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Community Shield - Football: Top five games

The Community Shield (or Charity Shield as it was previously known) is the traditional curtain-raiser to the English football season, a one-off game played between the winners of the Premier League and the winners of the FA Cup.

It has been an annual fixture since 1908 with Leicester City the most recent team to have won it in 2021, when they beat Manchester City 1-0.

Ahead of this year's contest between Liverpool and Manchester City, which is being played at the King Power Stadium, here are five of the most memorable previous encounters.

1967 - Manchester United 3 Tottenham 3

Champions Manchester United hosted the Charity Shield clash with Tottenham at Old Trafford in 1967 and while it was an entertaining six-goal encounter, that’s not the main reason why the game was so memorable.

A Bobby Charlton piledriver from the edge of the area is often televised when the England great is celebrated, but Tottenham’s second goal was unusual because it was scored by their goalkeeper Pat Jennings.

The Northern Ireland custodian dropped a kick from his hands and, following one bounce, the ball lobbed over Jennings’ opposite number Alex Stepney and into the net, dumbfounding BBC commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme.

As was the custom before the days before penalty shootouts, the draw meant the trophy was shared with both teams keeping it for six months each

1974 - Liverpool 1 Leeds 1 (Liverpool won 6-5 on penalties)

The first time penalties were used to decide the winner was in 1974, but the fact Leeds goalkeeper David Harvey missed the crucial kick is almost lost in the story of what is the most notorious season opener in history.

Charity was in short supply in what was a fierce encounter that was set in motion when Liverpool defender Tommy Smith was booked for a horrendous tackle on Allan Clarke.

Leeds midfielder Johnny Giles was then cautioned after landing a haymaker on Kevin Keegan’s chin and then the Liverpool forward was sent off, along with Leeds captain Billy Bremner, after both players became embroiled in a fight.

The FA threw the book at the pair of them, banning both players for 11 matches - Brian Clough’s infamous 44-day stay as boss at Elland Road would be over by the time Bremner was back in action.

Phil Boersma and Trevor Cherry scored the goals in normal time, but few people were talking about that as they left the first Charity Shield to be played at Wembley.

1992 - Leeds 4 Liverpool 3

It was the match after which many Leeds fans could well have been thinking about what might have been.

The last winners of the old First Division played Liverpool at Wembley and it was Frenchman Eric Cantona who stole the show with a hat-trick for the Yorkshire outfit in a 4-3 win.

Two goals in the last 13 minutes from Cantona tipped the game in Leeds' favour with the score at 2-2 and it didn't really matter that Gordon Strachan scored an own goal while stumbling over the ball on the goal line.

It was the first hat-trick in the fixture since 1957 but a few months later Leeds fans were left dismayed when the Frenchman moved to Manchester United and he never looked back.

1996 - Manchester United 4 Newcastle 0

All the talk before the 1996-97 season revolved around Newcastle, who were hoping to win the Premier League after spending a world record £15m to sign local hero Alan Shearer from Blackburn.

The England striker, who had been the top goalscorer at Euro 96 a few months earlier, was seen as the missing part of the jigsaw after Keegan's side had seen their 12-point lead in the Premier League race collapse the previous season.

However, despite all the mania about Shearer making his debut, the Magpies were brushed aside by the Manchester United team who clawed them back in the title race the previous season.

Shearer would go on to become Newcastle's greatest goalscorer but David Beckham's lob, a week before his famous effort from the half-way line against Wimbledon, was the highlight of a 4-0 cruise for the champions.

2011 - Manchester City 2 Manchester United 3

The event became known as the Community Shield in 2002 and the best game of the modern era came nine years after that date.

Manchester City, who had won the FA Cup against Stoke the previous May for their first trophy in 35 years, were cruising as central defender Joleon Lescott and Edin Dzeko gave Roberto Mancini's side a 2-0 lead in the closing stages of the first half.

However, United, who had been beaten by City in the semi-finals of the FA Cup the previous season, were level before the hour with goals from Chris Smalling and Nani, before the Portuguese forward ensured it would be the Red Devils taking the trophy back north with a winning goal four minutes into injury time.

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