Manchester United 1955-56

The 1955–56 season was Manchester United’s 54th season in the Football League, and their 11th consecutive season in the top division of English football.
A United side consisted mostly of players in their late teens and early twenties finished the season as league champions 11 points ahead of their nearest rivals Blackpool and Wolves.
Right-half Eddie Colman made his debut for United this season, first featuring in the league match against Bolton Wanderers at Burnden Park on 12 November 1955 and was soon a regular partner to Duncan Edwards in the United half-back positions. Colman’s breakthrough forced Jeff Whitefoot out of the team and contributed to his transfer to Grimsby Town in the summer of 1956, while long-serving goalkeeper Jack Crompton played his final game for United this season.

First Division

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
20 August 1955Birmingham CityA2 – 2Viollet (2)37,994
24 August 1955Tottenham HotspurH2 – 2Berry, Webster25,406
27 August 1955West Bromwich AlbionH3 – 1Lewis, Scanlon, Viollet31,996
31 August 1955Tottenham HotspurA2 – 1Edwards (2)27,453
3 September 1955Manchester CityA0 – 159,162
7 September 1955EvertonH2 – 1Blanchflower, Edwards27,843
10 September 1955Sheffield UnitedA0 – 128,241
14 September 1955EvertonA2 – 4Blanchflower, Webster34,897
17 September 1955Preston North EndH3 – 2Pegg, Taylor, Viollet33,078
24 September 1955BurnleyA0 – 026,873
1 October 1955Luton TownH3 – 1Taylor (2), Colin Webster34,409
8 October 1955Wolverhampton WanderersH4 – 3Taylor (2), Doherty, Pegg48,638
15 October 1955Aston VillaA4 – 4Pegg (2), Blanchflower, Webster29,478
22 October 1955Huddersfield TownH3 – 0Berry, Pegg, Taylor34,150
29 October 1955Cardiff CityA1 – 0Taylor27,795
5 November 1955ArsenalH1 – 1Taylor41,586
12 November 1955Bolton WanderersA1 – 3Taylor38,109
19 November 1955ChelseaH3 – 0Taylor (2), Byrne22,192
26 November 1955BlackpoolA0 – 026,240
3 December 1955SunderlandH2 – 1Doherty, Viollet39,901
10 December 1955PortsmouthA2 – 3Pegg, Taylor24,594
17 December 1955Birmingham CityH2 – 1Jones, Viollet27,704
24 December 1955West Bromwich AlbionA4 – 1Viollet (3), Taylor25,168
26 December 1955Charlton AthleticH5 – 1Viollet (2), Byrne, Doherty, Taylor44,611
27 December 1955Charlton AthleticA0 – 342,040
31 December 1955Manchester CityH2 – 1Taylor, Viollet60,956
14 January 1956Sheffield UnitedH3 – 1Berry, Pegg, Taylor30,162
21 January 1956Preston North EndA1 – 3Whelan28,047
4 February 1956BurnleyH2 – 0Taylor, Viollet27,342
11 February 1956Luton TownA2 – 0Viollet, Whelan16,354
18 February 1956Wolverhampton WanderersA2 – 0Taylor (2)40,014
25 February 1956Aston VillaH1 – 0Whelan36,277
3 March 1956ChelseaA4 – 2Viollet (2), Pegg, Taylor32,050
10 March 1956Cardiff CityH1 – 1Byrne44,693
17 March 1956ArsenalA1 – 1Viollet50,758
24 March 1956Bolton WanderersH1 – 0Taylor46,114
30 March 1956Newcastle UnitedH5 – 2Viollet (2), Doherty, Pegg, Taylor58,994
31 March 1956Huddersfield TownA2 – 0Taylor (2)37,780
2 April 1956Newcastle UnitedA0 – 037,395
7 April 1956BlackpoolH2 – 1Berry, Taylor62,277
14 April 1956SunderlandA2 – 2McGuinness, Whelan19,865
21 April 1956PortsmouthH1 – 0Viollet38,417
PosClubPldWDLGFGAPts
1Manchester United4225107835160
2Blackpool4220913866249
3Wolverhampton Wanderers4220913896549

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
7 January 1956Round 3Bristol RoversA0 – 435,872

Squad statistics

Pos.NameLeagueFA CupTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
GK Jack Crompton100010
GK Ray Wood41010420
FB Geoff Bent400040
FB Roger Byrne39310403
FB Bill Foulkes26010270
FB Ian Greaves15000150
FB Walter Whitehurst100010
HB Jackie Blanchflower18300183
HB Eddie Colman25010260
HB Duncan Edwards33300333
HB Freddie Goodwin800080
HB Mark Jones42110431
HB Wilf McGuinness310031
HB Jeff Whitefoot15010160
FW Johnny Berry34410354
FW John Doherty16410174
FW Eddie Lewis410041
FW David Pegg35910369
FW Albert Scanlon610061
FW Jackie Scott100010
FW Tommy Taylor3325103425
FW Dennis Viollet3420103520
FW Colin Webster15400154
FW Billy Whelan13400134