1961–62 Manchester United F.C. season

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Manchester United
1961–62 season
Chairman Harold Hardman
Manager Matt Busby
First Division 15th
FA Cup Semi-Final
Top goalscorer League:
David Herd (14)
All:
David Herd (17)
Highest home attendance 63,468 vs Preston North End (14 March 1962)
Lowest home attendance 20,807 vs Aston Villa (15 January 1962)
Average home league attendance 36,904
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 1961–62 season was Manchester United's 60th season in the Football League, and their 17th consecutive season in the top division of English football.[1] Unlike the previous season, United declined to enter the Football League Cup, which they continue to decline for the next four seasons.

New to the side for the 1961–62 season was David Herd, who had been the First Division's second highest goalscorer the previous season. He joined the United ranks for a fee of £40,000, and finished the season as the club's top scorer with 14 goals in the league and 17 in all competitions, although it was a disappointing season for the club as they finished 15th in the First Division.[2]

First Division[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
19 August 1961 West Ham United A 1 – 1 Stiles 32,628
23 August 1961 Chelsea H 3 – 2 Herd, Pearson, Viollet 45,847
26 August 1961 Blackburn Rovers H 6 – 1 Herd (2), Quixall (2), Charlton, Setters 45,302
30 August 1961 Chelsea A 0 – 2 42,248
2 September 1961 Blackpool A 3 – 2 Viollet, Charlton 28,156
9 September 1961 Tottenham Hotspur H 1 – 0 Quixall 57,135
16 September 1961 Cardiff City A 2 – 1 Dawson, Quixall 29,251
18 September 1961 Aston Villa A 1 – 1 Stiles 38,837
23 September 1961 Manchester City H 3 – 2 Stiles, Viollet, own goal 56,345
30 September 1961 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0 – 2 39,457
7 October 1961 West Bromwich Albion A 1 – 1 Dawson 25,645
14 October 1961 Birmingham City H 0 – 2 30,674
21 October 1961 Arsenal A 1 – 5 Viollet 54,245
28 October 1961 Bolton Wanderers H 0 – 3 31,442
4 November 1961 Sheffield Wednesday A 1 – 3 Viollet 35,998
11 November 1961 Leicester City H 2 – 2 Giles, Viollet 21,567
18 November 1961 Ipswich Town A 1 – 4 McMillan 25,755
25 November 1961 Burnley H 1 – 4 Herd 41,029
2 December 1961 Everton A 1 – 5 Herd 48,099
9 December 1961 Fulham H 3 – 0 Herd (2), Lawton 22,193
16 December 1961 West Ham United H 1 – 2 Herd 29,472
26 December 1961 Nottingham Forest H 6 – 3 Lawton (3), Brennan, Charlton, Herd 30,822
13 January 1962 Blackpool H 0 – 1 26,999
15 January 1962 Aston Villa H 2 – 0 Charlton, Quixall 20,807
20 January 1962 Tottenham Hotspur A 2 – 2 Charlton, Stiles 55,225
3 February 1962 Cardiff City H 3 – 0 Giles, Lawton, Stiles 29,200
10 February 1962 Manchester City A 2 – 0 Chisnall, Herd 49,959
24 February 1962 West Bromwich Albion H 4 – 1 Charlton (2), Setters, Quixall 32,456
28 February 1962 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 2 – 2 Herd, Lawton 27,565
3 March 1962 Birmingham City A 1 – 1 Herd 25,817
17 March 1962 Bolton Wanderers A 0 – 1 34,366
20 March 1962 Nottingham Forest A 0 – 1 27,833
24 March 1962 Sheffield Wednesday H 1 – 1 Charlton 31,322
4 April 1962 Leicester City A 3 – 4 McMillan (2), Quixall 15,318
7 April 1962 Ipswich Town H 5 – 0 Quixall (3), Setters, Stiles 24,976
10 April 1962 Blackburn Rovers A 0 – 3 14,623
14 April 1962 Burnley A 3 – 1 Brennan, Cantwell, Herd 36,240
16 April 1962 Arsenal H 2 – 3 Cantwell, McMillan 24,258
21 April 1962 Everton H 1 – 1 Herd 31,926
23 April 1962 Sheffield United H 0 – 1 30,073
24 April 1962 Sheffield United A 3 – 2 McMillan (2), Stiles 25,324
28 April 1962 Fulham A 0 – 2 40,113
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Pts
14 Leicester City 42 17 6 19 72 71 40
15 Manchester United 42 15 9 18 72 75 39
16 Blackburn Rovers 42 14 11 17 50 58 39

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
6 January 1962 Round 3 Bolton Wanderers H 2 – 1 Nicholson, Herd 42,202
31 January 1962 Round 4 Arsenal H 1 – 0 Setters 54,082
17 February 1962 Round 5 Sheffield Wednesday H 0 – 0 59,553
21 February 1962 Round 5
Replay
Sheffield Wednesday A 2 – 0 Charlton, Giles 62,969
10 March 1962 Round 6 Preston North End A 0 – 0 37,521
14 March 1962 Round 6
Replay
Preston North End H 2 – 1 Herd, Charlton 63,468
31 March 1962 Semi-Final Tottenham Hotspur N 1 – 3 Herd 65,000

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Manchester United Season 1961/62". StretfordEnd.co.uk. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Legends – David Herd". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 9 March 2012.