1943–44 Manchester United F.C. season

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Manchester United
1943–44 season
Chairman James W. Gibson
Manager Walter Crickmer
War League North
Regional League
First Championship
2nd
War League North
Regional League
Second Championship
9th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 1943–44 season was Manchester United's fifth season in the non-competitive War League during the Second World War.[1][2][3]

Many of Manchester United's players went off to fight in the war, but for those who remained, the Football League organised a special War League.


War League North Regional League First Championship[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
28 August 1943 Stockport County H 6 – 0 Bellis (2), Smith (2), McDonald, McKay
4 September 1943 Stockport County A 3 – 3 McDonald (2), Bryant
11 September 1943 Everton H 4 – 1 McDonald (2), Broadis, Smith
18 September 1943 Everton A 1 – 6 Bellis
25 September 1943 Blackburn Rovers H 2 – 1 Bryant (2)
2 October 1943 Blackburn Rovers A 1 – 2 Roughton
9 October 1943 Chester H 3 – 1 Bellis (3)
16 October 1943 Chester A 4 – 5 Smith (2), McKay, own goal
23 October 1943 Liverpool A 4 – 3 Pearson (2), McDonald, Smith
30 October 1943 Liverpool H 1 – 0 McKay
6 November 1943 Manchester City A 2 – 2 S. Pearson, Smith
13 November 1943 Manchester City H 3 – 0 Bryant, Morris, Smith
20 November 1943 Tranmere Rovers H 6 – 3 Mitten (4), Smith (2)
27 November 1943 Tranmere Rovers A 1 – 0 McKay
4 December 1943 Wrexham A 4 – 1 Morris (2), Bryant, Smith
11 December 1943 Wrexham H 5 – 0 S. Pearson (3), Smith (2)
18 December 1943 Bolton Wanderers H 3 – 1 Morris, Smith, Warner
25 December 1943 Bolton Wanderers A 3 – 1[4] Smith (2), Bryant
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1 Blackpool 18 12 4 2 56 20 28
2 Manchester United 18 13 2 3 56 30 28
3 Liverpool 18 13 1 1 72 26 27

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

War League North Regional League Second Championship[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
27 December 1943 Halifax Town H 6 – 2 S. Pearson (3), Smith (2), A. Rowley
1 January 1944 Halifax Town A 1 – 1 Smith
8 January 1944 Stockport County A 3 – 2 Brook (2), Bryant
15 January 1944 Stockport County H 4 – 2 Smith (3), Brook
22 January 1944 Manchester City H 1 – 3 Smith
29 January 1944 Manchester City A 3 – 2 J. Rowley (2), Smith
5 February 1944 Bury A 3 – 0 S. Pearson (2), Smith
12 February 1944 Bury H 3 – 3 Brook, Bryant, McKay
19 February 1944 Oldham Athletic H 3 – 2 Smith (3)
26 February 1944 Oldham Athletic A 1 – 1 Bryant
4 March 1944 Wrexham A 4 – 1 Bryant, Morris, J. Rowley, Smith
11 March 1944 Wrexham H 2 – 2 Pearson, Smith
18 March 1944 Birmingham City A 1 – 3 Smith
25 March 1944 Birmingham City H 1 – 1 J. Rowley
1 April 1944 Bolton Wanderers A 0 – 3
8 April 1944 Bolton Wanderers H 3 – 2 Bryant (2), Morris
10 April 1944 Manchester City A 1 – 4 Bryant
15 April 1944 Burnley H 9 – 0 Smith (3), Brook (2), Bryant (2), J. Rowley (2)
22 April 1944 Burnley A 3 – 3 Brook (2), Smith
29 April 1944 Oldham Athletic H 0 – 0
6 May 1944 Oldham Athletic A 3 – 1 Morris, Sloan, own goal
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Pts
8 Cardiff City 21 13 1 7 53 28 27
9 Manchester United 21 10 7 4 55 38 27
10 Bradford Park Avenue 20 11 4 5 50 30 26

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Manchester United In War League 1943/44". StretfordEnd.co.uk. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Rollin, Jack (2005). Soccer at War: 1939 - 45. London: Headline Book Publishing. ISBN 0-7553-1431-X. 
  3. ^ "England 1943/44". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF). Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Match abandoned after 85 minutes of play, however the score stood