Manchester United 1917-18

The 1917–18 season was Manchester United’s third 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, in a 30-game season. In the subsidiary tournament they contested Group B of the Lancashire Section, in a group of four teams. However, none of these were considered to be competitive football, and thus their records are not recognised by the Football League.
On 9 October 1917 while Fighting in France during the First World War, United former player Arthur Beadsworth was killed while serving as a Sergeant in the Seventh Battalion of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment of the British Army.

Lancashire Section Principal Tournament

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
1 September 1917Blackburn RoversA5 – 0Anderson (3), Meehan, Woodcock
8 September 1917Blackburn RoversH6 – 1Anderson (4), Woodcock (2)
15 September 1917RochdaleA0 – 3
22 September 1917RochdaleH1 – 1Woodcock
29 September 1917Manchester CityA1 – 3Anderson
6 October 1917Manchester CityH1 – 1Woodcock
13 October 1917EvertonA0 – 3
20 October 1917EvertonH0 – 0
27 October 1917Port ValeH3 – 3Anderson, Connor, Ellis
3 November 1917Port ValeA2 – 2Anderson, Ellis
10 November 1917Bolton WanderersA1 – 3Ellis
17 November 1917Bolton WanderersH2 – 4Anderson, Ellis
24 November 1917Preston North EndA2 – 1Anderson (2)
1 December 1917Preston North EndH0 – 0
8 December 1917BlackpoolH1 – 0Ellis
15 December 1917BlackpoolA3 – 2Woodcock (2), Meehan
22 December 1917BurnleyA5 – 0Anderson (3), Connor, Meehan
29 December 1917BurnleyH1 – 0Connor
5 January 1918Southport CentralA0 – 3
12 January 1918Southport CentralH0 – 0
19 January 1918LiverpoolA1 – 5Woodcock
26 January 1918LiverpoolH0 – 2
2 February 1918StokeH1 – 5Woodcock
9 February 1918StokeA2 – 1Ellis, Woodcock
16 February 1918BuryA0 – 0
23 February 1918BuryH2 – 1Massey, Woodcock
2 March 1918Oldham AthleticA2 – 1Ellis, Woodcock
9 March 1918Oldham AthleticH0 – 2
16 March 1918Stockport CountyA2 – 0Buckley (2)
23 March 1918Stockport CountyA1 – 2Buckley
PosClubPldWDLGFGAGDPts
7Burnley30134136870–230
8Manchester United30118114549–430
9Rochdale30116135059–928

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 B

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
29 March 1918Manchester CityA0 – 3
30 March 1918StokeH2 – 1Stafford, Woodcock
1 April 1918Manchester CityH2 – 0Buckley, Woodcock
6 April 1918StokeA0 – 0
13 April 1918Port ValeH2 – 0Bourne (2)
20 April 1918Port ValeA0 – 2
PosClubPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Manchester City6411114+79
2Manchester United631267+17
3Stoke6222105+56
4Port Vale6105415–112

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