Manchester United 1940-41

The 1940–41 season was Manchester United’s second season in the non-competitive War League during the Second World War.
Many of Manchester United’s players went off to fight in the war, but for those who remained, the Football League organised a special War League. The War League was originally split into two regional divisions (Manchester United were placed in the North Division), with 36 clubs involved and positions were decided on Goal Average. Home and Away games were not recognised as such and no points were awarded for draws or wins. United finished the league season with a record of 14 wins, 8 draws, and 13 losses. A War League Cup was also set up to replace the FA Cup, where United lost to Everton in the First Round.

War League North Regional League

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
31 August 1940RochdaleA3 – 1Aston, J. Carey, Smith
7 September 1940BuryH0 – 0
14 September 1940Oldham AthleticA1 – 2Farrow
21 September 1940Oldham AthleticH2 – 3Smith (2)
28 September 1940Manchester CityA1 – 4Smith
5 October 1940Manchester CityH0 – 2
12 October 1940BurnleyA1 – 0Warner
19 October 1940Preston North EndH4 – 1Dodds (2), Buchan, J. Carey
26 October 1940Preston North EndA1 – 3Bryant
2 November 1940BurnleyH4 – 1Butt (2), J. Carey, Smith
9 November 1940EvertonA2 – 5Dodds, Smith
16 November 1940EvertonH0 – 0
23 November 1940LiverpoolA2 – 2Smith, Warner
30 November 1940LiverpoolH2 – 0Butt, Smith
7 December 1940Blackburn RoversA5 – 5Dodds (2), Aston, Bryant, Mitten
14 December 1940RochdaleH3 – 4Smith (2), J. Carey
21 December 1940BuryA1 – 4McKay
25 December 1940Stockport CountyA3 – 1Smith (2), Burrows
28 December 1940Blackburn RoversH9 – 0Smith (5), J. Carey (2), Aston, Mitten
4 January 1941Blackburn RoversA2 – 0 (a.e.t.)Smith (2)
11 January 1941Blackburn RoversH0 – 0 (a.e.t.)
18 January 1941Bolton WanderersA2 – 3 (a.e.t.)Mears, Smith
25 January 1941Bolton WanderersH4 – 1 (a.e.t.)Pearson (2), J. Carey, Smith
1 March 1941ChesterfieldA1 – 1Smith
8 March 1941BuryH7 – 3J. Carey (3), Rowley (3), Smith
22 March 1941Oldham AthleticA1 – 0Smith
29 March 1941BlackpoolA0 – 2
5 April 1941BlackpoolH2 – 3Mears, Smith
12 April 1941EvertonA2 – 1Rowley (2)
14 April 1941Manchester CityA7 – 1Rowley (4), Pearson (2), Smith
19 April 1941ChesterA6 – 4 (a.e.t.)Rowley (5), J. Carey
26 April 1941LiverpoolA1 – 2Rowley
3 May 1941LiverpoolH1 – 1Rowley
10 May 1941BuryA1 – 5Rowley
17 May 1941BurnleyH1 – 0J. Carey
PosClubPldWDLGFGAGAvg
7Halifax Town301013764511.255
8Manchester United351481380651.231
9Lincoln City27137765531.226

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GAvg = Goal average

War League Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
15 February 1941First Round
First leg
EvertonH2 – 2Rowley, Whalley
22 February 1941First Round
Second leg
EvertonA1 – 2Rowley