Two British football teams, Manchester United and Hearts of Midlothian, from Scotland, presently touring USA and Canada played their second game together, this time at Randall Island Stadium, in the middle of New York's East River.
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Background: Two British football teams, Manchester United and Hearts of Midlothian, from Scotland, presently touring USA and Canada played their second game together, this time at Randall Island Stadium, in the middle of New York's East River. May 22. Manchester trounced the Scots 3 goals to nil. The first meeting, in Toronto, was a 2-2 tie.
Preamble to the match were British Commonwealth Day celebration with quilted Scot bagpipers and marchers. But there was little British brotherliness once the match for the splendid British Commonwealth Cup got under way.
Manchester United - once dubbed Matt Busby's Babies - were like Red Devils, tearing into the heart of the Scots team. Marshall of Midlothian played brilliantly, though desperately in goal, saving the team from a more crushing defeat at the boots of the Manchester men.
Fast becoming popular with New Yorkers, soccer is watched in the way that all American sports are, with pop-corn, beer and cigars close and hand. The thousands of fans poured over the Triborough Bridge down into the stadium in the typical yellow taxi-cabs, monster-like hired buses and brassy, big American cars.
Though well received by the American crowd, the match was reported by our cameraman - nurtured on the feats of Stan Matthews and the Wembley velvet turf - as "not so good."
The Cup was presented by former Manchester United player Ira G. Harrison. And the team were: MANCHESTER, Gregg, Foulkes, Carolan, Lewton, Haydock, Brenman, Giles, Quixall, Dewson, Peason, Heron, HEARTS, Marshal, Kirk, Thompson, Murray, Milne, Bowman, Smith, McFadzgan, Blackwood, Crawford, Hamilton.