Community Shield: Revisiting the Last 25 Matches

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistAugust 7, 2014

Community Shield: Revisiting the Last 25 Matches

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    Sunday will see FA Cup winners Arsenal face off against 2013-14 Premier League champions Manchester City for the Community Shield, the first piece of silverware of the English football calendar.

    Although not held in the highest of esteems among trophies, the Community Shield often serves as an indicator of what's to come for the season ahead, albeit an unfortunate precursor for 2013 winners Manchester United.

    Title credentials are the only route into a Community Shield contest, as two of England's most in-form outfits clash in a bid to get their 2014-15 campaigns off to the most fruitful of starts.

    Looking through the archives, we cast our eyes back a quarter of a century to examine the last 25 Community Shield fixtures ahead of Sunday's encounter.

    All games listed prior to 2002 were contested for the Charity Shield.

1989: Liverpool 1-0 Arsenal

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    Liverpool booked their place in the 1989 Charity Shield thanks to a Merseyside derby win over Everton in the final of that year's FA Cup.

    However, this affair had a particular spice to it considering Liverpool and Arsenal had met in a title-deciding fixture on the last day of the 1988-89 First Division season, in which the Gunners triumphed 2-0.

    The scoreline wasn't quite as flattered at Wembley, however, as Peter Beardsley latched onto a lofted Barry Venison pass inside the box to score the only goal of the match.

    Arsenal put up a stiff contest, but Kenny Dalglish's men ran out as deserving victors in the end.

1990: Liverpool 1-1 Manchester United (Title Shared)

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    Before the penalty shootout was a reality upon which scores were settled in the Charity Shield, bitter rivals Liverpool and Manchester United were forced to share the 1990 trophy for the first time since 1986.

    Fans on hand for the Wembley showdown may well have hoped for a more expansive outing, with all the goals in normal time contained to just a seven-minute span.

    Clayton Blackmore gave Sir Alex Ferguson's men their lead just before half-time, but Gary Pallister went to the ground to challenge John Barnes in the 51st minute, and the Liverpool winger converted the resulting penalty.

1991: Arsenal 0-0 Tottenham (Title Shared)

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    New Charity Shield rules meant that the title would no longer be shared between sides after 1991, the trophy instead decided by penalty shootout, leaving Arsenal and Tottenham as the last sides to ever split the honour.

    Their sharing of the spoils came about following a 0-0 stalemate after 90 minutes, one of only two times that result has come about in the last 25 years.

    This was the only occasion on which the north London enemies have met in English football's curtain-raiser; Spurs having won the 1991 FA Cup while the Gunners were reigning First Division champions of the time.

    Despite the heated rivalry between the two, the match was a surprisingly tame one that failed to produce any real goalscoring chances, making for a slightly disappointing encounter.

1992: Leeds United 4-3 Liverpool

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    Eric Cantona wasn't a Leeds United figurehead for long, but the 10 months he did spend with the Yorkshire outfit were highly productive, one of his title victories being the 1992 Charity Shield.

    After winning the final First Division title just months earlier—prior to its rebranding as the Premier League—the Frenchman would again have a major say in the club's success, netting a hat-trick en route to a 4-3 win over Liverpool.

    The Reds did well to keep Leeds within reach for the most part, and it wasn't until the 87th minute that Howard Wilkinson's side first took a two-goal advantage.

    Gordon Strachan came on as an 84th-minute substitute for Leeds, prodding in an own goal just five minutes later.

    However, Wilkinson watched as his line-up weathered the storm, but Cantona wouldn't remain and was sold to Manchester United just three months later.

1993: Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal (Manchester United Win 5-4 on Penalties)

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    The goalkeeper battle between Peter Schmeichel and David Seaman will always make the 1993 Charity Shield matchup between Manchester United and Arsenal a memorable one.

    And it wasn't necessarily just for their goalkeeping exploits, either, but for the penalty that Schmeichel would save from his counterpart during the shootout that followed the 1-1 result in normal time.

    Arsenal's moustachioed stopper did well to restrain the likes of Eric Cantona and Ryan Giggs for the majority of the game, but his decisive miss blighted his performance.

    Mark Hughes fired United ahead early on before Ian Wright chipped in to pull the Gunners back into the fixture, during which eventual Man of the Match winner Paul Ince partnered debutant Roy Keane in central midfield.

1994: Manchester United 2-0 Blackburn Rovers

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    Manchester United would enter the 1994 Charity Shield as reigning Premier League and FA Cup champions, leaving league runners-up Blackburn Rovers to take their place as Wembley opponents.

    For the second time in three years, Eric Cantona would provide the game's opening goal, although this was his first time doing so as a United player, scoring from 12 yards out after Paul Ince was brought down by Colin Hendry in the box.

