Harry Clay and into the back of the net.
Despite his knee problem Turnbull had to work extra hard to assist United's left-back James Hayes, who picked up an injury and soon after, had to be removed from the field. This meant meant that United were down to 10 men.
Substitutes were not used in those days, so Mangnall reshuffled his team to retain their numbers in defence, and after treatment, Hayes returned to the field as a forward and managed to last to the end of the game.
Each side had one 'stand out player'.
The main man for Bristol City (and arguably their Greatest ever player), was their England International centre-half, Billy Wedlock' though he was largely 'kept from Goal' by United's half-back trio of 'Dick' Duckworth, Charlie Roberts and Alex Bell.
City did come close, after a fine passing move found an unmarked Bob Hardy with only the keeper to beat. He struck the ball sweetly and it would have been a Great goal, but for a fine dive by Harry Moger, turning his shot around the post.
Perhaps predictably, United's now Legendary outside-right, 34 year old Billy Meredith was the 'stand out' player, pulling the strings and his influence helped to give United the edge and create attacking opportunities, in what was an otherwise scrappy match.
It was a great day for Manchester United, who held their 1-0 lead until the Final whistle.
Charlie Roberts went up to receive the trophy, becoming the first Manchester United player to lift the FA Cup.
This was to be the first of a record 11 wins in 18 Final appearances over the next 100 years for United.
Billy Meredith will always be remembered for this Match for more than just his football.
Both teams usually wore Red Shirts, so, prior to the Final, the FA issued both of them with orders to change their kit for the Match.
Meredith already had his own Sports Shop and quickly siezed his chance to supply United with their new kits, which would see them play in all White, with their Shirts having a Red 'V' stripe and a Red 'Lancashire Rose' on the left chest.
Bristol City chose to wear Blue Shirts.
With Meredith's help, Manchester's other team, City, had also Won the FA Cup in 1904 and so this was to be his second Winners' Medal in 5 seasons.
To cap it all, Billy Meredith was awarded the Man of the Match.
The Manager - James Ernest Mangnall
Born in Bolton, Lancashire in the year 1866, Mangnall started his Managerial (Secretarial) career at Burnley.
On 2nd October 1903, Mangnall was hired as the second Secretary of Manchester United after the club changed its name from Newton Heath (the term 'manager' was not used at United until the arrival of Jack Robson).
He was to become the first successful Manager at United.
He started at Manchester United in 1903 and saw his team narrowly miss promotion in his first two seasons, before success at the third attempt.
In the first season in the First Division the Club finished in mid-table. However, in only their second season in the First Division (1907?08), he managed United to their first ever League Championship by a nine point margin over Aston Villa.
The following year saw United drop below mid-table, but the Club won its first FA Cup (as detailed above).
The following season the team improved its league position to fifth. Then, the season after that the Club were Champions again, beating Aston Villa into second place by just a single point.
The next season was his last in charge at the club. He would eventually leave on 21st august 1912, for a similar position at Manchester City.