1954–55 Manchester United F.C. season

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Manchester United
1954–55 season
Chairman Harold Hardman
Manager Matt Busby
First Division 5th
FA Cup Fourth Round
Top goalscorer League:
Dennis Viollet (20)
Tommy Taylor (20)
All:
Dennis Viollet (21)
Highest home attendance 51,918 vs Blackpool (1 January 1955)
Lowest home attendance 15,679 vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (23 February 1955)
Average home league attendance 33,815
Home colours
Away colours

The 1954–55 season was Manchester United's 53rd season in the Football League, and their tenth consecutive season in the top division of English football. United finished fifth in the league. Their top scorer was Dennis Viollet, with 21 goals. Departing the club at the end of the season was veteran forward Jack Rowley after 18 years at Old Trafford. With younger players continuing to form the mainstay of the side, several more made their debuts this season, including Dublin born forward Billy Whelan who made his senior debut just before his 20th birthday.[1]

First Division[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
21 August 1954 Portsmouth H 1 – 3 Rowley 38,203
23 August 1954 Sheffield Wednesday A 4 – 2 Blanchflower (2), Viollet (2) 38,118
28 August 1954 Blackpool A 4 – 2 Webster (2), Blanchflower, Viollet 31,855
1 September 1954 Sheffield Wednesday H 2 – 0 Viollet (2) 31,371
4 September 1954 Charlton Athletic H 3 – 1 Rowley (2), Taylor 38,105
8 September 1954 Tottenham Hotspur A 2 – 0 Berry, Webster 35,162
11 September 1954 Bolton Wanderers A 1 – 1 Webster 44,661
15 September 1954 Tottenham Hotspur H 2 – 1 Rowley, Viollet 29,212
18 September 1954 Huddersfield Town H 1 – 1 Viollet 45,648
25 September 1954 Manchester City A 2 – 3 Blanchflower, Taylor 54,105
2 October 1954 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 2 – 4 Rowley, Viollet 39,617
9 October 1954 Cardiff City H 5 – 2 Taylor (4), Viollet 39,378
16 October 1954 Chelsea A 6 – 5 Viollet (3), Taylor (2), Blanchflower 55,966
23 October 1954 Newcastle United H 2 – 2 Taylor, own goal 29,217
30 October 1954 Everton A 2 – 4 Taylor, Rowley 63,021
6 November 1954 Preston North End H 2 – 1 Viollet (2) 30,063
13 November 1954 Sheffield United A 0 – 3 26,257
20 November 1954 Arsenal H 2 – 1 Blanchflower, Taylor 33,373
27 November 1954 West Bromwich Albion A 0 – 2 33,931
4 December 1954 Leicester City H 3 – 1 Webster, Rowley, Viollet 19,369
11 December 1954 Burnley A 4 – 2 Webster (3), Viollet 24,977
18 December 1954 Portsmouth A 0 – 0 26,019
27 December 1954 Aston Villa H 0 – 1 49,136
28 December 1954 Aston Villa A 1 – 2 Taylor 48,718
1 January 1955 Blackpool H 4 – 1 Blanchflower (2), Edwards, Viollet 51,918
22 January 1955 Bolton Wanderers H 1 – 1 Taylor 39,873
5 February 1955 Huddersfield Town A 3 – 1 Berry, Edwards, Pegg 31,408
12 February 1955 Manchester City H 0 – 5 47,914
23 February 1955 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2 – 4 Edwards, Taylor 15,679
26 February 1955 Cardiff City A 0 – 3 16,329
5 March 1955 Burnley H 1 – 0 Edwards 31,729
19 March 1955 Everton H 1 – 2 Scanlon 32,295
26 March 1955 Preston North End A 2 – 0 Byrne, Scanlon 13,327
2 April 1955 Sheffield United H 5 – 0 Taylor (2), Berry, Viollet, Whelan 21,158
8 April 1955 Sunderland A 3 – 4 Edwards (2), Scanlon 43,882
9 April 1955 Leicester City A 0 – 1 34,362
11 April 1955 Sunderland H 2 – 2 Byrne, Taylor 36,013
16 April 1955 West Bromwich Albion H 3 – 0 Taylor (2), Viollet 24,765
18 April 1955 Newcastle United A 0 – 2 35,540
23 April 1955 Arsenal A 3 – 2 Blanchflower (2), own goal 42,754
26 April 1955 Charlton Athletic A 1 – 1 Viollet 13,149
30 April 1955 Chelsea H 2 – 1 Scanlon, Taylor 34,933
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GAvg Pts
4 Sunderland 42 15 18 9 64 54 1.185 48
5 Manchester United 42 20 7 15 88 74 1.135 47
6 Aston Villa 42 20 7 15 72 73 0.986 47

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
8 January 1955 Round 3 Reading A 1 – 1 Webster 26,000
12 January 1955 Round 3
Replay
Reading H 4 – 1 Webster (2), Viollet, Rowley 24,578
19 February 1955 Round 4 Manchester City A 0 – 2 75,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Manchester United Season 1954/55". StretfordEnd.co.uk. Retrieved 21 December 2011.