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The 26th of November, 1904, will surely be forever a date of interest in football history books. So incredible was the defeat of Manchester United, at the hands of Corinthian that day - it's impossible to imagine the scoreline will ever be matched again.

The Harris brothers had a field day - claiming 7 of the 11 goals between them - alongside S.H. Day, the Corinthian front line were irresistible. 

We take a look back at a Times match report from the remarkable afternoon:
"The Corinthians won their first match at Leyton on Saturday against Manchester United by 11 goals to three, and it was again the strength of their three inside forwards, S.S. Harris, G.S. Harris and S.H. Day, that was chiefly responsible for their easy victory. The play during the first half was fairly even, but after the interval the Corinthians' forwards proved much too fast and too clever for the Manchester United defence. The Corinthians' half-backs gave their forward line good support, M. Morgan-Owenin the centre doing particularly well. In the second half Manchester United were quite outplayed; their forwards were for the most part held in check by the Corinthians halves, and in consequence they never showed much combination. Before half-time the Corinthians did much as they liked. Over and over again the forward line set up strong attacks, and altogether they scored eight more goals, S.S. Harris at one time getting through twice in two minutes. Manchester united scored twice in this half of the game."
Under the Management of Ernest Mangle (standing on the left of the above picture) - who was building the first ever Manchester United championship winning side, of 1908 - Corinthian faced a side in transition. Ernest Mangle lead the side from 1903 through to 1912 and he won two league titles, an FA Cup and a Charity shield in the years following this defeat. Before then becoming the only man to ever cross the city to manage Manchester City as well.
There's no record of how he took such a heavy beating - one can only imagine though, the velocity a Fergie "Hairdyer" would be after such a performance... or question quite how Jose Mourinho might have re-organised the current defence to cope with such an onslaught.
G.S. Harris & S.S. Harris scored 7 of the 11 goals between them.
It's a record that will almost certainly remain forever more. The goalscorers were G.S. Harris 5, S.S. Harris 2, S.H. Day 2, E.S Ward 1, R.G Wright 1.

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