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The 1956 FA Charity Shield was the 34th FA Charity Shield, an annual football match held between the winners of the previous season's Football League and FA Cup competitions. The match was contested by Manchester United, who had won the 1955–56 Football League, and Manchester City, who had won the 1955–56 FA Cup, at Maine Roadmarker, Manchestermarker, on 24 October 1956. Manchester United won the match 1–0, Dennis Viollet scoring the winning goal. Manchester United goalkeeper David Gaskell made his debut for the club during the game, taking the place of injured goalkeeper Ray Wood, and, at the age of 16 years and 19 days, became the youngest player ever to play for the club.

This game was the first competitive floodlit Manchester derby. The game was a break with tradition as Charity Shield games were typically played at the home ground of the League Champions, but as Old Trafford had yet to install lights, the game was played at Maine Road. Prior to this the first floodlit Manchester derby was played on 26th February 1889 at the Belle Vue Athletic Ground. That match was also a charity game as it was played in aid of the Hyde Coal Mine disaster..

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  1. Steve Cawley & Gary James, The Pride of Manchester - A History of the Manchester Derby (ACL & Polar Publsihing, 1991), p320.
  2. Gary James & Keith Mellor, From Maine Men To Banana Citizens (Temple Press, 1989), p8.

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