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Sunday, 26 October 2008

Manchester United Legends - Billy Meredith

manchester united united cristiano ronaldoFull name: William Henry Meredith

Birthplace: 30.7.1874. Chirk, Denbighshire, Wales
Height: 5ft 9
Weight: 12st 3lb's
Position: Winger/Forward
Nickname: The Welsh Wizard
Played: 670 games Goals 181
Wales: played 48 goals 11

Teams played for:

  • Chirk
  • Northwich Victoria
  • Manchester City
  • Manchester United
  • Manchester City

Meredith is often named as the first football superstar, he had the attitude of a Cantona combined with the playing style reminiscent of a George Best or Ryan Giggs. His bursts of speed and mazy runs down the wing coupled with his deadly crosses earned him the title the "Welsh Wizard" and made him the undoubted star of the team and a hero with fans. Meredith was also nicknamed "Old Skinny" for his lean, slim, frame.

Billy joined Manchester City in October 1984 after playing for Northwich Victoria and Wrexham. He became a firm crowd favourite. At City he won the Second Division title twice in 1899 and 1903 and captained the team to an F.A. Cup Final victory in 1904. In 1904 Umpire magazine run a competition to discover the most popular player in the League. Meredith won and became arguably, the first genuine football superstar. Hundreds if not thousands would turn out at the public events he attended.

Everything was going so well then in 1905 a bribery scandal erupted - the FA accused him of bribing an Aston Villa player. Meredith denied the charge but the Football Association banned him for 18 months along with other City players. The scandal was to play a critical role in the development of Manchester United.

1907 was the year that Manchester United finally took centre stage as a major force in the footballing world. The attacking nature of the club can be traced back to this period. The exciting lineup and playing a brand of football that was to become a hallmark at the club. The heart of the team had made the short journey from their rivals Man City after the scandal had erupted. Players were all supposed to be on a fixed wage of 4 pounds per game, however it was discovered that City had been paying 6 or 7 pounds a week per player. The FA were furious and dismissed five of the Man City directors and banned 17 of its players from ever appearing in a blue shirt again. Mangnall the United manager managed first of all to sign Billy Meredith (in 1906) later adding four other City players.

Meredith had also been involved in a bribe fiasco and it is said he was lucky not to be banned from the game for life. Even though the players were signed in 1906, they all had to serve the FA mandated suspensions, consequently they did not make their debuts until 1907.

Questions were asked whether Meredith could regain his touch after his personal problems and such a long lay off about the player's, these questions were answered on his debut against Aston Villa. Meredith dazzled and tourmented the Villa defense all afternoon, finally pllaying the killer cross for Turnball to tutn into the net.

United finished 8th, but their unique brand of attacking football with Meredith at the heart of most attacking moves became the talk of footballBy the end of the season United had climbed to 8th place and their brand of football. Moreover they were on the brink of the major breakthrough, the Championship !

Along with the manager Ernest Mangall, Meredith was instrumental in helping United to achieve their first major trophies He won two League Championship medals in 1908 and 1911, and an FA Cup winners' medal in 1909. Meredith along with others fought the FA rule that outlawed Unions, they were known as "The Outcasts FC" and finally the FA relented in 1910

World War One broke out and by the time Meredith returned to United he had lost critical parts of his game, he was sold back to Manchester City in 1921 where he continued to play until his last match was against Newcastle in the semi-finals at the age of 49 years and 245 days, making him the oldest player ever to play in the FA Cup.

Merdedith held the record until recently as the oldest international soccer player when he played for Wales v England at Highbury, London, England, on March 15, 1920, aged 45 years 229 days.

The Professional Footballers Association, the Welsh FA, Manchester United and Manchester City, joined forces and agreed to pay for a new headstone and to up keep of the grave after learning about the unmarked grave which had gone unattended for many years. This should help understand how highly many in the game perceive his influence to have been.

Billy Meredith Trivia

Billy Meredith's trademark was a toothpick he chewed while playing; he believed it assisted his concentration. He originally used chewing tobacco, however the cleaners refused to wash the spit off his shirts! In 1926 Meredith starred in a film portraying himself as a trainer ...Back To Home Page

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Match preview::
When Wayne Rooney introduced himself to the football world with his winning goal against Arsenal in 2002, he found a place in the hearts of all Everton fans.
These supporters sat enthralled as one of their very own set the game on fire with his performances for both club and country over the coming years.
An awe inspiring Euro 2004 swiftly followed. The aftermath of this tournament saw the man who famously wore a t-shirt saying “once a blue, always a blue” swap the colours of his boyhood team for the red of North Westrivals Manchester United.
A betrayal like this was an unforgiveable act. The return of Rooney to his spiritual home this weekend should ignite this hatred once again.
However, the defending champions are also seeing signs within their own ranks that the Red’s latest signing is beginning to set the United front line alight.


Dimitar Berbatov’s double against Celtic took his tally to five goals in four games to prove that he should easily shoot up the scoring charts by the end of the campaign.
It’s scary to think that there is still plenty more to come. The Bulgarian has slowly eased himself in to life in the fast lane, creating mixed feelings amongst the Old Trafford faithful.
His languid style has certainly taken some getting used to after they were treated to the all action approach of Argentinean dynamo Carlos Tevez last season.
The ex-Bayer Leverkusen man will need to continue to improve on Saturday afternoon if he is to provide Wayne Rooney with the support he’ll need to quieten the baying masses of the Goodison Park crowd.


