Manchester United 1954-55

The 1954–55 season was Manchester United’s 53rd season in the Football League, and their tenth consecutive season in the top division of English football. United finished fifth in the league. Their top scorer was Dennis Viollet, with 21 goals. Departing the club at the end of the season was veteran forward Jack Rowley after 18 years at Old Trafford. With younger players continuing to form the mainstay of the side, several more made their debuts this season, including Dublin born forward Billy Whelan who made his senior debut just before his 20th birthday.
 

First Division

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
21 August 1954PortsmouthH1 – 3Rowley38,203
23 August 1954Sheffield WednesdayA4 – 2Blanchflower (2), Viollet (2)38,118
28 August 1954BlackpoolA4 – 2Webster (2), Blanchflower, Viollet31,855
1 September 1954Sheffield WednesdayH2 – 0Viollet (2)31,371
4 September 1954Charlton AthleticH3 – 1Rowley (2), Taylor38,105
8 September 1954Tottenham HotspurA2 – 0Berry, Webster35,162
11 September 1954Bolton WanderersA1 – 1Webster44,661
15 September 1954Tottenham HotspurH2 – 1Rowley, Viollet29,212
18 September 1954Huddersfield TownH1 – 1Viollet45,648
25 September 1954Manchester CityA2 – 3Blanchflower, Taylor54,105
2 October 1954Wolverhampton WanderersA2 – 4Rowley, Viollet39,617
9 October 1954Cardiff CityH5 – 2Taylor (4), Viollet39,378
16 October 1954ChelseaA6 – 5Viollet (3), Taylor (2), Blanchflower55,966
23 October 1954Newcastle UnitedH2 – 2Taylor, own goal29,217
30 October 1954EvertonA2 – 4Taylor, Rowley63,021
6 November 1954Preston North EndH2 – 1Viollet (2)30,063
13 November 1954Sheffield UnitedA0 – 326,257
20 November 1954ArsenalH2 – 1Blanchflower, Taylor33,373
27 November 1954West Bromwich AlbionA0 – 233,931
4 December 1954Leicester CityH3 – 1Webster, Rowley, Viollet19,369
11 December 1954BurnleyA4 – 2Webster (3), Viollet24,977
18 December 1954PortsmouthA0 – 026,019
27 December 1954Aston VillaH0 – 149,136
28 December 1954Aston VillaA1 – 2Taylor48,718
1 January 1955BlackpoolH4 – 1Blanchflower (2), Edwards, Viollet51,918
22 January 1955Bolton WanderersH1 – 1Taylor39,873
5 February 1955Huddersfield TownA3 – 1Berry, Edwards, Pegg31,408
12 February 1955Manchester CityH0 – 547,914
23 February 1955Wolverhampton WanderersH2 – 4Edwards, Taylor15,679
26 February 1955Cardiff CityA0 – 316,329
5 March 1955BurnleyH1 – 0Edwards31,729
19 March 1955EvertonH1 – 2Scanlon32,295
26 March 1955Preston North EndA2 – 0Byrne, Scanlon13,327
2 April 1955Sheffield UnitedH5 – 0Taylor (2), Berry, Viollet, Whelan21,158
8 April 1955SunderlandA3 – 4Edwards (2), Scanlon43,882
9 April 1955Leicester CityA0 – 134,362
11 April 1955SunderlandH2 – 2Byrne, Taylor36,013
16 April 1955West Bromwich AlbionH3 – 0Taylor (2), Viollet24,765
18 April 1955Newcastle UnitedA0 – 235,540
23 April 1955ArsenalA3 – 2Blanchflower (2), own goal42,754
26 April 1955Charlton AthleticA1 – 1Viollet13,149
30 April 1955ChelseaH2 – 1Scanlon, Taylor34,933
PosClubPldWDLGFGAGAvgPts
4Sunderland421518964541.18548
5Manchester United422071588741.13547
6Aston Villa422071572730.98647

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
8 January 1955Round 3ReadingA1 – 1Webster26,000
12 January 1955Round 3
Replay
ReadingH4 – 1Webster (2), Viollet, Rowley24,578
19 February 1955Round 4Manchester CityA0 – 275,000

Squad statistics

Pos.NameLeagueFA CupTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
GK Jack Crompton500050
GK Ray Wood37030400
FB Geoff Bent200020
FB Roger Byrne39230422
FB Bill Foulkes41030440
FB Ian Greaves100010
FB Mark Jones13000130
FB Paddy Kennedy100010
HB Jackie Blanchflower2910303210
HB Allenby Chilton29030320
HB Henry Cockburn100010
HB Duncan Edwards33630366
HB Don Gibson32030350
HB Freddie Goodwin500050
HB Jeff Whitefoot24000240
FW Johnny Berry40330433
FW David Pegg610061
FW Jack Rowley22731258
FW Albert Scanlon14400144
FW Tommy Taylor3020103120
FW Dennis Viollet3420313721
FW Colin Webster178231911
FW Liam Whelan710071
Own goals202