As we are now only a week away from the start of the Premier League season it starts with a curtain opener with the Community Shield, once known as the Charity Shield. Liverpool play Manchester City today and I thought there was no better time to take you back to the year 2000.

When Manchester United won the treble in 1999 it was agreed that they would not participate in the F.A Cup the following season as they were to compete in the FIFA Club World Cup. Manchester United went on to win the Premier League again in the 1999/00 season and Chelsea beat Aston Villa 1-0 in the F.A Cup Final at Wembley. There was an added incentive for Chelsea to win the Charity Shield as United fans would taunt Chelsea fans saying we only won the F.A Cup as they weren’t in it!

My ticket from the match

Date: Sunday 13th August 2000

Chelsea Team:

De Goey, Melchiot, Leboeuf, Desailly, Babayaro, Stanic, Di Matteo (Morris 70), Wise, Poyet (Le Saux 77), Hasselbaink, Zola (Gudjohnsen 73)

Chelsea Goals:

Hasselbaink (22 minutes)

Melchiot (73 minutes)



Key Moments:

Chelsea Goal (22 minutes): New £15m signing Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink scores the opening goal after Chelsea dominance from the first whistle. Midway through the first half Jimmy cleverly finished after Gustavo Poyet had headed on into his path.

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Red Card (62 minutes): Roy Keane is sent off for Manchester United for a late tackle on Gustavo Poyet. From what I remember of the game he could have been sent off earlier.

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Chelsea Goal (77 minutes): It would be another Dutch International who secured the Shield for Chelsea as Mario Melchiot went on a very clever run before curling the ball into the bottom corner from outside the box in front of the Chelsea fans.

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FT: Chelsea 2-0 Manchester United. Chelsea won the final Charity Shield at the ‘old’ Wembley Stadium and it was topped off perfectly with Ken Bates handing Sir Alex Ferguson his losers medal.

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Written By Chris Wright