Fir Park tribute on Sir Matt Busby's centenary

MOTHERWELL welcomed Manchester United to Fir Park on Sunday to pay tribute to one of Lanarkshire's most famous footballing sons, Sir Matt Busby.

It's 100 years since the birth of the legendary Bellshill-born Old Trafford manager and the sides lined up for the inaugural Sir Matt Busby Shield match, with gate receipts providing funding for coaching in Lanarkshire.

The weekend international programme meant there was never any chance of United sending a full strength squad north and, indeed, it was mostly youth players who turned out with former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer taking charge.

'Well, on the other hand, fielded a strong side and ran out 1-0 winners thanks to a second half strike from Giles Coke.

Sir Matt's son Sandy presented the shield to winning captain Mark Reynolds.

Motherwell manager Jim Gannon said: "It is important to bring young players through and if you look at what Sir Alex has done with Manchester United he has always tried to do that.

"We are producing good players and there is a real avenue for them to come through."

Full story in September 10 edition of Times & Speaker