Manchester United 1974-75

The 1974–75 season was Manchester United’s 73rd season in the Football League, and their first as a Second Division team since 1937–38, following relegation from the First Division at the end of the previous season
The board of directors had kept faith in manager Tommy Docherty despite United’s relegation, and he delivered an instant return to the First Division by guiding United to the Second Division title.
The season was chronicled in Wayne Barton’s book 74/75, which was written with Tommy Docherty, Martin Buchan, Sammy McIlroy, and other players.

Second Division

DateOpponentsH / AResult
17 August 1974OrientA2–0Morgan, Houston17,772
24 August 1974MillwallH4–0Daly (3; 2 pen.), Pearson44,756
28 August 1974PortsmouthH2–1Daly (pen.), McIlroy42,547
31 August 1974Cardiff CityA1–0Daly (pen.)22,344
7 September 1974Nottingham ForestH2–2Greenhoff, McIlroy40,671
14 September 1974West Bromwich AlbionA1–1Pearson28,666
16 September 1974MillwallA1–0Daly (pen.)16,988
21 September 1974Bristol RoversH2–0Greenhoff, Prince (o.g.)42,948
25 September 1974Bolton WanderersH3–0Macari, Houston, McAllister (o.g.)47,084
28 September 1974Norwich CityA0–224,586
5 October 1974FulhamA2–1Pearson (2)25,513
12 October 1974Notts CountyH1–0McIlroy46,565
15 October 1974PortsmouthA0–025,608
19 October 1974BlackpoolA3–0Forsyth, Macari, McCalliog25,370
26 October 1974SouthamptonH1–0Pearson48,724
2 November 1974Oxford UnitedH4–0Pearson (3), Macari41,909
9 November 1974Bristol CityA0–128,104
16 November 1974Aston VillaH2–1Daly (2; 1 pen.)55,615
23 November 1974Hull CityA0–223,287
30 November 1974SunderlandH3–2Pearson, Morgan, McIlroy60,585
7 December 1974Sheffield WednesdayA4–4Houston, Macari (2), Pearson35,230
14 December 1974OrientH0–041,200
21 December 1974York CityA1–0Pearson15,314
26 December 1974West Bromwich AlbionH2–1McIlroy, Daly (pen.)51,104
28 December 1974Oldham AthleticA0–126,356
11 January 1975Sheffield WednesdayH2–0McCalliog (2; 1 pen.)45,662
18 January 1975SunderlandA0–045,976
1 February 1975Bristol CityH0–147,118
8 February 1975Oxford UnitedA0–115,959
15 February 1975Hull CityH2–0Houston, Pearson44,712
22 February 1975Aston VillaA0–240,353
1 March 1975Cardiff CityH4–0Houston, Pearson, McIlroy, Macari43,601
8 March 1975Bolton WanderersA1–0Pearson38,152
15 March 1975Norwich CityH1–1Pearson56,202
22 March 1975Nottingham ForestA1–0Daly21,893
28 March 1975Bristol RoversA1–1Macari19,337
29 March 1975York CityH2–1Morgan, Macari46,802
31 March 1975Oldham AthleticH3–2McIlroy, Macari, Coppell56,618
5 April 1975SouthamptonA1–0Macari21,866
12 April 1975FulhamH1–0Daly52,971
19 April 1975Notts CountyA2–2Houston, Greenhoff17,832
26 April 1975BlackpoolH4–0Pearson (2), Macari, Greenhoff58,769
1Manchester United42269766302.20061
2Aston Villa42258979322.46958
3Norwich City422013958371.56853

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
4 January 1975Round 3WalsallH0–043,353
7 January 1975Round 3
WalsallA2–3 (aet)Daly (pen.), McIlroy18,105

League Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
11 September 1974Round 2Charlton AthleticH5–1Macari (2), McIlroy, Houston, Bowman (o.g.)21,616
9 October 1974Round 3Manchester CityH1–0Daly (pen.)55,159
13 November 1974Round 4BurnleyH3–2Macari (2), Morgan46,275
4 December 1974Round 5MiddlesbroughA0–036,005
18 December 1974Round 5
MiddlesbroughH3–0Pearson, McIlroy, Macari49,501
15 January 1975Semi-Final
First leg
Norwich CityH2–2Macari (2)58,010
22 January 1975Semi-Final
Second leg
Norwich CityA0–131,621

Squad statistics

Pos.NameLeagueFA CupLeague CupTotal
GK Paddy Roche20000020
GK Alex Stepney4002070490
DF Arthur Albiston20001030
DF Martin Buchan4102070500
DF Alex Forsyth3910060451
DF Brian Greenhoff39(2)4206047(2)4
DF Jim Holton1400030170
DF Stewart Houston4062061487
DF Steve James1300020150
DF Jimmy Nicholl0(1)000000(1)0
DF Arnie Sidebottom1202020160
DF Tony Young7(8)0201(4)010(12)0
MF Steve Coppell9(1)100009(1)1
MF Gerry Daly36(1)11217145(1)13
MF George Graham0(1)000000(1)0
MF Mick Martin7(1)000108(1)0
MF Jim McCalliog203105(1)026(1)3
MF David McCreery0(2)000000(2)0
MF Sammy McIlroy41(1)7217250(1)10
FW Tommy Baldwin20000020
FW Ron Davies0(8)00(2)0000(10)0
FW Lou Macari36(2)11206(1)744(3)18
FW Willie Morgan32(2)3106(1)139(3)4
FW Stuart Pearson30(1)17204136(1)18
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