The 1907–08 season was Manchester United’s 16th season in the Football League.

 

First Division

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
2 September 1907 Aston Villa A 4 – 1 Meredith (2), Bannister, Wall 20,000
7 September 1907 Liverpool H 4 – 0 S. Turnbull (3), Wall 24,000
9 September 1907 Middlesbrough H 2 – 1 S. Turnbull (2) 20,000
14 September 1907 Middlesbrough A 1 – 2 Bannister 18,000
21 September 1907 Sheffield United H 2 – 1 S. Turnbull (2) 25,000
28 September 1907 Chelsea A 4 – 1 Meredith (2), S. Turnbull, Bannister 40,000
5 October 1907 Nottingham Forest H 4 – 0 Bannister, J. Turnbull, Wall, Own goal 20,000
12 October 1907 Newcastle United A 6 – 1 Wall (2), Meredith, Roberts, S. Turnbull, J. Turnbull 25,000
19 October 1907 Blackburn Rovers A 5 – 1 S. Turnbull (3), J. Turnbull (2) 30,000
26 October 1907 Bolton Wanderers H 2 – 1 S. Turnbull, J. Turnbull 35,000
2 November 1907 Birmingham City A 4 – 3 Meredith (2), J. Turnbull, Wall 20,000
9 November 1907 Everton H 4 – 3 Wall (2), Meredith, Roberts 6,000
16 November 1907 Sunderland A 2 – 1 S. Turnbull (2) 30,000
23 November 1907 Arsenal H 4 – 2 S. Turnbull (4) 10,000
30 November 1907 Sheffield Wednesday A 0 – 2 40,000
7 December 1907 Bristol City H 2 – 1 Wall (2) 20,000
14 December 1907 Notts County A 1 – 1 Meredith 11,000
21 December 1907 Manchester City H 3 – 1 S. Turnbull (2), Wall 35,000
25 December 1907 Bury H 2 – 1 Meredith, J. Turnbull 45,000
28 December 1907 Preston North End A 0 – 0 12,000
1 January 1908 Bury A 1 – 0 Wall 29,500
18 January 1908 Sheffield United A 0 – 2 17,000
25 January 1908 Chelsea H 1 – 0 J. Turnbull 20,000
8 February 1908 Newcastle United H 1 – 1 J. Turnbull 50,000
15 February 1908 Blackburn Rovers H 1 – 2 S. Turnbull 15,000
29 February 1908 Birmingham City H 1 – 0 S. Turnbull 12,000
14 March 1908 Sunderland H 3 – 0 Bell, Berry, Wall 15,000
21 March 1908 Arsenal A 0 – 1 20,000
25 March 1908 Liverpool A 4 – 7 Wall (2), Bannister, J. Turnbull 10,000
28 March 1908 Sheffield Wednesday H 4 – 1 Wall (2), Halse, S. Turnbull 30,000
4 April 1908 Bristol City A 1 – 1 Wall 12,000
8 April 1908 Everton A 3 – 1 Halse, S. Turnbull, Wall 17,000
11 April 1908 Notts County H 0 – 1 20,000
17 April 1908 Nottingham Forest A 0 – 2 22,000
18 April 1908 Manchester City A 0 – 0 40,000
20 April 1908 Aston Villa H 1 – 2 Picken 10,000
22 April 1908 Bolton Wanderers A 2 – 2 Halse, Stacey 18,000
25 April 1908 Preston North End H 2 – 1 Halse, Own goal 8,000
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1 Manchester United 38 23 6 9 81 48 52
2 Aston Villa 38 17 9 12 77 59 43
3 Manchester City 38 16 11 11 62 54 43

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
11 January 1908 First Round Blackpool H 3 – 1 Wall (2), Bannister 11,747
1 February 1908 Second Round Chelsea H 1 – 0 S. Turnbull 25,184
22 February 1908 Third Round Aston Villa A 2 – 0 S. Turnbull, Wall 12,777
7 March 1908 Fourth Round Fulham A 1 – 2 J. Turnbull 41,000

FA Charity Shield

The 1908 FA Charity Shield was the first Charity Shield, a football match contested by the winners of the previous season’s Football League and Southern League competitions. It was intended as a replacement for the Sheriff of London Charity Shield, after The Football Association declined to provide a professional club to the organisers of that event for the annual amateurs vs. professionals match. The new match was subsequently arranged to take place at Chelsea F.C.’s home ground, Stamford Bridge. Following the conclusion of the respective leagues, 1907–08 Football League winners Manchester United were scheduled to play against 1907–08 Southern League champions Queens Park Rangers.

