Man United award two championship medals to goalkeeper David Gaskell more than 50 YEARS after they were won after EFL lower criteria for minimum number of appearances
- Gaskell is one up of to 18 former United players who could receive medals
- The criteria has been lowered from a minimum of 14 appearances to five
- Now 82, he became United’s youngest ever goalkeeper in 1956 at 16 years old
Manchester United have awarded two championship-winning medals to former goalkeeper David Gaskell – more than half a century after they were won.
Gaskell is one of up to 18 former United players who could receive missing medals after the EFL lowered its criteria from a minimum of 14 appearances to five.
Gaskell became the club’s youngest ever goalkeeper when he made his debut at the age of 16 years and 19 days in the 1956 FA Charity Shield against Manchester City.
He also played in the 1963 FA Cup final win against Leicester City, and made a total of 119 first team appearances during 13 years at Old Trafford.
The 82-year-old was awarded the medals for the 1964-65 and 1966-67 title-winning seasons at his home in Wrexham on Monday.
Manchester United have awarded two championship-winning medals to former goalkeeper David Gaskell (centre) – Mickey Thomas (left) and Alex Stepney (right) were also present
The EFL have lowered their criteria for the minimum number of appearances to earn a medal
Former United goalkeeper Alex Stepney, a teammate of Gaskell’s, was there to make the presentation along with another United favourite Mickey Thomas who was an apprentice at Wrexham when Gaskell played for the Welsh club.
Stepney said: ‘It was a real privilege to be here with David when he received his medals. Any team that wins a title, especially in those days when we played 42 League matches, requires a strong squad.
‘Players like David, who provided great cover for me during his later years at the club, were crucial to our success.’
Thomas added: ‘I owe David so much. He was a mentor to me at Wrexham, where I actually cleaned his boots as an apprentice. David provided me with the knowledge required to succeed in football. It means a lot to me to be here with him today and help present his medals.’
United great Mickey Thomas, said he owes Gaskell ‘so much’ for helping him in his career
United have worked with the EFL to identify 17 more players who are entitled to retrospective medals. They include Harry McShane, Jack Crompton, Fred Goodwin, Albert Scanlon, Maurice Setters, Geoff Bent, Colin Webster, David Sadler, Shay Brennan, John Connelly, Jimmy Ryan, Jim Holton, Arnie Sidebottom and Mick Martin.
The players – or their surviving family members – will receive their medals in ceremonies at Old Trafford or at home over the summer and next season.
United chief executive Richard Arnold said: ‘We’re delighted to have awarded these medals to David today in honour of his important contribution to two great title-winning teams, and we’re looking forward to presenting more in coming weeks.
‘It’s fantastic to see these players who missed out on medals all those years ago getting the recognition they deserve, and we appreciate the support of the EFL in making this possible.’