On this Day in 1956: Man. United make history in Europe

60 years ago, Manchester United gave Anderlecht a lesson in football during the European Cup preliminaries, becoming the first British club to reach double figures in the competition.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
26th September 2016

article:26th September 2016

Manchester United showed their European pedigree.
Manchester United showed their European pedigree.

On Saturday, Manchester United ran riot in their 4-1 victory over Leicester City and on this day 60 years ago, it was more of the same.

Sir Matt Busby’s side had already triumphed 2-0 in the first leg against Anderlecht in Brussels but there was still all to do to advance from the preliminary round of the 1956 European Cup.


But Dennis Viollet led the way with four goals, Tommy Taylor bagged a hat-trick, Liam Whelan grabbed two and Johnny Berry scored in the 10-0 success at Old Trafford.

It was the first time at British club had hit double figures as United strode to a 12-0 aggregate win.

More unforgettable events on this day:

1960: The first two games in football’s League Cup were played, with Bristol Rovers taking on Fulham and West Ham meeting Charlton.

1965: Franz Beckenbauer made his international debut for West Germany.

2003: Malcolm Glazer, owner of Super Bowl champions the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, increases his stake in Manchester United PLC to 3.17 per cent.

2015: Wales beat England 28-25 at Twickenham in Pool A of the Rugby World Cup.


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