1953–54 Manchester United F.C. season

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Manchester United
1953–54 season
Chairman Harold Hardman
Manager Matt Busby
First Division 4th
FA Cup Third Round
Top goalscorer League:
Tommy Taylor (22)
All:
Tommy Taylor (23)
Highest home attendance 49,853 vs Blackpool (21 November 1953)
Lowest home attendance 18,161 vs Middlesbrough (9 September 1953)
Average home league attendance 33,590
Home colours
Away colours

The 1953–54 season was Manchester United's 52nd season in the Football League, and their ninth consecutive season in the top division of English football.[1]

United finished the season in fourth place, recovering well after an eight-match winless start. Top scorer for the season was Tommy Taylor, who in his first full season at the club scored 22 goals in the league and a further goal in the FA Cup. 20-year-old striker Dennis Viollet established himself in the first team this season and scored 12 goals, and 17-year-old Duncan Edwards gradually displaced the veteran Henry Cockburn at left-half.

First Division[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
19 August 1953 Chelsea H 1 – 1 Pearson 28,936
22 August 1953 Liverpool A 4 – 4 Byrne, Lewis, Rowley, Taylor 48,422
26 August 1953 West Bromwich Albion H 1 – 3 Taylor 31,806
29 August 1953 Newcastle United H 1 – 1 Chilton 27,837
2 September 1953 West Bromwich Albion A 0 – 2 28,892
5 September 1953 Manchester City A 0 – 2 53,097
9 September 1953 Middlesbrough H 2 – 2 Rowley (2) 18,161
12 September 1953 Bolton Wanderers A 0 – 0 43,544
16 September 1953 Middlesbrough A 4 – 1 Taylor (2), Byrne, Rowley 23,607
19 September 1953 Preston North End H 1 – 0 Byrne 41,171
26 September 1953 Tottenham Hotspur A 1 – 1 Rowley 52,837
3 October 1953 Burnley H 1 – 2 Pearson 37,696
10 October 1953 Sunderland H 1 – 0 Rowley 34,617
17 October 1953 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1 – 3 Taylor 40,084
24 October 1953 Aston Villa H 1 – 0 Berry 30,266
31 October 1953 Huddersfield Town A 0 – 0 34,175
7 November 1953 Arsenal H 2 – 2 Blanchflower, Rowley 28,141
14 November 1953 Cardiff City A 6 – 1 Viollet (2), Berry, Blanchflower, Rowley, Taylor 26,844
21 November 1953 Blackpool H 4 – 1 Taylor (3), Viollet 49,853
28 November 1953 Portsmouth A 1 – 1 Taylor 29,233
5 December 1953 Sheffield United H 2 – 2 Blanchflower (2) 31,693
12 December 1953 Chelsea A 1 – 3 Berry 37,153
19 December 1953 Liverpool H 5 – 1 Blanchflower (2), Taylor (2), Viollet 26,074
25 December 1953 Sheffield Wednesday H 5 – 2 Taylor (3), Blanchflower, Viollet 27,123
26 December 1953 Sheffield Wednesday A 1 – 0 Viollet 44,196
2 January 1954 Newcastle United A 2 – 1 Blanchflower, Foulkes 55,780
16 January 1954 Manchester City H 1 – 1 Berry 46,379
23 January 1954 Bolton Wanderers H 1 – 5 Taylor 46,663
6 February 1954 Preston North End A 3 – 1 Blanchflower, Rowley, Taylor 30,064
13 February 1954 Tottenham Hotspur H 2 – 0 Rowley, Taylor 35,485
20 February 1954 Burnley A 0 – 2 29,576
27 February 1954 Sunderland A 2 – 0 Taylor, Blanchflower 58,440
6 March 1954 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1 – 0 Berry 38,939
13 March 1954 Aston Villa A 2 – 2 Taylor (2) 26,023
20 March 1954 Huddersfield Town H 3 – 1 Blanchflower, Rowley, Viollet 40,181
27 March 1954 Arsenal A 1 – 3 Taylor 42,753
3 April 1954 Cardiff City H 2 – 3 Rowley, Viollet 22,832
10 April 1954 Blackpool A 0 – 2 25,996
16 April 1954 Charlton Athletic H 2 – 0 Aston, Viollet 31,876
17 April 1954 Portsmouth H 2 – 0 Blanchflower, Viollet 29,663
19 April 1954 Charlton Athletic A 0 – 1 19,111
24 April 1954 Sheffield United A 3 – 1 Aston, Blanchflower, Viollet 29,189
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GAvg Pts
3 Huddersfield Town 42 20 11 11 78 61 1.279 51
4 Manchester United 42 18 12 12 73 58 1.259 48
5 Bolton Wanderers 42 18 12 12 75 60 1.250 48

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

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
19 January 1954 Round 3 Burnley A 3 – 5 Blanchflower, Taylor, Viollet 54,000

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Manchester United Season 1953/54". StretfordEnd.co.uk. Retrieved 21 December 2011.