The first match was played on a very damp pitch in poor weather and ended in a 1–1 draw between the two sides, with the QPR goalkeeper Charlie Shaw also saving a penalty struck by George Stacey. Following the match it was thought that the two sides would share the honours, but instead at the suggestion of Arthur Kinnaird, 11th Lord Kinnaird, the match was replayed in late August. It was once again played at Stamford Bridge and the two teams fielded most of the same players with only a few exceptions. On this occasion the weather was far improved and the attendance by spectators was far higher with 50,000 fans attending. Manchester United won the game by four goals, and between the two matches more than £1000 was raised for charity.

 

The Manchester United team from the start of the 1908 season.

An informal discussion between the organisers and the FA took place on 10 February, but they couldn’t come to an agreement. In protest the organisers of the Sheriff of London Charity Shield wrote a public letter to Arthur Balfour, the leader of the Conservative Party and the Opposition. Balfour wrote back publicly to say that he was unhappy about the situation but did not feel qualify to intervene. It was subsequently announced in mid April that the match had been cancelled for the year.

Meanwhile, the Football Association organised their own Charity Shield, and on 22 February it was announced that the intention was to invite the winners of the 1907-08 Football League to play the champions of the 1907–08 Southern League at a location in London. It was proposed to play at the game at Stamford Bridge, home of Chelsea F.C., on 2 May but as the stadium was busy it was instead organised for 27 April. A week prior to the scheduled match, Queens Park Rangers were named the winners of the Southern League, qualifying them for the game. Around the same time, Manchester United won the Football League, pushing Aston Villa into second place. This meant that Manchester United were due to play Queens Park Rangers for the first FA Charity Shield. Both clubs agreed to take part in the match without charging any expenses, and likewise Chelsea F.C. allowed the match to take place at their Stamford Bridge ground for free.The rain prior to the match had made the pitch quite boggy, but reduced to drizzle by match time at 5:30pm.

Manchester United were initially surprised by the abilities of the Queens Park Rangers players, in particular the two full backs. They had the majority of the early play and in the eleventh minute Alfred Gittins and P. Skilton took the ball past the United half backs before passing it onto Frank Cannon. He dribbled it towards goal and scored past Moger. After the goal, the United team improved but Skilton nearly scored twice more for Rangers. Just before half time, United had a chance when Billy Meredithplayed a ball on for Jimmy Turnbull but an injury to a QPR player stopped play. Charlie Roberts took the ball for United immediately afterwards and took it into the area, but was fouled with a penalty awarded. George Stacey stepped up to take the shot, but Charlie Shaw in goal for Rangers got a hand to the ball and saved it.

United were improved once more following half-time with Meredith switched to the right side. He was receiving far more of the ball than in the first half and his ability to dribble the ball down the wing was causing problems for the QPR defence. On the 60th minute, Jimmy Bannister passed the ball out to Meredith once again who took the ball on towards Filder, the Rangers left-back. As he approached the defender he shot from outside the area past the QPR keeper to equalise for United. Manchester continued to keep the advantage after this, but the QPR defence was stubborn and Shaw in goal saved three more shots on target. The game ended in a 1–1 draw.

 

27 April 1908
17:30
Manchester United 1–1 Queens Park Rangers
Meredith Goal 60′ Cannon Goal 11′
Stamford Bridge, London
Attendance: 6,000
GK 1 England Harry Moger
RB 2 England George Stacey
LB 3 England Herbert Burgess
RH 4 England Dick Duckworth
CH 5 England Charlie Roberts
LH 6 Scotland Alex Bell
OR 7 Wales Billy Meredith
IR 8 England Jimmy Bannister
CF 9 Scotland Jimmy Turnbull
IL 10 Scotland Sandy Turnbull
OL 11 England George Wall
Manager:
England Ernest Mangnall
GK 1 Scotland Charlie Shaw
RB 2 John MacDonald
LB 3 England Joe Fidler
RH 4 England Evelyn Lintott
CH 5 J. McLean
LH 6 England Samuel Downing
OR 7 England Fred Pentland
IR 8 England Frank Cannon
CF 9 England Percy Skilton
IL 10 England Alfred Gittins
OL 11 England Billy Barnes
Manager:
Scotland James Cowan

