Manchester United 1958-59

The 1958–59 season was Manchester United’s 57th season in the Football League, and their 14th consecutive season in the top division of English football. It was the first season of a revamped United side which was being rebuilt following the Munich air disaster in the February of the previous season which had claimed the lives of eight players. The most notable addition to the squad for the new season as forward Albert Quixall, a pre-season signing from Sheffield Wednesday.
The season saw the retirement of centre-half Jackie Blanchflower as a result of the injuries he suffered in the Munich crash.
Munich crash survivor Bobby Charlton was United’s top scorer this season with 29 league goals, while fellow survivor Albert Scanlon was also impressive with 16 goals from the left wing.
The new look United side finished second in the league this season.

First Division

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
23 August 1958ChelseaH5 – 2Charlton (3), Dawson (2)52,3825th
27 August 1958Nottingham ForestA3 – 0Charlton (2), Scanlon44,9712nd
30 August 1958BlackpoolA1 – 2Viollet26,7196th
3 September 1958Nottingham ForestH1 – 1Charlton51,8807th
6 September 1958Blackburn RoversH6 – 1Charlton (2), Viollet (2), Scanlon, Webster65,1872nd
8 September 1958West Ham UnitedA2 – 3McGuinness, Webster35,6725th
13 September 1958Newcastle UnitedA1 – 1Charlton60,6707th
17 September 1958West Ham UnitedH4 – 1Scanlon (3), Webster53,2767th
20 September 1958Tottenham HotspurH2 – 2Webster (2)62,2774th
27 September 1958Manchester CityA1 – 1Charlton62,9126th
4 October 1958Wolverhampton WanderersA0 – 436,8408th
8 October 1958Preston North EndH0 – 246,1638th
11 October 1958ArsenalH1 – 1Viollet56,1487th
18 October 1958EvertonA2 – 3Cope (2)64,07910th
25 October 1958West Bromwich AlbionH1 – 2Goodwin51,72114th
1 November 1958Leeds UnitedA2 – 1Goodwin, Scanlon48,57412th
8 November 1958BurnleyH1 – 3Quixall48,50914th
15 November 1958Bolton WanderersA3 – 6Dawson (2), Charlton33,35815th
22 November 1958Luton TownH2 – 1Charlton, Viollet42,42812th
29 November 1958Birmingham CityA4 – 0Charlton (2), Bradley, Scanlon28,65810th
6 December 1958Leicester CityH4 – 1Charlton, Bradley, Scanlon, Viollet38,4829th
13 December 1958Preston North EndA4 – 3Charlton, Bradley, Scanlon, Viollet26,2908th
20 December 1958ChelseaA3 – 2Charlton, Goodwin, own goal48,5507th
26 December 1958Aston VillaH2 – 1Quixall, Viollet63,0987th
27 December 1958Aston VillaA2 – 0Pearson, Viollet56,4504th
3 January 1959BlackpoolH3 – 1Charlton (2), Viollet61,9613rd
31 January 1959Newcastle UnitedH4 – 4Charlton, Quixall, Scanlon, Viollet49,0084th
7 February 1959Tottenham HotspurA3 – 1Charlton (2), Scanlon48,4013rd
16 February 1959Manchester CityH4 – 1Bradley (2), Goodwin, Scanlon59,8463rd
21 February 1959Wolverhampton WanderersH2 – 1Charlton, Viollet62,7942nd
28 February 1959ArsenalA2 – 3Bradley, Viollet67,1623rd
2 March 1959Blackburn RoversA3 – 1Bradley (2), Scanlon40,4013rd
7 March 1959EvertonH2 – 1Goodwin, Scanlon51,2542nd
14 March 1959West Bromwich AlbionA3 – 1Bradley, Scanlon, Viollet35,4632nd
21 March 1959Leeds UnitedH4 – 0Viollet (3), Charlton45,4732nd
27 March 1959PortsmouthH6 – 1Charlton (2), Viollet (2), Bradley, own goal52,0041st
28 March 1959BurnleyA2 – 4Goodwin, Viollet44,5772nd
30 March 1959PortsmouthA3 – 1Charlton (2), Bradley29,3591st
4 April 1959Bolton WanderersH3 – 0Charlton, Scanlon, Viollet61,5282nd
11 April 1959Luton TownA0 – 027,0252nd
18 April 1959Birmingham CityH1 – 0Quixall43,0062nd
25 April 1959Leicester CityA1 – 2Bradley38,4662nd
1Wolverhampton Wanderers4228591104961
2Manchester United42247111036655

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
10 January 1959Round 3Norwich CityA0 – 338,000

Squad statistics

Pos.NameLeagueFA CupTotal
GK Harry Gregg41010420
GK Ray Wood100010
FB Joe Carolan23010240
FB Bill Foulkes32010330
FB Ian Greaves34000340
HB Shay Brennan100010
HB Ronnie Cope32210332
HB Stan Crowther200020
HB Freddie Goodwin42610436
HB Bobby Harrop500050
HB Wilf McGuinness39110401
FW Warren Bradley2412102512
FW Bobby Charlton3829103929
FW Alex Dawson11400114
FW Reg Hunter100010
FW Kenny Morgans200020
FW Mark Pearson410041
FW Albert Quixall33410344
FW Albert Scanlon4216104316
FW Ernie Taylor11000110
FW Dennis Viollet3721103821
FW Colin Webster750075
Own goals202