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1937/38 – Manchester United

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Manchester United Squad Picture 1937/38

The 1937–38 season was Manchester United’s 42nd season in the Football League.

The season began with Scott Duncan still manager after the club’s relegation, but he resigned on 7 November 1937 to become Ipswich Town manager and two days later Walter Crickmer was appointed as the manager for the second time.

This season, the vision that James Gibson had put in place began to finally see fruition. He and the board gave Scott Duncan around £17,000 to strengthen the team at the start of the season but Duncan was notoriously frugal with money and so didn’t spend much; following his departure, Gibson’s dream of a ‘team full of Mancunians’ began to at least partly take shape with a more thorough approach to training, coaching and match preparation. In February the idea of funding a junior club was first discussed. Stan Pearson and Johnny Carey had  made their first team debuts, while Sammy Lynn and Charlie Mitten given professional contracts.

At the end of the season, United finished second in the league and were promoted back to the First Division, where they would remain for the next 36 years.

Second Division

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Man Utd programme 1937

Date Opponents H / A ResultF – A Scorers Attendance
28 August 1937 Newcastle United H 3 – 0 Manley (2), Bryant 29,446
30 August 1937 Coventry City A 0 – 1 30,575
4 September 1937 Luton Town A 0 – 1 20,610
8 September 1937 Coventry City H 2 – 2 Bamford, Bryant 17,455
11 September 1937 Barnsley H 4 – 1 Bamford (3), Manley 22,394
13 September 1937 Bury A 2 – 1 Ferrier (2) 9,954
18 September 1937 Stockport County A 0 – 1 24,386
25 September 1937 Southampton H 1 – 2 Manley 22,729
2 October 1937 Sheffield United H 0 – 1 20,105
9 October 1937 Tottenham Hotspur A 1 – 0 Manley 31,189
16 October 1937 Blackburn Rovers A 1 – 1 Bamford 19,580
23 October 1937 Sheffield Wednesday H 1 – 0 Ferrier 16,379
30 October 1937 Fulham A 0 – 1 17,350
6 November 1937 Plymouth Argyle H 0 – 0 18,359
13 November 1937 Chesterfield A 7 – 1 Bamford (4), Baird,Bryant, Manley 17,407
20 November 1937 Aston Villa H 3 – 1 Bamford, Manley,Pearson 33,193
27 November 1937 Norwich City A 3 – 2 Baird, Bryant, Pearson 17,397
4 December 1937 Swansea Town H 5 – 1 Rowley (4), Bryant 17,782
11 December 1937 Bradford Park Avenue A 0 – 4 12,004
27 December 1937 Nottingham Forest H 4 – 3 Baird (2), McKay,Wrigglesworth 30,778
28 December 1937 Nottingham Forest A 3 – 2 Bamford, Bryant, Carey 19,283
1 January 1938 Newcastle United A 2 – 2 Bamford, Rowley 40,088
15 January 1938 Luton Town H 4 – 2 Bamford, Bryant, Carey,McKay 16,845
29 January 1938 Stockport County H 3 – 1 Bamford, Bryant, McKay 31,852
2 February 1938 Barnsley A 2 – 2 Rowley, Smith 7,859
5 February 1938 Southampton A 3 – 3 Redwood (2), Baird 20,354
17 February 1938 Sheffield United A 2 – 1 Bryant, Smith 17,754
19 February 1938 Tottenham Hotspur H 0 – 1 34,631
23 February 1938 West Ham United H 4 – 0 Baird (2), Smith,Wassall 14,572
26 February 1938 Blackburn Rovers H 2 – 1 Baird, Bryant 30,892
5 March 1938 Sheffield Wednesday A 3 – 1 Baird, Brown, Rowley 37,156
12 March 1938 Fulham H 1 – 0 Baird 30,363
19 March 1938 Plymouth Argyle A 1 – 1 Rowley 20,311
26 March 1938 Chesterfield H 4 – 1 Smith (2), Bryant, Carey 27,311
2 April 1938 Aston Villa A 0 – 3 54,654
9 April 1938 Norwich City H 0 – 0 25,879
15 April 1938 Burnley A 0 – 1 28,459
16 April 1938 Swansea Town A 2 – 2 Rowley, Smith 13,811
18 April 1938 Burnley H 4 – 0 McKay (2), Baird,Bryant 35,808
23 April 1938 Bradford Park Avenue H 3 – 1 Baird, McKay, Smith 28,919
30 April 1938 West Ham United A 0 – 1 14,816
7 May 1938 Bury H 2 – 0 McKay, Smith 53,604
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Aston Villa 42 25 7 10 73 35 +38 57
2 Manchester United 42 22 9 11 82 50 +32 53
3 Sheffield Wednesday 42 22 9 11 73 56 +17 53

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

FA Cup

Date Round Opponents H / A ResultF – A Scorers Attendance
8 January 1938 Round 3 Yeovil Town H 3 – 0 Baird, Bamford, Pearson 49,004
22 January 1938 Round 4 Barnsley A 2 – 2 Baird, Carey 35,549
26 January 1938 Round 4Replay Barnsley H 1 – 0 Baird 33,601
12 February 1938 Round 5 Brentford A 0 – 2 24,147
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