    Ince would get his own turn to net, though, scoring a sensational bicycle kick from an 81st-minute corner to put the 2-0 result beyond Rovers and give his side back-to-back Shields.

1995: Everton 1-0 Blackburn Rovers

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    Blackburn Rovers were making their second successive Charity Shield appearance in 1995, and although their Premier League win earlier that year showed them to have an elite potential, a losing result was the same as it had been 12 months prior.

    This time, it was FA Cup winners Everton who exacted their dominance on proceedings, keeping Alan Shearer and Mike Newell at bay during their 1-0 win.

    Vinny Samways was the man who gave the Toffees their breakthrough, lobbing Tim Flowers in the 57th minute to give Everton their ninth and most recent Community Shield title.

1996: Manchester United 4-0 Newcastle United

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    Alan Shearer's tenure as a Newcastle United star couldn't have gotten off to a worse start. In the 1996 Charity Shield, he quickly learned which club he perhaps should have joined instead.

    The Magpies' £15 million summer signing was one of numerous Newcastle players who went astray in the Wembley fixture as Manchester United, who had won the Premier League and FA Cup double in 1995-96, trounced their north east opponents.

    Kevin Keegan's side were close runners-up to the Red Devils the season preceding, but there was nothing tight about this encounter, as goals from Eric Cantona, Nicky Butt, David Beckham and Roy Keane paved the way for their 4-0 triumph.

    Beckham's lob over Pavel Srnicek stands as a particularly memorable moment from this meeting, when Ferguson's side once again cemented their place as England's in-form powerhouse.

1997: Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United (Manchester United Win 4-2 on Penalties)

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    The 1997 edition of this contest got off to a slow start between Chelsea and Manchester United, entering the fray as FA Cup champions and Premier League winners, respectively.

    A goalless first half was quickly put to bed in the second period, when Mark Hughes scored against his former club in the 52nd minute, only for Ronny Johnsen to cancel out the score five minutes later.

    The score would eventually end tied at 1-1, and the occasion ultimately proved too much for the Blues, who went down 4-2 in the penalty shootout, Frank Sinclair and Roberto Di Matteo missing their attempts.

1998: Arsenal 3-0 Manchester United

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    Arsenal's first appearance in a Charity Shield for five years signalled a triumphant return for the north Londoners, with Arsene Wenger winning on his first appearance in such surroundings.

    Manchester United got off to a strong start at Wembley, but a Marc Overmars opener had an evident impact on morale that they were unable to come back from.

    The Dutchman sniffed up a scrappy chance that came his way after Patrick Vieira sent the ball down the right channel, forward Dennis Bergkamp and Nicolas Anelka each having a hand in the build-up.

    Anelka would eventually score a goal of his own in the 72nd minute, just 15 minutes after Christopher Wreh added the Gunners' second of the game as Ferguson's men were left wanting in a major way.

1999: Arsenal 2-1 Manchester United

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    The last Charity Shield match of the 20th century was contested between the same two teams that had entertained a year earlier, and although the scoreline had changed, the result was the same.

    Arsenal would again get the better of Manchester United, who—despite winning a historic treble earlier that year—were made to look ordinary in London.

    A Beckham free-kick, nudged over the line by Dwight Yorke, gave United their lead with only nine minutes left in the first half, but it wouldn't last.

    Nwankwo Kanu had a match-turning hand in the Gunners' revival, first scoring himself from the penalty spot before setting up Ray Parlour for the winner with little more than 10 minutes remaining.

    The match ended a 33-match unbeaten run for the Red Devils in 1999, United perhaps struggling with the absence of Peter Schmeichel, who departed the club after their treble glory.

2000: Chelsea 2-0 Manchester United

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    Chelsea have the honour of being the last team to win a Charity Shield at the old Wembley Stadium, getting the better of Manchester United 2-0 to hand the Red Devils their third consecutive defeat in the competition.

    Gus Poyet laid on Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to score the opener on his debut for the Blues and getting Fabien Barthez reign as United's No. 1 off to a losing start.

    Roy Keane was sent off in the second half for a rash challenge on Poyet, which in turn allowed the Blues to run in their result with relatively low opposition, Mario Melchiot flashing in Chelsea's second in the 73rd minute.

2001: Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United

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    While Wembley was being renovated into the new and improved version we see hosting the fixture today, the Charity Shield was played at the Millennium Stadium for six straight years, Liverpool being the first club to win in Wales.

    And for the fourth year in a row, it was Manchester United on the losing side of matters, once again coming into the match as reigning Premier League champions but failing to make it count in the August fixture.

    It was also a match of tradition for United anchor Roy Keane, who stuck out a leg to challenge Danny Murphy inside his box, leaving Gary McCallister to send home the ensuing spot kick with just two minutes played.

