The 1947–48 season was Manchester United’s 46th season in the Football League and third back in the First Division since their promotion from the Second Division in 1938. They finished the season second in the league but most significantly won the FA Cup with a 4-2 win over Blackpool in their first appearance at Wembley Stadium, ending the club’s 37-year wait for a major trophy.

 

Pre-season and friendlies

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
12 May 1948 Bohemians Select XI A 1 – 2 Mitten 32′ 37,500
16 May 1948 Shelbourne Select XI N 4 – 3 Buckle (2), Anderson, Leuty (o.g.) 25,000
19 May 1948 Linfield A 3 – 2 Morris, Buckle, Rowley 30,000

First Division

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
23 August 1947 Middlesbrough A 2 – 2 Rowley (2) 39,554
27 August 1947 Liverpool H 2 – 0 Morris, Pearson 52,385
30 August 1947 Charlton Athletic H 6 – 2 Rowley (4), Morris, Pearson 52,659
3 September 1947 Liverpool A 2 – 2 Mitten, Pearson 48,081
6 September 1947 Arsenal A 1 – 2 Morris 64,905
8 September 1947 Burnley A 0 – 0 37,517
13 September 1947 Sheffield United H 0 – 1 49,808
20 September 1947 Manchester City A 0 – 0 71,364
27 September 1947 Preston North End A 1 – 2 Morris 34,372
4 October 1947 Stoke City H 1 – 1 Hanlon 45,745
11 October 1947 Grimsby Town H 3 – 4 Mitten, Morris, Rowley 40,035
18 October 1947 Sunderland A 0 – 1 37,148
25 October 1947 Aston Villa H 2 – 0 Delaney, Rowley 47,078
1 November 1947 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 6 – 2 Morris (2), Pearson (2), Delaney, Mitten 44,309
8 November 1947 Huddersfield Town H 4 – 4 Rowley (4) 59,772
15 November 1947 Derby County A 1 – 1 Carey 32,990
22 November 1947 Everton H 2 – 2 Cockburn, Morris 35,509
29 November 1947 Chelsea A 4 – 0 Morris (3), Rowley 43,617
6 December 1947 Blackpool H 1 – 1 Pearson 63,683
13 December 1947 Blackburn Rovers A 1 – 1 Morris 22,784
20 December 1947 Middlesbrough H 2 – 1 Pearson (2) 46,666
25 December 1947 Portsmouth H 3 – 2 Morris (2), Rowley 42,776
27 December 1947 Portsmouth A 3 – 1 Morris (2), Delaney 27,674
1 January 1948 Burnley H 5 – 0 Rowley (3), Mitten (2) 59,838
3 January 1948 Charlton Athletic A 2 – 1 Morris, Pearson 40,484
17 January 1948 Arsenal H 1 – 1 Rowley 81,962
31 January 1948 Sheffield United A 1 – 2 Rowley 45,189
14 February 1948 Preston North End H 1 – 1 Delaney 61,765
21 February 1948 Stoke City A 2 – 0 Buckle, Pearson 36,794
6 March 1948 Sunderland H 3 – 1 Delaney, Mitten, Rowley 55,160
17 March 1948 Grimsby Town A 1 – 1 Rowley 12,284
20 March 1948 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 3 – 2 Delaney, Mitten, Morris 50,667
22 March 1948 Aston Villa A 1 – 0 Pearson 52,368
26 March 1948 Bolton Wanderers H 0 – 2 71,623
27 March 1948 Huddersfield Town A 2 – 0 Burke, Pearson 38,266
29 March 1948 Bolton Wanderers A 1 – 0 Anderson 44,225
3 April 1948 Derby County H 1 – 0 Pearson 49,609
7 April 1948 Manchester City H 1 – 1 Rowley 71,690
10 April 1948 Everton A 0 – 2 44,198
17 April 1948 Chelsea H 5 – 0 Pearson (2), Delaney, Mitten, Rowley 43,225
28 April 1948 Blackpool A 0 – 1 32,236
1 May 1948 Blackburn Rovers H 4 – 1 Pearson (3), Delaney 44,439
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1 Arsenal 42 23 13 6 81 32 59
2 Manchester United 42 19 14 9 81 48 52
3 Burnley 42 20 12 10 56 43 52

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points

FA Cup

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
10 January 1948 Third Round Aston Villa A 6 – 4 Morris (2), Pearson (2), Delaney, Rowley 58,683
24 January 1948 Fourth Round Liverpool H 3 – 0 Mitten, Morris, Rowley 74,000
7 February 1948 Fifth Round Charlton Athletic H 2 – 0 Mitten, Warner 33,312
28 February 1948 Sixth Round Preston North End H 4 – 2 Pearson (2), Mitten, Rowley 74,213
13 March 1948 Semi-Final Derby County N 3 – 1 Pearson (3) 60,000
24 April 1948 Final Blackpool N 4 – 2 Rowley (2), Anderson, Pearson 99,000

Squad statistics

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Jack Crompton 37 0 6 0 43 0
GK England Berry Brown 3 0 0 0 3 0
GK England Jimmy Pegg 2 0 0 0 2 0
FB England John Aston, Sr. 42 0 6 0 52 0
FB England John Ball 1 0 0 0 1 0
FB Republic of Ireland Johnny Carey 37 1 6 0 43 1
FB Scotland Tommy Lowrie 2 0 0 0 2 0
FB England Sammy Lynn 3 0 0 0 3 0
FB England Joe Walton 6 0 0 0 6 0
FB England Harry Worrall 5 0 0 0 5 0
HB England Allenby Chilton 41 0 6 0 47 0
HB England Henry Cockburn 26 1 6 0 32 1
HB England Billy McGlen 13 0 0 0 13 0
HB Wales Jack Warner 15 0 1 1 16 1
FW England John Anderson 18 1 5 1 23 2
FW England Ted Buckle 3 1 0 0 3 1
FW England Ronnie Burke 6 1 0 0 6 1
FW England Laurie Cassidy 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Joe Dale 2 0 0 0 2 0
FW Scotland Jimmy Delaney 36 8 6 1 42 9
FW England Jimmy Hanlon 8 1 0 0 8 1
FW England Charlie Mitten 38 8 6 3 44 11
FW England Johnny Morris 38 18 6 3 44 21
FW England Stan Pearson 40 18 6 8 46 26
FW England Jack Rowley 39 23 6 5 45 28
Own goals 0 0 0