Manchester United 1944-45

The 1944–45 season was Manchester United’s sixth season in the non-competitive War League during the Second World War.
On 15 February 1945, United manager Walter Crickmer had resigned and four days later on 19 February 1945, the Scottish manager Matt Busby was signed, but it was not until 1 October that Busby officially took over the reins at Manchester United.
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.

War League North Regional League First Championship

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
26 August 1944EvertonA2 – 1Mycock, Currier
2 September 1944EvertonH1 – 3Bryant
9 September 1944Stockport CountyH3 – 4Mycock (2), Bryant
16 September 1944Stockport CountyA4 – 4Mycock (2), Bryant, Smith
23 September 1944BuryH2 – 2Mycock, Walton
30 September 1944BuryA2 – 4McCock, Woodcock
7 October 1944ChesterA0 – 2
14 October 1944ChesterH1 – 0Freer
21 October 1944Tranmere RoversH6 – 1Mycock (2), Bryant, Chadwick, Dougan, Mitten
28 October 1944Tranmere RoversA4 – 2Bryant (2), Mycock, own goal
4 November 1944LiverpoolA2 – 3Mycock, Woodcock
11 November 1944LiverpoolH2 – 5Mitten, Mycock
18 November 1944Manchester CityH3 – 2Morris (2), Mycock
25 November 1944Manchester CityA0 – 4
2 December 1944Crewe AlexandraA4 – 1Bryant (2), Chadwick, Mycock
9 December 1944Crewe AlexandraH2 – 0Bowden, Morris
16 December 1944WrexhamH1 – 0Ireland
23 December 1944WrexhamA1 – 2Morris
PosClubPldWDLGFGAPts
29Blackburn Rovers18747302918
30Manchester United18828404018
31Preston North End18747262818

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

War League North Regional League Second Championship

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
26 December 1944Sheffield UnitedA4 – 3Morris (2), Bainbridge, Chadwick
30 December 1944Oldham AthleticA4 – 3Mycock (2), Chadwick, Smith
6 January 1945Huddersfield TownH1 – 0Smith
13 January 1945Huddersfield TownA2 – 2Cockburn, Smith
3 February 1945Manchester CityH1 – 3Mitten
10 February 1945Manchester CityA0 – 2
17 February 1945BuryH2 – 0Mitten, Whalley
24 February 1945BuryA1 – 3Bainbridge
3 March 1945Oldham AthleticH3 – 2Chadwick, Rowley, Whalley
10 March 1945Halifax TownA0 – 1
17 March 1945Halifax TownH2 – 0Chadwick, Roach
24 March 1945BurnleyA3 – 2Rowley (2), Chadwick
31 March 1945BurnleyH4 – 0Smith (3), Bryant
2 April 1945BlackpoolA1 – 4
7 April 1945Stoke CityH6 – 1Rowley (2), Wrigglesworth (2), Bryant, Smith
14 April 1945Stoke CityA4 – 1Bryant (2), McCulloch, own goal
21 April 1945Doncaster RoversA2 – 1Bellis, Smith
28 April 1945Doncaster RoversH3 – 1Wrigglesworth (3)
5 May 1945ChesterfieldH1 – 1Bellis
12 May 1945ChesterfieldA1 – 0McDowell
19 May 1945Bolton WanderersA0 – 1
26 May 1945Bolton WanderersH2 – 2Bryant, Wrigglesworth
PosClubPldWDLGFGAPts
8Wolverhampton Wanderers241176453129
9Manchester United221336473329
10Darlington241338614529

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