Once known as the Charity Shield, the FA Community Shield is a pointless pre-season fixture that pits the Premier League winners against the FA Cup holders, which is usually a combination of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.
The match ceased to have any relavancy after Liverpool featured in 47 finals in a row, ending sometime in the early 90's. The matches feature nothing worth remembering, except a scrap between Billy Bremner and Kevin Keegan in 1974, after Bremner suggested Keegan was about to be sold to Newcastle United. Since 1990 Manchester United have featured in every final and the last ten finals have pitted themselves and Chelsea in contests as riveting as the 0-0 draw between Angola and Mexico in the 2006 World Cup.
Arsenal made a habit of featuring in the fixture for several years but soon disappeared once Thierry Henry realised winning the Champions League with Barcelona was easier. The fixture reached a low point in 1995 when Everton beat Blackburn in a match decided by a lone Vinny Samways goal. Spectators present for the match claimed it was 'a hallucination' and asked 'What's next? Portsmouth in the shield?' Newcastle United claim to have won the shield in 1909, but nobody is alive anymore to verify this claim. It does not stop the 'Toon Army' from proudly unfurling a 300 foot banner at every home game reading 'Charity Shield Winners 1909/Runners Up 1996.'
In the most recent match between Man Utd and Chelsea in 2009, Alex Ferguson's starting eleven was comprised of a 'legends' side including Mike Duxbury, Gary Birtles, Viv Anderson, Lee Martin and Keith Gillespie. Carlo Ancelotti countered by naming faded Chelsea stars Eddie Niedweski, Ruud Gullit, John Bumstead and that wanker Graham Le Saux. Following a 2-2 tie penalties followed, won by United after Vinnie Jones missed his spot kick by completely failing to connect with the ball. Jones later claimed 'he'd forgotten how kick the bloody thing' and he was more interested in his upcoming role in a remake of Death Wish 3.