Manchester United 1909-10

The 1909–10 season was Manchester United’s 18th season in the Football League and third in the First Division.

 The “Outcasts F.C.”

The club’s participation in the Football League seemed uncertain at the start of the season, the Football Association withdrew its recognition of the Association of Football Players’ and Trainers’ Union when the union’s intentions were made clear to the FA. Footballers throughout the country relinquished their membership of the AFPTU but the Manchester United team stood up to the FA and refused to give up membership. The club’s players, who were dubbed by the press as the “Outcasts FC”, continued to strike against the FA until their demands were met but the FA responded by banning those affiliated with the AFPTU. A compromise was reached between the two parties and the suspension was lifted in time for the first game of the season.
In February 1910, the club moved from their old ground at Bank Street to a new home at Old Trafford. The first game played at the new stadium was a First Division fixture against Liverpool on 19 February 1910; the visitors won the match 4–3.

From the Guardian : “Two middle-aged men sitting on the train to Bolton are discussing Premier League wages. “£100,000 a week,” one of them says slowly, shaking his head. His mate nods: “You’d want to see teams win 9-8 every week for that!” The youth in the Manchester United shirt in the seat opposite doesn’t react. This is the world of football as he has always known it – rich beyond compare and a long way from its origins.
Perhaps those three should get off at Salford Crescent station and walk up to the Working Class Movement Library. A small display there, curated by library manager Lynette Cawthra, shines a light on a forgotten part of Man U’s history.
The first meeting of the Association Football Players Union in 1907 was chaired by United player Billy Meredith – the “Welsh Wizard”, who was one of the first footballing superstars. The union campaigned against FA rules such as the £4 ceiling on wages and the lack of compensation for injured players.

At times, this amazing tale reads like a film script. Charlie Roberts, a local hero and team captain, reputedly heard that they’d all been suspended via a report in the local paper; he and the rest of the team went to the club’s offices to have it out with the management, but found only a hapless office boy in charge.
In Behind the Glory, his splendid book about the history of the Professional Footballers’ Association, John Harding takes up the story quoting a contemporary account. “Well, something will have to be done,” said Sandy Turnbull [ace goalscorer] as he took a picture off the wall and walked off with it under his arm. The rest of the boys followed suit, and looking glasses, hairbrushes and several other things were for sale a few minutes later at a little hostelry at the corner of the ground . . .”
The players, despite being suspended by the club, continued to train locally. One afternoon, a photographer turned up to take a picture. Roberts, never one to miss an opportunity, made a sign that said “The Outcasts FC”.
The team now gaze steadily out at you from that photograph in the front room of the Salford library, as reminders of their struggle that leads in a direct line to the bulging wallets of today’s players and the structure of football as we know it. As Roberts said: “Try to remember that union is strength, and without it you can do nothing.”
But let Meredith have the last, prescient word: “The unfortunate thing is that so many players refuse to take things seriously but are content to live a kind of schoolboy life and to do just what they are told . . . instead of thinking and acting for himself and his class . . . “

First Division

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
1 September 1909Bradford CityH1–0Wall12,000
4 September 1909BuryH2–0J. Turnbull (2)12,000
6 September 1909Notts CountyH2–1J. Turnbull, Wall6,000
11 September 1909Tottenham HotspurA2–2J. Turnbull, Wall40,000
18 September 1909Preston North EndH1–1Roberts13,000
25 September 1909Notts CountyA2–3S. Turnbull (2)11,000
2 October 1909Newcastle UnitedH1–1Wall30,000
9 October 1909LiverpoolA2–3S. Turnbull (2)40,000
16 October 1909Aston VillaH2–0Halse, S. Turnbull20,000
23 October 1909Sheffield UnitedA1–0S. Turnbull30,000
30 October 1909ArsenalH1–0Wall20,000
6 November 1909Bolton WanderersA3–2Homer (2), Halse20,000
13 November 1909ChelseaH2–0S. Turnbull, Wall10,000
20 November 1909Blackburn RoversA2–3Homer (2)40,000
27 November 1909Nottingham ForestH2–6Halse, Wall12,000
4 December 1909SunderlandA0–312,000
18 December 1909MiddlesbroughA2–1Homer, S. Turnbull10,000
25 December 1909Sheffield WednesdayH0–325,000
27 December 1909Sheffield WednesdayA1–4Wall37,000
1 January 1910Bradford CityA2–0S. Turnbull, Wall25,000
8 January 1910BuryA1–1Homer10,000
22 January 1910Tottenham HotspurH5–0Roberts (2), Connor, Hooper, Meredith7,000
5 February 1910Preston North EndA0–14,000
12 February 1910Newcastle UnitedA4–3S. Turnbull (2), Blott, Roberts20,000
19 February 1910LiverpoolH3–4Homer, S. Turnbull, Wall45,000
26 February 1910Aston VillaA1–7Meredith20,000
5 March 1910Sheffield UnitedH1–0Picken40,000
12 March 1910ArsenalA0–04,000
19 March 1910Bolton WanderersH5–0Halse, Meredith, Picken, J. Turnbull, Wall20,000
25 March 1910Bristol CityH2–1Picken, J. Turnbull50,000
26 March 1910ChelseaA1–1J. Turnbull25,000
28 March 1910Bristol CityA1–2Meredith18,000
2 April 1910Blackburn RoversH2–0Halse (2)20,000
6 April 1910EvertonH3–2J. Turnbull (2), Meredith5,500
9 April 1910Nottingham ForestA0–27,000
16 April 1910SunderlandH2–0S. Turnbull, Wall12,000
23 April 1910EvertonA3–3Homer, S. Turnbull, Wall10,000
30 April 1910MiddlesbroughH4–1Picken (4)10,000
PosClubPldWDLGFGAPts
4Newcastle United3819712705645
5Manchester United3819712696145
6Sheffield United38161012624142

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

FA Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F–A
ScorersAttendance
15 January 1910First RoundBurnleyA0–216,628