1957–58 Manchester United F.C. season

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Manchester United
1957–58 season
Chairman Harold Hardman
Manager Matt Busby
(on convalescent leave from 7 February)
Jimmy Murphy
(acting manager from 7 February)
First Division 9th
FA Cup Runners-up
Charity Shield Winners
European Cup Semi-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Dennis Viollet (16)
Tommy Taylor (16)
All:
Dennis Viollet (23)
Highest home attendance 66,124 vs Nottingham Forest (22 February 1958)
Lowest home attendance 27,293 vs Aston Villa (22 October 1957)
Average home league attendance 46,866
Home colours
Away colours

The 1957–58 season was Manchester United's 56th season in the Football League, and their 13th consecutive season in the top division of English football.[1]

The season marked the biggest tragedy in the club's history as eight players, three club officials and ten other passengers died as a result of their injuries in the Munich air disaster on 6 February 1958 on their way back from a European Cup quarter-final away to Red Star Belgrade. Centre-half Mark Jones, captain Roger Byrne, full-back Geoff Bent, winger David Pegg, right-half Eddie Colman, inside-right Bill Whelan and centre-forward Tommy Taylor were all killed instantly. Left-half Duncan Edwards was in hospital for two weeks before he too died on 21 February.

Winger Johnny Berry and centre-half Jackie Blanchflower were both injured to such an extent that they never played again, while several of the surviving players were unavailable for a considerable amount of time as they recovered from their injuries.

Manager Matt Busby was badly injured, and his assistant Jimmy Murphy (who was not on that fateful flight) took charge of the first team until the end of the season as Busby recovered from his injuries. Club secretary Walter Crickmer and coaches Tom Curry and Bert Whalley were all killed in the crash, which claimed a total of 23 lives.

Despite the decimation of their squad, a makeshift United side still managed to reach the FA Cup final that season, where they lost to Bolton Wanderers. They also reached the semi-finals of the European Cup. However, their league form suffered after the crash and their title challenge faded as they finished ninth in the final table.

With the United squad decimated by death and injuries in the aftermath of the Munich tragedy, a number of younger players broke through into the first team. These included winger Shay Brennan[2] and forward Mark Pearson.[3] Another notable new member of the side was goalkeeper Harry Gregg, signed in December 1957 a few weeks before the Munich crash, and who was hailed a hero for his rescue efforts in the crash.[4]

United's top scorer for the season was Dennis Viollet, who found the net 23 times in all competitions and 16 times in the league despite being out of action for some two months as he recovered from injuries sustained in the Munich crash.

FA Charity Shield[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
22 October 1957 Aston Villa H 4 – 0 T. Taylor (3), Berry 27,293

First Division[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
24 August 1957 Leicester City A 3 – 0 Whelan (3) 40,214
28 August 1957 Everton H 3 – 0 T. Taylor, Viollet, own goal 59,103
31 August 1957 Manchester City H 4 – 1 Berry, Edwards, T. Taylor, Viollet 63,347
4 September 1957 Everton A 3 – 3 Berry, Viollet, Whelan 72,077
7 September 1957 Leeds United H 5 – 0 Berry (2), T. Taylor (2), Viollet 50,842
9 September 1957 Blackpool A 4 – 1 Viollet (2), Whelan (2) 34,181
14 September 1957 Bolton Wanderers A 0 – 4 48,003
18 September 1957 Blackpool H 1 – 2 Edwards 40,763
21 September 1957 Arsenal H 4 – 2 Whelan (2), Pegg, T. Taylor 47,142
28 September 1957 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1 – 3 Doherty 48,825
5 October 1957 Aston Villa H 4 – 1 T. Taylor, Pegg, own goal 43,102
12 October 1957 Nottingham Forest A 2 – 1 Viollet, Whelan 47,654
19 October 1957 Portsmouth H 0 – 3 38,253
26 October 1957 West Bromwich Albion A 3 – 4 T. Taylor, Whelan 52,160
2 November 1957 Burnley H 1 – 0 T. Taylor 49,449
9 November 1957 Preston North End A 1 – 1 Whelan 39,063
16 November 1957 Sheffield Wednesday H 2 – 1 Webster (2) 40,366
23 November 1957 Newcastle United A 2 – 1 Edwards, T. Taylor 53,890
30 November 1957 Tottenham Hotspur H 3 – 4 Pegg (2), Whelan 43,077
7 December 1957 Birmingham City H 3 – 3 Viollet (2), T. Taylor 35,791
14 December 1957 Chelsea H 0 – 1 36,853
21 December 1957 Leicester City H 4 – 0 Viollet (2), Charlton, Scanlon 41,631
25 December 1957 Luton Town H 3 – 0 Charlton, Edwards, T. Taylor 39,444
26 December 1957 Luton Town A 2 – 2 Scanlon, T. Taylor 26,458
28 December 1957 Manchester City A 2 – 2 Charlton, Viollet 70,483
11 January 1958 Leeds United A 1 – 1 Viollet 39,401
18 January 1958 Bolton Wanderers H 7 – 2 Charlton (3), Viollet (2), Edwards, Scanlon 41,141
1 February 1958 Arsenal A 5 – 4 T. Taylor (2), Charlton, Edwards, Viollet 63,578
22 February 1958 Nottingham Forest H 1 – 1 Dawson 66,124
8 March 1958 West Bromwich Albion H 0 – 4 63,278
15 March 1958 Burnley A 0 – 3 37,247
29 March 1958 Sheffield Wednesday A 0 – 1 35,608
31 March 1958 Aston Villa A 2 – 3 Dawson, Webster 16,631
4 April 1958 Sunderland H 2 – 2 Charlton, Dawson 47,421
5 April 1958 Preston North End H 0 – 0 47,816
7 April 1958 Sunderland A 2 – 1 Webster (2) 51,302
12 April 1958 Tottenham Hotspur A 0 – 1 59,836
16 April 1958 Portsmouth A 3 – 3 Dawson, E. Taylor, Webster 39,975
19 April 1958 Birmingham City H 0 – 2 38,991
21 April 1958 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0 – 4 33,267
23 April 1958 Newcastle United H 1 – 1 Dawson 28,393
26 April 1958 Chelsea A 1 – 2 E. Taylor 45,011
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Pts
8 Luton Town 42 19 6 17 69 63 44
9 Manchester United 42 16 11 15 85 75 43
10 Nottingham Forest 42 16 10 16 69 63 42

