1965–66 Manchester United F.C. season

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Manchester United
1965–66 season
Chairman Louis Edwards
Manager Matt Busby
First Division 4th
FA Cup Semi-finals
Charity Shield Shared
European Cup Semi-finals
Top goalscorer League:
David Herd (24)
All:
David Herd (33)
Highest home attendance 64,035 vs Benfica (2 February 1966)
Lowest home attendance 23,039 vs Aston Villa (9 May 1966)
Average home league attendance 41,352
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 1965–66 season was Manchester United's 64th season in the Football League, and their 21st consecutive season in the top division of English football.[1]

As defending champions of the First Division title, they finished fourth and secured qualification for the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.[2] They made a strong challenge in the cup competitions as well, but their hopes of winning the FA Cup were ended in the semi-finals, when they lost to eventual winners Everton.

In the European Cup, they were also semi-finalists, edged out by Yugoslav league champions Partizan Belgrade. They had to negotiate a premilinary round of the competition before qualifying for the first round, and did so by achieving a 9–2 aggregate win over Finnish league champions HJK Helsinki.

Despite the headlines that George Best, Bobby Charlton and Denis Law were attracting, United's top scorer for this season was the ageing David Herd, who found the net 24 times in the league and 33 in all competitions.

FA Charity Shield[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
14 August 1965 Liverpool H 2 – 2 Best, Herd 48,502

First Division[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
21 August 1965 Sheffield Wednesday H 1 – 0 Herd 37,524
24 August 1965 Nottingham Forest A 2 – 4 Aston, Best 33,744
28 August 1965 Northampton Town A 1 – 1 Connelly 21,140
1 September 1965 Nottingham Forest H 0 – 0 38,777
4 September 1965 Stoke City H 1 – 1 Herd 37,603
8 September 1965 Newcastle United A 2 – 1 Herd, Law 57,380
11 September 1965 Burnley A 0 – 3 30,235
15 September 1965 Newcastle United H 1 – 1 Stiles 30,401
18 September 1965 Chelsea H 4 – 1 Law (3), Charlton 37,917
25 September 1965 Arsenal A 2 – 4 Aston, Charlton 56,757
9 October 1965 Liverpool H 2 – 0 Best, Law 58,161
16 October 1965 Tottenham Hotspur A 1 – 5 Charlton 58,051
23 October 1965 Fulham H 4 – 1 Herd (3), Charlton 32,716
30 October 1965 Blackpool A 2 – 1 Herd (2) 24,703
6 November 1965 Blackburn Rovers H 2 – 2 Charlton, Law 38,823
13 November 1965 Leicester City A 5 – 0 Herd (2), Best, Charlton, Connelly 34,551
20 November 1965 Sheffield United H 3 – 1 Best (2), Law 37,922
4 December 1965 West Ham United H 0 – 0 32,924
11 December 1965 Sunderland A 3 – 2 Best (2), Herd 37,417
15 December 1965 Everton H 3 – 0 Best, Charlton, Herd 32,624
18 December 1965 Tottenham Hotspur H 5 – 1 Law (2), Charlton, Herd, Beal (o.g.) 39,270
27 December 1965 West Bromwich Albion H 1 – 1 Law 54,102
1 January 1966 Liverpool A 1 – 2 Law 53,790
8 January 1966 Sunderland A 1 – 1 Best 39,162
12 January 1966 Leeds United A 1 – 1 Herd 49,672
15 January 1966 Fulham A 1 – 0 Charlton 33,018
29 January 1966 Sheffield Wednesday A 0 – 0 39,281
5 February 1966 Northampton Town H 6 – 2 Charlton (3), Law (2), Connelly 34,986
19 February 1966 Stoke City A 2 – 2 Connelly, Herd 36,667
26 February 1966 Burnley H 4 – 2 Herd (3), Charlton 49,892
12 March 1966 Chelsea A 0 – 2 60,269
19 March 1966 Arsenal H 2 – 1 Law, Stiles 47,246
6 April 1966 Aston Villa A 1 – 1 Cantwell 28,211
9 April 1966 Leicester City H 1 – 2 Connelly 42,593
16 April 1966 Sheffield United A 1 – 3 Sadler 22,330
25 April 1966 Everton A 0 – 0 50,843
27 April 1966 Blackpool H 2 – 1 Charlton, Law 26,953
30 April 1966 West Ham United A 2 – 3 Aston, Cantwell 36,416
4 May 1966 West Bromwich Albion A 3 – 3 Aston, T. Dunne, Herd 22,609
7 May 1966 Blackburn Rovers A 4 – 1 Herd (2), Charlton, Sadler 14,513
9 May 1966 Aston Villa H 6 – 1 Herd (2), Sadler (2), Charlton, Ryan 23,039
19 May 1966 Leeds United H 1 – 1 Herd 35,008
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Pts
3 Burnley 42 24 7 11 79 47 55
4 Manchester United 42 18 15 9 84 59 51
5 Chelsea 42 22 7 13 65 53 51

