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1956/57 – Manchester United

Man Utd squad picture 1956/57
The 1956–57 season was Manchester United’s 55th season in the Football League, and their 12th consecutive season in the top division of English football.

United retained their league title this season, which was also notable for being the breakthrough season of forward Bobby Charlton, who made his debut on 6 October 1956 in the league match against Charlton Athletic a few days before his 19th birthday and scored twice, making 17 appearances and scoring 12 goals that season and collecting a league title medal, his appearances mostly coming at the expense of Dennis Viollet.

As Old Trafford didn’t have floodlights installed at the time, United’s first three European home games were played at Maine Road instead. United reached the semi-finals of the European Cup, where they were beaten by eventual winners Real Madrid. The club played in all red – including shorts – after testing the strip under floodlights against Bolton Wanderers at Old Trafford. It is this change strip which apparently convinced Bill Shankly to change Liverpool to all red in 1964.

In a new strip of white with a commemorative crest, United also reached the FA Cup final, where they lost 2-1 to Aston Villa in a game where they were handicapped by an injury to goalkeeper Ray Wood, meaning Jackie Blanchflower had to stand in for him in goal.

FA Charity Shield

Date Opponents H / A ResultF – A Scorers Attendance
24 October 1956 Manchester City A 1 – 0 Viollet 30,495

First Division

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Date Opponents H / A ResultF – A Scorers Attendance
18 August 1956 Birmingham City H 2 – 2 Viollet (2) 32,752
20 August 1956 Preston North End A 3 – 1 Taylor (2), Whelan 32,569
25 August 1956 West Bromwich Albion A 3 – 2 Taylor, Viollet, Whelan 26,387
29 August 1956 Preston North End H 3 – 2 Viollet (3) 32,515
1 September 1956 Portsmouth H 3 – 0 Berry, Pegg, Viollet 40,369
5 September 1956 Chelsea A 2 – 1 Taylor, Whelan 29,082
8 September 1956 Newcastle United A 1 – 1 Whelan 50,130
15 September 1956 Sheffield Wednesday H 4 – 1 Berry, Taylor, Viollet, Whelan 48,078
22 September 1956 Manchester City H 2 – 0 Viollet, Whelan 53,525
29 September 1956 Arsenal A 2 – 1 Berry, Whelan 62,479
6 October 1956 Charlton Athletic H 4 – 2 Charlton (2), Berry, Whelan 41,439
13 October 1956 Sunderland A 3 – 1 Viollet, Whelan, own goal 49,487
20 October 1956 Everton H 2 – 5 Charlton, Whelan 43,151
27 October 1956 Blackpool A 2 – 2 Taylor (2) 32,632
3 November 1956 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 3 – 0 Pegg, Taylor, Whelan 59,835
10 November 1956 Bolton Wanderers A 0 – 2 39,922
17 November 1956 Leeds United H 3 – 2 Whelan (2), Charlton 51,131
24 November 1956 Tottenham Hotspur A 2 – 2 Berry, Colman 57,724
1 December 1956 Luton Town H 3 – 1 Edwards, Pegg, Taylor 34,736
8 December 1956 Aston Villa A 3 – 1 Taylor (2), Viollet 42,530
15 December 1956 Birmingham City A 1 – 3 Whelan 36,146
26 December 1956 Cardiff City H 3 – 1 Taylor, Viollet, Whelan 28,607
29 December 1956 Portsmouth A 3 – 1 Edwards, Pegg, Viollet 32,147
1 January 1957 Chelsea H 3 – 0 Taylor (2), Whelan 42,116
12 January 1957 Newcastle United H 6 – 1 Pegg (2), Viollet (2), Whelan (2) 44,911
19 January 1957 Sheffield Wednesday A 1 – 2 Taylor 51,068
2 February 1957 Manchester City A 4 – 2 Edwards, Taylor, Viollet, Whelan 63,872
9 February 1957 Arsenal H 6 – 2 Berry (2), Whelan (2), Edwards, Taylor 60,384
18 February 1957 Charlton Athletic A 5 – 1 Charlton (3), Taylor (2) 16,308
23 February 1957 Blackpool H 0 – 2 42,602
6 March 1957 Everton A 2 – 1 Webster (2) 34,029
9 March 1957 Aston Villa A 1 – 1 Charlton 55,484
16 March 1957 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1 – 1 Charlton 53,228
25 March 1957 Bolton Wanderers H 0 – 2 60,862
30 March 1957 Leeds United A 2 – 1 Berry, Charlton 47,216
6 April 1957 Tottenham Hotspur H 0 – 0 60,349
13 April 1957 Luton Town A 2 – 0 Taylor (2) 21,227
19 April 1957 Burnley A 3 – 1 Whelan (3) 41,321
20 April 1957 Sunderland H 4 – 0 Whelan (2), Edwards, Taylor 58,725
22 April 1957 Burnley H 2 – 0 Dawson, Webster 41,321
27 April 1957 Cardiff City A 3 – 2 Scanlon (2), Dawson 17,708
29 April 1957 West Bromwich Albion H 1 – 1 Dawson 20,357
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1 Manchester United 42 28 8 6 103 54 64
2 Tottenham Hotspur 42 22 12 8 104 56 56
3 Preston North End 42 23 10 9 84 56 56