Defensive Disasters
The visit of high scoring Premier League champions Manchester United toGoodison Park this weekend would probably have been the last thing that David Moyes would have wanted.
The Everton manager has been left searching for answers since the start of the season as to why the team that has done so well over the last few years has begun to leak goals with such regularity.
This poor start has seen the Toffees net bulge 18 times along the way to obtaining the worst defensive record in the division.
Many Everton fans argue that this problem has stemmed from Lee Carsley’s exit from the club. The Irish enforcer added steel to a midfield that has sorely missed his influence since his move to Championship pace setters Birmingham City in the summer.
Big money signing Marouane Fellaini has certainly not offered the cover that Carsley provided to the Everton defence, whilst Ecuadorian player Segundo Castillo has yet to impress. Tim Cahill’s enforced absence due to the suspension he picked up in the derby against Liverpool has also not helped matters.
Moyes’ lightweight midfield has left his defence sorely exposed. Top performers of last year Phil Jagielka and Joleon Lescott have been visibly out of sorts. This has led to American goalkeeper Tim Howard being beaten between his sticks at an alarming rate.
All this sees Everton in 16th place in the table, a long way from the Champions League positions they were supposed to be in the mix for.
The Toffees did manage to stifle Arsenal’s electric attack until the second half of last weekend’s match at the Emirates. But Moyes must now try to build on this performance so that he can get his team on the right track.
FORM GUIDE
Everton
18th October vs. Arsenal (A) lost 3-1 (PREM)
5th October vs. Newcastle United (H) drew 2-2 (PREM)
2nd October vs. Standard Liege (A) lost 2-1 (UEFA CUP)
27th September vs. Liverpool (H) lost 2-0 (PREM)
24th September vs. Blackburn Rovers (A) lost 1-0 (CARLING CUP)
Manchester United
21st October vs. Celtic (H) won 3-0 (CHAMP LG)
18th October vs. West Bromwich Albion (H) won 4-0 (PREM)
4th October vs. Blackburn Rovers (A) won 2-0 (PREM)
30th September vs. Aalborg BK (A) won 3-0 (CHAMP LG)
27th September vs. Bolton Wanderers (H) won 2-0 (PREM)
TEAM NEWS
Everton
The Toffees centre back Joseph Yobo is expected to return to the first team after overcoming the virus which kept him out of the trip to the Emirates. Yobo may be joined by Victor Anichebe (hamstring) and Segundo Castillo (hamstring). Lars Jacobsen (shoulder) is definitely ruled out, whilst Tim Cahill will serve the last game of his suspension.
Last starting XI (vs. Arsenal): Howard, Hibbert (Vaughan 80), Jagielka, Lescott, Baines, Arteta, Osman, Rodwell, Fellaini (Saha 74), Pienaar, Yakubu (Neville 80).
Subs Not Used: Nash, Nuno Valente, Gosling, Wallace.
Squad: Howard, Nash, Nuno Valente, Yobo, Hibbert, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines, Gosling, Wallace, Neville, Arteta, Castillo, Osman, Rodwell, Fellaini, Saha, Pienaar, Vaughan, Anichebe, Yakubu.
Manchester United
Rio Ferdinand (groin) and Patrice Evra (hamstring) are expected to rejoin the United backline after missing the mid week massacre of Celtic. In worse news, Michael Carrick (ankle) and Owen Hargreaves (knee) are yet to shake off the niggling injuries which have kept them out of the first team for the last month. Paul Scholes (knee) is out until the new year.
Last starting XI (vs. Celtic): Van Der Sar, Neville (Brown 59), Evans, Vidic, O'Shea, Ronaldo (Park 82), Fletcher, Anderson, Nani, Berbatov (Tevez 60), Rooney.
Subs Not Used: Kuszczak, Giggs, Rafael Da Silva, Gibson.
Squad: Van Der Sar, Kuszczak, Foster, Evra, Ferdinand, Neville, Brown, Evans, Vidic, O'Shea, Rafael Da Silva, Gibson, Ronaldo, Park, Fletcher, Anderson, Nani, Giggs, Berbatov, Tevez, Manucho, Welbeck, Rooney.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Everton
Eyebrows were raised when Joleon Lescott was named in the recentEngland squad. The ex-Wolves man has been in a terrible run of form, with David Moyes even leaving him on the bench for Everton's last home match against Newcastle United. Lescott was re-called for the trip to Arsenal by his manager, in a game where he showed glimpses of the stellar performances he put in last season. He must improve on this once again with Rooney, Berbatov and co. ready to pounce on any mistakes.
Manchester United
This isn’t the most pleasant of homecomings for former Everton idolWayne Rooney. The Goodison crowd have never forgiven him for the ‘betrayal’ of his boyhood club in 2004, and they certainly do not keep quiet about their feelings. Rooney is made of solid stuff however, and is more than happy to give as good as he gets. The England international is also sitting on 99 club goals. Will he bring the 100 up back where it all started in 2002?


PREDICTION
The one thing you don’t want to have when Manchester United come swinging in to town is a shaky defence. Unfortunately for Everton, they have this very problem.
To add insult to injury, United’s strikers are also in red hot form, ready to take advantage of this weakness.
All this means that you can expect plenty of headaches for David Moyes and a convincing win for the Premier League champions come Saturday afternoon.
Everton 1-3 Manchester United
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