1930–31 Manchester United F.C. season

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Manchester United
1930–31 season
Chairman George Lawton
Manager Herbert Bamlett
First Division 22nd (relegated)
FA Cup Fourth Round
Top goalscorer League:
Tom Reid (17)
All:
Tom Reid (20)
Highest home attendance 39,876 vs Manchester City (7 February 1931)
Lowest home attendance 3,969 vs Middlesbrough (2 May 1931)
Average home league attendance 12,155
Home colours
Away colours

The 1930–31 season was Manchester United's 35th season in the Football League.[1]

At the end of the season, United finished last in the league and were relegated to the Second Division, having won just seven games all season and lost all of their opening 12 fixtures. The last game of the season, a 4–4 home draw with Middlesbrough, was watched by fewer than 4,000 spectators, as the Great Depression further affected attendances.[2]

First Division[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
30 August 1930 Aston Villa H 3 – 4 Reid, Rowley, Warburton 18,004
3 September 1930 Middlesbrough A 1 – 3 Rowley 15,712
6 September 1930 Chelsea A 2 – 6 Reid, Spence 68,648
10 September 1930 Huddersfield Town H 0 – 6 11,836
13 September 1930 Newcastle United H 4 – 7 Reid (3), Rowley 10,907
15 September 1930 Huddersfield Town A 0 – 3 14,028
20 September 1930 Sheffield Wednesday A 0 – 3 18,705
27 September 1930 Grimsby Town H 0 – 2 14,695
4 October 1930 Manchester City A 1 – 4 Spence 41,757
11 October 1930 West Ham United A 1 – 5 Reid 20,003
18 October 1930 Arsenal H 1 – 2 McLachlan 23,406
25 October 1930 Portsmouth A 1 – 4 Rowley 19,262
1 November 1930 Birmingham H 2 – 0 Gallimore, Rowley 11,479
8 November 1930 Leicester City A 4 – 5 Bullock (3), McLachlan 17,466
15 November 1930 Blackpool H 0 – 0 14,765
22 November 1930 Sheffield United A 1 – 3 Gallimore 12,698
29 November 1930 Sunderland H 1 – 1 Gallimore 10,971
6 December 1930 Blackburn Rovers A 1 – 4 Rowley 10,802
13 December 1930 Derby County H 2 – 1 Reid, Spence 9,701
20 December 1930 Leeds United A 0 – 5 11,282
25 December 1930 Bolton Wanderers A 1 – 3 Reid 22,662
26 December 1930 Bolton Wanderers H 1 – 1 Reid 12,741
27 December 1930 Aston Villa A 0 – 7 32,505
1 January 1931 Leeds United H 0 – 0 9,875
3 January 1931 Chelsea H 1 – 0 Warburton 8,966
17 January 1931 Newcastle United A 3 – 4 Warburton (2), Reid 24,835
28 January 1931 Sheffield Wednesday H 4 – 1 Hopkinson, Reid, Spence, Warburton 6,077
31 January 1931 Grimsby Town A 1 – 2 Reid 9,305
7 February 1931 Manchester City H 1 – 3 Spence 39,876
14 February 1931 West Ham United H 1 – 0 Gallimore 9,745
21 February 1931 Arsenal A 1 – 4 Thomson 41,510
7 March 1931 Birmingham A 0 – 0 17,678
16 March 1931 Portsmouth H 0 – 1 4,808
21 March 1931 Blackpool A 1 – 5 Hopkinson 13,162
25 March 1931 Leicester City H 0 – 0 3,679
28 March 1931 Sheffield United H 1 – 2 Hopkinson 5,420
3 April 1931 Liverpool A 1 – 1 Wilson 27,782
4 April 1931 Sunderland A 2 – 1 Hopkinson, Reid 13,590
6 April 1931 Liverpool H 4 – 1 Reid (2), McLenahan, Rowley 8,058
11 April 1931 Blackburn Rovers H 0 – 1 6,414
18 April 1931 Derby County A 1 – 6 Spence 6,610
2 May 1931 Middlesbrough H 4 – 4 Reid (2), Bennion, Gallimore 3,969
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
20 Blackpool 42 11 10 21 71 125 –54 32
21 Leeds United 42 12 6 23 68 81 –13 31
22 Manchester United 42 7 8 27 53 115 –62 22

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
10 January 1931 Round 3 Stoke City A 3 – 3 Reid (3) 23,415
14 January 1931 Round 3
Replay
Stoke City H 0 – 0 22,013
19 January 1931 Round 3
Replay
Stoke City N 4 – 2 Hopkinson (2), Gallimore, Spence 11,788
24 January 1931 Round 4 Grimsby Town A 0 – 1 15,000

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Arthur Chesters 4 0 0 0 4 0
GK England Alf Steward 38 0 4 0 42 0
FB Wales Thomas Jones 5 0 0 0 5 0
FB England Jack Mellor 35 0 4 0 39 0
FB England Jack Silcock 25 0 0 0 25 0
HB Wales Ray Bennion 36 1 4 0 40 1
HB England Bill Dale 22 0 4 0 26 0
HB England Lal Hilditch 25 0 4 0 29 0
HB England George Lydon 1 0 0 0 1 0
HB England Hugh McLenahan 21 1 0 0 21 1
HB England Thomas Parker 9 0 0 0 9 0
HB England Frank Williams 3 0 0 0 3 0
HB England Jack Wilson 20 1 2 0 22 1
FW England Jimmy Bullock 10 3 0 0 10 3
FW England Stanley Gallimore 28 5 4 1 32 6
FW England Samuel Hopkinson 17 4 2 2 19 6
FW Scotland George McLachlan 42 2 4 0 46 2
FW England Charlie Ramsden 7 0 2 0 9 0
FW Scotland Thomas Reid 30 17 3 3 33 20
FW England Harry Rowley 29 7 0 0 29 7
FW England Joe Spence 35 6 2 1 37 7
FW England Arthur Thomson 2 1 1 0 3 1
FW England Arthur Warburton 18 5 4 0 22 5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Manchester United Season 1930/31". StretfordEnd.co.uk. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Philip, Robert (1 February 2008). "How Matt Busby arrived at Manchester United". The Telegraph. Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 28 February 2012.