1952–53 Manchester United F.C. season

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Manchester United
1952–53 season
Chairman Harold Hardman
Manager Matt Busby
First Division 8th
FA Cup Fifth Round
FA Charity Shield Winners
Top goalscorer League:
Stan Pearson (16)
All:
Stan Pearson (18)
Highest home attendance 52,590 vs Preston North End (7 March 1953)
Lowest home attendance 11,381 vs Newcastle United (24 September 1952)
Average home league attendance 34,794
Home colours
Away colours

The 1952–53 season was Manchester United's 51st season in the Football League, and their eighth consecutive season in the top division of English football.[1]

The regeneration of squad continued as younger players continued to take the place of the players who had been in the 1948 FA Cup winning team and the previous season's title campaign. Making their senior debuts this season were teenagers Duncan Edwards, a half-back from Dudley, and Doncaster born winger David Pegg..[2] Also joining the ranks was 21-year-old centre-forward Tommy Taylor from Barnsley for a club record fee of £29,999 in April 1953, a month before Edwards made his debut.[3]

FA Charity Shield[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
24 September 1952 Newcastle United H 4 – 2 Rowley (2), Byrne, Downie 11,381

First Division[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance League
position
23 August 1952 Chelsea H 2 – 0 Berry, Downie 43,629 3rd
27 August 1952 Arsenal A 1 – 2 Rowley 58,831 8th
30 August 1952 Manchester City A 1 – 2 Downie 56,140 14th
3 September 1952 Arsenal H 0 – 0 39,193 13th
6 September 1952 Portsmouth A 0 – 2 37,278 19th
10 September 1952 Derby County A 3 – 2 Pearson (3) 20,226 13th
13 September 1952 Bolton Wanderers H 1 – 0 Berry 40,531 11th
20 September 1952 Aston Villa A 3 – 3 Rowley (2), Downie 43,490 12th
27 September 1952 Sunderland H 0 – 1 28,967 15th
4 October 1952 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 2 – 6 Rowley (2) 40,132 17th
11 October 1952 Stoke City H 0 – 2 28,968 21st
18 October 1952 Preston North End A 5 – 0 Aston (2), Pearson (2), Rowley 33,502 17th
25 October 1952 Burnley H 1 – 3 Aston 36,913 19th
1 November 1952 Tottenham Hotspur A 2 – 1 Berry (2) 44,300 18th
8 November 1952 Sheffield Wednesday H 1 – 1 Pearson 48,571 19th
15 November 1952 Cardiff City A 2 – 1 Aston, Pearson 40,096 15th
22 November 1952 Newcastle United H 2 – 2 Aston, Pearson 33,528 15th
29 November 1952 West Bromwich Albion A 1 – 3 Lewis 23,499 16th
6 December 1952 Middlesbrough H 3 – 2 Pearson (2), Aston 27,617 15th
13 December 1952 Liverpool A 2 – 1 Aston, Pearson 34,450 11th
20 December 1952 Chelsea A 3 – 2 Doherty (2), Aston 23,261 8th
25 December 1952 Blackpool A 0 – 0 27,778 9th
26 December 1952 Blackpool H 2 – 1 Carey, Lewis 48,077 8th
1 January 1953 Derby County H 1 – 0 Lewis 34,813 8th
3 January 1953 Manchester City H 1 – 1 Pearson 47,883 7th
17 January 1953 Portsmouth H 1 – 0 Lewis 32,341 6th
24 January 1953 Bolton Wanderers A 1 – 2 Lewis 43,638 7th
7 February 1953 Aston Villa H 3 – 1 Rowley (2), Lewis 34,339 7th
18 February 1953 Sunderland A 2 – 2 Lewis, Pegg 24,263 7th
21 February 1953 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0 – 3 38,269 8th
28 February 1953 Stoke City A 1 – 3 Berry 30,219 9th
7 March 1953 Preston North End H 5 – 2 Pegg (2), Taylor (2), Rowley 52,590 9th
14 March 1953 Burnley A 1 – 2 Byrne 45,682 9th
25 March 1953 Tottenham Hotspur H 3 – 2 Pearson (2), Pegg 18,384 8th
28 March 1953 Sheffield Wednesday A 0 – 0 36,509 8th
3 April 1953 Charlton Athletic A 2 – 2 Berry, Taylor 41,814 8th
4 April 1953 Cardiff City H 1 – 4 Byrne 37,163 8th
6 April 1953 Charlton Athletic H 3 – 2 Taylor (2), Rowley 30,105 8th
11 April 1953 Newcastle United A 2 – 1 Taylor (2) 38,970 8th
18 April 1953 West Bromwich Albion H 2 – 2 Pearson, Viollet 31,380 8th
20 April 1953 Liverpool H 3 – 1 Berry, Pearson, Rowley 20,869 7th
25 April 1953 Middlesbrough A 0 – 5 34,344 8th
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Pts
7 Blackpool 42 19 9 14 71 70 47
8 Manchester United 42 18 10 14 69 72 46
9 Sunderland 42 15 13 14 68 82 43

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 1953 Round 3 Millwall A 1 – 0 Pearson 35,652
31 January 1953 Round 4 Walthamstow Avenue H 1 – 1 Lewis 34,748
5 February 1953 Round 4
Replay
Walthamstow Avenue A 5 – 2 Rowley (2), Byrne, Lewis, Pearson 49,119
14 February 1953 Round 5 Everton A 1 – 2 Rowley 77,920

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Manchester United Season 1952/53". StretfordEnd.co.uk. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Legends – Duncan Edwards". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Legends – Tommy Taylor". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 9 March 2012.