Manchester United 1947-48

The 1947–48 season was Manchester United’s 46th season in the Football League and third back in the First Division since their promotion from the Second Division in 1938. They finished the season second in the league but most significantly won the FA Cup with a 4-2 win over Blackpool in their first appearance at Wembley Stadium, ending the club’s 37-year wait for a major trophy.
 

Pre-season and friendlies

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
12 May 1948Bohemians Select XIA1 – 2Mitten 32′37,500
16 May 1948Shelbourne Select XIN4 – 3Buckle (2), Anderson, Leuty (o.g.)25,000
19 May 1948LinfieldA3 – 2Morris, Buckle, Rowley30,000

First Division

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
23 August 1947MiddlesbroughA2 – 2Rowley (2)39,554
27 August 1947LiverpoolH2 – 0Morris, Pearson52,385
30 August 1947Charlton AthleticH6 – 2Rowley (4), Morris, Pearson52,659
3 September 1947LiverpoolA2 – 2Mitten, Pearson48,081
6 September 1947ArsenalA1 – 2Morris64,905
8 September 1947BurnleyA0 – 037,517
13 September 1947Sheffield UnitedH0 – 149,808
20 September 1947Manchester CityA0 – 071,364
27 September 1947Preston North EndA1 – 2Morris34,372
4 October 1947Stoke CityH1 – 1Hanlon45,745
11 October 1947Grimsby TownH3 – 4Mitten, Morris, Rowley40,035
18 October 1947SunderlandA0 – 137,148
25 October 1947Aston VillaH2 – 0Delaney, Rowley47,078
1 November 1947Wolverhampton WanderersA6 – 2Morris (2), Pearson (2), Delaney, Mitten44,309
8 November 1947Huddersfield TownH4 – 4Rowley (4)59,772
15 November 1947Derby CountyA1 – 1Carey32,990
22 November 1947EvertonH2 – 2Cockburn, Morris35,509
29 November 1947ChelseaA4 – 0Morris (3), Rowley43,617
6 December 1947BlackpoolH1 – 1Pearson63,683
13 December 1947Blackburn RoversA1 – 1Morris22,784
20 December 1947MiddlesbroughH2 – 1Pearson (2)46,666
25 December 1947PortsmouthH3 – 2Morris (2), Rowley42,776
27 December 1947PortsmouthA3 – 1Morris (2), Delaney27,674
1 January 1948BurnleyH5 – 0Rowley (3), Mitten (2)59,838
3 January 1948Charlton AthleticA2 – 1Morris, Pearson40,484
17 January 1948ArsenalH1 – 1Rowley81,962
31 January 1948Sheffield UnitedA1 – 2Rowley45,189
14 February 1948Preston North EndH1 – 1Delaney61,765
21 February 1948Stoke CityA2 – 0Buckle, Pearson36,794
6 March 1948SunderlandH3 – 1Delaney, Mitten, Rowley55,160
17 March 1948Grimsby TownA1 – 1Rowley12,284
20 March 1948Wolverhampton WanderersH3 – 2Delaney, Mitten, Morris50,667
22 March 1948Aston VillaA1 – 0Pearson52,368
26 March 1948Bolton WanderersH0 – 271,623
27 March 1948Huddersfield TownA2 – 0Burke, Pearson38,266
29 March 1948Bolton WanderersA1 – 0Anderson44,225
3 April 1948Derby CountyH1 – 0Pearson49,609
7 April 1948Manchester CityH1 – 1Rowley71,690
10 April 1948EvertonA0 – 244,198
17 April 1948ChelseaH5 – 0Pearson (2), Delaney, Mitten, Rowley43,225
28 April 1948BlackpoolA0 – 132,236
1 May 1948Blackburn RoversH4 – 1Pearson (3), Delaney44,439
PosClubPldWDLGFGAPts
1Arsenal4223136813259
2Manchester United4219149814852
3Burnley42201210564352

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
10 January 1948Third RoundAston VillaA6 – 4Morris (2), Pearson (2), Delaney, Rowley58,683
24 January 1948Fourth RoundLiverpoolH3 – 0Mitten, Morris, Rowley74,000
7 February 1948Fifth RoundCharlton AthleticH2 – 0Mitten, Warner33,312
28 February 1948Sixth RoundPreston North EndH4 – 2Pearson (2), Mitten, Rowley74,213
13 March 1948Semi-FinalDerby CountyN3 – 1Pearson (3)60,000
24 April 1948FinalBlackpoolN4 – 2Rowley (2), Anderson, Pearson99,000

Squad statistics

Pos.NameLeagueFA CupTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
GK Jack Crompton37060430
GK Berry Brown300030
GK Jimmy Pegg200020
FB John Aston, Sr.42060520
FB John Ball100010
FB Johnny Carey37160431
FB Tommy Lowrie200020
FB Sammy Lynn300030
FB Joe Walton600060
FB Harry Worrall500050
HB Allenby Chilton41060470
HB Henry Cockburn26160321
HB Billy McGlen13000130
HB Jack Warner15011161
FW John Anderson18151232
FW Ted Buckle310031
FW Ronnie Burke610061
FW Laurie Cassidy100010
FW Joe Dale200020
FW Jimmy Delaney36861429
FW Jimmy Hanlon810081
FW Charlie Mitten388634411
FW Johnny Morris3818634421
FW Stan Pearson4018684626
FW Jack Rowley3923654528
Own goals000