Replay

Following the initial draw, it was expected that QPR and Manchester United would share the honours. However Arthur Kinnaird, 11th Lord Kinnaird suggested that it would be suitable to run a replay of the match in the autumn. It was eventually arranged to take place on 29 August, once again at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium. Fred Pentland requested to play for QPR in the replay, despite having transferred to Middlesbrough following the first match; his request was declined by the directors of the club. It was the first professional match for former England international amateur player Evelyn Lintott, who had joined Rangers. Meanwhile, Manchester United had made a change from the first game with Jack Picken replacing Sandy Turnbull to partner George Wall on the left side of the attack.Unlike the first match, the weather was fine for the replay.

The match was played at a speedy pace with Queens Park Rangers starting strong, holding the ball in the centre of the pitch. But they were soon in trouble from the combined work of Wall and Picken, who took a shot at goal which deflected off John MacDonald in the Rangers defence. Manchester United kept pressing the attack against their London opponents who were kept on the defensive for most of the first-half. But MacNaught made a mistake for Rangers which led to Manchester forcing a corner. It was crossed in by Dick Duckworth, but the ball passed in front of an open goalmouth before being cleared. After 23 minutes Meredith crossed for Turnbull who headed the ball past Shaw to put Manchester United a goal up. Moments later, Picken took the ball into the QPR box and Shaw ran out to collect; but slipped, allowing Turnbull score another goal. Following a brief QPR counterattack, Bannister for Manchester drove in a powerful shot but Shaw punched the ball onto the underside of the crossbar and clear. Again Manchester attacked, with Turnbull firing in a shot which once again came off the crossbar; he attempted to convert the rebound but it ended up in the hands of Shaw. Just prior to half time, Manchester United drew a corner which resulted in a shot being sent over the bar by Cannon.

The second-half saw most of the action once again taking place in the QPR half of the field. At one point Shaw was forced to run ten yards off his goal line and throw himself onto the ball, with Picken falling on top of him. Manchester United attacked once again straight away afterwards after Picken passed to Wall who struck the ball past the QPR keeper for his side’s third goal. Rangers tried a few attacks but they were mostly uncoordinated, although one shot struck the crossbar. The fourth goal for Manchester United came late in the game when Roberts passed forward to Meredith who sent it into the area for Meredith to strike it into the net once more. Before the match finished, Bannister was taken off injured with United ending the game a player down. A trophy was awarded to the Manchester United players by Sir William Treloar.

Details

 

29 August 1908
16:00
Manchester United 4–0 Queens Park Rangers
J. Turnbull Goal 25′ Goal 30′ Goal 75′
Wall Goal 56′
Stamford Bridge, London
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: J. Howcroft, Lancashire
GK 1 England Harry Moger
RB 2 England George Stacey
LB 3 England Herbert Burgess
RH 4 England Dick Duckworth
CH 5 England Charlie Roberts
LH 6 Scotland Alex Bell
OR 7 Wales Billy Meredith
IR 8 England Jimmy Bannister
CF 9 Scotland Jimmy Turnbull
IL 10 Scotland Jack Picken
OL 11 England George Wall
Manager:
England Ernest Mangnall
GK 1 Scotland Charlie Shaw
RB 2 John MacDonald
LB 3 J. Fidler
RH 4 England Evelyn Lintott
CH 5 J. McLean
LH 6 England Samuel Downing
OR 7 J. MacNaught
IR 8 England Frank Cannon
CF 9 England Percy Skilton
IL 10 England Alfred Gittins
OL 11 England Billy Barnes
Manager:
Scotland James Cowan

Following the matches it was announced by the Benevolent Fund and Charity Committee of the Football Association that the proceeds from both games after expenses amounted to £1,104 5s. 2d. Of this, Manchester United were allowed to allocate £300 to charities of their choice, and Queens Park Rangers could nominate which charities would receive £100. The Football Association chose to donate their portion of the money to a number of hospitals and children’s homes. It is the only Charity or Community Shield to date to have required a replay.

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
27 April 1908 Queens Park Rangers N 1 – 1 Meredith 6,000
Replay
29 August 1908 Queens Park Rangers N 4 – 0 J. Turnbull (3), Wall 6,000