    It would set the tone for the whole fixture, and though Ruud van Nistelrooy scored an 51st-minute consolation goal on his United debut, Michael Owen's 16th-minute addition to McAllister's spot-kick ensured the match was beyond Ferguson's outfit.

    Cardiff City and Liverpool fans collaborated off the pitch as hooliganism caused some controversy in the Welsh capital, a miserable twist on proceedings considering the low-risk nature of the match at hand.

2002: Arsenal 1-0 Liverpool

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    Arsenal were very much a team entering their peak around the turn of the century, and after winning a Premier League and FA Cup double in 2002, they kept the silverware coming with a 1-0 Community Shield win over Liverpool.

    Following his impressive outings at the 2002 World Cup, Gilberto Silva delighted Gunners by grabbing the winner on his debut for the north London club.

    League runners-up of that year, the Reds were forced to lick their wounds following Arsenal's victory, the first to be awarded under the contest's new Community Shield name.

2003: Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal (Manchester United Win 4-3 on Penalties)

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    Having gone through a miserable run patch of defeats in this fixture, Manchester United finally got back to winning ways with their Community Shield victory of 2003.

    The first occasion on which the renamed trophy was to be decided by penalties, the Red Devils prevailed following a 1-1 result at full time, the match producing a tense tone throughout.

    In the 15th minute, Mikael Silvestre was the man lurking to put United 1-0 up from a Giggs corner, but it would only be five minutes before Thierry Henry equalised from a set piece of his own, this time a free-kick.

    After those first-half goals, the following 70 minutes went goalless as Tim Howard and Jens Lehmann, debuting for United and Arsenal, respectively, each stood firm.

    The shootout was a poor one for the Dutch, as Giovanni van Bronckhorst saw his effort saved by Howard and Ruud van Nistelrooy put his kick wide of the mark.

    Diego Forlan tucked away United's fifth kick, meaning Howard's save from Robert Pires handed the silverware to United for the first time since 1997.

2004: Arsenal 3-1 Manchester United

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    Arsenal finished the 2003-04 season 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League table, and all doubts of their ability were once washed aside in their Community Shield revenge over United.

    The same opponents who had beaten them a year earlier were this time made to look ordinary, Silva grabbing the Community Shield's opening goal for the second time as an Arsenal player.

    Alan Smith equalised soon after, but it was then when the Gunners' superior stamina started to rise to the fore.

    Jose Antonio Reyes made the most of some lacklustre United defending to rally home on 58 minutes, and the result was sewn up thanks to a Mikael Silvestre own-goal, the opposite impact he had made in scoring his team's Community Shield opener just one year earlier.

    With Patrick Vieira absent through injury, Cesc Fabregas' fine performance gave Arsenal something to be especially upbeat about, which featured some of his first prominent contributions during his impressive stint with the club.

2005: Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal

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    Chelsea made the most of their first chance competing for the Community Shield under its new name, returning to the fixture for the first time since their triumph over Manchester United in 2000.

    This time it was FA Cup champions Arsenal who stood in their way of the title, but the Gunners proved no match for the ferocity of one Didier Drogba.

    This was the Ivorian's first appearance on the Community Shield stage, and his brace, split either side of half-time, egged Jose Mourinho's on to a 2-1 victory that built further upon the club's Premier League win the season before.

    Fabregas got on the scoresheet with just 25 minutes left in the match, but the Blues defence was solid and confident and held out for victory.

2006: Liverpool 2-1 Chelsea

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    The last Community Shield to be staged at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium saw Liverpool build upon their FA Cup victory earlier that year with a late win over Chelsea.

    John Arne Riise gave the Reds their breakthrough over the reigning Premier League champions, but £30.8 million signing Andriy Shevchenko was on hand to give the Blues their equaliser, rounding Pepe Reina to start his Chelsea days with a bang.

    The Ukrainian's input ultimately counted for nothing, however, as Peter Crouch netted the winner for Rafa Benitez's men just 10 minutes from the final whistle.

2007: Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea (Manchester United Win 3–0 on Penalties)

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    Chelsea bounced back from their Community Shield defeat of the year prior to once again take their place in the 2007 meeting, this time through winning the FA Cup, announcing their presence at the new Wembley Stadium.

    Premier League champions Manchester United stood opposite as a familiar enemy of the era, and it was they who eventually got the better of the Blues in the first of five consecutive Community Shield appearances.

    A fairly drab second half followed the first, at least as far as goals go, with Ryan Giggs capitalising upon a Patrice Evra probe in the 35th minute to give United their opener.

    Chelsea would also benefit from major left-back influence in their only score of the day, Ashley Cole sending Florent Malouda over the top, the Frenchman doing spectacularly to hold his nerve before poking past Edwin van der Sar. 

