Manchester United 1916-17

The 1916–17 season was Manchester United’s second season in the non-competitive War League.
With the ongoing First World War, once again Manchester United played non-competitive war league football. In the principal tournament they contested the Lancashire Section, which was expanded to 16 teams to give a more complete 30-game season. In the subsidiary tournament they contested Group D of the Lancashire Section, with the groups reduced to four teams in size to complement the increased playing season of the Principal Tournament. However, none of these were considered to be competitive football, and thus their records are not recognised by the Football League.
On 8 August 1916 while Fighting in France during the First World War, United former player Private Oscar Linkson went missing in the battle to seize Guillemont Station during the Battle of the Somme. His body was never recovered and he was recorded as missing presumed dead.
On 3 May 1917, Another United former player Sandy Turnbull was killed in France. Turnbull was killed in Arras while serving as a Lance Sergeant in the Eighth Battalion of the East Surrey Regiment of the British Army. His body was never found and he is commemorated on the Arras memorial.

Lancashire Section Principal Tournament[edit]

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
2 September 1916Port ValeH2 – 2Woodcock (2)
9 September 1916Oldham AthleticA2 – 0Armstrong, O’Connell
16 September 1916Preston North EndH2 – 1Woodcock (2)
23 September 1916BurnleyA1 – 7Armstrong
30 September 1916BlackpoolA2 – 2Woodcock (2)
7 October 1916LiverpoolH0 – 0
14 October 1916Stockport CountyA0 – 1
21 October 1916BuryH3 – 1Armstrong (2), Own goal
28 October 1916StokeA0 – 3
4 November 1916Southport CentralH1 – 0Woodcock
11 November 1916Blackburn RoversA2 – 1Anderson, Woodcock
18 November 1916Manchester CityH2 – 1Anderson, Woodcock
25 November 1916EvertonA2 – 3Anderson, Woodcock
2 December 1916RochdaleH1 – 1Anderson
9 December 1916Bolton WanderersA1 – 5Anderson
23 December 1916Oldham AthleticH3 – 2Anderson (2), Ogden
30 December 1916Preston North EndA2 – 3Anderson, Woodcock
6 January 1917BurnleyH3 – 1Anderson (2), Woodcock
13 January 1917BlackpoolH3 – 2Woodcock (2), Crossley
20 January 1917LiverpoolA3 – 3Anderson (3)
27 January 1917Stockport CountyH0 – 1
3 February 1917BuryA1 – 1Woodcock
10 February 1917StokeH4 – 2Woodcock (2), Ellis, Robinson
17 February 1917Southport CentralA1 – 0Ellis
24 February 1917Blackburn RoversH1 – 0Anderson
3 March 1917Manchester CityA0 – 1
10 March 1917EvertonH0 – 2
17 March 1917RochdaleA0 – 2
24 March 1917Bolton WanderersH6 – 3Woodcock (3), Anderson (2), Hilditch
6 April 1917Port ValeA0 – 3
PosClubPldWDLGFGAGDPts
6Burnley30154117356–1734
7Manchester United30136114854–632
8Rochdale30125134754–729

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

Lancashire Section Subsidiary Tournament Group D

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
31 March 1917StokeA1 – 2Ellis
7 April 1917Manchester CityH5 – 1Anderson (3), Woodcock (2)
9 April 1917Port ValeH5 – 1Anderson (3), Travis (2)
14 April 1917StokeH1 – 0Woodcock
21 April 1917Manchester CityA1 – 0Anderson
28 April 1917Port ValeA2 – 5McMenemy, Woodcock
PosClubPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Manchester United6402159+68
2Stoke6303116+56
3Port Vale6213912–35
4Manchester City6213311–85

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