There were emotional scenes at Old Trafford as the 100 year anniversary of the last first-half goal was commemorated with a minute’s silence. Wilf Woodcock’s strike in the 44th minute against Port Vale in 1916, remains the last time a reds’ crowd have celebrated prior to the interval.
“My granddad used to talk about first-half goals,” season ticket holder Darragh Hollingsworth (62) told Soccer on Sunday. “It sounded far-fetched. I thought they were tall tales, like Loch Ness or Bigfoot.”
“But then I saw the black and white footage of Woodcock’s goal,” added Hollingsworth. “I spat out my cornflakes, I was so shocked.”
108 year old Fergal Hurley was a young boy in the Stretford End with his father in 1916. He remembers Woodcock’s goal as though it were yesterday.
“It was like a rocket, in off the far post,” he told Soccer on Sunday. “Even then it had been years since a first-half goal, so everybody was stunned. Eventually a round of applause broke out. Woodcock looked embarrassed, more than anything.”
“If you’d told me it would be the last one for a hundred years? You’d have knocked me over with a feather,” added Mr Hurley.
UTD legend Paul Scholes is adamant that the Old Trafford faithful have not seen their last first-half goal.
“There’ll be another,” he told Soccer on Sunday. “I don’t expect it to happen in my lifetime, but whether it’s 100 or 200 years from now, another will come along.”