Manchester United 1945-46

The 1945–46 season was Manchester United’s seventh and last 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.
With the ending of the Second World War, the FA Cup returned, with Manchester United losing 2–3 on aggregate in the cup Fourth Round to Preston North End.
 

War League North Regional League

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
25 August 1945Huddersfield TownA2 – 3Smith (2)
1 September 1945Huddersfield TownH2 – 3Koffman, Rowley
8 September 1945ChesterfieldH0 – 2
12 September 1945MiddlesbroughA1 – 2Davie
15 September 1945ChesterfieldA1 – 1Bryant
20 September 1945Stoke CityA2 – 1Hullett, Reid
22 September 1945BarnsleyA2 – 2Cockburn, Hullett
29 September 1945BarnsleyH1 – 1Smith
6 October 1945EvertonH0 – 0
13 October 1945EvertonA0 – 3
20 October 1945Bolton WanderersA1 – 1Wrigglesworth
27 October 1945Bolton WanderersH2 – 1Carey, Worrall
3 November 1945Preston North EndH6 – 1Rowley (2), Smith, Warner, Worrall
10 November 1945Preston North EndA2 – 2Bainbridge, Smith
17 November 1945Leeds UnitedA3 – 3Hanlon (2), Buckle
24 November 1945Leeds UnitedH6 – 1Buckle (2), Wrigglesworth (2), Hanlon, Rowley
1 December 1945BurnleyH3 – 3Hullett (3)
8 December 1945BurnleyA2 – 2Hanlon, Smith
15 December 1945SunderlandH2 – 1Smith (2)
22 December 1945SunderlandA2 – 4Smith, Wrigglesworth
25 December 1945Sheffield UnitedA0 – 1
26 December 1945Sheffield UnitedH2 – 3Carey, Hullett
29 December 1945MiddlesbroughH4 – 1Rowley (2), Smith (2)
12 January 1946Grimsby TownH5 – 0Rowley (3), Bainbridge, Smith
19 January 1946Grimsby TownA0 – 1
2 February 1946BlackpoolH4 – 2Rowley (2), Bainbridge, Wrigglesworth
9 February 1946LiverpoolH2 – 1Smith (2)
16 February 1946LiverpoolA5 – 0Hanlon (2), Rowley (2), Wrigglesworth
23 February 1946BuryA1 – 1Hanlon
2 March 1946BuryH1 – 1Hanlon
9 March 1946Blackburn RoversH6 – 2Rowley (3), Hanlon (2), Delaney
16 March 1946Blackburn RoversA3 – 1Smith (2), Pearson
23 March 1946BradfordA1 – 2Carey
27 March 1946BlackpoolA5 – 1Pearson (3), Carey, Wrigglesworth
30 March 1946BradfordH4 – 0Aston, Delaney, Rowley, Wrigglesworth
6 April 1946Manchester CityH1 – 4Aston
13 April 1946Manchester CityA3 – 1Hanlon, Pearson, Rowley
19 April 1946Newcastle UnitedA1 – 0Pearson
20 April 1946Sheffield WednesdayH4 – 0Pearson (2), Delaney, Rowley
22 April 1946Newcastle UnitedH4 – 1Delaney, Mitten, Rowley, Wrigglesworth
27 April 1946Sheffield WednesdayA0 – 1
4 May 1946Stoke CityH2 – 1Buckle, Pearson
PosClubPldWDLGFGAPts
3Bolton Wanderers42201111674551
4Manchester United42191112986249
5Sheffield Wednesday4220814676048

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
5 January 1946Round 3
First leg
Accrington StanleyA2 – 2Smith, Wrigglesworth9,968
9 January 1946Round 3
Second leg
Accrington StanleyH5 – 1Rowley (2), Bainbridge, Wrigglesworth, own goal15,339
26 January 1946Round 4
First leg
Preston North EndH1 – 0Hanlon36,237
30 January 1946Round 4
Second leg
Preston North EndA1 – 3Hanlon21,000

Squad statistics

Pos.NameFA Cup
AppsGoals
GK Jack Crompton40
FB Johnny Carey40
FB John Roach20
FB Joe Walton20
HB Allenby Chilton30
HB Henry Cockburn40
HB Jack Warner40
HB Bert Whalley40
FW Bill Bainbridge11
FW Jimmy Hanlon42
FW Jack Rowley42
FW Jack Smith41
FW Billy Wrigglesworth42
Own goals1