Manchester United win in… Barbados? Stephen Hall commentary

27th May, 2012 saw Manchester United win a dramatic final against Chelsea, at the Kensington Oval, the home of Cricket. Football has long become the sport of choice by Bajans since international cricket has faded in the West Indies.

The entry fee was less than ten English pounds (BDS$30) – free for children – with food and drink at sensible prices.

Chelsea led until Dwight Yorke chipped the goalkeeper from the penalty spot. Two Chelsea goals looked to have settled the match until Manchester United’s play to the last whistle earned them an Andy Cole special, the goal of the competition from Yorke and a classic strike from Quinton Fortune that broke the net.

Here’s looking forward to the third competition and seeing if anyone can take away the MUFC crown.

United used a West Indian cricketer, Brian Lara in the first half of the final. He scored four goals in the previous rounds, so cricket may not be his only sporting prowess.

Now in its second year, the Barbados British Airways Football Legends Invitational Tournament has been won twice by Manchester United, who beat Chelsea 4-1 last year.

  • MUFC: Kevin Pilkington, Ronny Johnsen, Michael Clegg, Quinton Fortune, Bojan Djordjic, Brian Lara, Dwight Yorke and Andrew Cole.

Chelsea had a team of managers: Carlo Cudicini, Frank Sinclair, Danny Granville, Ken Monkou, Gustavo Poyet, Dennis Wise, Gianfranco Zola and current European Cup winners and Chelsea manager, Roberto Di Matteo.

The other teams that competed included:

  • Arsenal
  • Liverpool
  • Tottenham Hotspur
  • Newcastle United
  • Blackburn Rovers and
  • the PFA All-Stars.


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  1. Quinton literally did break the net. the ball went straight through the back of the onion bag. Paradise will have a net to repair in Dover.


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