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
4 January 1958 Round 3 Workington A 3 – 1 Viollet 21,000
25 January 1958 Round 4 Ipswich Town H 2 – 0 Charlton 53,550
19 February 1958 Round 5 Sheffield Wednesday H 3 – 0 Brennan (2), Dawson 59,848
1 March 1958 Round 6 West Bromwich Albion A 2 – 2 Dawson, E. Taylor 58,250
5 March 1958 Round 6
Replay
West Bromwich Albion H 1 – 0 Webster 60,000
22 March 1958 Semi-final Fulham N 2 – 2 Charlton 69,745
26 March 1958 Semi-final
Replay
Fulham N 5 – 3 Dawson (3), Brennan, Charlton 38,000
3 May 1958 Final Bolton Wanderers N 0 – 2 100,000

European Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
25 September 1957 Preliminary round
First leg
Shamrock Rovers A 6 – 0 T. Taylor (2), Whelan (2), Berry, Pegg 45,000
2 October 1957 Preliminary round
Second leg
Shamrock Rovers H 3 – 2 Viollet (2), Pegg 33,754
20 November 1957 First round
First leg
Dukla Prague H 3 – 0 Pegg, T. Taylor, Webster 60,000
4 December 1957 First round
Second leg
Dukla Prague A 0 – 1 35,000
14 January 1958 Quarter-final
First leg
Red Star Belgrade H 2 – 1 Charlton, Colman 60,000
5 February 1958 Quarter-final
Second leg
Red Star Belgrade A 3 – 3 Charlton (2), Viollet 55,000
8 May 1958 Semi-final
First leg
Milan H 2 – 1 E. Taylor, Viollet 44,880
14 May 1958 Semi-final
Second leg
Milan A 0 – 4 80,000

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup European Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England David Gaskell 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
GK Northern Ireland Harry Gregg 19 0 8 0 4 0 1 0 31 0
GK England Ray Wood 20 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 25 0
FB Republic of Ireland Shay Brennan 5 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 7 3
FB England Roger Byrne 26 0 2 0 6 0 1 0 35 0
FB England Bill Foulkes 42 0 8 0 8 0 1 0 59 0
FB England Ian Greaves 12 0 6 0 2 0 0 0 20 0
FB England Bobby Harrop 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
FB Scotland Tommy Heron 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
FB England Peter Jones 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
HB Northern Ireland Jackie Blanchflower 18 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 21 0
HB England Eddie Colman 24 0 2 0 5 1 0 0 31 1
HB England Ronnie Cope 13 0 6 0 2 0 0 0 21 0
HB England Stan Crowther 11 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 18 0
HB England Duncan Edwards 26 6 2 0 5 0 1 0 34 6
HB England Freddie Goodwin 16 0 6 0 3 0 1 0 26 0
HB England Mark Jones 10 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 16 0
HB England Wilf McGuinness 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
FW England Johnny Berry 20 4 0 0 3 1 1 1 24 6
FW England Bobby Charlton 21 8 7 5 2 3 0 0 30 16
FW Scotland Alex Dawson 12 5 6 5 0 0 0 0 18 10
FW England John Doherty 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
FW Wales Kenny Morgans 13 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 19 0
FW England Mark Pearson 8 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 14 0
FW England David Pegg 21 4 0 0 4 3 1 0 26 7
FW England Albert Scanlon 9 3 2 0 3 0 0 0 14 3
FW England Ernie Taylor 11 2 6 1 2 1 0 0 19 4
FW England Tommy Taylor 25 16 2 0 6 3 1 3 34 22
FW England Dennis Viollet 22 16 3 3 6 4 1 0 32 23
FW Wales Colin Webster 20 6 6 1 5 1 0 0 31 8
FW Republic of Ireland Billy Whelan 20 12 0 0 3 2 1 0 24 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Manchester United Season 1957/58". StretfordEnd.co.uk. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Legends – Shay Brennan". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Players – Mark Pearson". AboutManUtd.com. About ManUtd. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Legends – Harry Gregg". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 9 March 2012.