1964–65 Manchester United F.C. season

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Manchester United
1964–65 season
Chairman Harold Hardman
Manager Matt Busby
First Division 1st
FA Cup Semi-finals
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Semi-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Denis Law (28)
All:
Denis Law (39)
Lowest home attendance 25,721 vs Birmingham City (16 December 1964)
Average home league attendance 44,886
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 1964–65 season was Manchester United's 63rd season in the Football League, and their 20th consecutive season in the top division of English football. They finished the season as league champions for the sixth time in their history, with teenage winger George Best making headlines by establishing himself in the first team and finding the net 10 times in the league and 14 times in all competitions, though Denis Law was once again the club's top goalscorer with 28 goals in the league and 39 in all competitions.[1]

First Division[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
22 August 1964 West Bromwich Albion H 2 – 2 Charlton, Law 52,007
24 August 1964 West Ham United A 1 – 3 Law 37,070
29 August 1964 Leicester City A 2 – 2 Law, Sadler 32,373
2 September 1964 West Ham United H 3 – 1 Best, Connelly, Law 45,123
5 September 1964 Fulham A 1 – 2 Connelly 36,291
8 September 1964 Everton A 3 – 3 Connelly, Herd, Law 63,024
12 September 1964 Nottingham Forest H 3 – 0 Herd (2), Connelly 45,012
16 September 1964 Everton H 2 – 1 Best, Law 49,968
19 September 1964 Stoke City A 2 – 1 Connelly, Herd 40,031
26 September 1964 Tottenham Hotspur H 4 – 1 Crerand (2), Law (2) 53,058
30 September 1964 Chelsea A 2 – 0 Best, Law 60,769
3 October 1964 Burnley A 0 – 0 30,761
10 October 1964 Sunderland H 1 – 0 Herd 48,577
17 October 1964 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 4 – 2 Law (2), Herd, own goal 26,763
24 October 1964 Aston Villa H 7 – 0 Law (4), Herd (2), Connelly 35,807
31 October 1964 Liverpool A 2 – 0 Crerand, Herd 52,402
7 November 1964 Sheffield Wednesday H 1 – 0 Herd 50,178
14 November 1964 Blackpool A 2 – 1 Connelly, Herd 31,129
21 November 1964 Blackburn Rovers H 3 – 0 Best, Connelly, Herd 49,633
28 November 1964 Arsenal A 3 – 2 Law (2), Connelly 59,627
5 December 1964 Leeds United H 0 – 1 53,374
12 December 1964 West Bromwich Albion A 1 – 1 Law 28,126
16 December 1964 Birmingham City H 1 – 1 Charlton 25,721
26 December 1964 Sheffield United A 1 – 0 Best 37,295
28 December 1964 Sheffield United H 1 – 1 Herd 42,219
16 January 1965 Nottingham Forest A 2 – 2 Law (2) 43,009
23 January 1965 Stoke City H 1 – 1 Law 50,392
6 February 1965 Tottenham Hotspur A 0 – 1 58,639
13 February 1965 Burnley H 3 – 2 Best, Charlton, Herd 38,865
24 February 1965 Sunderland A 0 – 1 51,336
27 February 1965 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 3 – 0 Charlton (2), Connelly 37,018
13 March 1965 Chelsea H 4 – 0 Herd (2), Best, Law 56,261
15 March 1965 Fulham H 4 – 1 Connelly (2), Herd (2) 45,402
20 March 1965 Sheffield Wednesday A 0 – 1 33,549
22 March 1965 Blackpool H 2 – 0 Law (2) 42,318
3 April 1965 Blackburn Rovers A 5 – 0 Charlton (3), Connelly, Herd 29,363
12 April 1965 Leicester City H 1 – 0 Herd 34,114
17 April 1965 Leeds United A 1 – 0 Connelly 52,368
19 April 1965 Birmingham City A 4 – 2 Best (2), Cantwell, Charlton 28,907
24 April 1965 Liverpool H 3 – 0 Law (2), Connelly 55,772
26 April 1965 Arsenal H 3 – 1 Law (2), Best 51,625
28 April 1965 Aston Villa A 1 – 2 Charlton 36,081
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1 Manchester United 42 26 9 7 89 39 61
2 Leeds United 42 26 9 7 83 52 61
3 Chelsea 42 24 8 10 89 54 56

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
9 January 1965 Round 3 Chester City H 2 – 1 Best, Kinsey 40,000
30 January 1965 Round 4 Stoke City A 0 – 0 53,009
3 February 1965 Round 4
Replay
Stoke City H 1 – 0 Herd 50,814
20 February 1965 Round 5 Burnley H 2 – 1 Crerand, Law 54,000
10 March 1965 Round 6 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 5 – 3 Law (2), Best, Crerand, Herd 53,581
27 March 1965 Semi-final Leeds United N 0 – 0 65,000
31 March 1965 Semi-final
Replay
Leeds United N 0 – 1 46,300

Inter-Cities Fairs Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
23 September 1964 First round
First leg
Djurgården A 1 – 1 Herd 6,537
27 October 1964 First round
Second leg
Djurgården H 6 – 1 Law (3), Charlton (2), Best 38,437
11 November 1964 Second round
First leg
Borussia Dortmund A 6 – 1 Charlton (3), Best, Herd, Law 25,000
2 December 1964 Second round
Second leg
Borussia Dortmund H 4 – 0 Charlton (2), Connelly, Law 31,896
20 January 1965 Third round
First leg
Everton H 1 – 1 Connelly 50,000
9 February 1965 Third round
Second leg
Everton A 2 – 1 Connelly, Herd 54,397
12 May 1965 Quarter-final
First leg
Strasbourg A 5 – 0 Law (2), Charlton, Connelly, Herd 30,000
19 May 1965 Quarter-final
Second leg
Strasbourg H 0 – 0 34,188
31 May 1965 Semi-final
First leg
Ferencváros H 3 – 2 Herd (2), Law 39,902
6 June 1965 Semi-final
Second leg
Ferencváros A 0 – 1 50,000
16 June 1965 Semi-final
Play-off
Ferencváros A 1 – 2 Connelly 60,000

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Republic of Ireland Pat Dunne 37 0 7 0 11 0 55 0
GK England David Gaskell 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
FB Republic of Ireland Shay Brennan 42 0 7 0 11 0 60 0
FB Republic of Ireland Noel Cantwell 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
FB Republic of Ireland Tony Dunne 42 0 7 0 11 0 60 0
HB Scotland Pat Crerand 39 3 7 2 11 0 57 5
HB Scotland John Fitzpatrick 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
HB England Bill Foulkes 42 0 7 0 11 0 60 0
HB England Maurice Setters 5 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
HB England Nobby Stiles 41 0 7 0 11 0 59 0
FW England John Aston, Jr. 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
FW Northern Ireland George Best 41 10 7 2 11 2 59 14
FW England Bobby Charlton 41 10 7 0 11 8 59 18
FW England John Connelly 42 15 7 0 11 5 60 20
FW Scotland David Herd 37 20 7 2 11 6 55 28
FW England Albert Kinsey 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1
FW Scotland Denis Law 36 28 6 3 10 8 52 39
FW Scotland Ian Moir 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
FW England David Sadler 6 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
Own goals 1 0 0 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Manchester United Season 1964/65". StretfordEnd.co.uk. Retrieved 21 December 2011.