Manchester United 1953-54

The 1953–54 season was Manchester United’s 52nd season in the Football League, and their ninth consecutive season in the top division of English football.
United finished the season in fourth place, recovering well after an eight-match winless start. Top scorer for the season was Tommy Taylor, who in his first full season at the club scored 22 goals in the league and a further goal in the FA Cup. 20-year-old striker Dennis Viollet established himself in the first team this season and scored 12 goals, and 17-year-old Duncan Edwards gradually displaced the veteran Henry Cockburn at left-half.

First Division

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
19 August 1953ChelseaH1 – 1Pearson28,936
22 August 1953LiverpoolA4 – 4Byrne, Lewis, Rowley, Taylor48,422
26 August 1953West Bromwich AlbionH1 – 3Taylor31,806
29 August 1953Newcastle UnitedH1 – 1Chilton27,837
2 September 1953West Bromwich AlbionA0 – 228,892
5 September 1953Manchester CityA0 – 253,097
9 September 1953MiddlesbroughH2 – 2Rowley (2)18,161
12 September 1953Bolton WanderersA0 – 043,544
16 September 1953MiddlesbroughA4 – 1Taylor (2), Byrne, Rowley23,607
19 September 1953Preston North EndH1 – 0Byrne41,171
26 September 1953Tottenham HotspurA1 – 1Rowley52,837
3 October 1953BurnleyH1 – 2Pearson37,696
10 October 1953SunderlandH1 – 0Rowley34,617
17 October 1953Wolverhampton WanderersA1 – 3Taylor40,084
24 October 1953Aston VillaH1 – 0Berry30,266
31 October 1953Huddersfield TownA0 – 034,175
7 November 1953ArsenalH2 – 2Blanchflower, Rowley28,141
14 November 1953Cardiff CityA6 – 1Viollet (2), Berry, Blanchflower, Rowley, Taylor26,844
21 November 1953BlackpoolH4 – 1Taylor (3), Viollet49,853
28 November 1953PortsmouthA1 – 1Taylor29,233
5 December 1953Sheffield UnitedH2 – 2Blanchflower (2)31,693
12 December 1953ChelseaA1 – 3Berry37,153
19 December 1953LiverpoolH5 – 1Blanchflower (2), Taylor (2), Viollet26,074
25 December 1953Sheffield WednesdayH5 – 2Taylor (3), Blanchflower, Viollet27,123
26 December 1953Sheffield WednesdayA1 – 0Viollet44,196
2 January 1954Newcastle UnitedA2 – 1Blanchflower, Foulkes55,780
16 January 1954Manchester CityH1 – 1Berry46,379
23 January 1954Bolton WanderersH1 – 5Taylor46,663
6 February 1954Preston North EndA3 – 1Blanchflower, Rowley, Taylor30,064
13 February 1954Tottenham HotspurH2 – 0Rowley, Taylor35,485
20 February 1954BurnleyA0 – 229,576
27 February 1954SunderlandA2 – 0Taylor, Blanchflower58,440
6 March 1954Wolverhampton WanderersH1 – 0Berry38,939
13 March 1954Aston VillaA2 – 2Taylor (2)26,023
20 March 1954Huddersfield TownH3 – 1Blanchflower, Rowley, Viollet40,181
27 March 1954ArsenalA1 – 3Taylor42,753
3 April 1954Cardiff CityH2 – 3Rowley, Viollet22,832
10 April 1954BlackpoolA0 – 225,996
16 April 1954Charlton AthleticH2 – 0Aston, Viollet31,876
17 April 1954PortsmouthH2 – 0Blanchflower, Viollet29,663
19 April 1954Charlton AthleticA0 – 119,111
24 April 1954Sheffield UnitedA3 – 1Aston, Blanchflower, Viollet29,189
PosClubPldWDLGFGAGAvgPts
3Huddersfield Town4220111178611.27951
4Manchester United4218121273581.25948
5Bolton Wanderers4218121275601.25048

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

FA Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
19 January 1954Round 3BurnleyA3 – 5Blanchflower, Taylor, Viollet54,000

Squad statistics

Pos.NameLeagueFA CupTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
GK Jack Crompton15000150
GK Ray Wood27010280
FB John Aston, Sr.12200122
FB Roger Byrne41310413
FB Bill Foulkes32110331
FB Tommy McNulty400040
FB Billy Redman100010
HB Jackie Blanchflower2713112814
HB Allenby Chilton42110431
HB Henry Cockburn18000180
HB Duncan Edwards24010250
HB Don Gibson700070
HB Jeff Whitefoot38010390
FW Johnny Berry37510385
FW Eddie Lewis610061
FW Noel McFarlane100010
FW David Pegg900090
FW Stan Pearson11200112
FW Harry McShane900090
FW Jack Rowley3612103712
FW Tommy Taylor3522113623
FW Dennis Viollet2911113012
FW Colin Webster100010