    However close the 90 minutes may have been, Jose Mourinho's men were dreadful in the penalty shootout, with Claudio Pizarro, Frank Lampard and Shaun Wright-Phillips all missing their spot kicks to gift Ferguson another piece of silverware.

2008: Manchester United 0-0 Portsmouth (Manchester United Win 3-1 on Penalties)

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    In an age when England's giants tend to dominate the Community Shield line-up, it was pleasing to see Portsmouth take their place in the 2008 contest, having claimed a memorable FA Cup win over Cardiff City several months earlier.

    Lined up against them were 2007-08 Premier League winners and a foe of different proportions, though, Manchester United celebrating the anniversary of the inaugural Charity Shield of 1908, which they also won.

    That sense of entitlement didn't reflect well in normal time, with both sides coming up short in a 0-0 stalemate. However, United's quality showed in the penalty shootout.

    Jermain Defoe was the only Pompey player to convert his spot kick, Portsmouth eventually losing the shootout 3-1, the Red Devils extending their record number of outright wins to 13 as a result.

2009: Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United (Chelsea Win 4-1 on Penalties)

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    Not since 1992 had both participating sides managed to score at least twice in a Community Shield match, but Chelsea and Manchester United ended that drought with their 2-2 draw in 2009.

    A back-and-forth encounter saw Ferguson's Premier League title holders open the scoring through a 10th-minute Nani bullet after the winger in off the left flank before sending his shot inside Petr Cech's left post.

    Ricardo Carvalho pulled the scores back to 1-1 before Frank Lampard went one better and sent the Blues into a 2-1 lead with just 20 minutes left on the clock.

    Wayne Rooney scored a last-gasp equaliser, however, to force penalty kicks for the third consecutive Community Shield.

    It was somewhat more devastating for the Red Devils after this point, Giggs and Evra both failing in their attempts while Lampard, Michael Ballack, Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou converted in a 4-1 shootout victory for the west Londoners.

2010: Manchester United 3-1 Chelsea

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    In 2010, Chelsea had stripped Manchester United of their Premier League title, and their victory in the FA Cup meant that Sir Alex Ferguson saw his side into the Community Shield as unfamiliar runners-up entrants.

    However strong the Blues may have seemed up until this point, though, all counted for nought at Wembley, where United emerged as convincing 3-1 victors.

    Antonio Valencia, Javier Hernandez and Dimitar Berbatov each netted one apiece for the underdogs, while Salomon Kalou was Chelsea's only scorer on the day—even then it took 83 minutes for the Ivorian to break the deadlock.

    This was the third time in four years that Chelsea and Manchester United had contested the Community Shield. However, they haven't met in this arena since.

2011: Manchester United 3-2 Manchester City

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    Manchester City's first appearance in a Community Shield since 1973 couldn't have come under more pressurised circumstances, the team stood opposite happening to be their most bitter rivals.

    And it was a bitter pill for the Citizens to swallow, too, when considering goals from Joleon Lescott and Edin Dzeko had given them a 2-0 lead at half-time.

    However, City's inexperience on this stage told, as Nani was allowed to score twice after Chris Smalling had initially got United back in the game with his 52nd-minute finish past Joe Hart thanks to a wonderful Ashley Young free-kick delivery.

    This was only the second time that a Manchester derby has entertained as a Community Shield matchup, but it wouldn't be long before City were making more of a habit of turning up.

2012: Manchester City 3-2 Chelsea

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    For only the third time in the club's history, Manchester City made it back-to-back appearances in the Community Shield in 2012. Against Chelsea, they would show they were learning from past mistakes.

    Having come out on the wrong side of a 3-2 result the previous year, Roberto Mancini this time led his men to a 3-2 triumph of their own, with Yaya Toure the inspiration behind their win.

    As was only appropriate with the 2012 London Olympics set to end on the same day, Chelsea and City put on a five-goal feast, Fernando Torres providing the first of his side's two-goal offering.

    It wasn't long after half-time that Toure entered his stride with a goal of his own before Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri piled on to send City into a 3-1 lead, just 12 minutes separating the first and third of their goals.

    Ryan Bertrand came off the bench to register an 80th-minute consolation, but Manchester City's first Community (Charity) Shield win since 1972 was in the bag.

2013: Manchester United 2-0 Wigan Athletic

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    Wigan Athletic had already pulled off the miraculous by getting the better of Manchester City in the 2013 FA Cup final, and it would have been asking a lot for the Latics to effectively repeat their feat in that year's Community Shield

    And it was, as Manchester United won their third such title in a four years, with Robin van Persie providing both of the Red Devils' finishes en route to a 2-0 victory.

    David Moyes' only title as United boss may not be the most illustrious, but it's undoubtedly one he'll cherish, a sign of when things were at their brightest during his Old Trafford tenure.