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

FA Cup

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Date Round Opponents H / A ResultF – A Scorers Attendance
5 January 1957 Round 3 Hartlepool United A 4 – 3 Whelan (2), Berry, Taylor 17,264
26 January 1957 Round 4 Wrexham A 5 – 0 Taylor (2), Whelan (2), Byrne 34,445
16 February 1957 Round 5 Everton H 1 – 0 Edwards 61,803
2 March 1957 Round 6 Bournemouth A 2 – 1 Berry (2) 28,799
23 March 1957 Semi-final Birmingham City N 2 – 0 Berry, Charlton 65,107
4 May 1957 Final Aston Villa N 1 – 2 Taylor 100,000

FA Cup Final full match

European Cup

Date Round Opponents H / A ResultF – A Scorers Attendance
12 September 1956 Preliminary roundFirst leg Anderlecht A 2 – 0 Taylor, Viollet 35,000
26 September 1956 Preliminary roundSecond leg Anderlecht H 10 – 0 Viollet (4), Taylor (3), Whelan (2), Berry 40,000
17 October 1956 First roundFirst leg Borussia Dortmund H 3 – 2 Viollet (2), Pegg 75,598
21 November 1956 First roundSecond leg Borussia Dortmund A 0 – 0 44,570
16 January 1957 Quarter-finalFirst leg Athletic Bilbao A 3 – 5 Taylor, Viollet, Whelan 60,000
6 February 1957 Quarter-finalSecond leg Athletic Bilbao H 3 – 0 Berry, Taylor, Viollet 70,000
11 April 1957 Semi-finalFirst leg Real Madrid A 1 – 3 Taylor 135,000
25 April 1957 Semi-finalSecond leg Real Madrid H 2 – 2 Charlton, Taylor 65,000

Manchester United vs Real Madrid second leg highlights

Squad statistics

Pos. Name League FA Cup European Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Gordon Clayton 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
GK Tony Hawksworth 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
GK Ray Wood 39 0 6 0 8 0 1 0 54 0
FB Geoff Bent 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
FB Roger Byrne 36 0 6 1 8 0 1 0 51 1
FB Bill Foulkes 39 0 6 0 8 0 1 0 54 0
FB Ian Greaves 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
HB Jackie Blanchflower 11 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 16 0
HB Eddie Colman 36 1 6 0 8 0 1 0 51 1
HB Ronnie Cope 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
HB Duncan Edwards 34 5 6 1 7 0 1 0 48 6
HB Freddie Goodwin 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
HB Mark Jones 29 0 4 0 6 0 1 0 40 0
HB Wilf McGuinness 13 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 15 0
FW Johnny Berry 40 8 5 4 8 2 1 0 54 14
FW Bobby Charlton 14 10 2 1 1 1 0 0 17 12
FW Alex Dawson 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
FW John Doherty 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
FW David Pegg 37 6 6 0 8 1 1 0 52 7
FW Albert Scanlon 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
FW Tommy Taylor 32 22 4 4 8 8 1 0 45 34
FW Dennis Viollet 27 16 5 0 6 9 1 1 39 26
FW Colin Webster 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 3
FW Billy Whelan 39 26 6 4 8 3 1 0 54 33
Own goals 1 0 0 0 1
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