As Matt Busby’s third great United team surged from strength to strength during the 1960s, Old Trafford underwent a radical transformation. Not only did the ground’s costly and fashionable facelift reflect the optimism of the decade, but it was the forging of the luxurious stadium we sit in today.

In 1962, United were already considering major expansion when the club’s plans were given fresh impetus by the news that England was to host the World Cup finals in four years’ time. The club was asked to stage three games and was awarded the considerable sum of £40,000 towards the cost of preparation.

So, in 1964, down came the cover along the United Road side and up went a sleek cantilever stand running the length of the ground and turning into both corners, allowing for later development. There were seats for 10,500 behind a standing paddock for 10,000. It was an impressive edifice, symbolising United’s emerging power.

Significantly, the new stand featured the first private boxes in British football. The board was initially sceptical about this revolutionary extra; many doubted that fans would ever want to watch a match from behind glass. But the architects believed passionately in the idea, the directors eventually changed their minds, and 34 boxes were installed with the first seasonal rent at £250-300.

The cost of the new stand was reportedly £350,000, and further work on the ground took United’s pre-World Cup expenditure beyond £400,000, putting them firmly in the red. Some fans complained at that; the money, it was felt,


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The Old Trafford story: 1963 – 1974

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