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Reserves line up Celtic friendly, rearrange league fixtures

Posted by nickogs20 on October 3, 2008

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reserve side will face their Celtic counterparts in November after the two clubs arranged a friendly to coincide with their vital Champions League group game at Celtic Park.

The Champions of England and Scotland are set to go head to head on Wednesday November 5, and their respective reserve sides will face each other earlier that day at an as-yet undecided venue in Glasgow (likely to be the Bhoys Barrowfield Training Ground). The two teams arranged a similar fixture back in 2006/07 when they were also drawn in the same group, albeit at U18 level (the Scots won 4-2, United’s goals coming from Danny Welbeck and Febian Brandy), while last season United arranged reserve friendlies against group opponents Sporting Lisbon and Dynamo Kyiv in a bid to provide the second string with more games against quality opposition in the wake of the scaling-down of the Premier Reserve League.

The Reds were scheduled to play Liverpool in the Premier Reserve League North a day later on November 6, but that game has now been rescheduled for January 29. One other fixture change has seen United’s trip to the Regional Athletics Arena to face Manchester City later this month put back 24 hours to avoid a clash with the home CL game with Celtic – that game will now be played on Wednesday October 22.

Lastly, Accrington Stanley have been confirmed as United’s first opponents as they seek to defend the Lancashire Senior Cup, with that game pencilled in for Monday December 15 at the Marstons Arena.

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5 Responses to “Reserves line up Celtic friendly, rearrange league fixtures”

  1. Joe Armstrong said

    We did this last time and played their U/19 side against our juniors and lost 1-3.

    If it’s reserves v reserves it should be interesting!

  2. Joe Armstrong said


    2-4 you are correct……but we played their older team…..

  3. lorenzo23 said

    Just spotted on another possible reserve team fixture a friendly against a Unibond Division 1 North side??
    Trafford v. United Reserves Tuesday 28th October k.o.1900h

    Nothing on the club websites so I don’t know how reliable it is – though Unibond & North West Counties clubs often arrange last minute friendlies. If it is on I’ll go along – only 15 minutes by car from home.


  4. lorenzo23 said

    P.S. It’s mentioned in the Trafford FC newsline section – Wednesday 17th September posting. Must be true!

  5. nickogs20 said

    Interesting. Fits into the reserves schedule nicely (no game that week) so I guess it makes sense. The Trafford FC site has actually got a news item posted today about it so it all looks official – it says Paul McGuinness will be managing the team so it’ll be interesting to see if it’s reserves or the academy.

    Cheers for that, well spotted.

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