1952 FA Charity Shield (lost footage of football match; 1952)

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Programme for the match.

Status: Lost

The 1952 FA Charity Shield occurred on 24th September 1952. The 30th Charity Shield, it saw Football League First Division champions Manchester United defeat FA Cup holders Newcastle United 4-2 in front of 11,381 at Old Trafford to claim its third Shield.


Now known as the FA Community Shield, the Charity Shield was an annual super cup football match pitting the First Division champions against the FA Cup winners.[1] As the name suggests, the match aimed to redistribute revenue accumulated from the game to various charitable causes.[1] Manchester United, under the management of Matt Busby, won the 1951/52 First Division title with 57 points, four ahead of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.[2][3] It also marked the Red Devils' first First Division title since the 1910/11 season.[2] Meanwhile, Newcastle United defeated Arsenal 1-0 in the 1952 FA Cup Final, to claim its second consecutive Cup.[4] Heading into their encounter, United were seeking their third Shield, while Newcastle were aiming for their second.[5][6]

The encounter appears to have been the first televised Shield match, at least based on Radio Times archives.[7][8][9] The BBC broadcast the final 50 minutes of the encounter live, with Kenneth Wolstenholme providing commentary.[8][9] The match itself commenced on 24th September with 11,3781 in-attendance at United's Old Trafford.[10][11] Newcastle took the lead after 35 minutes thanks to Vic Keeble.[10][11] However, in the second-half, two goals from Jack Rowley in the 48th and 53rd minute-marks put United in front, with Roger Bryne adding a third ten minutes later.[10][11] Keeble pulled one back in the 69th minute, but John Downie sealed United's third Shield victory after 75 minutes.[10][11] Since then, the Red Devils have won a record 21 Shields, 17 being won outright, while the others were shared.[5] Newcastle competed in the 1955 and 1966 Charity Shields, but were unsuccessful in both occasions.[6]


Ultimately, the 1952 Charity Shield was televised live in an era where telerecordings were seldom prior to the perfection of video tape in the late-1950s.[12][13] It is possible footage was recorded, considering the England-Italy game on 30th November 1949 was the first subject to a partial telerecording.[12] However, said footage has not publicly resurfaced, and no newsreels of the game are known to exist.



See Also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Goal summarising the FA Charity/Community Shield. Retrieved 6th Dec '22
  2. 2.0 2.1 Glory, Glory Man Utd detailing Manchester United winning the 1951/52 First Division title, its first in 41 years. Retrieved 6th Dec '22
  3. English Football Stats detailing the 1951/52 Football League First Division table. Retrieved 6th Dec '22
  4. FA Cup Finals detailing Newcastle United winning the 1952 FA Cup Final. Retrieved 6th Dec '22
  5. 5.0 5.1 Manchester United detailing the Charity Shields it has won. Retrieved 6th Dec '22
  6. 6.0 6.1 Newcastle United detailing its trophy cabinet. Retrieved 6th Dec '22
  7. BBC Genome archive of Radio Times issues listing the BBC radio and television broadcasts of Charity Shield matches. Retrieved 6th Dec '22
  8. 8.0 8.1 BBC Genome archive of Radio Times issues detailing the BBC coverage of the match. Retrieved 6th Dec '22
  9. 9.0 9.1 Issue 1,506 of Radio Times listing the broadcast of the match. Retrieved 6th Dec '22
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 MUFC Info summarising the match, including when each goal was scored. Retrieved 6th Dec '22
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11 vs 11 detailing the result of the match and other statistics. Retrieved 6th Dec '22
  12. 12.0 12.1 BBC Genome Blog detailing the 1949 England-Italy match recording, bringing the possibility the Charity Shield might have been subject to the same treatment. Retrieved 6th Dec '22
  13. Web Archive article discussing how most early television is missing due to the lack of directly recording television. Retrieved 6th Dec '22