1945–46 Manchester United F.C. season

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Manchester United
1945–46 season
Chairman James W. Gibson
Manager Matt Busby
(unofficial until 1 October 1945, and officially since)
Stadium Maine Road
War League North Regional League 4th
FA Cup Fourth Round
Top goalscorer League:
n/a
All:
Jimmy Hanlon (2)
Jack Rowley (2)
Billy Wrigglesworth (2)
Highest home attendance 36,237 vs Preston North End (26 January 1946)
Lowest home attendance 15,339 vs Accrington Stanley (9 January 1946)
Average home league attendance 25,788
Home colours
Away colours

The 1945–46 season was Manchester United's seventh and last season in the non-competitive War League during the Second World War.[1][2][3]

On 15 February 1945, United manager Walter Crickmer had resigned and four days later on 19 February 1945, the Scottish manager Matt Busby was signed, but it was not until 1 October that Busby officially took over the reins at Manchester United.

With the ending of the Second World War, the FA Cup returned, with Manchester United losing 2–3 on aggregate in the cup Fourth Round to Preston North End.[4]

War League North Regional League[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
25 August 1945 Huddersfield Town A 2 – 3 Smith (2)
1 September 1945 Huddersfield Town H 2 – 3 Koffman, Rowley
8 September 1945 Chesterfield H 0 – 2
12 September 1945 Middlesbrough A 1 – 2 Davie
15 September 1945 Chesterfield A 1 – 1 Bryant
20 September 1945 Stoke City A 2 – 1 Hullett, Reid
22 September 1945 Barnsley A 2 – 2 Cockburn, Hullett
29 September 1945 Barnsley H 1 – 1 Smith
6 October 1945 Everton H 0 – 0
13 October 1945 Everton A 0 – 3
20 October 1945 Bolton Wanderers A 1 – 1 Wrigglesworth
27 October 1945 Bolton Wanderers H 2 – 1 Carey, Worrall
3 November 1945 Preston North End H 6 – 1 Rowley (2), Smith, Warner, Worrall
10 November 1945 Preston North End A 2 – 2 Bainbridge, Smith
17 November 1945 Leeds United A 3 – 3 Hanlon (2), Buckle
24 November 1945 Leeds United H 6 – 1 Buckle (2), Wrigglesworth (2), Hanlon, Rowley
1 December 1945 Burnley H 3 – 3 Hullett (3)
8 December 1945 Burnley A 2 – 2 Hanlon, Smith
15 December 1945 Sunderland H 2 – 1 Smith (2)
22 December 1945 Sunderland A 2 – 4 Smith, Wrigglesworth
25 December 1945 Sheffield United A 0 – 1
26 December 1945 Sheffield United H 2 – 3 Carey, Hullett
29 December 1945 Middlesbrough H 4 – 1 Rowley (2), Smith (2)
12 January 1946 Grimsby Town H 5 – 0 Rowley (3), Bainbridge, Smith
19 January 1946 Grimsby Town A 0 – 1
2 February 1946 Blackpool H 4 – 2 Rowley (2), Bainbridge, Wrigglesworth
9 February 1946 Liverpool H 2 – 1 Smith (2)
16 February 1946 Liverpool A 5 – 0 Hanlon (2), Rowley (2), Wrigglesworth
23 February 1946 Bury A 1 – 1 Hanlon
2 March 1946 Bury H 1 – 1 Hanlon
9 March 1946 Blackburn Rovers H 6 – 2 Rowley (3), Hanlon (2), Delaney
16 March 1946 Blackburn Rovers A 3 – 1 Smith (2), Pearson
23 March 1946 Bradford A 1 – 2 Carey
27 March 1946 Blackpool A 5 – 1 Pearson (3), Carey, Wrigglesworth
30 March 1946 Bradford H 4 – 0 Aston, Delaney, Rowley, Wrigglesworth
6 April 1946 Manchester City H 1 – 4 Aston
13 April 1946 Manchester City A 3 – 1 Hanlon, Pearson, Rowley
19 April 1946 Newcastle United A 1 – 0 Pearson
20 April 1946 Sheffield Wednesday H 4 – 0 Pearson (2), Delaney, Rowley
22 April 1946 Newcastle United H 4 – 1 Delaney, Mitten, Rowley, Wrigglesworth
27 April 1946 Sheffield Wednesday A 0 – 1
4 May 1946 Stoke City H 2 – 1 Buckle, Pearson
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Pts
3 Bolton Wanderers 42 20 11 11 67 45 51
4 Manchester United 42 19 11 12 98 62 49
5 Sheffield Wednesday 42 20 8 14 67 60 48

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
5 January 1946 Round 3
First leg
Accrington Stanley A 2 – 2 Smith, Wrigglesworth 9,968
9 January 1946 Round 3
Second leg
Accrington Stanley H 5 – 1 Rowley (2), Bainbridge, Wrigglesworth, own goal 15,339
26 January 1946 Round 4
First leg
Preston North End H 1 – 0 Hanlon 36,237
30 January 1946 Round 4
Second leg
Preston North End A 1 – 3 Hanlon 21,000

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name FA Cup
Apps Goals
GK England Jack Crompton 4 0
FB Republic of Ireland Johnny Carey 4 0
FB Republic of Ireland John Roach 2 0
FB England Joe Walton 2 0
HB England Allenby Chilton 3 0
HB England Henry Cockburn 4 0
HB Wales Jack Warner 4 0
HB England Bert Whalley 4 0
FW England Bill Bainbridge 1 1
FW England Jimmy Hanlon 4 2
FW England Jack Rowley 4 2
FW England Jack Smith 4 1
FW England Billy Wrigglesworth 4 2
Own goals 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Manchester United In War League 1945/46". StretfordEnd.co.uk. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Rollin, Jack (2005). Soccer at War: 1939 - 45. London: Headline Book Publishing. ISBN 0-7553-1431-X. 
  3. ^ "England 1945/46". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF). Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Manchester United Season 1945–46". StretfordEnd.co.uk. Retrieved 19 January 2012.