Manchester United 1952-53

The 1952–53 season was Manchester United’s 51st season in the Football League, and their eighth consecutive season in the top division of English football.
The regeneration of squad continued as younger players continued to take the place of the players who had been in the 1948 FA Cup winning team and the previous season’s title campaign. Making their senior debuts this season were teenagers Duncan Edwards, a half-back from Dudley, and Doncaster born winger David Pegg. Also joining the ranks was 21-year-old centre-forward Tommy Taylor from Barnsley for a club record fee of £29,999 in April 1953, a month before Edwards made his debut.
 

FA Charity Shield

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
24 September 1952Newcastle UnitedH4 – 2Rowley (2), Byrne, Downie11,381

First Division

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendanceLeague
position
23 August 1952ChelseaH2 – 0Berry, Downie43,6293rd
27 August 1952ArsenalA1 – 2Rowley58,8318th
30 August 1952Manchester CityA1 – 2Downie56,14014th
3 September 1952ArsenalH0 – 039,19313th
6 September 1952PortsmouthA0 – 237,27819th
10 September 1952Derby CountyA3 – 2Pearson (3)20,22613th
13 September 1952Bolton WanderersH1 – 0Berry40,53111th
20 September 1952Aston VillaA3 – 3Rowley (2), Downie43,49012th
27 September 1952SunderlandH0 – 128,96715th
4 October 1952Wolverhampton WanderersA2 – 6Rowley (2)40,13217th
11 October 1952Stoke CityH0 – 228,96821st
18 October 1952Preston North EndA5 – 0Aston (2), Pearson (2), Rowley33,50217th
25 October 1952BurnleyH1 – 3Aston36,91319th
1 November 1952Tottenham HotspurA2 – 1Berry (2)44,30018th
8 November 1952Sheffield WednesdayH1 – 1Pearson48,57119th
15 November 1952Cardiff CityA2 – 1Aston, Pearson40,09615th
22 November 1952Newcastle UnitedH2 – 2Aston, Pearson33,52815th
29 November 1952West Bromwich AlbionA1 – 3Lewis23,49916th
6 December 1952MiddlesbroughH3 – 2Pearson (2), Aston27,61715th
13 December 1952LiverpoolA2 – 1Aston, Pearson34,45011th
20 December 1952ChelseaA3 – 2Doherty (2), Aston23,2618th
25 December 1952BlackpoolA0 – 027,7789th
26 December 1952BlackpoolH2 – 1Carey, Lewis48,0778th
1 January 1953Derby CountyH1 – 0Lewis34,8138th
3 January 1953Manchester CityH1 – 1Pearson47,8837th
17 January 1953PortsmouthH1 – 0Lewis32,3416th
24 January 1953Bolton WanderersA1 – 2Lewis43,6387th
7 February 1953Aston VillaH3 – 1Rowley (2), Lewis34,3397th
18 February 1953SunderlandA2 – 2Lewis, Pegg24,2637th
21 February 1953Wolverhampton WanderersH0 – 338,2698th
28 February 1953Stoke CityA1 – 3Berry30,2199th
7 March 1953Preston North EndH5 – 2Pegg (2), Taylor (2), Rowley52,5909th
14 March 1953BurnleyA1 – 2Byrne45,6829th
25 March 1953Tottenham HotspurH3 – 2Pearson (2), Pegg18,3848th
28 March 1953Sheffield WednesdayA0 – 036,5098th
3 April 1953Charlton AthleticA2 – 2Berry, Taylor41,8148th
4 April 1953Cardiff CityH1 – 4Byrne37,1638th
6 April 1953Charlton AthleticH3 – 2Taylor (2), Rowley30,1058th
11 April 1953Newcastle UnitedA2 – 1Taylor (2)38,9708th
18 April 1953West Bromwich AlbionH2 – 2Pearson, Viollet31,3808th
20 April 1953LiverpoolH3 – 1Berry, Pearson, Rowley20,8697th
25 April 1953MiddlesbroughA0 – 534,3448th
PosClubPldWDLGFGAPts
7Blackpool4219914717047
8Manchester United42181014697246
9Sunderland42151314688243

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 1953Round 3MillwallA1 – 0Pearson35,652
31 January 1953Round 4Walthamstow AvenueH1 – 1Lewis34,748
5 February 1953Round 4
Replay
Walthamstow AvenueA5 – 2Rowley (2), Byrne, Lewis, Pearson49,119
14 February 1953Round 5EvertonA1 – 2Rowley77,920

Squad statistics

Pos.NameLeagueFA CupCharity ShieldTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
GK Reg Allen20000020
GK Jack Crompton2500000250
GK Les Olive20000020
GK Ray Wood1204010170
FB John Aston, Sr.4084010458
FB Roger Byrne4024111454
FB Johnny Carey3214010371
FB Bill Foulkes20000020
FB Mark Jones20000020
FB Tommy McNulty2300010240
FB Billy Redman10000010
HB Jackie Blanchflower10000010
HB Allenby Chilton4204010470
HB Henry Cockburn2204000260
HB Duncan Edwards10000010
HB Don Gibson2000010210
HB Jeff Whitefoot1000000100
FW Johnny Berry4074010457
FW Ernie Bond10000010
FW Frank Clempson40000040
FW John Doherty52000052
FW Johnny Downie2032011234
FW Eddie Lewis1074200149
FW Harry McShane50000050
FW Stan Pearson391642104418
FW David Pegg1942000214
FW Jack Rowley261143123116
FW Jackie Scott20000020
FW Tommy Taylor1170000117
FW Dennis Viollet31000031