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
22 January 1966 Round 3 Derby County A 5 – 2 Best (2), Law (2), Herd 33,827
12 February 1966 Round 4 Rotherham United H 0 – 0 54,263
15 February 1966 Round 4
Replay
Rotherham United A 1 – 0 Connelly 23,500
5 March 1966 Round 5 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 4 – 2 Law (2), Best, Herd 53,500
26 March 1966 Round 6 Preston North End A 1 – 1 Herd 37,876
30 March 1966 Round 6
Replay
Preston North End H 3 – 1 Law (2), Connelly 60,433
23 April 1966 Semi-final Everton N 0 – 1 60,000

European Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
22 September 1965 Preliminary round
First leg
HJK Helsinki A 3 – 2 Connelly, Herd, Law 25,000
6 October 1965 Preliminary round
Second leg
HJK Helsinki H 6 – 0 Connelly (3), Best (2), Charlton 30,388
17 November 1965 Round 1
First leg
Vorwärts Berlin A 2 – 0 Connelly, Law 40,000
1 December 1965 Round 1
Second leg
Vorwärts Berlin H 3 – 1 Herd (3) 30,082
2 February 1966 Quarter-final
First leg
Benfica H 3 – 2 Foulkes, Herd, Law 64,035
9 March 1966 Quarter-final
Second leg
Benfica A 5 – 1 Best (2), Charlton, Connelly, Crerand 75,000
13 April 1966 Semi-final
First leg
Partizan A 0 – 2 60,000
20 April 1966 Semi-final
Second leg
Partizan H 1 – 0 Stiles 62,500

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 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
GK Northern Ireland Harry Gregg 26 0 7 0 5 0 0 0 38 0
GK Republic of Ireland Pat Dunne 8 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 11 0
FB Republic of Ireland Shay Brennan 28 0 5 0 5 0 1 0 39 0
FB Republic of Ireland Noel Cantwell 23 2 2 0 3 0 1 0 29 2
FB Republic of Ireland Tony Dunne 40 1 7 0 8 0 1 0 56 0
FB England Bobby Noble 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
HB Scotland Pat Crerand 41 0 7 0 7 1 1 0 56 1
HB Scotland John Fitzpatrick 3(1) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4(1) 0
HB England Bill Foulkes 33 0 7 0 8 1 0 0 48 1
HB England Nobby Stiles 39 2 7 0 8 1 1 0 55 3
FW England Willie Anderson 5(1) 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 7(1) 0
FW England John Aston 23 4 2 0 2 0 1 0 28 4
FW Northern Ireland George Best 31 9 5 3 6 4 1 1 43 17
FW England Bobby Charlton 38 16 7 0 8 2 1 0 54 18
FW England John Connelly 31(1) 5 6 2 8 6 0 0 45(1) 13
FW Scotland David Herd 36(1) 24 7 3 7 5 1 1 51(1) 33
FW Scotland Denis Law 33 15 7 6 8 3 1 0 49 24
FW Scotland Jimmy Ryan 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
FW England David Sadler 10 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Manchester United Season 1965/66". StretfordEnd.co.uk. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
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