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Cantona hat-trick ranks best of top 5 past Community Shields

| 06.08.2014

The competition so good they named it twice is almost upon us. Formerly the Charity and now the Community Shield, the English top-flight�s annual curtain raiser at Wembley is an absolute staple of the footballing calendar and we�ve dug out five of our favourites from the annals.

1974 � Liverpool 1-1 Leeds (Liverpool win 6-5 on penalties)

This game was eventful for more than one reason, but it is most remembered for fisticuffs between Liverpool�s Kevin Keegan and Leeds� Billy Bremner which resulted in red cards and hefty fines for both. Then there was Leeds� goalkeeper David Harvey�s sudden death penalty which hit the bar, allowing the Reds to win out.

1992 � Leeds 4-3 Liverpool

The pick of the bunch features the Premier League�s original French footballing genius at his best, bagging a hat-trick in a ding-dong battle with Ian Rush and co.

1998 � Arsenal 3-0 Manchester United


After securing Arsene Wenger�s first Premier League title following a race which went to the wire with Manchester United � only a point separated the sides � Arsenal wasted no time striking the first blow of the next season.

2005 � Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal 1

This was simply the Didier Drogba show at the Millenuium Stadium. The first two goals of the Drogba v Arsenal video compilation above are in this game as the Ivorian, in his pomp, proved too-hot to handle for poor old Philippe Senderos who was left chasing the Chelsea man�s sizeable shadow.

2011 � Manchester United 3-2 Manchester City

Who says these games don�t matter? Having secured the FA Cup under Roberto Mancini it was clear the newly moneyed �noisy neighbours� were on the up, but Sir Alex Ferguson�s side had other ideas as Nani�s 90+4 minute winner sent a message.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.