The 1949–50 season was Manchester United’s 48th season in the Football League. They finished fourth in the First Division and reached the Sixth Round Proper of the FA Cup.

A notable acquisition by the club during this season was 18-year-old goalkeeper Ray Wood, who was signed from Darlington as manager Matt Busby looked to find a younger goalkeeper to provide competition for Jack Crompton and Reg Allen for the 1950s.

 

First Division

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
20 August 1949 Derby County A 1 – 0 Rowley 35,687
24 August 1949 Bolton Wanderers H 3 – 0 Mitten, Rowley, own goal 41,748
27 August 1949 West Bromwich Albion H 1 – 1 Pearson 44,655
31 August 1949 Bolton Wanderers A 2 – 1 Mitten, Pearson 36,277
3 September 1949 Manchester City H 2 – 1 Pearson (2) 47,760
7 September 1949 Liverpool A 1 – 1 Mitten 51,587
10 September 1949 Chelsea A 1 – 1 Rowley 61,357
17 September 1949 Stoke City H 2 – 2 Rowley (2) 43,522
24 September 1949 Burnley A 0 – 1 41,072
1 October 1949 Sunderland H 1 – 3 Pearson 49,260
8 October 1949 Charlton Athletic H 3 – 2 Mitten (2), Rowley 43,809
15 October 1949 Aston Villa A 4 – 0 Mitten (2), Bogan, Rowley 47,483
22 October 1949 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 3 – 0 Pearson (2), Bogan 51,427
29 October 1949 Portsmouth A 0 – 0 41,098
5 November 1949 Huddersfield Town H 6 – 0 Pearson (2), Rowley (2), Delaney, Mitten 40,295
12 November 1949 Everton A 0 – 0 46,672
19 November 1949 Middlesbrough H 2 – 0 Pearson, Rowley 42,626
26 November 1949 Blackpool A 3 – 3 Pearson (2), Bogan 27,742
3 December 1949 Newcastle United H 1 – 1 Mitten 30,343
10 December 1949 Fulham A 0 – 1 35,362
17 December 1949 Derby County H 0 – 1 33,753
24 December 1949 West Bromwich Albion A 2 – 1 Bogan, Rowley 46,973
26 December 1949 Arsenal H 2 – 0 Pearson (2) 53,928
27 December 1949 Arsenal A 0 – 0 65,133
31 December 1949 Manchester City A 2 – 1 Delaney, Pearson 63,704
14 January 1950 Chelsea H 1 – 0 Mitten 46,954
21 January 1950 Stoke City A 1 – 3 Mitten 38,877
4 February 1950 Burnley H 3 – 2 Rowley (2), Mitten 46,702
18 February 1950 Sunderland A 2 – 2 Chilton, Rowley 63,251
25 February 1950 Charlton Athletic A 2 – 1 Carey, Rowley 44,920
8 March 1950 Aston Villa H 7 – 0 Mitten (4), Downie (2), Rowley 22,149
11 March 1950 Middlesbrough A 3 – 2 Downie, Rowley 46,702
15 March 1950 Liverpool H 0 – 0 43,456
18 March 1950 Blackpool H 1 – 2 Delaney 53,688
25 March 1950 Huddersfield Town A 1 – 3 Downie 34,348
1 April 1950 Everton H 1 – 1 Delaney 35,381
7 April 1950 Birmingham City H 0 – 2 47,170
8 April 1950 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1 – 1 Rowley 54,296
10 April 1950 Birmingham City A 0 – 0 35,863
15 April 1950 Portsmouth H 0 – 2 44,908
22 April 1950 Newcastle United A 1 – 2 Downie 52,203
29 April 1950 Fulham H 3 – 0 Rowley (2), Cockburn 11,968
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Pts
3 Sunderland 42 21 10 11 83 62 52
4 Manchester United 42 18 14 10 69 44 50
5 Newcastle United 42 19 12 11 77 55 50

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
7 January 1950 Round 3 Weymouth H 4 – 0 Rowley (2), Delaney, Pearson 38,284
28 January 1950 Round 4 Watford A 1 – 0 Rowley 32,800
11 February 1950 Round 5 Portsmouth H 3 – 3 Mitten (2), Pearson 53,688
15 February 1950 Round 5
Replay
Portsmouth A 3 – 1 Delaney, Downie, Mitten 49,962
4 March 1950 Round 6 Chelsea A 0 – 2 70,362

Squad statistics

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Jack Crompton 27 0 1 0 28 0
GK Republic of Ireland Sonny Feehan 12 0 2 0 14 0
GK England Joe Lancaster 2 0 2 0 4 0
GK Republic of Ireland Ray Wood 1 0 0 0 1 0
FB England John Aston, Sr. 40 0 5 0 45 0
FB England John Ball 13 0 0 0 13 0
FB Republic of Ireland Johnny Carey 38 1 5 0 43 1
FB Scotland Tommy Lowrie 3 0 0 0 3 0
FB England Sammy Lynn 10 0 0 0 10 0
FB England Thomas McNulty 2 0 0 0 2 0
HB England Allenby Chilton 35 1 5 0 40 1
HB England Henry Cockburn 35 1 5 0 40 1
HB England Billy McGlen 13 0 1 0 14 0
HB Wales Jack Warner 21 0 4 0 25 0
HB England Jeff Whitefoot 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Brian Birch 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Tommy Bogan 18 4 4 0 22 4
FW England Ted Buckle 7 0 0 0 7 0
FW England Frank Clempson 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW Scotland Jimmy Delaney 42 4 5 2 47 6
FW Scotland John Downie 18 6 2 1 20 7
FW England Charlie Mitten 42 16 5 3 47 19
FW England Stan Pearson 41 15 4 2 45 17
FW England Jack Rowley 39 20 5 3 44 23
Own goals 1 0 1